Friday, June 28, 2013

MORE Comfort Tips: Saddle Positioning Can Be Salvation or Suffering

Make Your Ride 100% More Comfortable. Take A Look At Your Saddle Positioning

When you're in pain, the tendency can be to make drastic changes to alleviate the suffering. But, if you change the position too much, while you may ease the pain temporarily, you'll surely create other problems and you might cause an injury to your knees, back, hands or posterior. Here are some guidelines to adjusting the seat, and a few recommendations if seat adjustments don't solve your saddle sores.

Cycling Clothing Helps

It is best to wear cycling shorts when trying to find the most comfortable seat position, as they are designed for pedaling with a padded and seam-free crotch. It's the seams in regular clothing like jeans and shorts that cause most saddle discomfort.

Keep the Seat Approximately Level

One of the simplest seat adjustments is angling the seat slightly up or down. But, never set the nose more than three degrees lower (women can prefer slightly tipped down seats) or higher (typical men preference) than parallel. Rest a level on the saddle's top while making adjustments so you can gauge the amount you're tipping it and keep it within the three-degrees range. If you tip it further, you risk injury.

Don't Move The Seat To Adjust Handlebar Reach

Another mistake to avoid is determining your seat position based on the reach of the handlebars. Sometimes, if it feels like the bars are too far away, you might be tempted to slide the seat forward to reduce the reach. This solves the reach problem, but your seat position should be based on your relationship to the pedals, which will minimize chance of injury and maximize your power when you're riding. The correct way to make size adjustments such as reach is to change the stem length (the part that holds the handlebars) after you determine your appropriate saddle position. We can help, if you need to make changes.

Try a New Seat

Something to consider if you're searching for a solution to pain and not finding it in saddle adjustment is that your seat might be the incorrect model for your anatomy. It must provide support for your pelvic bone structure along with the way you sit on and pedal your bike. If it's a poor fit, no amount of adjusting will solve the problem. The cure is to try a different seat to see if it does the trick. We have a wide selection and we can recommend models that have worked for other customers.

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Come on over to any of our locations for your next bike purchase! We'll be looking forward to serving you!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cycling Tips: Handlebars are Key To Comfort When Riding

Feeling a Bit of Discomfort in Your Hands, Shoulders, or Back? Check Your Handlebars

One way to get an idea of what width handlebars works best is to measure the distance between your shoulder blades. Have someone hold a yardstick against your back to take a reading.

 Check Out Our Recent Post About Pedaling Efficiency HERE!

Handlebar-Shoulder Ratio:
Drop handlebars come in sizes ranging from about 38-cm to 44-cm wide and you select by matching the width of your shoulders. So, if the distance between your shoulder blades is 42-cm, that's what the handlebar width should be, measured from the center of the other end. Some manufacturer's measure from outside-to-outside, so check with us if you're not sure.

Improve Breathing and Control
The right bar width will provide comfort and increased efficiency because you'll be able to breathe better. It's especially noticeable if you've been using too-narrow a drop handlebar and you climb frequently. You'll appreciate additional leverage too, whenever you stand.

Adjusting Flat Bars
For flat handlebars, width has more to do with riding preferences. The cool thing is, we can cut down handlebars that are too wide, meaning you won't have to replace yours if they don't feel right.

Try Bar Ends
Remember that you can change the feel of a flat handlebar and give yourself some room to stretch out by installing bar ends. These are also excellent for climbing because they give you a great pulling position and move your body weight forward (when you're gripping the bar ends), which helps keep the front end down on the steep stuff.

Try Higher Bars
Riser bars are also available, which are models that slope upwards on the ends to provide less bend in your back when you lean forward to grab the grips. Many off-roaders find that risers are just the ticket for a more comfortable position. THey're also typically a bit wider than flat bars to provide additional leverage, which is helpful on technical terrain.

Try "High-Rise" Handlebars
There are also handlebars designed for more leisurely riding, which you'll find on cruisers and city bikes. These are sometimes called "sweep," "high rise," "comfort" or "cruiser" bars, and they'll raise your riding position the most.

