Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Where I really felt an advantage from the aero design was on the flats and descending. I actually had my 2nd best time down this particular canyon, and truth be told I wasn't really pushing it and I was riding solo with no draft. That alone made me think, there could be something to this thing! Another nice benefit of the Evade's design is how quite the helmet is. I never thought my Atmos was loud, but after riding at high speed in the Evade it makes it seem ridiculous! The other benefit of the design is when you tuck your head down you get a nice rush of cool air right down the back of your neck, bonus!
Overall, I like the Evade for purpose and the design is really not bad either. The straps are very comfortable and should be the standard for the industry. The helmet is also very comfortable and really doesn't look to bad. That being said, I do have a few gripes. The lack of air flow at low speed is one. This is addressed in the wrap up. Another point is that the front of the helmet comes to a slight point and can obstruct your view slightly in an aero position. It is not bad by any means, but I'm just not used to it yet. Neither of these to gripes have been a big issue, then again it's only April and when the temp rises to the 90s in mid summer we might have a different story. Only time will tell.
I really like the Specialized S works Evade helmet and it does seem to perform as advertised and cut through the wind. This was noted by the lack of wind noise at speed and a good time descending the canyon without an increased effort. However, I would not suggest the Evade for an every day helmet, but if it's in the budget to have a second helmet for race days and even long faster rides then it's a win.
Big thanks to Timpanogos Cyclery for the recommendations and hook up on this cutting edge and hard to find helmet!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Let's all hope it doesn't last long!
On the plus side, I guess you'll have time to wait for your gear to get here...
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I have had a re-occurring back injury that re-surfaces every season because of one simple omission. Core exercise!
You really need to build up those muscles that support your spine in order to stay comfortable in the saddle and reach your maximum output. See attached video for some basic exercises that can help build core strength on and off the bike.
Fit Chick Core Moves
View remaining videos from right side panel on Bicycling.com
Additional cyclist specific strengthening workouts
Bike Strength Workouts
Friday, March 18, 2011
Check the sealant in my tubeless tire system. Last year I used Stan's No Tubes, and I had a huge silicone mess inside my tires. It took a long time to meticulously remove all the gummed up bits and get the rims and tires ready to seal again. In the end I think it will be worth the time though.
I made a change this go around and decided to give Bontrager Super Juice a try. It is a non-silicone based sealant (it won't dry out or gum up, theoretically) and truth be told I love it so far. It sealed up immediately and seemed to be much less messy compared to Stan's. Only time will tell, but it does hold air pressure better and seems to be a top notch product.
Pay particular attention to your drive train. Starting with the chain I use a Park tool chain cleaner with orange degreaser, but there are a number of alternatives. With the chain in the unit I pedal backwards 10 revolutions then wipe the chain clean. Then lightly apply a fresh coat of chain lube wiping the excess and you’re done.
Clean all the cogs on the cassette and chairing, this will ensure smooth shifts and get all the power directly to the wheels.
Check the pedals and make sure they are tight and oiled in order to function properly.
Hopefully you oiled the seals on your shocks before you put the bike away at the end of last season, but I will re-oil all the seals on my shocks and bearings before the 1st ride.
There is a whole list of other things you can do before the season kicks off, but these are few of the basics.
NOW LET'S GO MASH THE GEARZ!!!