Friday, March 28, 2014

Excellent Entry-Level Road Bike From Trek: 2014 Madone 2.1

Refined Aluminum Road Bike: 2014 Madone 2.1. Worthy of the Madone name. Super-aero shape and next level race technology. Incredible ride, incredible value.

Aerodynamics are becoming a key design concentration for many products, and it is fascinating to see that Trek has employed similar thinking in their entry-level bikes as they have on their top-tier race bikes. “The Madone 2.1 is Trek’s most affordable Madone model and sports a smart aluminum frame with Kammtail Virtual Foil shaped tubes, internal cable routing, tapered head tube, PressFit bottom bracket and a Shimano 105 groupset. This Madone shows just how good affordable road bikes have become in recent years…”

The KVF uses a truncated profile, where the trailing edge has been chopped off to save weight, but which amazingly causes the air to act as if the trailing edge was actually there. Trek also packed other modern features into the frame, including a Press-Fit BB 86.5mm bottom bracket. This houses the bearings inside the frame and allows the shell to be wider, and in turn allows the downtube to be much wider. The result — a much stiffer frame.

The shifters and mechanisms are from Shimano’s mid-level 105 group. It’s solid, reliable, durable, and functional. You can adjust the reach to the levers by adding shims, the hoods are very comfortable to rest your hands on, and the mechs will probably carry on working for ages with relatively little maintenance. There are two deviations from the 105 groupset: The Tiagra 12-30 cassette and non-series Shimano brake calipers.

As is expected, Trek fills out the rest of the bike with proprietary Bontrager parts: Bontrager hubs on approved aluminum rims wrapped with R1 23mm tires, the Bontrager Race seatpost (20mm layback and one bolt clamping mechanism) topped with a Bontrager Affinity 1 saddle with steel rails.

Monday, March 24, 2014

How Much Lighting Do I Need For Night Riding? (On or Off-Road)


Good Lighting Is Super Important For Safe and Legal Night Rides

Have you ever been in a bike shop and been completely confused by the amount of different products there are — especially in the lighting section? There are tons of features offered on newer lighting systems, but the real questions are: How and where do you plan on using your light, and how much do you want to spend?

Of course, the best way to make these determinations is to come in to the shop and compare features and prices, but for now, lets go over a few of the features of modern lighting systems.

1. In general, the greater the wattage, the brighter the light.

Do you need a light so that you can be seen by other riders or by cars? Or do you want something that is going to illuminate the road or trail ahead of you? If you identify more with the second question, you will want a light that is at least 10 watts. There are also systems with yellow lights, and white lights — the latter being brighter at the same wattage.

2. Tons of Features

Modern lighting systems are packed with features. There are twin- and single-beam headlight systems. There are different battery types (rechargeables are found on better lights). There are ingenious quick-release mounts so you can install and remove the light in a blink. Most lights offer high- and low-beam options like your car (use the high beam for downhills, pitch-black woods, high speed and intersections). There are even computerized light systems on which battery usage and light output is controlled via microchip.

3. A Torch To Light The Trail

The ultimate trail setup is having one handlebar light and another on your helmet. The head-mounted light illuminates your field of vision and is especially handy for following bends in the trail because it moves with you as you turn to look (just don't look directly at friends when riding because you'll blind them for a few seconds). Meanwhile, the bar-mounted beam allows monitoring conditions directly in front of the bike for bumps, roots and trail irregularities.

4. Portable Power

High-watt light systems require large amounts of power so battery systems have gotten very sophisticated. In ascending order of cost, bicycle lighting systems use lead-acid batteries, Nickel-Cadmium (NiCad) batteries, and Nickel-Metal-Hydride (NiMH) batteries. NiCad batteries are lighter and less susceptible to power loss at high or low temperatures than lead-acid, and will last many more recharge cycles. NiMH batteries weigh 30% less than NiCad batteries and offer similar run-times and durability. Proper care and feeding of your battery must be followed to insure you get maximum battery life. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding charging and use of any rechargeable battery.

See another post on road cycling safety:
Be Safer On The Road With These 3 Tips

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 Trek 1.5 Road Bike: Versatile, Race-Ready, and Aerodynamically Shaped

Trek's 2014 1.5 Provides A Light and Exhilarating Ride That's Easy on the Budget included the 2014 Trek 1.5 in their 'Buyer's Guide: Entry-Level Road Bikes', saying, "Anyone who has recently caught the cycling bug should enjoy this versatile, spry model from Trek. The compact crank offers lower gears to help you summit any hills in your path, and the frame comes in eight sizes - making it easy to find a good fit. Mount fenders and rack to turn this into a fast commuter."

