June 2016

Before you celebrate your victory, make sure the race is actually over.

Cyclist doesn’t realise there’s still one lap to go as he celebrates race win

We guess they call them rookie errors for a reason.

Head down and closing fast on the finish line, cyclist Martin Gluth had built up a sizeable enough advantage to think he’d won the National Championships in Erfurt, Germany.

It would have been a big achievement for the 24-year-old who was representing OMX Pro Bike Team, racing against more seasoned pros like sprinter Andre Greipel.

And he certainly looked happy as he crossed the finish line arms raised aloft as the pack chased close behind him.

However, what Gluth didn’t know is that he still had one lap to go.

 

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Metro Bike Share Launch Celebration & Ride Off

Metro Bike Share is launching in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) on July 7, 2016!

Join Metro, the City of Los Angeles and the Downtown community in a celebration at Grand Park with music, snacks, Mayor and Metro Board Member Eric Garcetti, incoming Metro Board Chair John Fasana and a chance to be the first to test ride the new bikes for free!

The Metro Bike Share Launch Celebration and Ride-Off Event will culminate with a bike ride to experience a new way to see DTLA.

To sign up for the ride-off, select your preferred station destination from the ticket options provided. You’ll be assigned a bike and asked to sign a waiver as a part of the registration process. Please note: Sign ups are first come first served, so don’t miss out. Limit 1 bike per person. Must present I.D. at check-in. Don’t forget to bring your helmet!

Want to come for the festivities but not the ride? That’s great too! No need to register, just show up, the event is open to all.

If you are registering for the ride off, be sure to pick a station close to where you want to end up!

We recommend arriving to the event by Metro rail, bus, or by walking. The nearest Metro rail station is the Civic Center/Grand Park station via the red or purple line. Plan your trip at Metro.net or by calling 323.GO.METRO (323.466.3876), or use the transit setting on your preferred map application.

If you are interested in leading a ride group, please email us at marketing@bikeshare.metro.net. Ride leaders get a special Metro Bike Share gift for helping out!

 

Launch Party schedule:
11:00am – Check-in
11:30pm – Celebration
12:00pm – Press Conference
12:30pm – Ride-off

 

Register for FREE here

Look 795 Light review

From cyclingnews.com

 

Look’s flagship 795 shows a maker positively obsessed with the idea of integration. The stem, crank and seatmast cap are all absorbed into a holistic design.

  • Highs: Fast on good wheels, pretty stiff
  • Lows: Integration adds hassle, substandard stock hoops
  • Buy if: Your heart is set on a look, and you’ve already got the high-end rolling stock to get the most from this bike – or a pocket full of cash

Since the launch of the fabulous 695 in 2010, integration has formed the French brand’s focus. Bicycles are, for better and worse, simply a collection of components. In aiming to integrate more components together, Look – famed in the 80s for inventing clipless pedals and pioneering carbon frame development – hit upon a rich seam of potential for further innovation.

The question is, does this approach produce a better bike or is it innovation for its own sake?

There are two versions: this Light and the Aerolight with integrated brakes. In the UK the Light is available as a complete bike with Shimano Ultegra or as tested with Dura-Ace. The Aerolight is only available complete with Dura-Ace.

All three builds use the same Look ADH carbon aero road bar, Selle Italia Monolink SLR Flow saddle and Mavic Aksium Elite wheels. That last item might jar but they are only intended as training hoops – UK agent Fisher told us that Look expects customers of these bikes to already own at least one set of high-end wheels. This is common practice for time trial bikes but certainly unusual for a high-end road bike.

 

Signature Look details

The signature feature of the 795 is the front end. The top tube is radically raised to line up with the Aerostem. It makes the bike appear very tall – and the look divides opinion – but at least it’s different.

To allow height adjustment without using spacers and ruining that smooth line, the stem can tilt +17° to -13° using an internal mechanism, giving 57mm of vertical range for a 110mm stem. Even so, it couldn’t get down to my preferred 12cm drop despite a lofty 80.5cm seat height.

