Wednesday, January 29, 2014

[Review] 2014 Trek Domane 2.3 - Available Now!

The 2013 Domane 2.3 and Trek Bring IsoSpeed Technology Within Reach of The Common Rider

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Though aluminum usually is thought to offer a harsh ride, this younger brother of the Trek Domane 6.9 does an excellent job at taking the edge off the roughest roads. From the get-go, a first-time Domane rider can experience the sensation of a de-coupled seat tube - something that in the past you would have had to spend at least $6,000 to get. Now Trek offers the same IsoSpeed technology in two aluminum models, the Domane 2.3 and 2.0.

The theory behind IsoSpeed is appealing. Where the seat tube and top tube meet, the junction is formed by a bearing which allows the two pieces of aluminum to move independently of one another. The idea is that the seat tube can flex, thereby increasing comfort, but the flex won't affect the stiffness, and therefore power transfer, of the rest of the frame.

The frame is built to Trek's Endurance geometry which means that the top tube is a little shorter than you get on Trek's standard road bikes (even compared to their fairly relaxed H2 fit) and the head tube is a touch longer. The differences aren't massive but you will get a slightly more upright ride position on a Domane.

The key groupset components come mostly from Shimano's mid-level 105 range (shifters, mechs, brakes). The 105 groupset delivers an excellent level of performance for the money. The chainset is a non-series Shimano R565 with 50/34-tooth chainrings and a 12-30 tooth Tiagra cassette.

"The Domane 2.3 sits at a competitive price point, and it is an ideal machine for logging long miles, year-round and in comfort, without breaking the bank" - George Scott

Come to any of the Scheller's Fitness and Cycling locations to see this awesome bike and plenty of others, as well as a great selection of indoor fitness equipment! We'd love to answer any of your questions and help you find the perfect machine for you!

Friday, January 24, 2014

[Video Review] 2014 Trek Madone 5.2

We Keep Talking About It. See It For Yourself. The 2014 Trek Madone 5.2

The first thing Jesse mentions (and demonstrates) is the lightness of this bike. He picks it up easily before going on to describe it's other main characteristics: Speed and Comfort.

The 2014 Trek Madone 5.2 comes with a full Ultegra component package — 11-speeds in the back and two in the front. This allows you to have some extra gears, yet not be weighed down by the triple crankset.

Then we move on to the Bontrager Race X-Lite Stem and oversized bars, which have been installed for greater hand comfort. The front end is beefed up for stiffness, and honed for awesome aerodynamics. Bontrager Race Wheels and Tires keep you rolling smooth and sure.

One of the ways Trek makes you faster on this bike is by tucking the back brake behind the crank, keeping the bike free of that drag. Also, removing the back brake from it's usual spot allowed Trek to make the seat stays stiffer for an added level of comfort.

The 2014 Trek Madone 5.2 also utilizes DuoTrap Technology to integrate the computer sensor into the frame to measure speed, distance and cadence with no added aerodynamic drag. It works with major ANT+ wireless technology players, including Bontrager, Garmin, PowerTrap, and SRM.

Visit a store today to take a test ride!

Monday, January 20, 2014

LifeFitness X-3 Elliptical Cross-Trainer High-Intensity, Low-Impact Trainer

Lifefitness X-3 Elliptical Cross Trainer

There's No Denying The Need for Cardiovascular Exercise, Now Do It With Less Stress On Your Body

We know this kind of exercise will burn lots of calories, strengthen our heart muscle, help us breathe more easily, give us more energy and even  give us a mood boost.

In the last decade, one of the more popular ways to get a good cardiovascular workout has been through the use of Elliptical Cross Trainers. These machines are an effective and fun way to exercise indoors!

For a lower-cost elliptical option, check out the Schwinn 430 Elliptical Here

Probably the most well known benefit of using an elliptical is that they provide an amazing low-impact workout. Although your legs are moving against resistance, your feet never leave the surface of the footpads, so there is very little or no impact on your knees, hips, ankles or back, as there might be when you go on a run.

This feature alone has drawn many —whether by choice or by necessity—to the elliptical. In fact, many people have been told by their doctor that they need to stop running, or at least reduce their high impact exercise and add a low impact alternative into their weekly routine. The elliptical cross trainer can be that perfect substitute.

