Archive | Cycling Gear Evaluation or Tips

01 April 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Sigma ROX 11.0 Cycling Computer Review

For several seasons I have used the German-designed Sigma ROX 10.0 GPS bike computer. I have been happy with it, excepting one big complaint: I could never upload the results of an activity, except through a desktop or laptop computer. I don’t own a laptop so uploading my rides while traveling was always a problem. […]

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26 March 2017 ~ Comments Off on Coping with Neck Pain from Cycling

Coping with Neck Pain from Cycling

My first long ride on a road bike was a typical 100-mile charity “century” ride. That is where I first come to realize that neck pain was commonplace for many roadies. Since then, I have ridden thousands of miles, mostly using bicycles with aerobars. I use the aerobars for two reasons (#1 is the most […]

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05 December 2015 ~ Comments Off on 10 Tips for Staying Warm while Cycling in the Winter

10 Tips for Staying Warm while Cycling in the Winter

Although living in the mountains of Central Utah at 6,000 feet is not as cold as Wisconsin, it still is a constant battle when trying to road cycle during the winter months. I have heard it said on other blog posts that “if you don’t feel a little cold before starting, you are overdressed.” For […]

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19 November 2015 ~ Comments Off on Creaky Bottom Bracket?

Creaky Bottom Bracket?

  This is my long distance rando bike which is the all-carbon model, the Trek Domane, with a BB 90 bottom bracket. It used to creak a lot. With every pedal stroke.I repeatedly lubed the bottom bracket to no avail. Finally one mechanic told me to use Loctite between the bearings and the edge of the […]

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09 November 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Cycling Gloves — Quick Review

Fingerless Gloves I have a pro-deal with Pearl Izumi, so I tend to buy perhaps more apparel than I need…(yet, much of it, I unload on eBay or Amazon if it doesn’t work for me). Earlier this summer (2015), I picked up a pair of the Pearl Izumi’s top-of-the-line fingerless cycling glove called the Men’s […]

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07 November 2015 ~ 7 Comments

How to “Randoize” a TT Bike

Last year, I was surprised that on the 24-hour races I was in, how many how full-on TT bikes there were, instead of a regular bike with clip-on aerobars. In December of 2014 I picked up a 2nd hand Cervelo P3C time trial / triathlon bike (for a song). Since many (most) of my training […]

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29 September 2015 ~ Comments Off on Calibrating non-GPS Cyclocomputers

Calibrating non-GPS Cyclocomputers

Calibrate your bike computer (or cyclocomputer) so it is accurate—unless you have a GPS-based model. On my first brevet, my computer was so far off, that it was a major factor in my DNF (darkness, rain, sleet and a tiny bit of snow didn’t help either). To calibrate it you must know how to change […]

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04 September 2015 ~ 10 Comments

Lezyne Pumps — Beware of this Problem

I really like Lezyne products. Their use of extension use aluminum (instead of plastic) and CNC machining is wonderful. I also think the aesthetics of their round symmetrical design on their products, including their lights. I prefer their mini-pumps to the Topeak models as it is more durable. But, buyer beware, their screw-on pump chucks […]

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14 October 2014 ~ Comments Off on Inexpensive “Good” Road Tire

Inexpensive “Good” Road Tire

I have searched for some time now for an inexpensive training tire that had a high TPI count (threads per inch) with a dual compound. CST, a major OEM tire manufacturer (reportedly, one of the biggest in the world), introduced a foldable model called the Recourse C1808. The folding model is only available as a […]

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08 July 2014 ~ Comments Off on Epic Gear USA SUP (stand-up paddle board) Bag — Quick Review

Epic Gear USA SUP (stand-up paddle board) Bag — Quick Review

This brand is the worst. A14 foot bag should be 14 feet long. It’s about 4 inches short. Two years ago I bought another of their bags and it was about 6 inches short so I exchanged it for this one which is still short and barely fits the board. without cramming it into the […]

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01 July 2014 ~ 6 Comments

Specialized CG-R Seatpost Review

Last year I took and built up a seven titanium bike and used it’s first 1200K. I just about died because of butt soreness in the last two days of this four day event (see this post). Consequently, I have purchased this new so-called suspension seatpost from Specialized (it’s nickname is the cobbler gobbler). It […]

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08 April 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Rainy Weather Apparel (for cycling)

Brief overview of gear used for rainy rides + other gear notes. Nearly all of these items are gear which I have tested first, and then posted on my online gear site: eoGEAR. Shower cap on helmet. I now use a commercial one and cut a slit for my headlamp. Goretex style jacket (i.e waterproof […]

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16 March 2014 ~ 73 Comments

Sigma ROX 10.0 GPS Cycling Computer Review

For the past several years, I have used Sigma analog “magnet wheel style” computers for some time now and like their large easy-to-read screens and overall design. Late last year, Sigma, the German company, released their first-ever GPS based cyclocomputer. They are offering the same computer body with two packaged versions. One version, the “Basic” […]

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26 September 2013 ~ Comments Off on Sunlight Spin Bike (brief review)

Sunlight Spin Bike (brief review)

After many months of not using my spin bike, today I was forced to because of a shoulder injury. 30 minutes into my work out one of the brake pads flew off (after increasing the resistance on the main wheel). It turns out the brake pads are merely glued to a plastic housing. How cheap […]

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18 September 2013 ~ 3 Comments

Crank Bros vs. Leyzne Bike Multi-tool

Recently while on a 200K ride, one of my friends had a mechanical where his chain got twisted. I had spare links but for the life of me could not remove the old ones because of the tool which I had. It was a Crank Brothers multi tool. The problem is that the chain tool […]

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01 September 2013 ~ 9 Comments

Battle of the Bikes (carbon fiber vs. titanium)

In April of 2010 I purchased a new carbon fiber bicycle, a Rocky Mountain Prestige 70 CR. I had previously owned bike which was made from hybrid materials — part aluminum and part carbon and was looking for something with a better ride. This new frame was 100% HM Monocoque Carbon with other carbon components […]

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01 February 2013 ~ 4 Comments

Bicycle Tail Light Review

Over the years I have used many LED tail lights since I do more than my share of night riding on brevets or double-century rides. Below is quick review of many of the popular brands. I have seen many lights that are have less than 1/2-watt output. Typically, these lights have three or more weak […]

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11 November 2012 ~ 4 Comments

Aren’t Carbon Fiber Bikes Just Fancy Plastic?

