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JoeBlow™ Booster Pump

Posted on May 22, 2016

  JOEBLOW™ BOOSTER PUMP – 9 POUND BEAST! That’s right. Before opening the pump and packaging, I weighted it. A full 9 pounds! This is one HEAVY DUTY BEAST of a pump – JoeBlow™ BOOSTER Pump. So why is it so heavy? There are 2 separate air chambers. One is for standard pumping of a tire, the other is a ‘charging’ chamber that stores ‘compressed’ air. When you open the chambers valve, a burst of 160 psi air rushes into a tubeless tire quickly seating the beads. Works kind of like a manual air compressor. I actually have 2 tubeless wheelsets that I test tires with. One wheelset is the Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 24mm clincher/tubeless wheelset (WH-9000-C24-TL), the other, Ultegra 6800 23mm clincher/tubeless wheelset (WH-6800). Both great training wheelsets and I do believe that they perform better with lightweight tubeless tires. But, one of the BIGGEST issues cyclists have with a new tubeless tire is getting the bead to seat for the first time. To get the bead to seat, you have had 3 alternatives; Take your wheels and...

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Correct Pedal Stroke? The Efficient Biomechanics of Pedaling...

Posted on May 9, 2016

A REVIEW OF WHAT’S THE CORRECT PEDAL STROKE? From time to time, we have to step back from our daily habits and analyze one thing – in this case, it’s all about pedaling. On the surface, it seems pretty basic, just turn the cranks around with your legs, push as hard as you can for as long as you can. Deep diving into this simple issue brings many complexities. Knowing how these complexities work hand-in-hand with each other can actually make you faster on the bicycle by being more efficient. So let’s get started; Ric H is concerned about his pedal stroke, leg alignments and foot position and writes; “I’ve noticed over the 14 years that I’ve been riding a road bike that I’ve changed the alignment of my legs from splayed out to in toward the top tube and my feet from heels up to heels down. Please take some time to explain the advantages of certain leg alignments and foot positions and how this impacts my pedal stroke.”   A good bike fit is essential! First off,...

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Just received some nice feedback … 4/17/2016

Posted on Apr 18, 2016

Thanx for your quick response. I found your review extremely helpful and plan on following up with the bike shop where I purchased the bike. I will continue to read your unbiased reviews on other products. I find it refreshing to find good, concise information on products I am interested in. -Alton G. “Butch” Ostrander,...

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JunkJam Anti-Chafing Cream

Posted on Mar 24, 2016

  BACKGROUND:   Wikipedia defines CREAM as a semi-solid emulsion of oil and water in approximately equal proportions which can be further divided into two types: oil-in-water (O/W) and water-in-oil (W/O). What I noticed after a month of using JunkJam™ is that it is definitely thicker than its competition which means that JunkJam™ can be used anywhere body friction occurs including windburn and heat rashes. This is the main difference that sets JunkJam™ apart from its competition!   The other pleasant surprise was that talking with Chris DeMarchi – JunkJam developer, top US Masters road and crit racer and triathlete – he told me that he really gave a lot of thought to make this a truly useful product by adding antibacterial, antifungal and skin moisturizing ingredients that some of the others don’t include.   WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?   Basically, a high quality THICK chamois cream tackles two independent problems where the cyclists’ bottom meets the saddle; Irritation/chafing – Thicker chamois creams help to eliminate the friction caused by chafing of the cyclists’ bottom by creating a barrier...

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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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GPS HEAD UNIT ROUNDUP – PART II – 01/2016

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 http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/what-is-threshold-power , and https://trainingbible.com/joesblog/2009/09/functional-threshold.html For those interested in working with a coach to help you train, please contact bikefitnesscoaching@gmail.com 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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