What’s more, adjustment requires hitting it with a hammer alarmingly hard (we watched a Look technician do it) to release the wedge clamp.

The new Zed 3 crankset is a work of art. It’s made as a monocoque, with the two arms, the axle and the fairing all one piece. It has mountings at both 110 and 130BCD, so you can run any rings you like, and it’s fitted by passing the left crank through the bottom bracket, necessitating the huge 65mm diameter BB.

Because the cranks are expensive to make, Look came up with a smart solution to provide enough length options: the Trilobe insert can be rotated through three positions to give effective lengths of 170, 172.5 and 175mm. On the down side, the unique axle size and thick arms limit your power meter options; neither cranksets nor Garmin Vector 2 pedals will fit.

Look’s E-Post 2 seatmast cap includes an elastomer to damp vibration, though the effect is slight and the ride is firm at the bar and pedals. Its quill-type clamp is elegant but fragile so a torque wrench is essential. It comes with Selle Italia’s Monolink system though it can also take regular saddles, so you’re not tied to the SLR Flow that suits some but is narrow and firm.

Our main concern for the 795 was that the small junction at the head tube and top tube would be a weak link in the handling. It’s actually more robust than expected, if still missing the ultimate precision of the most poised bikes. It’s even better under power, the lower half of the frame resolute against any effort.

 

 

Light by name, not light enough out of the box

After my first day of testing up in North Yorkshire was abruptly ended by a storm, the second day dawned with snow flurries in the air, leaving no doubt over what to wear: everything. I reprised the route, east then down Blubberhouses and north to Glasshouses, at which point I joined the route of stage 1 of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire at its most interesting point.

Flat from Beverley to Harrogate, things get spicy from Pateley Bridge. Having had no call for inner rings up to this point, you’re faced with a 16% wall out of the town, and then another, then a third, each cruel ramp separated by winding sections that remain steep enough to prevent much recovery.

Being far from fully fit, I admit to being grateful for the 795’s 34×28 bottom gear, otherwise an odd choice on an aero bike. Satisfyingly stiff, the Look climbs decently but its weight and especially the wheels prevented it from sparkling.

In all, the climb continues for 4km and rises to more than 350m, affording incredible views. With 10cm of snow by the roads and a block headwind, it was a hard slog from here and the sweat from the climb was chilling me so I sought refuge in a café, where a large coffee and a piece of cake the size of a house brick gave a boost to see me home. Still, I think it was the hardest and slowest 75km I’ve ever done.

At 7.45kg including the pedals, and at this price, this bike really stretches its ‘Light’ moniker. What’s more, Look doesn’t make any claims for the aero gains of the 795, which is unusual these days. The NACA-derived airfoil shapes are skinny and clearly prioritise low wind yaw angles. Does it feel fast? On these wheels, no, it doesn’t – though nothing would.

This should be an even pricier bike with worthy wheels and a sub-7kg weight. Instead, it’s an uncomfortable compromise, hobbled with desperately disappointing Mavic Aksium Elites, which are dandy on bikes at a quarter of the price but not acceptable here. They’re flexy, slow and undermine the frame’s high stiffness.

When we did eventually try some upgrade wheels, as Look expects customers to do, we found there isn’t clearance for 25mm Conti GP4000S II rubber on wide Enve 4.5 clinchers. With 4.5 tubs fitted instead, the 795 felt much brighter and faster, though not as spectacular as it should have.

Similarly priced aero-road rivals from Giant, Scott, Canyon, Ridley, and more, come with far superior wheels and a chassis that outperforms the 795. In that context, the awkwardness of the integrated parts is even harder to forgive. This isn’t a bad bike, but you’d have to really want a Look to ignore its competition.

BikeRadar Women’s Road Bike of the Year Awards

From BikeRadar.com

 

We’ve tested a wide range of women’s bikes to help you find the best one for you

Over 20 bikes, hundreds of cumulative miles, a whole load of climbing and descending, a smattering of sprinting, and a selection of BikeRadar readers. These are the magic ingredients that have gone into making the BikeRadarWomen’s Road Bike of the Year Awards.