Ever since I started riding with other randonneurs, the mantra has been among many of them that “steel is real,” dismissing carbon fiber as inadequate for long distance cycling. Many of them prefer a steel or titanium frame because of the ride quality and most importantly, the durability. They claim that carbon fiber (and many […]

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28 October 2012 ~ Comments Off on Garmin Fenix/310XT Wristwatch GPS Review

Garmin Fenix/310XT Wristwatch GPS Review

I want to mention five things about these two devices: 1. Faulty Heart Rate Straps In May of 2012 I purchased the Garmin 310XT wristwatch style “triathlon,” multi-sport GPS. I got it primarily for use with SUP, but also starting using it for cycling (and uploading my rides to Strava). It was supplied with their […]

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24 September 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Admundson 14’0″ SUP Board Review

  Amundson Design 14’0″ TR-X Carbon (distributed by Aquaglide, shaped by John Amundson of Hawaii) After purchasing a 12′ 6″ board, I knew that for any long distance stand-up I would need a fourteen footer. In August I rode several models at the Outdoor Retailer show and decided that the 27-inch wide boards were just […]

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12 September 2012 ~ Comments Off on New Shimano 11-speed Drive Train

New Shimano 11-speed Drive Train

This month, Shimano announced a new 9000-series, eleven speed drive train for road bikes. At this point, it is only available in Dura-Ace, and not for their Di2 electronic shifting. The grouppo includes a new STI shifter set, cassette, crankarm (in both compact & regular), bottom bracket, chain and a front and rear derailleur. For […]

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17 August 2012 ~ Comments Off on 14′ SUP Boards at the OR Show

14′ SUP Boards at the OR Show

Since I live close to Salt Lake City, I try to attend the indoor exhibitions at the Outdoor Retailer show, which occurs twice a year (Jan and Aug). This year, I also went to the so-called “open air demo” on a local reservoir (Jordanelle) to try out boards. My primary purpose was to try out […]

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10 August 2012 ~ 1 Comment

CygoLite Turbo 740 Xtra Bike Light Review

Introduction As a relative newbie to the long distance cycling scene, I had the unbiased choice of which lighting system to use: battery operated or the venerable hub generate type system. The battery operated systems are less costly, and put no load or drag on your bicycle system. (A hub requires a custom-made wheel which […]

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18 July 2012 ~ 1 Comment

What Camera to Buy?

As a professional photographer I frequently get asked about recommendations for cameras. Below is a summary of my thoughts. The links are subject to immediate change…so they may not be relevant a month from now! Factors Is the size of the camera an issue? There are three styles: – The smallest are “point & shoots” […]

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11 June 2012 ~ 4 Comments

New Shimano “Climbing” Gear

I have been waiting for Shimano to introduce an Ultegra-level compact double “climbing” cassette and derailleur. They finally came out with a matched set. Just this week, my latest wholesale catalog lists the following 10-speed parts: Ultegra CS-6700 12-30t Cassette Ultegra RD-6700A 30 tooth (40 wrap) Derailleur Yahoo. I’m just in the process of building […]

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14 February 2012 ~ Comments Off on Liquid Oxygen & Giardia

Liquid Oxygen & Giardia

A few years ago, a nephew of mine, who works at an outdoor wilderness program, indicated that this product called Areobic 07, (there are other similar products under other brands) was effective in treating water in the outdoor environment. They supposedly drank out of cow troughs, out of creeks, lakes, yet in several years of […]

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26 November 2011 ~ Comments Off on Isle San Diego Racing/Touring SUP Board Review

Isle San Diego Racing/Touring SUP Board Review

In September I purchased my first stan- up paddleboard. I found a deal on a used Wave Storm 10′ 6″ board. These were recently sold at Costco. I found one online review and it was pretty favorable, especially considering the price, which was about $800 for a new board. After purchasing it, I did more […]

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06 November 2011 ~ 15 Comments

Breaking in a Leather Saddle

During the spring of 2011 I made the decision to try out a tensioned, unpadded leather saddle again. My previous experience with a 100% leather saddle was using the Selle-Anatomica, which doesn’t require any break in. But that saddle was heavy (no titanium model available) and the slit down the middle was not terribly comfortable […]

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26 June 2011 ~ Comments Off on How to Pick a Chamois Short

How to Pick a Chamois Short

This past week I got in a pair of Origin 8 TechSport cycling shorts to review. This is the in-house brand of J&B Importers, one of my main cycling suppliers. First I did a 2-hour training ride, then a 3+ training ride, and finally on June the 25th, I did an 8-hour 200K ride (125 […]

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08 April 2011 ~ 3 Comments

New Kinesis Saddlebags (soon to be called eoGEAR)

For the past three seasons I have been using Detours bags and like putting most of gear in a rear saddle bag. I also sell them on my gear site (Distance Biker). I don’t use a handle bar bags because I typically have clip-on aerobars mounted in the front. One of the things I have […]

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