Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bicycle Wheels

If you want to upgrade your bicycle wheels you would want it to be more aerodynamic, stiffer, and that will roll better than your stock bicycle wheels. This will give you more speed, and the power transfer will be more efficient. It will also give you a faster climb.

Here are some great wheels for your bicycle:
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Fulcrum Racing 5 Wheels - it is lightweigh at 1,600g a pair and very comfortable to ride. Watch out it can be a little noisy.

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Mavic Ksyrium Elite Clincher Wheelset - This set is light, stiff and has an amazing design. It is the ultimate upgrade wheelset. It has a a new U-shaped profile, with a wide 17mm rim. A pair of this wheelset without tires is at 1550g.  
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If you are loaded then for the Lightweight Meilenstein wheels - It is superlight at 1180grams, it is 47.5mm deep. The wheel is stiff and it accelerate well. It is one of the best wheelsets availble in the market today, but it is way too expensive.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Braking Tips

Check out some braking tips to improve your ride. Braking is a significant skills that you'll need in order to stop faster, gain seconds when you are running through corners, going down descents and riding in groups.

This video will help you improve your braking skills.

Breaking in corners - breaking puts additional demand on your tires that can potentially overload them that can cause you to lose grip, chances are you can touch the breaks and not lose traction that could've gone through the time faster. The reality is that most of us do breaks in corners but the golden rule is make sure that you let them off when you clear the apex of the corners and then start to accelerate. In emergencies, when you apply the breaks full on mid turn make sure you straigthen up as you turn and then run wide if you can.

Breaking in races - as well as moderating your speed certain braking situations call for slightly different technique and one of this in bunch situations as a bunch turns on a sharp corner is a concertina effect. It means the riders at the back would need to break harder before they reach the corner and ride around slower and then accelerate back at speed afterwards. It's incredibly draining, and can take even a really strong rider apart and something like a criterion race. You can get around this though by doing your break early and leave a small gap between you and the rider in front of you. This little gap will mean that you have to slow down as much on the corner as you can use it to close the gap rolling back onto the wheel on front and exerting more speed. 

Air Braking - When you do need to break sit up at the same time your body will act as an air break and improve your stability at the same time.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Riding your Bike can Help Deal with Migraine

There's no cure for migraine headaches, however cycling can help you deal with the pain.  According to the  World Health Organization migraine is included in the top 20 causes of disability expressed as years of healthy life lost to disability. Severe migraine attacks is classified by the WHO as one of the most disabling illnesses, that is similar to dementia, quadriplegia and active psychosis.

Migraine is the most common neurological disorder that is usually characterized by severe headaches. Medications can help you deal with the symptoms but not cure it.

Dr. Carolyn Bernstein who heads the headache center at Boston’s Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center found a way to deal with migraine without the meds, indoor cycling. Bernstein also suffers from it and she said that cycling is ideal for people with migraine since the exercise is low-impact and there is no pounding.

“When we exercise, a lot of the time we feel better afterwards. We get all kinds of neurotransmitters going in our brain that can decrease pain levels,” Dr. Bernstein said.

A study that is done in Sweden in 2008 found that regular indoor cycling program actually improved migraine symptoms.

Precaution: Please consult your doctor before doing this exercise since extreme physical activity may trigger migraine headaches.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ipswich Naked Bike Ride

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Ipswich, United Kingdom - World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) organization which is an International organization that set up and organize nude cycling protests around the world want to organize one in Ipswich next year.

Clacton has already had one and organisers want to take it to Colchester and Chelmsford this year, then in Ipswich and Norwich next year.

Robert Brown will be leading the planning for the Colchester, Chelmsford, and Cambridge rides, he was also the organizer in the Clacton event.

Since it is a protests instead of events, they only have to coordinate with the police. Brown said on an interview: "It is not an offense to be nude. It is only an offense to be nude if you cause distress or alarm. So it is legal to be out nude, but it would be an offense to drop your trousers in public."

The riders will be protesting on car emissions and better infrastructure for bicycle safety.

“People love taking part and there are always well-wishers to wave us on and take photographs!”

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cycling: Thomas Dekker Called it Quits

Cycling, Thomas Dekker Quits

The 30 year old Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker as announced his plans to retire from the sport of cycling,  effective immediately. On his personal website he said that he wants to pursue fulfillment outside of his work as an athlete.

"For weeks I've been thinking about it. I have pondered, I've weighed my thoughts carefully, I oversaw the options and considered them one by one. I've listened to my mind and to my heart. Now I have made up my mind. I quit cycling."

"I quit cycling."

"My whole life up to now was dominated by cycling—but I do not want to depend on my form, my equipment, my team, anyone, or anything any longer,” Dekker said. “My cycling career was beautiful, ugly, intense, and edifying. I’m ready for a new step. Without my bike.”

He turned pro in 2005 with Rabobank, he had an impressive performances at the Tour of Poland and Criterium International and he got overall victories at the GP Stad Zottegem, the Tirreno-Adriatico, and the Tour de Romandie. He was banned from the cycling in 2009 for two years when he was caught using performance-enhancing drugs. Dekker returned to cycling after two years and got a spot on the Garmin-Cervelo development team.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

3D Printed Bike

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James Novak has created a really amazing 3D printed bike. Novak is an industrial designer in Australia. Novak wants to determine the extent of 3D Printing which gave him the idea of 3D Printed bike frame

The bike frame looks modern and futuristic, Novak has even designed it to fit his body proportions. He created it in 150 hours on SolidWorks over a couple of weeks. It's really amazing on what you can do with the latest manufacturing machine, 3D Printing.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Belgian cycling race "Grope" poster

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This is not good for cycling, a Belgian cycling race "the E3 Harelbeke" promoting sexual assault on woman. It was reported on Belga news.  The race will be held on March 27, 2015, they have released a poster with a hostess skirt blowing up while a cyclist hand is about to grab the bottom of the woman. It is quite similar to what Peter Sagan from Slovakia did at the Tour of Flanders in 2013 in which he groped a girl while on stage.

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Belgian Institute for Equality said that the poster violates the anti-discrimination law which prohibits any behavior which is undesirable, hostile, offensive or humiliating on the grounds of sex.

If the PR team behind the E3 Harelbeke campaign wants controversy why not use a poster with a cyclist injecting steroids.