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Posted on Oct 28, 2017

WOLFTOOTH COMPONENTS ROADLINK REAR DERAILLEUR HANGER EXTENSION aka how to run a wider-range of mountain bike gearing on a road bike. SPINNING IS WINNING How to spin more efficiently is a function of (a) smaller gear inches and (b) high cadence workouts. I recently heard one of Lance Armstrong’s Stages podcasts ( where Lance said “Chris Froome’s gearing up le Mont du Chat [9.2% average grade for 13.5km or 8.4 miles] was 38T in front and 32T in the back. That’s like mountain bike gearing. If you would have rolled up with 38/32 in 1974, the last time they did this in the Tour de France, they would have laughed you right out of the peloton.” To prove this, look at the following video ( which shows what happens if you spin even faster than Lance Armstrong up Mont Ventoux. This video pits Lance vs Pantani at the 2000 Tour de France and Chris Froome against Quintana at the 2013 Tour de France. Ultimately it was Lance & Pantani against Chris Froome. Chris Froome beat Lance and Pantani by...

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Posted on Oct 6, 2017

ELITE KURA SMART TRAINER BACKGROUND With the news that Computrainer is shutting down their business, the KURA couldn’t have come at a better time. I recently started searching for a new trainer to eventually replace the CompuTrainer for doing bike fits and on-the-bike coaching. Several makes and models showed promise, but Elite seemed to have ALL the bases covered, so they were my first go-to choice. WHAT’S IN THE BOX? The box contains the KURA indoor trainer body, Cassette spacer, Chainstay Spacers, Right & Left Quick-Release Adapters, Right & Left Thru-Axle Adapters, 2 Adjustable Feet (29” MTB, 27/5” MTB and 700C Road). SPECIFICATIONS: • Total height: 52cm (20.5”) • Contact Surface: Very Stable 56cm x 57cm (22” x 22.5”) 5-EASY ASSEMBLY STEPS Assembly was easy! 1. Open Box 2. Pull out KURA trainer 3. Spread the base legs 4. Insert plastic feet – use positioning based on wheel size 5. Attach cassette – 9, 10 or 11 6. Attach correct wheel adapter & spacer – quick release or thru axle 7. Done! INSTALLING BICYCLE 1. Rotate KURA’s feet based...

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Posted on Sep 28, 2017

TOPEAK TRI BACKUP PRO 1 REAR HYDRATION MULTI MOUNT SYSTEM Here is a great set of stocking stuffers! The main unit that holds all of the pieces is called the Tri-Backup Pro 1 Rear Hydration Multi Mount System. From here, you can attach water bottle(s), a mini-pump, CO2 pump head and CO2 cartridges and a tube or tire bag. Lots of different configurations to allow for your custom application. I have also included links below to Amazon is you are interested in picking up any of these modules. The design and build quality is A+ ! I highly recommend this platform for any Triathlete, TT bike and even Aero Road bike. This system has it all! TRI-BACKUP PRO 1 REAR HYDRATION MULTI MOUNT SYSTEM DESCRIPTION: Can be setup and used in many different configurations. See specific products below. • Single Bottle or Dual Bottle carry • Single CO2 pump head with single or dual CO2 cartridges • Single CO2 pump head with single or dual CO2 cartridges AND mini pump (NINJA P) • Single CO2 pump head with single...

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Posted on Sep 26, 2017

TOPEAK NINJA-C Chain Tool Several times in the past, I have seen cyclists stuck sitting on a curb pounding their chain with a rock, an emergency fix that may or may not get you home. So, what about using a fully thought out chain tool that hides away inside the handlebars? The NINJA C is a really cool idea for a mini-sized but complete chain tool kit! As the box states, The Ninja C chain tool stores inside your handlebar to keep the uncluttered lines of your bike, yet can be easily accessed when you need it. This 11-speed compatible chain tool includes a chain pin compartment, chain hook, and 4mm Allen wrench for easy operation. Ultra-Compact design and implementation. CHAIN TOOL part = 3.4” x 0.9“ x 0.9” (8.6 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm) CHAIN HOOK part = 3.3” x 0.9“ x 0.9”s (8.5 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm) First off, this is a very well thought out tool. When working on a chain, you need a tool to hold the chain and a separate tool to repair...

