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DYNAPLUG Micro Pro Bicycle Tire Repair Kit

Posted on Mar 14, 2016

DYNAPLUG Micro Pro Tubeless Bicycle Tire Repair Kit Please see how we repaired the flat in the videos at the bottom of this article INITIAL OBSERVATIONS:   Dynaplug® makes several different solutions DYNAPLUG Micro Pro Tubeless Bicycle Tire Repair Kit – {TESTED} –  machined from 6061 aluminum, perfectly built for road and MTB bicycle tubeless tires. Total weight 1.5 oz. (MSRP $54.99) –Micro Pro Kit includes: 2 insertion tubes, 5 tubeless tire repair plugs, 1 Knife, 1 clearing attachment, 1 pipe cleaner Carbon Ultralite Tubeless Repair Kit for any two-wheeled vehicle like motorcycle, scooter, ATV as well as bicycles. Main handle is glass-filled nylon. Total weight 1.2 oz. (MSRP $21.99) –Carbon Ultralite Kit includes: 1 insertion tube, 3 tubeless tire repair plugs and 1 pipe cleaner Ultralite Tubeless Repair Kit exactly like above except handle is 6061 aluminum. Total weight 2 oz. (MSRP $29.99) –Ultralite Kit includes: 1 insertion tube, 4 tubeless tire repair plugs and 1 pipe cleaner Pro Tubeless Repair Kit entire unit is metal/6061 aluminum & 303 stainless steel. Primarily for motorcycle tubeless tires. (MSRP $59.99) –Pro Kit...

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Posted on Jan 10, 2016

GPS HEAD UNIT ROUNDUP – PART II 01/2016   A QUICK & DIRTY WAY TO GET YOUR FTP Functional Threshold Power is defined as “your ability to sustain the highest possible power output over 60 minutes.” Since it’s hard to find a road that has no traffic lights, stop signs, traffic, etc., a more popular definition is defined as “your ability to sustain the highest possible power output over 20 minutes, then multiply that number by 0.95”. Once calculated, it is easy to determine your training zones as %FTP. A training plan is then created based on the athlete’s goals and each workout is based on the %FTP value. For a more detailed description, see , and For those interested in working with a coach to help you train, please contact where we will work with you to help you achieve your goals! It hasn’t been until recently that you have had to use one of the higher-end, higher-cost, full-mapping capability GPS head units to obtain your FTP. Most of the GPS head-units tested in this roundup...

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Posted on Dec 29, 2015

  GPS HEAD UNIT ROUNDUP – PART I – 12/2015 When interviewing a new client, the first order of business and, most important item is to discuss their goals. What do they want to achieve, what do they want to accomplish and when? Next, we discuss all of the associated costs, both money and time … hard costs for coaching, power meters, head units, better equipment, bike fits, etc., as well as virtual costs associated with being out on the road training while others are sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner. We next discuss budget and then come up with a game plan.   One of the mandatory hard costs is a power meter, the other is a good head unit. As a USAC Level 2 coach, I require all of my clients to have these two items.   When discussing power meters, we discuss what’s currently on the market, what’s new, what are the best power meter(s) for their requirements, pros and cons, pluses and minuses, advantages and disadvantages and most importantly, how to use them when...

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Posted on Dec 17, 2015

THE BEST CYCLING SPECIFIC INSOLE? PART II   As soon as all of the insoles arrived, I placed each pair on a digital scale. I tried to orient them so that both the top and bottom is shown. This was the start of the Insole comparison chart that you saw in Part I. I have also included an updated chart below.   Manufacturers are listed along the left column along with their cycling insole product(s). Several manufacturers also sent along their running insole equivalents which will not be evaluated or tested for this article.   The other columns fleshed out (a) whether or not they are heat moldable, (b) do they include a metatarsal pad and if so, how tall/large, (c) forefoot padding thickness, (d) weight of the insoles, (e) MSRP, (f) and the all-important rating. I have also included the manufacturers website for your convenience.   Please note: Reviews and Product Scoring are based on how each of these insoles fit my feet. I have high arches with a fairly non-flexible foot. Your results may differ. Also, the...