But that's not the only feature that people like about ellipticals. There is also a 2 for 1 benefit, the fact that you can tone your legs and your arms simultaneously while training your heart. You can see here that while the legs move in a natural motion, the resistance can be adjusted to be as challenging as you'd like, making it a great workout for your legs. At the same time, the handlebars provide you with arm movement - so you not only get the bonus of sculpting the arms, but you increase the intensity and the calorie burn by using your whole body. The more muscle groups involved, the more calories burned.

How much resistance and how hard you push yourself is an individual thing, but people who use ellipticals will tell you that the perceived exertion feels easier than when doing other forms of cardio training. Because there is no jarring or jumping movements, the legs stay in a low-impact, constant striding motion. And, since the effort is split between your arms and your legs, you can work hard and not feel like you are exerting yourself as much as you truly are. Many first time users are surprised at their elevated heart rate and calorie burn compared to their perceived effort.

In addition to these benefits, the elliptical provides you with the opportunity to get multiple workouts on one machine. Changing the stride length, reversing the leg motions, pushing or pulling the arms - these are just some of the variables that create a new and different workout each time you get on the elliptical cross-trainer. Plan your own interval workout, or try one of the pre-programmed workouts to let the machine be your personal trainer.

And of course, the key to anything you have in your home is how it adapts in your environment. The Lifefitness X3 Elliptical Cross-Trainer is made to fit in most homes and is smooth and quiet while you are using it so you can hear what is going on around you.

Try out an elliptical cross-trainer and experience the benefits of a high-intensity, low-impact workout that meets the needs of almost any excersizer.

Visit any Scheller's Fitness and Cycling location today to see the best fitness equipment on the market from Lifefitness, Octane, TrueFitness, Schwinn and more! We look forward to helping you find the bike or indoor exercising equipment that best suits your needs.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2014 Trek Superfly 8 - Scheller's Fitness and Cycling Bike Review

Trek's 2014 Superfly 8 Raises The Bar For 29er Hardtail MTB Performance

The Superfly 8 is the highest level aluminum bike in the line-up, and it was bred with racing in mind. It's speed is only half the story though; it's handling and specs make it fully capable when the trail get's rowdy.

Trek's Alpha Platinum Aluminum frame is hydroformed to create the most sophisticated shapes for the lightest weight, and are finished using Trek's smooth-weld finishing process. The frame is equipped with G2 geometry and a 100 mm Float up front to lead the way as fast as possible. The bike looks clean and simple thanks to sleek ports at the head tube and near the seat tube, allowing you to run your derailleur housing directly through the frame, keeping the cable protected from the elements and your bike running smooth, clean and quiet.

Eric Melson of Blister Gear Review said this of the Superfly's riding characteristics: "Right away, I noticed the lateral rigidity of the press-fit bottom bracket and the thru-axle rear end. The power transfer was very impressive, something that's especially noticeable when I'm standing for long periods of time or during short, punchy climbs when I drop a gear and mash.

My position while climbing is low, and I lean forward over the front wheel, which helps me power up steep grades. This bike likes to spin, and if you've got the lungs, you can cover some serious ground in the hills. ... I'm confident making techy moves and lifting the front end thanks to the bike's relatively short chainstays, and overall I've appreciated its snappiness and solid power transfer."

The front fork of the 2014 Superfly 8 is the Fox Evolution Series 32 Float w/CTD, damper, 15QR thru axle, custom G2 geometry with 51mm offset and an optional 100mm of travel. When climbing or sprinting, simply turn the lockout switch to the "locked out" position to maintain all the power of your stroke. When descending, turn the lockout to the "fully open" position to eat up most of the bumps and keep you rooted in the ground, rather than be readily tossed in the air. Of course, the 29 inch wheels help with that as well.

Next, the drivetrain is composed of Shimano SLX with a Deore XT Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur, making chain slap and dropped chains a thing of the past. A 2x10 drivetrain gives you plenty of gears to use while saving some weight. The SLX hydraulic disc brakes stop you well, even in muddy or wet conditions. Plus, the newly designed levers are practically a joy to squeeze. Plus, the rear brake caliper is integrated into the chain/seat stays (intended to increase stiffness).

Tubeless-ready wheels, SLX discs and Bontrager Race Lite controls top everything off nicely. Speed, efficiency and fun: Your Superfly awaits!

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Be Safer On The Road With These 3 Tips

Beat The Traffic - Get There and Back Safely

If you have been riding for enough time to complain about motorists, you probably have had some near-miss situation happen to you. Today's motorists are notorious for being consistently distracted – and in many parts of the country — downright dangerous.

