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G8 Performance IGNITE Orthotic Insoles

Posted on Aug 22, 2013

  IGNITE HEAT MOLDABLE ORTHOTIC http://g8performance.com Rating: 5/5 Price: $77.32 MSRP Source: Bike shops, websites Made in: Australia Features: Fully custom, ultra supportive and comfortable. On your feet all day or exploring the back country. IGNITE is the best of the best. How obtained: Sample from company Summary: Fully customized via heat mold-able that shapes to the contours of your foot. Very easy to heat and mold offering a very comfortable and secure feel! FEATURES Molds to the exact shape of your foot and shoe Fully customizable Fully supportive Provides Podiatry level support while still allowing foot to flex Can be reheated multiple times Absorbs shock for preventing injuries Standard sizing Fits most hiking and running shoes HOT! Fully customized $77 insole offering equivalent support of $600 podiatry grade insoles. Heat moldable via hair dryer, no expensive equipment needed. Machine washable on cold. Easy to understand video instructions available on the G8 website. NOT! Even though very comfortable in cycling shoes (although not specifically made for cycling shoes), the lack of any air vents/holes makes the IGNITE orthotic very...

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BTR – Best Small Product of the Year Award 2013...

Posted on Aug 15, 2013

Bike Test Reviews (BTR) is proud to announce their pick for Best Small Product of the Year for 2013. This classification of product is something that is inexpensive, easy to use, highly versatile, and highly useful. This is a product that everyone should have in their toolbox. The Winner Is….. PROGOLD PROLINK LUBER PEN LUBER PEN is a MUST HAVE PRODUCT! You can use the needle point of the oiler to reach into the smallest of areas such as the front derailleur pivot pins, rear derailleur pivot pins, front and rear brake caliper pivot bolts and even the chain. FEATURES: Easy to use No wasted over-spray or oil running down the sides of your components Non-staining Compact Easily Refillable Protects against rust & corrosion when using Prolink This is the best   $5.75   (MSRP) you could ever spend! This thing is great! Pick one up now....

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Initial Look – SHIMANO CN-9000 : 11-speed chain on a 10-speed group...

Posted on Aug 13, 2013

*** UPDATE – 8/17/2014 below *** BACKGROUND After completing a chain test for TAYA chain, a brand new Dura-Ace 9000 chain showed up in the mail from Shimano. Great timing since my bike had no chain! The instructions said to run the chain on my current Dura Ace 7900 group and provide weekly feedback as to how the chain shifts, wears, and how smooth and quiet it is. I read all of the information I could find on the chain. I pulled information from Shimano.com, as well as several of their major distributors and added the information in the summary table. One feature that these sites had listed that my chain did not have is slotted inner-links for additional weight savings. The picture attached is exactly how my chain looked out of the box and after close inspection, I could find no slots. This was probably preliminary information to the suppliers before the chains went into final production. The CN-9000 is symmetrical, meaning that you can put the chain on either way. I am guessing that Shimano went back to...

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Saddles Part 8 – SHIMANO PRO new TURNIX

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

**This is in response to my body type and riding style. These results may vary with others riding the same saddle. Any rating below a 3 is a great score PICKING THE RIGHT PRO SADDLE Once you navigate to the pro-bikegear.com website and navigate to the NEW SADDLES section, you are shown their 3 new models; Falcon, TURNIX and Griffon. You then get a chance to run the SADDLE SELECTOR, which guides you in selecting the right saddle for you, well, sort of – more on this later. When you click on the Saddle Selector, you are asked about your riding style, flexibility and saddle preferences, such as carbon or titanium rails, white or black, etc. When going through this section, I was asked if I am a Flyer, a Neutral or a Worker. By their definitions, my style is NEUTRAL because sometimes I sit in one place on the flats, and sometimes I move around when climbing. Continuing on, I was asked about my flexibility followed by me having to enter my sit bone width. Finally, after selecting...

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PROGOLD Lubricants

Posted on Aug 7, 2013

  MANUFACTURER ProGold Lubricants WEBSITE www.progoldmfr.com  MSRP See Individual Products Below PROVIDED BY Samples from Company FEATURES Lubricants, degreasers, wash solutions for the bicycling industry HOT:–All products met or exceeded expectations–Most mileage achieved with a chain by using ProLink–Luber Pen is perfect for hard to reach derailleur pivot pins and brake caliper pivot points NOT:–I recommended to the company to add a new product Xtreme Luber Pen.–Some degreasers cannot be used on or around painted parts (i.e., bicycle frame), raw carbon, rubber or plastics..   SUMMARY: As can be seen by the testing described below, I am very satisfied with these products. They make cleaning the bike an easy chore by greatly reducing the time it takes to clean a bike in a conventional way.   PRODUCTS TESTED SIZES AVAIL MSRP DESCRIPTION HOT! NOT! PROLINK CHAIN LUBE RATING: 5/5 – 0.25 oz Luber pen – 4 oz bottle – 16 oz spray bottle – $5.75 – $8.70 – $19.95 ProLink Chain Lube is a ‘thin-bodied’ lubricant which utilizes metal friction reducer technology for smooth shifting and a quiet drive train. ProLink Chain Lube does not build up or become tacky....

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Self-Massage Bars & Rollers

Posted on Aug 5, 2013

SELF-MASSAGE BARS & ROLLERS BACKGROUND My daughter is attending our  local State University finishing up her degree in Kinesiology and applying for graduate school to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is also a hard-core athlete. She does cross country, triathlons, criterium & road racing, time trials, and, like the rest of us, she definitely gets sore muscles and overuse injuries. Even though she stretches multiple times a day, she can’t always get rid of all of her trigger points (knots in muscles). One problem area for her is having tight IT bands. SOLUTION! For her last birthday, I bought her ‘The Stick’ muscle therapy bar. She uses this religiously and recently let me borrow it when my calves were tight and sore. She showed me some stretches to do as well. This has really helped… until she asked for her ‘Stick’ back! Thinking that this might be something good to test, I started searching the Internet for muscle therapy solutions. What I found out is that there are actually two solutions that work hand-in-hand. These products are...

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