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Alternatives to Chamois Cream – that Really Work...

Posted on Oct 4, 2015

ALTERNATIVES TO CHAMOIS CREAM In cycling, one product that never gets discussed much is Chamois Cream. Chamois used to be made out of real leather, and, after washing and drying your cycling kit, the chamois had the same consistency as a piece of rawhide. You needed a good cream that would soften the leather enough to be able to use the shorts for your next ride. Fast forward to today, chamois are made from variable thickness foam layers capped with a synthetic material to match the cyclists needs whether that be  touring, racing, off-road, etc. Chamois creams have also evolved, from moistening leather that has been dried to a cardboard-like texture to being used as an anti-bacterial skin emollient. Today, there are a lot of different Chamois Creams on the market and all of them work pretty well. To name a few; Since I’m always looking for alternatives or anything that’s better, I have found and tested 2 products that work very well and are worth mentioning. These two products might not have the anti-bacterial and/or anti-fungal properties of...

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Posted on Sep 9, 2015

Every so often during our weekend rides, we see someone crash. Usually lots of torn clothing and severe road rash. Thankfully, we don’t see too many broken bones. Disregarding infections, the best case scenario is a couple of weeks of painful showers followed by a recovery period of several more weeks. In the Pro Tour peloton, crashes happen all of the time. Pros live with pain and torn skin, AND, are paid to continue racing. Only broken bones and sometimes concussions take them out of a race. After a crash, pros are not performing up to peak levels that they are paid for. When a pro is injured and his/her performance is sub-par, or, worst case, unable to race … which means that neither the team owner nor the sponsors are happy. The team owner is paying the cyclist to sit out races and the sponsors are paying for advertising space on a cycling kit that isn’t being worn. So as you can see, it is paramount that a pro cyclist remains injury free. And that’s where SCOTT RC...

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Praxis Works Conversion Bottom Bracket – PART 2...

Posted on Sep 4, 2015

— PART 2 —   RECAP PART 1 of this 2-part article discussed the bearing technology chosen by Praxis for their Conversion Bottom Bracket. The take-away from PART 1 is that their chosen bearing might not actually be the best solution. PART 2 will look at the actual conversion bottom bracket / collet technology designed and built by Praxis. PROBLEMS WITH PRESS-FIT CUPS   Speaking with the same mechanics as mentioned in PART 1, all had mentioned that the #1 problem with standard Press-Fit Bottom Brackets is that they tend to move & wiggle, creak & squeak, click & clack as well as make several other noises. Most had also mentioned that they had seen a few bottom bracket cups ‘walk out’ of a frame. Every mechanic had the same solution – use Loctite® thread locker on both the inside and outside of the plastic cups. Loctite® tends to keep the cups securely in place as well as keep the bearings locked into the cups.     A BETTER SOLUTION   Most frames today are built with press-fit shells....

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A Look Inside a “Made In The USA” Bearing...

Posted on Sep 1, 2015

A Look Inside a ‘Made In the USA’ The Parts Shoppe (TPS) 6806 Bicycle BB30 Bottom Bracket Bearing As an engineer by trade, I am always looking at best ways to make the bicycle faster. It took about a year, but I was eventually able to find a Chinese bearing manufacturer who produces fairly decent hybrid-ceramic bearings. Most Chinese companies who claim to be manufacturers are actually just distributors. That’s one of the reasons it took so long to find an actual manufacturer making quality products. But, as I found out, the one drawback was that hybrid-ceramic bearings are quite a bit more expensive than their all-steel counterparts. I filed the following question in the back of my mind to address later -> “Is there a less expensive steel bearing at the same or better quality than these hybrid-ceramic bearings?” I ordered several sets of their hybrid-ceramic bearings and started testing. The bearings ran great – though it took them quite a while to settle in as well as they wore out after 1 season – about 10,000 miles. Still...

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