If you are looking for a new pair of wheels for your bike you should consider having one that is lighter to give you a lighter load specially when uphill. It should also improve aerodynamics so you can cut through air on flat roads.
If you bought an average priced bike online or at a store, it would be likely that the manufacturer paired the frame with lower quality wheels to make it more affordable. However, personally I wouldn't buy high-end wheels that cost more that the whole bike and will break my wallet. As long as the new pair of wheels offers lower weight, improved stiffness, and has a better aerodynamics I'm fine with it even-though it's not carbon.
Here's my top bicycle wheels:
Fulcrum Racing 3 wheels - the Fulcrum Racing 3s run as smoothly as if you’ve just pulled them out of the box. This is a really good product that will give you a superb performance. At 9.54 pounds, they’re light for the price, it will help you on steep hills, while the wheels lateral stiffness make them a good choice for more powerful riders. The wheels are made of Alloy.
Fulcrum Racing 3 Shimano Wheelset - Black/White $566.29
Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels - it's the most recommended wheels among cyclists who have upgraded their wheels. The new version has wider rim for improved comfort and aerodynamics. It also offers an impressive stiffness. It gives you lower rolling resistance and an improve puncture performance since it has bigger gap between the road and the edge of the rim.
The Isopulse lacing improves stability and lateral stiffness under heavy loads such as sprinting or climbing.
2016 Mavic Ksyrium Elite 25 Rear Wheel Shimano $349.90
Campagnolo Zonda wheels - Campagnolo is known for their pricey groupsets, but the Italian company also offers an extensive line in wheels too. Their Zonda wheels maybe their cheapest wheels but they still maintain many of the same features as their top of the line wheels.
The Zonda also boast the famous G3 spoke pattern tha is used on the iconic Campagnolo Shamal wheels that makes power transfer instantaneous for faster acceleration. These wheels are light so if you are from stock wheels to Zonda, it will make climbing and accelerating so much easier.
Campagnolo Zonda G3 Black Clincher Wheelset $525.39
LVWA Full Carbon Fiber Road Bike 700C Wheelset - these set of wheels looks great it also offers lightweight, effcient and solid ride for an entry level road bike. Rim material is made of full carbon fiber.
LVWA Full Carbon Fiber Road Bike 700C Wheelset 50mm Clincher & Tubular $329.00
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
It was a celebration of bikes and bodies, these cyclists wants safer roads and they are demonstrating against car culture and oil-dependency.
Around 250 cyclists took part in the 6.5-mile city center ride which was organized on the theme "as bare as you dare". Their starting point is at the Full Moon pub in the Stokes Croft area.
The ride was rerouted due to other protest, and coincided with some other planned city center marches that includes anti-immigration rally. Thank goodness the bike ride participants didn't encounter any trouble.
Also the 9th annual Cardiff World Naked Bike ride was held last Sunday June 5. About 150 cyclists took part in that event. The 8.5-mile ride set off from Sophia Gardens, and followed a route which included Cardiff Castle, North Road, the Civic Center, The Hayes, Wales Millennium Center, and then arriving back at Sophia Gardens.
More Pictures Here: Bristol World Naked Bike Ride 2016
More Pictures Here: Cardiff World Naked Bike Ride 2016
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The start of the World Naked Bike Ride, currently winding around the centre of Bristol: pic.twitter.com/yaWjQ7GdUE— Bristol24/7 (@bristol247) June 4, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
The US Olympic Cycling team are training using smart glasses by Solos. With the help of the U.S. Cycling Team, Solos created augmented reality glasses that gives the cyclists vital data like speed, cadence (in revolutions per minute), heart rate during the ride, these information is important for athletes who wants to push themselves harder.
The glasses also flash on the lens display other information like calories, distance and elevation. The device brings biking experiences to a whole new level.
“The idea behind the smart eye-wear is to be able to give real-time feedback to the athlete via optical and display system mounted in front of the eye-wear, as well as through a stereo system of speakers, which will provide audio feedback to the user,” Ernesto Martinez, Solos’ Program Director and MIT PhD, had said at Las Vegas’ CES 2016. “In this case, the cyclist, as they’re performing, training, they’ll be able to hear and see real-time the data they’re generating”, he added.
Solos smart glasses has 6 hours battery life, and is made from military grade thermoplastic-polyamide nylon blend. Meaning, it's really durable and light weight. The device is designed with aerodynamics so it has minimal wind resistance.
