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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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GPS HEAD UNIT ROUNDUP – PART I – 12/2015...

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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THE BEST CYCLING SPECIFIC INSOLE? PART II

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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THE BEST CYCLING SPECIFIC INSOLE? PART I

Posted on Nov 18, 2015

THE BEST CYCLING SPECIFIC INSOLE?   PART I A while ago, I did several tests and authored several articles on insoles, including Shimano’s new insole for their SH-R320 and follow on SH-R321, as well as an indepth test and writeup on G8 Performance’s 2600 PRO and IGNITE insoles. All three of these insoles have held up pretty well but are now starting to show major signs of wearing out. As a professional bike fitter and USAC Level 2 cycling coach, I see clients almost every day. Two things that most have in common are (a) worn out cleats and (b) worn out insoles. I have decided that it is in my clients best interest that I carry both of these items so we don’t have to stop the bike fit while they run all over town to find some cleats and insoles. The cleats are easy. 90% of my clients have Shimano pedals, 5% Look and 5% Speedplay. Insoles on the other hand have proven to be significantly more complicated to evaluate. The reasons are many and are discussed below....

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