We set out to compare the most popular women’s road bikes on the market, head to head, to see how they matched up in terms of performance, comfort and value for money, and we’ll be unveiling the results shortly.

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Finding the best women’s road bikes – the process

 

We sourced over 20 women’s specific road bikes based on popularity, covering a wide range of brands including Specialized, Trek, Liv, Cannondale, FujiCanyon and Scott.

Each bike was ridden extensively by the BikeRadar team, covering long distances and durations, sprints, climbs and descents, and on this basis a shortlist of 15 bikes, 5 per category, was developed. These categories are bikes under £1000, under £1500 and under £2000.

We were also keen to find out what our readers, the women who will be buying and riding these bikes, think about them. So we recruited a panel of five BikeRadar readers who joined us on a test weekend in the Mendip Hills in the Southwest of England.

Over the course of the weekend, all 15 of the shortlisted bikes were taken for a ride on the test loop, which included climbs, descents, and sprint sections. Each bike was ridden by at least two testers, who provided detailed feedback on every aspect of the bikes.

Our testers were all volunteers with a range of different riding experience who gave up their time freely, and we’d like to thank them for helping us put the shortlisted bikes through their paces.

While we know that there are more and more premium, high-spec bikes out there for women, we’ve concentrated our efforts on the most popular price points.

 

 

The end of ‘shrink and pink’?

 

One thing that was noticeably absent on the vast majority of the bikes is the colour pink. Our reader panel commented that, while the bikes often did have what might be deemed feminine colours, only a handful feature the much-maligned shade.

“They weren’t pink and the styling was really good with a mix of girly or not girly at all, so something for everyone,” said Rebecca Smith. “The performance was really good and they were rarely too short.”

 

Read more at:  BikeRadar.com

The Beginner’s Guide to Picking the Perfect Bicycle

From Lifehacker.com

 

Up until recently, I’ve been riding the same bike I got for my 10th birthday. It took me from point A to B, but it was definitely time for an upgrade. As a total beginner, I discovered picking the right bike isn’t as simple as I thought. From frame size to extra features, here’s how to find your perfect ride.

Choose the Right Bike Type Based on Your Needs

When I walked into my local bike shop and they asked what I was looking for, I had no idea what to say beyond, “a really cool bike.” I didn’t know where to start, so I told them I just wanted something for riding around the neighborhood. Even then, I discovered there were options.

 

The National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) lists the general types of bikes you can find at most stores here. You probably know the difference between a mountain bike and a cruiser (pictured above), but there are a few types in between. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Mountain bikes: Rugged and meant for off-road use, but you can use them on pavement, too.
  • Road bikes: Meant for pavement use, like riding around in the city. Built for speed.
  • Hybrid bikes: A cross between mountain and road bikes. Not as fast as road bikes, and not as rugged as mountain bikes, but good for commuting.
  • Cruisers: Casual bike for, you know, cruising. The kind of bikes you see people ride around boardwalks near the beach.

 

This infographic also does an excellent job of breaking down the different bike types for beginners. Of course, there are all sorts of additional, specific types of bikes: tandem bikes, BMX bikes, fixed-gear bikes. But for us beginners, these four are a good place to start. I wanted a good transportation bike, but maybe even one I could take on nearby trails, so the salesman suggested a hybrid.

 

 

Calculate How Much You Want to Spend

 

It goes without saying that bikes can be expensive. Those prices range quite a bit, though, from a hundred bucks to several thousand depending on what you buy. Ebicycles.com says beginners can expect to at least spend a few hundred bucks, and CostHelper breaks down the price points (emphasis ours🙂

  • The low range is $80 to $300. Usually these basic metal frames are just functional, though often still stylish. Target sells low-range models by numerous brands, including Huffy and Forge.
  • Mid-range bikes cost $300 to $1,000. These aluminum or lighter metal bikes are the best bet for everyday riders because their higher-quality wheels, chains and pedals increase their durability.
  • High-end bikes cost $1,000 and higher. These models are usually made of the lightest metals, including carbon and titanium, and are designed for more rigorous, everyday use or light competition. Riders can build their own model in a store or online by choosing from several different frame sizes, colors and wheel type.