The new 2014 Trek 1.5 frame features some Kammtail-esque tube shaping that is a trickle down from the fine looking Madone aero tube profiles and the geometry is still the same well proven H2 fit.

A reviewer at says that the ride quality of the new frame is a step forward over the old bike. It seemed more comfortable to him and the Tiagra componentry worked very well right out of the box.

Here are a few specs, including sizes available:

Frame: 100 Series Alpha Aluminum
Fork: Trek Carbon Road
Sizes: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64cm
Frame Fit: H2

Wheels: Alloy hubs with Bontrager Approved alloy rims
Tires: Bontrager R1 Hard-Case Lite, 700x23c

Shifters: Shimano Tiagra STI, 10 speed
Front and Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra
Crank: FSA Vero 50/34 (compact)
Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 12-30, 10 speed

Saddle: Bontrager Affinity 1
Seatpost: Bontrager Approved, 27.2mm, 8mm offset
Handlebar: Bontrager Race VR-C, 31.8mm
Stem: Bontrager SSR, 31.8mm, 10 degree
Headset: 1-1/8" semi-cartridge bearings
Brakeset: Alloy dual-pivot

Grips: Bontrager Gel Cork tape
Extras: Fenders and Rack Mounts

Monday, March 10, 2014

Perfect Your Pedaling in 4 Easy Steps

Pedaling Drills and Suggestions To Get The Most Out Of Your Ride

One pedaling drill you can do on any ride with downhills is spinning the pedals as quickly as possible as you accelerate down slopes. To do this correctly, leave the bike in a gear that's too easy,
one that forces you to fan the pedals to keep up with the speed of the bike. Your goal is to rev your legs as quickly as you can while remaining seated. At first, you'll probably bounce a lot on the seat. But, with practice, you should be able to stay in the seat and maintain a calm upper body even though your legs are spinning at supersonic speed. If you do this drill a lot, your pedaling speed and efficiency will quickly improve.

1. Try Rollers
If you're willing to purchase a handy piece of cycling equipment, a great way to smooth your spin is to train indoors on rollers. Rollers consist of a frame with three spinning drums (one for the front wheel, two for the
rear), with a rubber belt connecting the front drum to one of the rear drums. You put your bike on the rollers and start to pedal and you can balance and ride just like you do spinning down the road outside. Most rollers have optional equipment that allows increasing resistance because there isn't much drag from just the roller unit itself.

2. Develop A Winning Spin 

Rollers require above-average balance and exaggerate any pedaling flaws. With enough practice, you naturally eliminate pedaling problems because they're so noticeable. And, when that happens, you ride faster with the same effort because your pedaling becomes more efficient and more of
your energy goes into driving the bike.

Think they're just for roadies? Actually, the concentration and spin improvement builds confidence and the ability to ride tight singletrack, maintain your balance in slick mud and skirt narrow ledges high in the mountains, too.

3. Forced Spinning 

 A classic cycling trick to improve pedaling technique is riding a fixed-gear bike in the winter. Constant pedaling is required because you can't coast. And you must accelerate pedal speed on downhills because you can't shift. These factors combine to smooth your pedal stroke and force you to spin complete circles. Pick ride routes that avoid steep climbs and descents. You don't need to buy a new bike to pull this one off, either. A threaded-hub wheel, a track cog, a BMX chain and a few axle spacing tricks can turn your regular bike into a fixed-gear rig. We can help with the conversion.


4. Try The Track

If you're one of the privileged few who can ride a track bike at a velodrome (a circular, banked track for cycling), you'll reap the same benefits as training on a fixed-gear bike. Never ride a track bike on the road, though. Brakes are a must on the street, and track bikes don'thave them.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Helmet Innovation - Invisible Helmet Created in Sweden

A Helmet That Isn't There... Until You Need It

Wearing a helmet, though, doesn't necessarily appeal to your sense of fashion, and almost definitely ruins your hair by the end of a day of riding.

Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, both Swedish industrial design students came up with an idea for an invisible helmet in 2005 while they were studying at the University of Lund.

The technology is based on airbag technology but also uses motion sensors to detect when the body is
moving abnormally. In circumstances when cyclists are in an accident or begin to fall, the helmet deploys an inflatable nylon hood around the cyclists head.

"It recognizes that your body is having an abnormal movement that you can't have unless your body is positioned radically different than how it's supposed to be," Alstin says. "In a way, it's technology that has existed before, but used together in a new way.

A cold gas inflator, positioned in the helmet's back collar, pumps the hood with helium when the sensors are triggered. The helmet stays inflated for several seconds so that it can absorb the shock of multiple hits in the same accident, before releasing the gas, and slowly deflating.

"We're hoping to enter new areas of usage and develop the technology further into new applications [so we can] save people in other ways," she says. "There's a lot to be done– we're definitely not short of ideas"