Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Prank Gone Bad: Man Woke Up With Bike Lock On His Neck

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Poor guy his idiot friends thought it was funny to place a bike lock on his neck while he was sleeping and then throw away the key. The man was from Coventry, England he had to call the firefighters to have the lock removed with a metal cutter. But the cutter wasn't able to help, the firefighters have to call in their Technical Rescue Unit to have it cut.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lotto Cycling Cup organizers Says Sorry for bikini models

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Lotto Cycling Cup Organisers apologised for the bikini models who were at the awarding of the winners of a women's race in Belgium. 

Dutch racing cyclist and journalist Marijn de Vries tweets: "This is the podium of today's Flanders Diamond Tour, a UCI 1.1 women's race. What an utter disgrace @LottoCyclingCup!" along with the picture of the bikini clad models.

Lotto Cycling Cup organizers apologized but reasoned out that they were not responsible. Johan Molineaux, the local organizer of the event, said during an interview he would not be using Hostessen Service No Limit again and planned to personally apologize to the competitors. The models were recruited by Hostessen Service No Limit, the company also offers striptease acts.

"For a lot of women it is damaged. For me it is a sad day," he said. Molineaux explained he was elsewhere during the presentation and that the women were supposed to wear cycling shirts but took them off.

The UCI, world cycling's governing body said it had looked into the incident and had contacted the organizers, who apologized.
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Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 World Naked Bike Ride will start in Portland

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The World Naked Bike Ride will come to Portland on Saturday, June 27, 2015 it will start at Colonel Summers Park off S.E. Belmont Ave. and S.E. 20th. The group said that the naked bike ride is a protest against our dependency on oil and for cyclist rights. On their website, the naked bike ride is an  “annual, worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport.” The event attracts thousands of participants which is actually growing every year since it started in 2004.

In 2014, the naked ride kicked off at Normandale Park in residential northeast Portland, some of the neihbors complained about it. In 2013 the event took over the southwest Park blocks around the Portland Art Museum.

Event organizers did not say where the ride stops, but they usually make their way through downtown Portland.

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In Los Angeles (WNBR LA), the event will starts at 2:30 p.m June 27 around Downtown LA/Echo Park. But for privacy (nude bike, privacy???) they do not post the location/route all over the web. You need to sign up on the RSVP mailing list to get the starting point here
Photos: Bikers Cruise Through Downtown For 2014's World Naked Bike Ride (NSFW)
Photos: Bikers Let It All Hang Out For World Naked Bike Ride Day (NSFW) (2013)
Photos: World Naked Bike Ride Rolls Through Town (NSFW) (2012)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cycling Tires

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Good cycling tires can make a difference in overall performance, good tires can give you lesser weight,

faster rolling resistance and better grip than other tires. It can also give you better adhesion, anti-flat

protection and improve efficiency. The tires you choose are very important since they can affect everything from performance, to handling, and safety. However, these tires are not cheap but higher quality tires last longer and perform better.

Upgrading your tires from 23mm to 25mm or higher will give you substantial comfort, since large tires has been proven to have less rolling resistance.

Here are some of the good tires on the market today: Clement Strada LGG, Continental GP4000, Specialized Roubaix Armadillo Elite, Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp,  Michelin Pro4 Service Course, Continental Grand Prix 4-Season, Panaracer Gravel King, Hutchinson Fusion 3 and Vittoria Open Corsa CX.

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.