You can also find decent, affordable bikes second-hand. For example, the store I visited, Around the Cycle, specializes in recycling people’s old bikes, so there were plenty of mid-range options between $200-$300. Bicycle Blue Book can help you figure out what kind of used bike you can get for your price point.

Once you know what kind of bike you need and what quality level you’re looking for, it’s time to dig into the specifics.

 

 

Make Sure Your Bicycle Fits You

 

I’m not a tall lady, so my juvenile bike did the job, but it was still way too small. Not only did I look ridiculous, it was also uncomfortable. It was tough to find an adult bike, though, because most of them were really big and tough for me to maneuver. As Around the Cycle explained to me, the bike’s frame size has to be just right, otherwise, it can be uncomfortable and hard to control.

Your ideal frame size is based on the type of bike you choose, your height, and your inseam (the measurement from your crotch to the ground). Here are some frame sizing charts that can help you pick the right bike frame based on all of these factors. Or, even better, use this calculator to determine your bicycle frame size.

And here’s a quick rule of thumb: the frame size should be about .65 times your inseam. If you have 25” inseam, you’d need a bike with a 16” frame.

Most bike stores will tell you what the frame size is, but maybe you’re buying one from Craigslist or at a garage sale, and the owner has no idea. You can at least get a rough estimate by standing over the bike frame and measuring roughly how many inches come between the bike and your crotch, as Bicycle-and-Bikes demonstrates in the above video. And eBicycles further explains:

 

If you have an inch or so between the frame of a racing, touring or hybrid bike and your crotch it should be about right. For a mountain bike the distance to the frame should be greater. For children the best way to ensure the frame is the correct size is to have the child sit on the seat and be able to place the balls of their feet on the ground and reach the handlebars comfortably. You should also ensure they have a 25-50mm clearance between the bar and their crotch if they are standing over the center bar.

Handlebars matter, too. You want to be able to reach them, after all, so make sure the reach between your seat and the handlebars is comfortable. According to REI, the farther the seat is below the handlebars, generally, the more comfortable the ride. But higher handlebars let you apply more power to the pedals. The shape and position of your handlebars also depend on the bike you get.

 

Here are some common handlebar shapes and what they’re used for:

  • Drop bar: Found on most road bikes. Lightweight and aerodynamic, so ideal for fast riding. You are in a lower, hunched over position, which can be uncomfortable for your back.
  • Flat bar: Common on hybrid bikes, sometimes on road or mountain bikes. They allow you to sit upright in a more comfortable position that reduces strain on your hands, wrists, and shoulders.
  • Riser bar: Common on mountain bikes. They extend slightly upward and back and allow you to sit farther back to see ahead and maintain steering control.
  • Mustache bar: Found on some road and hybrid bikes. Kind of like drop bars but the drop isn’t as deep. According to REI, “they give you a variety of hand positions while allowing you to sit more upright than with drop bars.”

 

Once you decide what type of bike you want and the fit you need, it’s time to decide what you want out of its features: gears, wheel size, suspension, and brakes.

 

Read more at Lifehacker.com

 

2nd Annual Tour De Tacos!

STANS BIKE SHOP and The EASTSIDE BIKE CLUB invite you for a FUN SUMMER NIGHT BIKE RIDE.

 

Our 2nd Annual TACO NIGHT BIKE RIDE is like no other in the country.

 

If you enjoy Riding a Bike, and Love TACOS, you do not want to miss this TACO EXCURSION through the streets of the San Gabriel Valley. This ride will be approximately a 25 Mile Ride, with a Minimum of at least 4 Tacos Stops.

 

Come and taste the Best Carne Asada, Lengua, Fish, Shrimp, Al Pastor, Buche, Carnitas, Cabeza and just added CENA’s VEGAN Tacos and many more varieties of Street Tacos.