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

LOOK NEW LOOK KÉO2MAX CARBON PEDALS LOOK KÉO BLADE CARBON UPDATE But first, an update on the LOOK KEO BLADE CARBON PEDALS that I reviewed back on June 1, 2017, and, as you can see, since June, I have put in a lot of miles on these pedals. That would be around 2,500 miles. So, what’s been my experience with these so far? THE GOOD When they are oriented in the right direction, they are the easiest pedals I have used to clip in. 90% of the time, I have experienced a secure snap when clicking into these pedals. Blades perfectly secure the cleats to the pedals. Three tension release levels are offered: 12Nm, 16Nm and 20Nm. These pedals have the 12Nm blades installed. The “12’s” work OK, but my foot does slip around when compared to a Shimano Blue Cleat on an Ultegra or Dura-Ace pedal. If I knew then what I know now, I would have chosen the 16’s and more than likely the 20’s. With 2,500 miles on the pedals, the carbon bodies are still solid...

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Posted on Aug 18, 2017

This summer, I took a bucket-list cycling trip to France to ride on many of the roads – including many of the most famous climbs – featured in the Tour de France. After my return, I’ve been asked about the trip, and my preparations for it, by many cycling friends. So I decided to write an article detailing a few tips you, too, might benefit from if you decide to check this or a similar ride off your own cycling bucket list. Quick Trip Details The trip we took was from a tour company called Custom Getaways. They have numerous trip packages keyed on grand tours and other marquee events, including the Tour de France (TdF), Giro d’Italia and the World Cycling Championships. Our trip was very professionally supported, and our package included riding on the actual roads that the pros ride in the TdF. We climbed: Alpe d’Huez. A beyond-category (HC) 13.8km (8.6-mile) climb at 8.1% average grade, with 1,135m (3,725 ft) of elevation gained – 725m (2,379 ft) to 1860m (6,102 ft). Col d’Telegraphe & Col d’Galibier....

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ELITE RAMPA Smart(er) Trainer

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

BACKGROUND With the news that Computrainer is shutting down business, this trainer couldn’t have come at a better time. I recently started searching for a new trainer to eventually replace the CompuTrainer. Several makes and models showed promise. Elite seemed to have all the bases covered (see below), so they were my first go-to choice. TYPES & FEATURES First off, what’s the difference between the each of the types of trainers. There’s *INTERACTIVE, *SMART, CLASSIC, ROLLERS, etc. Each of the top trainer manufacturers offer most of these in one form or another. Several come to mind; CycleOps, Kurt Kinetic, Tacx, Wahoo and of course, ELITE. In the case of ELITE, here is their product lines; INTERACTIVE – Trainers that communicate ANT+ or BLU to another wireless device. Communication includes data from the trainer TO the smart display device (PC / Smartphone) as well as data FROM the smart display device that automatically controls the trainer’s resistance settings based on %grade setting within PC apps (ZWIFT, etc.). These trainers usually have magnetic resistance. SMART – Like the INTERACTIVE trainers except...

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Posted on Jun 1, 2017

LOOK KÉO BLADE CARBON PEDALS ANDRE GREIPEL For 2017, there are 4 basic KÉO pedal product lines; IMPORTANT TECH CLEAT TECHNOLOGY Look offers 2 main road (racing) cleats in the KÉO product line. They are identical except one includes 2 anti-slip rubber grip pads (KÉO GRIP cleat), the other (KÉO CLEAT cleat) doesn’t. Advantages/Disadvantages; KÉO GRIP – Anti-slip but slightly heavier KÉO CLEAT – Slippery when walking but lighter (less rotational weight) KÉO CLEATs are included with these pedals. Note; there are holes for attaching the anti-slip rubber grippers so this tells me that they might be the same cleat but one is minus the anti-slip grippers. The main drawback to the KÉO CLEATs is that they are incredibly slippery. You really need to watch your step when walking in these cleats. I highly recommend either the KÉO GRIP cleats or, for $5.99 pick up a set of cleat-covers – see link below. CLEAT FLOAT As a bike fitter in SoCal, I see a lot of pedals and cleats. Some in good condition, most need replacing. 90% of my...

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