 To simply know that this is true does not help when you're actually out on the road, though. You should be actively mindful of motorists around you — be one move ahead of the traffic. This will ensure that you get where you're going and that you have a better time on the way.

Of course, it should suffice to say that defensive riding is the number one way to prevent accidents when out there in the cold street. One reason for that comes from this road proverb: You can drive a truck between what motorists ought to do - what they're legally obliged to do - versus what they actually do. Just because I have the right of way does not mean I can proceed in the comfort that my rights, life and limb will not be violated.

So let's examine a few of the most common places to be aware of danger so that you may avoid nasty collisions or falls.

Cars Turning Right

When passing a motorist (or when one passes you) take a quick second to look through the window of the car. You will be amazed at how much you can divine of a motorist's knowledge and intentions.

Did he see you? Is he looking in his rear or side view mirror? Is he slowing down to make the right turn? Is he concentrated on the flow of incoming traffic— without looking back at you?

Remember - no matter how much it doesn't seem like it - motorists don't want to hit you either. Give them the benefit of the doubt and slow down a bit when you are in a place that you can tell it could be dangerous if motorists are distracted.

Cars Turning Left

Typically, seeing a car that is turning left is not too difficult to do. However, if you are riding in dense traffic, sometimes the traffic going in your same direction can hide a left-turning motorist from your view. If you have to ride in traffic like that, look for an opening in the traffic in front of you. The likeliest reason for this space is to allow a vehicle to cross the road, right in front of you.

Attentive Posture

Many of us who have ridden for a long time know fellow riders who tend to crash more than others. Typically, these are the inattentive riders. This might be excused, but for the consequences. At some point inattentiveness, and the disinclination to practice defensive riding, shifts the blame onto the cyclist. When you decide to engage in the sport of cycling, you're the one who'll pay the steepest price in an accident, regardless of whom is at fault.

The safest posture is to assume the worst from those on the other side. Then, you'll be pleasantly surprised when these drivers do the right thing and, more to the point, you're more likely to arrive home safe and sound and able to ride another day.

Come to any of the awesome Scheller's Fitness and Cycling locations to learn more about bicycle safety, to pick up a new helmet, lights, or other safety accessories. We'd love to help you pick out just what you need to make you safer and more comfortable on your rides.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

[Review] Schwinn 430 Elliptical - For Fitness on a Budget

(In the Box) Regularly: $999            NOW: $629

It's like having your own inspiring workout coach in the next room. 

The Schwinn 430 is a great new budget elliptical machine. The Schwinn 430 is similiar to the Schwinn 420 model but has a number of improvements including an increased number of programs and resistance levels  as well as an increased warranty. The Schwinn 430 elliptical machine also has an increased stride length of 20 inches. This 164 pound machine supports a maximum weight of 300 pounds.

Product Features

  • 22 programs (9 profile; 8 heart rate control (4 Beginner; 4 Advanced); 2 custom user defined; 2 fitness tests (1 Beginner; 1 Advanced); 1 quick start) and additional features

  • Schwinn DualTrack™ two LCD window system allows you to monitor up to 13 different display feedbacks

  • Time, Distance, and Calories goal tracking with USB data transfer functionality to the Schwinn Connect™ website and compatibility with MyFitnessPal

  • USB charging port

  • 2 user capability for multiple user set-up

  • 20 levels of eddy current resistance aligned with a high speed, high inertia perimeter weighted flywheel for a smooth and quiet workout

  • 10 resistance quick keys to rapidly take you from easy to hard and back again

  • Large footplates allow you to place your feet in a position that's comfortable for you and are cushioned to make long workouts a little easier

  • 3 LED tracking lights

  • Ergonomically placed moving and static handle bars

  • 3 speed fan, oversized center mounted water bottle holder and transport wheels

  • Sealed acoustic chamber speakers for big quality sound

  • Product Assembled Dimensions: 70.1" X 28.2" X 63.2"

  • Maximum user weight: 300 lbs

  • Power Requirements: Plugs into any standard electrical wall outlet on a 110V-120V circuit. 120V 60Hz AC input; 1.5A output. AC power adapter included.

  • Warranty: 10 years frame / 2 years mechanical / 1 year electrical / 90 days labor 

  • Come see this Elliptical and much more fitness equipment at any Scheller's Fitness and Cycling Location!