Usually, riders who enjoy demanding, technical trails appreciate a little additional width (24 to 27 inches), especially if they're using dual-suspension frames. All-round riders prefer a more standard width of about 22 inches.

Monday, June 24, 2013

AWESOME Deals on Bikes at Scheller's Fitness and Cycling!

Check Out All These Great Deals At Scheller's Fitness and Cycling!



 2013 Trek Domane 4.5                    2013 Mirraco 87                              2013 Trek Jet 20
 ONLY $2599.99!                             ONLY $659.99!                              ONLY: $189.99    

         2013 DOMANE 4.0

Come on over to Scheller's Fitness and Cycling. We've got what you want, and at a price that you want. We'd love to help you with your bike purchase from start to finish. Come by today to any of our locations. We have four locations in Kentucky: two in Louisville, and two in Lexington. In Indiana we have two locations: Clarksville, and Evansville.

Don't wait. Come to one of our stores today and let one of our friendly staff members help you achieve your fitness goals, by helping you take the first step!

Friday, June 14, 2013

SNEAK PEEK At The 2014 Trek Superfly 29 LOOK

SNEAK PEEK: 2014 Trek Superfly 29er

Tyler Benedict of caught a super sneak peek at the new Trek Superfly 29er at the Trans-Sylvania Epic which is America's Longest Mountain Bike Stage Race Experience in Central Pennsylvania.

 Benedict talks about a few of the frame changes from the current Superfly AL model; saying that the most important change is the, "thru-axle rear end and more heavily shaped hydroformed tubes. It also gets revised cable routing with internal runs for shifting. Graphics and naming scheme are also different"

Check out the rest of the short article here ... and be on the lookout for more information on the 2014 Trek Superfly 29er.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

VIDEO: Falcon Chases Bait Strapped To A Downhill MTB Cyclist Back! WATCH

Watch As This Amazing Bird Chases Down Its Prey

Downhill mountain bike legend, Gee Atherton, is hunted by the fastest bird in the world, a peregrine falcon. Set in the epic landscape of Antur Stiniog, North Wales, Gee is tested in the ultimate experiment between man and bird.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Cycle Tech: Recon Instruments Introduces Googlesque Glasses For Sport Application

Google Glass-like Cycling Glasses from Recon Instruments

Recon Instruments has been messing around with HUD displays since 2006.

While their big break came in the world of winter sports, the newest application of their HUD display is on a sporty, sleek pair of

ANT+ for linking with with external sensors
Bluetooth 4.0
HD camera
Multiple sensors

Optics are highly polarized
Weighs only 60g.
Battery is interchangeable
Optical Touch Sensor (means no removing gloves!)

AND, Recon's patented gaze detection only turns on when you glance at the screen.

According to Hamid Abdollahi who is the CTO of Recon Instruments, "We are excited to be showing Recon Jet at Google I/O. Since we started the company in 2008, we have developed HUDs with a purpose; to relay instant, activity specific, user defined information effortlessly to the user's eye. This philosophy is inherent in Jet which marries a powerful open platform, a widescreen display and high-performance polarized optics to offer what we believe is a great value proposition."

The Jet takes all this plus a dual-core processor, speaker, and microphone in a small unit mounted to sporty sunglasses. Recon says the microcomputer module is faster and more powerful than the current unit in the snow sport goggles.

Recon says that the glasses are specifically designed for running, cycling, and golf. But really, these glasses could be used for any number of applications as seen in Recon's video. A surgeon can look at his patients information during surgery or a forestry worker could receive data about a forest fire.

Plus it can stream video, connect to the web and plug in to social media sites.

The display is housed in the lower right side peripheral. They haven't yet supplied us with a an idea of what the display looks like, but it's said to look like a 14-inch screen viewed from 5 feet away!