 

* This is a Social Ride, Not a Race – If you plan on coming out on this ride PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IT IS A SLOWER RIDE BETWEEN 8-12 MPH AND THERE WILL BE VERY LONG PIT STOPS AT EACH TACO STAND – THE PIT STOPS TAKE LONG BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF CYCLISTS THAT WILL BE SHOWING UP AND TASTING TACOS.

 

Lear more here.

FIRST LOOK: 3T’S EXPLORO AERO GRAVEL BIKE

From RoadBikeAction.com

 

As the old adage go, “you can’t keep a good man down” and that would certainly apply to former Cervelo man Gerard Vroomen, who, in his post-Cervelo days not only created a new bike company Open Cycles, but he has also re-focused his attention on the legacy Italian component brand 3T of which he is a part owner. In truth, during the last few years 3T was seen as existing a quasi-moribund state, however, owing to the press release we received just this morning regarding the new 3T Exploro aero gravel bike, it’s apparent that there has been an infusion of new technology and fresh design ideas.

 

All it takes is one quick glance at the Exploro to notice the signature Vroomen design influences from his previous work with both Cervelo and Open. But an aero gravel bike…really?! Was anybody asking for such a bike? We’re sure that as far as the confident Vroomen is, that’s a moot point. It would be like asking if anybody was asking for a Statue of Liberty before it was conceived? Of course, not, but look at the impact it had on history and the value it ultimate played on a day to day basis. Visionaries don’t wait to be asked to create something – it comes to them naturally. And really, there is probably no one better suited to meld the world of aero and gravel than Gerard Vroomen.

 

So what do we know about the bike so far? Two versions are planned; the $4200 LTD and the $3000 Team and they will be available in four sizes (Sm, M, L, XL). Similar to Vroomen’s Open UP gravel bike, the frame features asymmetrical chainstays and the ability to run either 700c road or 650b mountain bike wheels. Most noticeable about the bike would be the massive 50mm wide downtube and 25mm wide seat tube.

One of the more curious things we read about the bike was the claim that when the bike is set-up with “40mm knobby cross/gravel tires and 2 water bottles it is faster than the equivalent clean round tube bike is with 28mm slick road tires and without bottles.” Wow.

 

Of course, the frame is both disc brake and thru-axle dedicated, however, thanks to the novel “Flip Top” cable guide port located in the top tube just behind the stem, the Exploro can host either 1x or 2x drivetrain and either mechanical or electronic cabling, The frame uses a dedicated 3T Charlie Squaro seapost that fits the overall uses of their Squaro tubes.

Having just finished our test of the Open UP during which time it was also used to contest the 200 mile long Dirty Kanza gravel race, we have high expectations of the new 3T rig and hope to get one to test soon.

CANNONDALE SUPERSIX ADDS DISC FOR 2017

As the 2017 bike and product announcements continue, Cannondale is the latest company to announce their latest tech with the full line of SuperSix bikes, which now include disc and rim brake versions. Two frame levels will be available, the SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD and SuperSix EVO Carbon. SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc will be available in two men’s models and one women’s model while SuperSix EVO Carbon will be available in six men’s models, four rim and two disc, as well as four women’s models. Prices have not yet been announced.

“Cannondale is constantly searching for performance advantages that we can offer to riders and we are excited to introduce disc brakes to our elite road race bikes,” said Scott Rittschof, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Development. “Disc brakes offer more consistent braking in all conditions, particularly in wet weather, and overall a much better braking experience.”

The disc models use integrated flat-mount disc brake system with a 12mm front thru-axle and internal cable routing on both the frame and fork. A redesigned SPEED SAVE Micro-Suspension delivers more compliance from the frame and fork for cornering, comfort and control. Subtle TAP (Truncated Aero Profile) tube shapes in the frame and fork reduce drag and improve aero efficiency.

Read more at RoadBikeAction.com

Precision – World’s Lightest Left Side Power Meter

PRECISION

World’s Lightest Left Side Power Meter

With PRECISION, you can have it all: industry-leading power accuracy, highly dependable cadence data, lightweight design, broad ANT+ and Bluetooth smart head unit compatibility, and 3D power meter technology (patent pending) capable of measuring tri-axial strain on your crank.

