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Voler’s new kit – Black Label Bibs and Jersey...

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

  SUMMARY Voler’s new Black Label line uses the highest quality fabrics from mills in Europe. Couple this with their new form, fit, and function, and the Black Label line is now on par with the best the cycling industry has to offer. The new Black Label line  equals the top-end products from the best known cycling clothing companies. OVERVIEW I have been on the same Team Simple Green Masters cycling team for quite a few years now. A great group of people.  We have about 250 members but only a handful race. As far back as I can remember, we have exclusively used Voler for our kits. What’s nice about having this many members ordering clothing is that we can get  everything we need to supply us for the entire year. But, with every team kit, there are/were pros and cons. PROS of TEAM wear clothing Lasts forever. The season will be long over and the team kit will look as good as it did when it was new. Very inexpensive and reasonably priced for high quality. Voler...

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Cervelo R5ca – 2 years later

Posted on Dec 9, 2013

12/1/2013, I ticked over 22,000 miles (35,406 km) on my Cervelo R5ca. The frame is as solid today as it was on day #1. This bike has helped me become a much better climber and it is also FAST on the flats. I have opted for Dura-Ace C-24 wheels helping to make this bike stiff as well as comfortable. With the BBRight Bottom Bracket, no wasted power going to the rear wheels. I have ridden a lot of different bikes and there are a lot of good bikes out there, but very few great ones. This, my friends, I can honestly say is one of the great...

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Road Tubeless Tires – IRC vs. HUTCHINSON

Posted on Oct 17, 2013

ROAD TUBELESS TIRES IRC vs. HUTCHINSON   The advertised benefits and claims of tubeless road tires are Lower rolling resistance Greater flat protection (over rough pavement/gravel roads) No pinch flats, no tubes Silky Smooth ride I also measured mileage of these 2 manufacturers’ tires as well as initial installation observations: I also compared the total cost of a clincher system to that of a tubeless system. See Tables 1, 2, 3 below for an interesting conclusion.   WHATS IN THE PACKAGE: IRC categorizes the ROADLITE tubeless as “The best tubeless road tire for training and endurance.”  The package reads “The highly abrasion resistant rubber compound used in the slick tread increases durability and reduces rolling resistance. The 120tpi casing promises a smooth ride.” The questions I will be able to answer after wearing the tires out are How accurate are these claims? How does this tire ride/perform? How long did it last? Is the tire worth the money?  But first, I need to install them.  INSTALLATION OBSERVATIONS: For this test, I acquired a brand new set of Shimano Dura...

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Mechanical vs Electric Shifting vs Aero

Posted on Oct 15, 2013

  The group of cyclists that can take the biggest advantages of this new technology are the triathletes. But, unless its a hilly course, how many times do you actually shift? For the road group, Shimano has added sprinters switches as well as climbers switches and, the way they are designed, you can add an almost unlimited number of switches. Let’s say for example you have a Cervelo S5. Getting the bike ready for an upcoming triathlon, you add aero bars to your S5. Running Di2, you can now add shift points to the end of the aero bars as well as shift from the road levers. You can even add a sprinters switch as well as a climbers switch to the bars. A truly versatile system. BUT, lets talk honestly about TT. Aero trumps everything else and to be honest, MOST time-trialers and triathletes would benefit far more from a bike fit AND using the correct sized components, than gain any advantage of using electric shifting. Most triathletes are so ill-fitted that their position in their aero bars...

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Clorox Wipes – Perfect to Clean Dirty Chains

Posted on Sep 23, 2013

OVERVIEW I am always looking for products that make it easier to clean the bicycle (and especially the drivetrain). As you can see from these photos, there is a lot of dirt and grime that comes off a chain, even after a few miles. To maximize chain life, I lube the chain before each ride with ProLink (please see earlier review – http://biketestreviews.com/progold/ ) and, so far, this has proven to be the best lubricant I have found to keep a chain running smooth, friction free and long life. The downside is that I need to clean the chain more often, so it’s been a trade-off between sparsely lubing the chain (wears out quicker but stays cleaner), or slightly over-lubing a chain (longer life but dirtier). I have found these wipes are not only perfect for cleaning the drivetrain, but work well as a disinfecting wipe on the handlebar tape and brake lever hoods. After 2 years of using these daily on the bicycle, there has been no harm to the finish of any component, nor have these wipes...

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New Beastie Bar from Rumble Roller and why you should have one too...

Posted on Sep 18, 2013

    OVERVIEW There are 3 pieces to this ‘system’. Each will be reviewed below. Massage Ball + Base Beastie Bar™ + Stands Double-Track Wall System Massage Ball – available in two options – Original (clear) which includes 30 firm but flexible bumps, and X-Firm (green) which includes 30 extremely firm bumps. If you are sensitive to pain, choose the Original. If you want to work your entire body (including using the wall system), you will want to pick up both versions of the massage ball. I also recommend to purchase the optional DVD which goes into great detail describing exacly how to use all of these products. Wall System – comes in either a single-track or a double-track system. I recommend the double-track since you can configure the Beastie Bar™ roller bar for horizontal and/or vertical use. The single-track system can only clamp the Beastie Bar™ for vertical use. Rumble Roller Beastie Bar™ (and stands) – provides a very intense massage. The Beastie Bar™ is meant to work in conjunction with the Rumble Roller (previous review) but with...

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