Recon also hasn't detailed all of its hardware specs or applications. They will certainly provide more information as their proclaimed "2013" release date is closing quickly.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Cycling Tech: Get The Most Out Of Your Smartphone When Cycling

Riding a bicycle is a great way to get exercise, as well as train your body to be physically fit. A key component of training is tracking your progress, and that can be difficult to accomplish without the right tools. With an Android phone, you’ll have plenty of apps at your disposal to plan, calculate, and track your bicycle rides. They can also provide great ways to connect to a community geared toward improving physically, which is sometimes the motivation that people need. This way, you’ll easily be able to improve yourself by knowing your stats and competing with your friends or even friendly strangers.
Some of these tools are more complex than others, and some may be used to track other forms of exercise, too. No matter which tool you end up going with, the important thing is to get out there and get some cycling done. Tracking is just a bonus — it’s not the end game.


cycling apps for android
Endomondo is arguably the most popular sports tracking app available on Android, and it’s also one of my personal favorite cycling apps for Android. It can easily track your cycling outings, and give you plenty of information after your workout. It shows you a map with the path that you took, along with the distance, time, calories burned, average speed and pace, and how much hydration you probably need after the workout. Endomondo can also be used for a long list of other workouts, including running, roller skiing, and more.
Another fantastic feature about Endomondo is that you can share your workouts to the Endomondo community as well as social media, which can be used to get comments of encouragement from others or as bragging rights.

Strava Cycling

cycling apps for android
Strava Cycling is another excellent app which can easily track your cycling workouts. It offers an excellent user interface, and like Endomondo, it can map your path, and show you the time and distance. However, you can also look at your collective stats, earn achievements, compare yourself in leaderboards in a number of scenarios including riding the same route segments as your friends, and join challenges in which you can win gear. Strava also offers its own community where people can look at their friends’ workouts and encourage them.
The idea behind Strava is that you don’t just push yourself to improve on your own times, but you also compare yourself to others as you try to go from the bottom of the leaderboard to the top. Strava does an excellent job at offering plenty of competitive features that indirectly use other people to push you, and that may be the different type of motivation that some people need for workout success.


android cycling app
If you’re looking at a simpler workout tracker for your cycling outings, then I’d recommend BicyComp. When you first launch the app, it offers you four different layouts, which include varying amounts of information and screen space dedicated to a map. Depending on what you choose, you could see a map, speed, distance, and a handful of time-related stats.
BicyComp doesn’t have an online community, so all workouts will be saved locally if you choose to do so. Otherwise, it’s just a good way to keep track of each workout as you’re doing it.
The only issue that I’ve found is that the map may not automatically move to your current position, so you may have to do that manually. However, it does still find your location and tracks the path you take.

Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner

android cycling app
If you live in the UK, you’re in luck. Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner is an app which allows you to plan your cycling routes using OpenStreetMaps before you actually go out cycling.
Once you’re out and about, the app can give you turn by turn directions, including cycling paths in addition to roads. You can also choose between the shortest, fastest, and quietest routes when generating directions. You can even find nearby bike shops if you need any of their services.
While the app uses OpenStreetMaps to display the map, the information it uses for bike routes and bike shops come from a separate, UK-only source. That’s why the app doesn’t work outside of the UK.

Cadence Calculator for Cycling

cycling apps for android
If you’re out cycling for long distances, you should focus on getting your cadence at an acceptable level. The cadence is the amount of revolutions per minute you make with the pedals. Ideally, your cadence should be between 80 and 120 rpm so that you don’t put too much strain on your legs as well as move them too quickly.
With the Cadence Calculator for Cycling, you can calculate your cadence and gear inches by entering your front gear size, rear gear size, and traveling speed. In order to be sure that you’re using the correct measurements (and therefore receive the correct calculations), you’ll need to go into the settings and choose your wheel circumference, chainrings, and cassette. As such, the calculator only works if your bike’s parameters are supported, but the list is quite large.


These five cycling apps for Android should give you quite a start at tracking and optimizing your cycling outings. While I find Endomondo to be the most useful out of these 5 apps, you’ll be fine by using any of the others.
For more great Android apps, check out our Best Android Apps page!
What cycling apps do you use on Android? What feature is most important to you? Let us know in the comments!
Image Credits: Jonas Tana

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Hydrate Properly To Stay In The Best Shape And Avoid Cramps!

1 to 2 quarts may not seem like a lot of water sweat while working out, but it is more important than you think! It's even more important to make sure you replace the electrolytes and nutrients that you lose while you are sweating out that water. Energy Drinks like Gatorade can help replenish these nutrients.