It is equipped with Bluetooth and ANT+ sensors for operation in conjunction with other wearables. It can communicate with cycling apps like MapMyRide, Strava and TrainingPeaks.
Solos smart glasses launched a Kickstarter campaign to get the product to ordinary cyclists like me.
As of the moment you can pledge just $250 to get one Smart Glasses as soon as they ship in October.
Other sports Smart Glasses available on the market:
Recon Instruments Jet Smart Eyewear for Sports and Fitness $399.00
E-More Sport Riding Eyes Glasses Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 $25.99
Friday, May 20, 2016
Bike Mine is a miniature bomb that you strap to your bike that will go off the second someone try to steal it. No, it will not blow up the thief together with your bike but it will give you a loud explosive sound (around 150 decibels) that will scare the crap out of the would-be thief. It uses the same kind of blanks that are commonly used in ceremonial salutes or to scare away nuisance birds.
The kit includes three “cartridges”, which are basically small shotgun shells with the pyrotechnics fully encased (without any projectiles), the mounting bracket and the trip wire.
This gonna be fun!
Creator Yannick Read is running a Kickstarter campaign to manufacture the Bike Mine.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
The ride will take place on Saturday, June 4 from The Full Moon pub in Stokes Croft at 11am. The ride will probably start at noon and it will be 7 mile cycle around the city. Everyone is invited to the event.
Organizers said that the event is for "celebrating bikes in a fun, visible way and showing how exposed and vulnerable riders in Bristol feel. We want a less car and oil centric society.
Bristol was the European Green Capital in 2015 and yet air pollution causes over 120 deaths here each year. We must be more ambitious about escaping car culture's grip and freeing our streets for use by everybody.
Non-sexual public nudity is legal in England. We are not trying to cause alarm or distress. Feel free to look the other way."
Last years event was largely successful with hundreds of nude riders joining the event check out pictures and video below:
Bristol World Naked Bike Ride 2015
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Shane Sutton, British Cycling’s technical director has been suspended following allegations of discrimination by rider Jess Varnish. The governing body said they will have an independent review of its performance programs and will launch an internal investigation about allegations of bullying, sexism and derogatory remarks regarding para-cyclists.
Jess Varnish who is a former European champion in the team sprint was removed from the British Cycling performance squad when she was not able to qualify for the Rio Olympics at this year's world championships in London. Varnish accused British Cycling's technical director Sutton of making sexist remarks against her.
In a statement on Tuesday, Varnish claimed other people had experienced similar behavior and said "a culture of fear" existed at British Cycling.
Her claims were backed by Victoria Pendleton describing British Cycling has a “bullying, suffocating culture.”
Nicole Cooke, another former Olympic champion, also voiced her support for Varnish, as did Wendy Houvenaghel, the retired Northern Irish rider describing Sutton as a “narcissistic little bully”.
The British Cycling said it would set up an independent review and that it was "fully committed to the principles and active promotion of equality of opportunity and we must take any such allegations seriously".
"Following the announcement of an independent review into British Cycling’s performance programs, we are also announcing technical director Shane Sutton has been suspended pending an internal investigation into the allegations of discrimination that have been reported in the press", the body added.
New allegation reported Daily Mail said that, Sutton had referred to para-cyclists as “gimps” and “wobblies”.
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Saturday, April 9, 2016
Check out the video posted on Byron Bay Facebook page about cyclist leisurely pedaling around town completely naked. The naked bike ride took place last March 12 in Byron Bay, New South Wales, to raise awareness for cycling safety.
"Traffic Jam Byron Style - Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay", says the caption on their FB page! Well this is the only time drivers will pay attention to cyclist, since most of the time they ignore cyclists on the road. Splashing mud, side-swiping and hitting them. Not all of them are riding on a bike though, you can also see a man completely nude riding a skateboard.
You can check out the video showing the cyclists baring their all below.
Traffic Jam Byron Style - Naked Bike Ride Byron Bay... Repost By @boardshop_australia: "Naked Bike Ride in Byron Bay to raise awareness. Watch out for cyclists! Share the road! #boardshopaustralia #byronbay #nakedbikeride #bicycle #bicycles #visitbyron
Posted by Byron Bay on Saturday, March 12, 2016