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LONG TERM TEST – ICEBUG CYCLING INSOLES

Posted on Jun 17, 2016

ICEBUG CYCLING INSOLES – LONG TERM TEST REPORT     ICEBUG CYCLING INSOLES – SLIM Last year, we here at Bike Test Reviews performed a comprehensive insole test rating all cycling specific insoles currently on the market. When the test was complete, one clear winner emerged – the ICEBUG SLIM insoles for Cycling. The test can be viewed by clicking here, (PART I; PART 2).   So for this Long Term Test Report, I will cover 2 aspects How do these insoles feel and do they really work? How are they holding up to daily use in the rain and the sun?   Before getting too far ahead, let me say that I’ve continued to learn more and more about insoles, specifically cycling insoles, and I truly believe that ICEBUG insoles provide the best bang for the buck.   What About Custom Insoles? During the custom molding process, the fitter relies on either a ‘pillow’ to help mold the heated insole to the cyclists’ foot, or uses a crushable foam that the cyclist steps into making a 3D impression...

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR NEW CYCLING CLOTHING : THINK UPF...

Posted on Jun 4, 2016

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN NEW CYCLING CLOTHING : THINK UPF Now that summer is almost here, it’s time to cover up. When in the sun, you want to cover yourself up completely from head-to-toe to protect against the harmful ultraviolet – UV rays. For the cyclist, you will want to cover and protect; Your eyes with a good pair of quality sunglasses that block out 99-100% of both UVA and UVB light Top of your head, face, neck, lips, arms, legs with a good quality sunscreen Click here to see Sunscreen Article Everything else not covered by above. This means to cover up with UV-blocking clothing, bibs, jerseys, sun sleeves, etc. Remember that your clothing covers everything else that sunscreen doesn’t. Certain clothing manufacturers are now making cycling clothing with UV blocking technology. CLOTHING AND UPF Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, indicates what percentage or fraction of UV rays can penetrate the fabric. Here’s some examples; UPF boils down to several things How tight the weave is of your clothing. The tighter the weave of the fabric, the...

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Stretching & Core Strengthening eBook for Cyclists & Triathletes...

Posted on May 28, 2016

Do you want to be a better cyclist and/or triathlete? Want to be faster, stronger and pain-free while cycling? Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist can help! Last count, there are over a million stretching and strengthening exercises, so how do you know which ones will help you the most for cycling? This eBook looks at stretching & core strengthening specifically for the cyclist and triathlete. {Click here to order through thepartsshoppe.com}   STRETCHING & CORE STRENGTHENING includes 58 pages of targeted stretching and strengthening exercises comprising 15 stretching and over 32 core and strength exercises geared to target the muscles that are overused as well as those that are underused in cycling and running. Also included are over 95 photographs showing exercises with proper form and several charts and tables that discuss what functions the different ‘cycling’ muscles perform and the results of having tight, short or weak muscles. The E-book is divided into a STRETCHING section and a CORE/STRENGTHENING section that will definitely help make you a faster and stronger cyclist, runner, triathlete. BACKGROUND This e-book...

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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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