Find an energy drink you like. If you buy something that doesn't taste good, you may not drink enough while working out, if at all. Make sure it's one you enjoy because if it tastes good, you will drink more. These drinks also contain carbohydrates that fuel the muscles.

You may be carrying energy drinks in both of your waterbottles. If this is the case, you should lower the concentration of your second bottle, because as your workout progresses, you will likely want less flavor and sweetness in your drink. Especially if you're riding hard, as too rich a mixture could upset your stomach and even slow down or prevent water absorption.

BEFORE you get to the big race or event, make sure you experiment with different energy drinks. If you find one that doesn't bother your stomach, you can be sure that you won't cramp up on the ride. Remember that bottles aren't your only option! Experiment with hydration packs too, they have a larger capacity and are easier to drink out of for those bumpy off-road races and rides.

How can you know if you are properly hydrated? Check your urine. It should be pale yellow or clear. If it is dark or has a smell, you need to be drinking more water. (Though vitamin pills can have a coloring effect) Urinating during the night before the event is a good sign of being properly hydrated.

On those hot summer days, put your waterbottles in the freezer the night before the race. You can also use insulated bottles or hydration system. If you choose to freeze your bottles, fill only half way so you can top it off with drink before the ride. The ice in the bottom will chill the liquid for a while. Ice in a hydration pack can also help cool your torso.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cycling Tech: Build An Amazing Custom Trek Online!

Trek Project One Allows You To Build The Bike Of Your Dreams In Almost Any Color!

Trek's already industry leading custom bike program — Project One — now allows you to customize and design Trek's most popular mountain bikes. Riders can create a product that will fit them perfectly and is fine tuned to their own preferences.

The available bikes for customization are a collection of the best 29ers Trek has to offer: The Superfly 9.9 SL, the Superfly 100 9.9 SL, and the all-new Fuel EX 9.9 29.

John Riley, Trek's Mountain Bike Product Manager says: "Customization is at the core of what mountain bikes are all about since Gary Fisher and company first created them in the 1970's. Project One is the modern embodiment of that. Project One mountain bikes are something that our customers have asked about for a long time and be able to offer riders so many options is awesome"

Mountain bikes customized through Project One will be fully customizable front-to-back, tuned specifically to each rider's unique spec requirements with an unparalleled parts offering. each Project One will be a unique reflection of the combination of the personal and riding style of the individual. With unparalleled custom options int he bike industry, Project One will allow riders to select from the following features to create a bike that is truly one-of-a-kind.

Control over the final build ranges from choosing from stock options which won't change the final price, to custom paint jobs or component upgrades that will boost the price accordingly. You can even color match the decals on the fork! Users will be able to change size options for components through their local dealer's P1 account as well, picking the right stem, bar, saddle, and crank lengths to fit.

Here is the list of customizable pieces of the bike:

Bottom Brackets
Front Rotors
Rear Rotors
Saddles Handlebars Grips
Fork Colors
Seat Posts
Brake Set

Currently, the Project One Program Includes the Following bikes:

Fuel Ex 9.9 29 Sram                                           Click Here
Fuel Ex 9.9 29 Shimano
Superfly FS 9.9 SL SRAM                                 Click Here
Superfly FS 9.9 SL Shimano
Superfly 9.9 SL SRAM
Superfly 9.9 SL Shimano
Madone 7
Madone 7.9
Madone 7.9 WSD
Madone 7.7
Madone 6.5
Madone 6.2                                                        Click Here
Madone 6.2 WSD
Madone 7 Series Team Edition
Domane 6.9
Domane 6.9 WSD
Domane 6.2                                                        
Domane 6.2 WSD
Domane 6 Series Team Edition
Speed Concept 9.9
Speed Concept 9.8
Speed Concept 9.8 WSD
Speed Concept 9.5
Speed Concept 9.5 WSD
Speed Concept 9 Series Team Edition

Come to any one of the five Scheller's Fitness and Cycling Locations today to check out this incredible fitness bike. We have two locations in Lexington, two in Louisville, one in Clarksville, and one in Evansville. You can also reach us by phone at (812) 288-6100 or visit our website for more information and a complete catalogue.