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Velocomp POWERPOD Power Meter

Posted on Feb 28, 2017

  WHAT IS A POWERPOD? First off, using Google’s search engine, I found hundreds of reviews of the PowerPod. From videos, blogs, websites, periodicals, to you name it, it’s out there. So instead of rehashing the same old “this is what I thought of it after using it for 5 minutes” review, I decided to do more of a complete user experience in setting one of these up, followed by a review after several months of testing. So, here goes. Everyone remembers the Newton – Velocomp’s first OPPOSING-FORCE (i.e., non-Direct Force) Power Meter. It was here one day and gaining popularity, then gone the next. So, what happened to it? Although they don’t come out and say, my belief is that Garmin happened to it. The Garmin Edge is so popular that more than 8 out of 10 bicycles that I see are equipped with a Garmin. My guess is that cyclists thought, “I already have a display on my bike, why do I need another one? Why would I want yet another thing on my handlebars that duplicates...

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Posted on Feb 18, 2017

WHAT CAN I SAY? ELITE BOTTLES & CAGES – THE BEST OF THE BEST! Elite Bottles & Cages. Elite is known for their high-quality bottles and cages used by most racers around the world. This includes the world pro tour teams. BOTTLE CAGE DESIGN There are three lines of bottle cages; full Carbon Fiber (CF), Fiber-Reinforced thermo-Plastic material (FRP), and metal (aluminum). CF cages and FRP cages include similar models such as the CANNIBAL and PARON. The metal line includes the Ciussi cage, which, if you have been into cycling for a while, you have probably owned at least one. For this test, I chose two of their best sellers – the CANNIBAL FRP and PARON FRP. I chose the FRP cages since, in my opinion, provide the most ‘bang-for-the-buck’. The FRP’s are very cost effective bottle cages which are almost as light as the full-carbon cage but, at a fraction of the price. In fact, not only are the FRP’s 1/4 – 1/5 the price of their full carbon equivalences but the FRP’s are more stable than the...

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WIND-BLOX wind noise reduction wear

Posted on Feb 16, 2017

WIND-BLOX wind noise reduction wear OVERVIEW Came home after a training ride and there was an email for me asking if I would like to try a pair of Wind-Blox – an inexpensive wind noise reduction product. This sounded intriguing so I said yes! A couple of days later, a small box arrived with a pair of Wind-Blox. I first pulled out the instructions. Yes, for all products I test, I read the directions. There have been several times that manufacturers have gotten parts of the instructions wrong so I always follow them to the letter and this is part of my feedback to the manufacturers as well. Very simple assembly. The only piece that you might initially get wrong is which way the Wind-Blox goes on. The correct installation is when the writing is on the outside and the larger of the two pads is on the inside. WIND TESTED Wind-Blox’s technical researcher used real wind tunnel results to ensure minimal wind-to-ear contact. These latest product optimizations are in this current product. New ideas, models and designs are...

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Absoluteblack Chainring Set

Posted on Feb 11, 2017

Absoluteblack Chainring Set By Jon Draheim (VELOFIX.COM) The Absoluteblack Premium Oval Chainrings were my first experience on an oval chainring. I found the installation on my Quarq Elsa RS crank very easy and after a quick height adjust on my front derailleur, I was all ready to test them out. I’ll be the first one to say that these rings look awesome on the bike and they will definitely turn heads at the coffee stop. Most people that I have spoken to that haven’t ridden an oval ring before weren’t sure what to expect (myself included); will I be able to feel the oval shape and/or will my pedal stroke feel completely different? Both concerns were quickly dismissed as soon as I took the first pedal stroke. The Absoluteblack rings felt identical to your traditional chainring. Unfortunately, I was coming back from a knee injury that had me off the bike for a month, so I was unable to compare power numbers between your traditional ring and the Absoluteblack oval. I can say that I noticed it was easier...

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Posted on Feb 5, 2017

REMOTE BIKE FIT by ALAN LOTT I consider this an overall equipment review since we used all of the tools in the shed! Over the past few weeks I had the pleasure of working with Coach Rick Schultz ( on an online bike fit. I am in Virginia and Coach Rick is in California. As part of the initial assessment, Rick asked me if I had done any Physical Therapy work. I told him yes and that I continue to work with a local PT. The whole process started when I called him about the Icebug insole that he carries and asked him if he would do a mini-fit with me to help resolve a ball of foot metatarsal problem. To start, he asked for two videos, one from the front and one from the side of me on the bike. He said it was important to have ample light and to make sure that I got all pivot points into the video. He walked me through what he wanted in the video. I used a small tripod I...

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Posted on Jan 31, 2017

*Note: The only colors available in the US and Canada are: White/Silver Shiny Black/Yellow Fluo Matt Yellow Fluo/Black Shiny White/Red Fluo Shiny OVERVIEW Several years ago, Running and Cycling Enterprises (RACE) sent me a helmet to test. Click here for review and results. Known for their sunglasses and helmets, I have always liked Rudy Project. For 2017, they make 12 different categories of SUNGLASSES for 16 different sports, 9 different HELMETS, GOGGLES and GEAR & APPAREL. Lots of high quality gear. Fast forward to 11/2016. Even though the RUSH helmet performed flawlessly, it was 2 years old and had close to 20,000 miles of use. The padding had turned from an almost white to a dark gray, the cheek/chin straps had permanent white sweat stains and even though I had washed it out several times, as you can see in the picture to the right, it’s pretty grungy and stunk pretty bad. So, after 2 years, I stopped by RACE in San Clemente and returned the helmet, giving them a quick review of the product. They said that they...

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2017 Trek Bontrager Montrose Elite Saddle

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

Now that Trek will no longer be making the Paradigm saddle, how does the Trek Bontrager Montrose Elite Saddle compare to Specialized Romin, Power and Toupe? I also identify my only recommended saddles for the road (and MTB).

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Posted on Jan 6, 2017

TREK ÉMONDA SLR 6 BACKGROUND For 2017, Trek’s performance road bike lineup consists of 4 bikes; Madone – Trek’s Aero road bike Émonda – Lightweight Climbing bike Domane – Endurance bike with front and rear de-couplers Speed Concept – TT bike For this review, I chose an Émonda SLR specifically the Émonda SLR 6. Following is a summary of the Émonda lineup; Émonda SLR – includes the lightest production bike currently made at just over 10 pounds. All incorporate 700-series OCLV carbon and are handmade in the USA. All SLR’s include Trek’s ride tuned seatmast/cap, direct mount brakes and internally routed cables. SLR 6 (Ultegra), SLR 8 (Dura-Ace), SLR 9 (Dura-Ace), SLR 10 (Red eTap) Émonda SL – 500 series OCLV, ride tuned seatmast/cap, standard caliper brakes, internally routed cables. SL 5 (105), SL 6 (Ultegra), SL 7 (Ultegra) Émonda S – 300 series OCLV, 27.2 seatpost, standard caliper brakes, externally routed cables. S 4 (Tiagra), S 5 (105) MEASURING THE BIKE After JAX Bicycles called telling me that I can have a long-term test bike, they asked what...

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