Monday, September 28, 2015

How To Ride Dirt And Gravel On A Road Bike



Gravel riding has become increasingly popular and with good reason - it's super fun! Find out how to ride the rough stuff with these tips.

You'd be surprised just how resilient road bikes are when it comes to taking on dirt roads. Matt and Simon climbed 8km of gravel on the Colle Delle Finestre on 23mm tyres. But the more time you want to spend off the beaten track, the more we'd recommend something in the region of a 28 or 30mm width.

Aside from equipment, technique becomes all the more important on loose surfaces. Keeping a smooth pedalling action will help you maintain traction - staying in the saddle is often the best idea.

Scanning ahead for the best line and braking smoothly in advance of corners will vastly decrease the chances of your wheels washing out from beneath you.

Music:
Real Fur - Birds (Instrumental)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rider Poll: Who Is The Best U.S. Woman Of All Time?



Who is the greatest U.S. woman to have ever raced a bicycle — over the years and across disciplines? It's a subjective question, no doubt, so we asked the women’s peloton to find out their opinions.

U.S. cycling has produced several world-class women, in different disciplines of the sport, from Connie Carpenter’s gold medal at the 1984 Olympics to Alison Dunlap’s rainbow jersey at the 2001 world XC championships; from Kristin Armstrong’s two Olympic gold TT medals to Evelyn Stevens’ win at La Fl├Ęche Wallonne to Katie Compton’s pair of cyclocross World Cup overall titles. And what about Alison Powers, becoming the first American, man or woman, to concurrently wear the stars and stripes as national champion in road, criterium, and time trial? We spoke with several prominent women of the North American peloton, to find out which woman, if any, deserves to be labeled “the best of all time.”

Photos: Courtesy USA Cycling, Michael Aisner, ©Tim De Waele / http://www.tdwsport.com

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Jamis Dragonslayer 27.5+ (2016) Promo



Rider: Kyle Schwarz

Music: "I'm Gonna Do My Thing" by Royal Deluxe

Video Produced by Jamis Bicycles

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Cavendish: I Am Still As Fast As I Ever Was

 
Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quickstep) still smiling after his stage win

 Mark Cavendish may have won 14 races so far this season but there are still plenty of suggestions the 30-year-old is slowing down with age. In an exclusive interview with Cyclingnews, Cavendish explained his numbers show he is as fast as ever but changes in technology, sprint trains and stage finishes have all contributed to people suggesting otherwise.

"My numbers say I am [the fastest]. One advantage I used to have was obviously when we were all wearing jerseys and open helmets, the size of me and my position was a massive advantage over everyone else," Cavendish told Cyclingnews in Abu Dhabi. "Now a big guy gets a bigger percentage gain out of wearing a skinsuit than what I get. Ok, I am still more aerodynamic wearing a skinsuit then [Marcel] Kittel is wearing a skinsuit. If you look at the amount of power he saves, it's a bigger percentage."

Cavendish further elaborated on the prevalence of skinsuits in the peloton, his Etixx-Quick Step team regularly race in the aero option instead of the traditional jersey and shorts combo, explaining he started at the top level of the sport at the right time.

"I think I am still as fast it’s just how things have changed," he said. "I feel stronger. My characteristics as a rider, I was in the right time to work and maybe it’s slightly different for my characteristics to work as well as they used to."

The 30-year-old detailed how the Tour de France sprints have changed since he made his 2008 debut at the race.

"It's not really more sprinters, it's just more dedicated teams," he said of whether there are more sprinters then when he started in the professional ranks. "I’ve never gone to the Tour de France with eight guys to ride for a sprint. I’ve never done it, I’ve never wanted that. It’s a big ask to have eight guys all for the sprints. I like to have eight guys who can ride in a sprint train but always like to be successful throughout the Tour de France. One, it takes the pressure off you a little bit. Two, it gives a real motivation to the riders who go to the Tour de France.

"Now team do go with at least seven guys for a sprint without any other job. Ok, maybe I’ll go with seven guys who can do well in the lead-out but they can ride well in the mountains and go for their own stage or go in the breaks."

Cavendish added the slow death of 'traditional' sprint finishes at the Tour had also affected his ability to claim bags of four and five stages in the one Tour.

"I remember 2008-2009, sprints used to be big long, straight, wide roads. They were sprints. A sprint day was a sprint day and a hilly day was a hilly day. You had a sprint and it was about power about a team, it was a sprint," he said. "Now, it’s either a roundabout in the last 600 metres, twisty little finishes, maybe even slightly uphill. All bar one of the sprint finishes at the Tour de France this year was on a gradient."

Asked how then how Cavendish rates his season so far, the Manx missile' explained while he was personally content that fact that he has been so successful since 2008 14 wins isn't considered a great year.

"I’ve won 14 races so I am pretty happy. Ok, I’d probably like to win more at the Tour de France but overall as a whole, Etixx-Quick was pretty successful there. We had bad luck obviously losing Tony but we had a successful Tour de France and we are happy with that," he said. "I’d like to maybe be a bit more on it now at the end of the season instead of not knowing with my shoulder but I am happy with my year actually.

"In years when I won 20 races, I still think I could have won more races and like to have won more but I am content with it."

Article Source: Cycling News

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Introducing The Privateer R by Giro



We took our classic trail shoe and made it even better. The Privateer™ R features a new nylon and rubber co-molded outsole for durability and improved grip on rocks or roots. The reinforced toe box boasts a rubber toe-guard for improved durability yet comfort reigns supreme with a supple microfiber upper two straps and a micro-ratcheting buckle. Those features, combined with the stiff and efficient nylon outsole, create a shoe that rivals the performance of more expensive composite designs. Other highlights include aggressive lugs for improved traction, toe spike compatibility and a supportive EVA footbed with Aegis® anti-microbial treatment.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Jamis Youth | My First Bicycle



Jamis Youth | My First Bicycle

Carine Joannou | President, Owner | Jamis Bicycles
Leslie Dock | Lifetime Bike Enthusiast

Music: "Candles" by The Vicious Circle V

ideo Produced by Jamis Bicycles

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How To Race And Ride At High Altitude



Racing, and riding, at high elevation is an experience like no other. We asked the pros, and their physiologists, what it's like, and how to prepare.

Every summer, pro cyclists from Europe and North America gather in Colorado for the USA Pro Challenge, where entire stages are held at or above 10,000 feet elevation. Those who have acclimated hold a clear advantage; those who have not try to hang on as long as they can. We spoke with pro riders, and physiologists, to learn more about what it's like to race at high altitude, and how the average cycling enthusiast can prepare for racing, or just riding, at extreme altitude.