Saturday, January 23, 2010

Types of Bicycle Trainers

How To Train With Your Bike Indoors

Too cold and wet to go for a bike ride outdoors? Well there's a solution. You can ride your bike in the comfort of you own home with a Bicycle Trainer. Bicycle Trainers allows you to simply convert your mountain or road bike into a stationary bicycle. Bicycle Trainers lock your bike into a stationary position while your rear wheel spins on a roller as you pedal. They offer numerous benefits. It's a great way to train when the weather outdoors isn't on your side. If your coming home late from the office and don't feel like taking your chances riding your bike in the dark, stick your bike on a trainer and go for that ride. You can even take a bike trainer with you on race day and warm up your legs before the start of your mountain bike or road bike race. This is a great tool to have if you are a cycling enthusiast.

Types of Bicycle Trainers

What's the best Bicycle Trainer to own? What are the differences? Today, trainers come with several different features and accessories. We will stick to the basics and compare the three different styles of bicycle trainers on the market today. I promise to keep it simple:

Best: Fluid Trainers - These are the quietest of the three. They offer the smoothest resistance with each pedal stroke and simulate riding on the road the best. Very, Very quiet and you'll be able to concentrate on your training rather than the noise of the roller.

Better: Mag (Magnetic) Trainer - Great balance of price and quality. This trainer uses a large magnet to create its resistance. Although not as quiet as a Fluid Trainer, a magnetic trainer is great to have for those cold and rainy days.

Good: Fan Trainer - This is the loudest of the three because it uses a small fan to create resistance. This will do the job for someone that needs a back up plan. Advantage? Price.

Visit your local bicycle shop to find out which bicycle trainer would work best for you and your needs.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Best Cold Weather Cycling Gear

What To Wear When Biking In Cold Weather

The weather here in Southern California has been cold these past couple of months making road biking and mountain biking a difficult task. So what's the best way to keep yourself warm during this time of year? There are several products and techniques that will allow you to continue enjoying that cycling experience even during the coldest weather. Let's get to the items you'll want to have during this season starting from head to toe.

Cold Weather Cycling Gear Featuring Specialized Products:

  1.  Insulated or fleece lined head band or full face mask (if needed). This will keep your head and ears warm.
  2.  Base layers under the jersey(available in sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve)
  3.  Long sleeve jersey
  4.  Arm warmers 
  5.  Cold Weather Gloves
  6.  Long cycling pants/tights/knickers
  7.  Leg warmers/ Knee warmers. These slide just under your biking shorts.
  8.  Wool cycling socks
  9.  Toe covers or full shoe covers.
All these items are great to have because it allows you to "layer" your clothing. During your bike ride, you can simply add and remove the layers of clothes to adjust to your body temperature and weather conditions to ensure the most comfortable ride.
You can find all the featured cold weather cycling gear at Specialized.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010

GARMIN REBATE OFFER

Get a $50 mail-in rebate offer for Garmin Edge 605 and 705!

The Garmin mail-in rebate is being offered between the period of January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010 subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the rebate coupon.
Click here for the rebate form

GARMIN 605
Add maps and find motivation with Edge 605. This GPS-enabled cycle computer comes loaded with everything you need to make the most out of your ride. Get cycle computer data and mapping detail, all from one compact, easy-to-use device. You can even store, analyze and share your stats for the world to see with Garmin’s online training community. With a color display and ultra-cool training features, Edge 605 has it all.
See more about the GARMIN 605 here.
 


GARMIN 705
Trainer. Navigator. Edge 705 pushes you to do your best, then shows you the way back. This GPS-enabled cycle computer knows no limits. Get heart rate, cadence, turn-by-turn directions, power data (from ANT+™-enabled third-party power meters) — the works. Even share your data with other Edge 705 buddies after your ride. All wireless with a color display, this is no ordinary cycle computer.
See more about the GARMIN 705 here.

Grease Monkey Wipes

Have you ever watched Shark Tank on NBC? We caught an episode featuring Grease Monkey Wipes, a new spin to sanitary on-the-go wet wipes. Grease Monkey Wipes are individually packaged citrus degreaser wipes ideal for bike enthusiasts who find themselves in need of a heavy duty cleaning wipe after changing out a flat tire, chain or anything that gets their hands greasy. Pretty simple yet cool concept...makes us wonder why we didn't think of it first?