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Posted on Mar 13, 2017

RUMBLEROLLER TEST BACKGROUND All tests were conducted with the rollers held in the Transverse plane or, perpendicular to the spine. There are other rolling techniques that can be used with the rollers held in the Sagittal plane or, parallel to the spine, but, for these, a longer roller (31”-32”) is required. To test the rollers, I used each one on the following; feet, calves, hamstraings, glutes/piriformis, mid back/upper back, neck & trapezius (traps), latissimus dorsi (lats) and quadriceps. No IT band rolling nor lower back rolling Note 1: At 31”, each roller was wide enough to be able to accommodate rolling both hamstrings at once, both glutes at the same time, both quadricepts simultaneously. I would not really opt for the shorter models except if you were going to take them along with you on vacation or business travel. Note 2: I went into a local 24-hour fitness studio and noticed they had several LONG 4’ and 5’ very hard foam rollers. With 100% exposed foam (no covering), they were already showing signs of hard use. Small pieces of...

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Posted on Mar 10, 2017

LOOK KÉO CLASSIC 3 Hello my name is Kalden. I’m an 11-year-old Southern California bike racer that has been on Speedplay pedals for 3 years. Recently, my coach noticed that my heels were hitting the crank arms. He said it was in part because my Speedplays have too much float. He had a pair of Look KEO CLASSIC 3 that he gave me and asked me to write a review on them. When I unboxed them, I noticed the pedal was much wider than the Speedplays. The LOOK Keo Classic 3’s have helped me out because my feet have more support with the wider platform when pedaling. This was really helpful in sprints. But the main reason I like this pedal is because it has less float. I have done some races on this pedal and it solved my problem. I would recommend this pedal to anyone. I can’t wait to take my next FTP test using my new pedals! -Kalden C. Thank you Kalden and congratulations on your race win using your new pedals! Last Sunday (3/5/17), Kalden...

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KNOG Bike Bell – ding

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

KNOG BIKE BELL KNOG makes Bicycle accessories – Bike Lights (very popular in SoCal), Bike Locks for different levels of protection, Video Lights (external lights for GoPro and cell phones). They also make the best bike bell on the market. It’s lightweight, small – just slightly larger in diameter than your handlebars, has a BIG sound and easy to install. Two (internal) sizes available; • LARGE : 23.8mm – 31.8mm (comes with a rubber reducer for 23.8) • SMALL : 22.2mm only DESIGN Bike bells are inherently big and ugly. Knog has changed that. Their new OI Bike Bell is small, sleek, and looks great. It’s also LOUD! The bell is suspended on springs which allow it to float above the mount thereby allowing the bell to ring loud. The only thing when installing is to not have anything like cable housing interfere with the ringer otherwise it will be muted. I moved my bell (see pic below) so that the cable hit the plastic housing and not the ringer. As you can see from the video, its loud,...

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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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