  • – Patent pending 3D power meter technology capable of measuring tri-axial strain on your crank
  • – Lightweight, compact design (9 grams left crank)
  • – Accurate, consistent data (+/- 1% error)
  • – Improved battery life (100+ hours on a 2032 coin cell)
  • – Battery status indicator (notification at 15% battery)
  • – Over-the-air upgrade capability for adding new features and updates
  • – Compatible with both ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart head units
  • – User-friendly 4iiii app
  • – Smartphone compatibility
  • – User configurable Rider Compensation Factor
  • – Improvements to saving zero offset and calibration values
  • – 4iiii product platform integration
  • – Easy set-up and maintenance

Learn more here

5 Foods That Help Replenish Electrolytes

From Bicycling.com

 

Skip sugary sports drinks and opt for nutrient-rich fruits, veggies, dairy, and whole grains to replace lost minerals.

 

Replenish the Right Way

Most exercisers can get away with gulping water after a workout, but endurance athletes—anyone training for a marathon or playing hours of tennis in the hot sun—need to put extra effort into replenishing the minerals flushed out via sweat. Sure, electrolytes come standard in sports drinks and energy bars, but they’re usually accompanied by a hearty helping of calories and added sugar.
 

A better way to replenish the electrically charged particles needed to maintain fluid balance in the body and aid the muscle and nerve functions necessary for athletic performance: Pick up a spoon and fork.
“Foods contain so many more electrolytes, as well as vitamins and other health-protective compounds,” says author and sports dietitian Nancy Clark, RD. Here, how to replace five key electrolytes with healthy, whole foods.

 

Salt Crystals

 

Sodium

We’re told to just say no to sodium, but it’s the electrolyte we lose in the highest concentration when we sweat. Salt helps the body hold on to water, keeping you hydrated for a longer period of time. Still, there’s no need to down an entire bag of pretzels postworkout.

“You can easily replace the 800 mg of sodium lost in two pounds of sweat during a hard hour-long workout by enjoying a recovery snack of chocolate milk and a bagel with peanut butter,” says Clark. Athletes can also consume a salty meal, like soup, before a strenuous sweat session, so their bodies are better equipped to retain fluid and maintain hydration throughout exercise, she adds.

 

Chloride
Typically paired with sodium, chloride is found in table salt and processed foods like deli meats, condiments, canned soup, and potato chips–and like salt, it’s typically not lacking in the American diet. The mineral, which is needed to maintain fluid balance, blood volume, blood pressure, and body fluid pH levels, is also lost in high concentrations via sweat. Skip the snack food aisle and replenish chloride with whole food sources such as olives, seaweed, rye, tomatoes, lettuce, and celery.
 

Potassium
For a portable, potassium-rich postworkout snack, pick fresh or dried fruits like oranges, melons, raisins, or prunes. During an hour of hard training, you might lose 200 to 600 mg of potassium, which supports cell and heart function, regulates blood pressure, prevents bone loss and kidney stones, and plays a vital role in muscle contraction. To replenish, Clark suggests snacking on a medium to large banana (450 to 600 mg of potassium). Other whole foods rich in potassium include baked and sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, peas, beans, and avocado.

 

Calcium
Milk may not seem like the best courtside companion, but researchers at McMaster University in the UK found that the calcium-rich beverage does a better job than water or sports drinks at rehydrating the body after a workout. Why? Milk delivers a mix of carbohydrates, calcium, sodium, and potassium, along with high-quality protein, which aids muscle recovery. Aim to include calcium-rich foods like milk (regular or soy) and cereal, yogurt, or a latte each day, Clark advises.

 

Magnesium

Along with calcium, magnesium aids muscle contraction, nerve function, enzyme activation, and bone development. To replenish stores of the mineral after exercise, Clark suggests chowing down on leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts, peanut butter, dried beans, and lentils as often as possible. The added benefit: Magnesium helps fight fatigue. When you’re low on the mineral, your body demands more oxygen–and energy–during physical activity, and therefore you tire more quickly, according to researchers at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service.

From Bicycling.com