Cycling Supplements

 

Cycling Supplements

Cycling Supplements

Three years ago when I jumped back into cycling and mountain biking I would never have imagined myself a person to take Cycling Supplements. My prior experience with supplements was lifting weights in my youth resulted in an expensive habit that didn’t accomplish anything that a good diet could not accomplish. Well last year I saw a radical change in my physiology. I was down to 190 pounds from 270 pounds when this all started. I felt awesome, I was riding nearly every night then on weekends I was riding twice per day. I would do a fast 20 miles on the road then come home rest for an hour or two then head out mountain biking. All was good but I noticed something my times were not improving. It’s not like I was trying to break any records or anything but dammit I was working hard and eating right but was not really making any noticeable gains. Separately I had discussions with my  super fit 22 year old  niece and muscular nephew of the same age who suggested some supplements. I thought about it, did some research homework on  Cycling Supplements and thought what the heck. That research resulted in a few purchases of Cycling Supplements that would forever change my opinion of supplements in general. Within two weeks I broke my plateau and crushed my previous personal best times. Below is a list of everything I currently take. You can follow the links below to Amazon and read all the reviews and info for yourself.

Cycling Supplements

Sportslegs – I take 4 of these one hour before I ride

L-Carnitine – Take as directed

Optimum Nutrition Creatine Powder -Take as Directed. I use this in my protein shakes and fruit smoothies.

L-Arginine Base Powder – Take as Directed. I use this in my protein shakes and fruit smoothies.

TruVibe 100% Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Fair Trade, 1lb (16oz), Criollo Cacao Variety – This is my first choice for Cacao Powder. Take as Directed. I use this in my protein shakes and fruit smoothies.

Healthworks Raw Certified Organic Cacao Powder – This is my second choice for Cacao Powder. Take as Directed. I use this in my protein shakes and fruit smoothies.

Viva Labs Coconut Oil – This stuff gets pretty solid at room temperature. I use this solely for smoothies and cooking

Nature’s Way Liquid Coconut Oil – I use this in Protein shakes as it is always in a liquid form which is perfect in my Blender Bottle. It tastes good but not as tasty as the Viva Labs. I purchase both.

Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Cooking Spray – I use this when cooking stir fries and such. Its like a healthy coconut version of Pam cooking spray

Nature’s Best Low Carb Isopure, Dutch Chocolate – This is my protein of choice. I mix it in the blender bottle or fruit smoothies. The vanilla version “Nature’s Best Perfect Zero Carb Isopure, Creamy Vanilla” is obviously zero carb. I dont like vanilla.

 

 

Bell Super 2R Mips Helmet

Bell Super 2R Helmet

Bell Super 2R Helmet

I like to purchase a new mountain bike helmet every year this year is no different. The decision for my latest helmet was made around Christmas when my friend Greg, owner of Class Cycles in Southbury CT excitedly mentioned the Bell Super 2R Mips Helmet in an email with a link. When Greg talk I listen. The Bell Super 2R Mips Helmet has three really interesting features. The first is MIPS, the second is a GOPRO mount, the last and my favorite feature is the removable chin guard. The helmet converts from full face to open face in seconds by releasing three clips. To date it is the most comfortable and secure helmet I have ever placed on my head. Im looking forward to hitting the trail and providing a formal review. For those less inclined to order from your local bike shop Amazon.com has it as does Jenson USA. The price is fixed regardless of source

Bell Super 2R Helmet

Bell Super 2R Helmet

RAIL RIDING TRANSFORMED

True all-mountain performance is all about adaptability. It’s about being prepared to tackle any off-road challenge with confidence, comfort and style. With its game-changing removable chin-bar, the all-new Super 2R is two helmets in one. Remove and stow the chin-bar in your pack or on your rack on long climbs, then lock it in place when you’re ready to rip more aggressive terrain. It’s a quick and easy 1-2-3 set-up. Add in Overbrow Ventilation, TAG fit system and a new breakaway camera mount, and you have everything you need to conquer all-mountain terrain.

WHAT IS MIPS?

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts.

Bell Super 2R Helmet

Bell Super 2R Helmet

Features

  • Adjustable Visor
  • Breakaway Camera Mount Attachment
  • GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System
  • Overbrow Ventilation
  • Polycarbonate Shell
  • Twin Axis Gear (TAG)
  • X-Static Padding

Weight:

694 Grams

Vents:

23 helmet, 4 brow ports, 6 chin-bar

Bell Super 2R Helmet

Bell Super 2R Helmet

Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket

Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket

Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket

Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket

I read about the Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket around Christmas time and since that have eagerly awaited it’s release. Well good news just arrived from an Amazon product availability  notification. the Pearl Izumi Ride Men’s MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket is now available to order. As soon as my jacket arrives I’ll photograph it and do a proper write up on it.

Pearl Izumi Ride Men’s MTB WRX Jacket

With its wind and water-resistant material, this lightweight and packable mountain bike shell offers core protection from the elements.

• MTB Barrier fabric sets the benchmark in wind and water protection with abrasion resistance
• Full-length internal draft flap with zipper garage seals in warmth
• Hood that fits over a trail bike helmet
• Elbow pad compatible fit
• Armpit and hood vent

SEMI-FORM FIT

Body: 100% polyester woven twill with a 2.5 layer charcoal membrane
Weight: 132 g/m2

S-XXL

Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket

Pearl Izumi Ride MTB WRX Jacket Mountain Bike Jacket

 

Riding or Writing?

Trek Rumblefish at West Rock Ridge State Park October 2014

Trek Rumblefish at West Rock Ridge State Park October 2014

Riding or Writing? Been quite a while since an update. The rotten winter paid off to the summer of a lifetime as far as riding is concerned. I’m 48 and in the best shape of my life from all this riding. So much content about to be published. I have derived an opinion on the 26″ versus 29’er debate, I have gone tubeless on the Cannondale Synapse,  bought a bunch of bike clothing, protective equipment, bike tools, bike electronics, bike accessories and have developed a love for a few new iPhone bike apps. A lot to say about my new wheels on the Rumblefish, especially the Chris King hubs and Maxxis Ardent Tires. I have a lot to say about running tubeless as well. If you like not experiencing flat tires you will want to pay attention, if you like unprecedented traction brought on by low tire pressures your want to pay attention too.

Riding or Writing? well I was riding, how about you?

2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4

2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4

2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4

2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4

 

Rider profile:

For technically aggressive all-mountain riders / Enduro racers who want to climb fast, but want to descend even faster across the whole range of mountain terrain.

Go anywhere. Ride anything.

On a recent ride with enduro champion Jerome Clementz, we carefully counted how many times he switched between Flow and Elevate mode on his Jekyll. He did it eleventy bajillion times. We’re not going to tell you that the Jekyll’s 90mm to 150mm of on-the-fly adjustable travel and geometry is going to make you as fast as Jerome, but it’s definitely not going to hurt.

Jekyll is:

  • An adept climber and aggressive descender.
  • True two-bikes-in one performance that no other all-mountain bike can match.
  • The perfect enduro machine.

Technology:

  • TRAVEL – 90mm to 150mm on-the-fly adjustable rear travel. (*some models have 150mm travel X-Fusion P1RL pull shock with platform lockout.)
  • DYAD RT2 – The same two-shocks-in-one DYAD technology found on the other OverMountain bikes, but with shock stroke, air spring volumes and damping created specifically for the Jekyll.
  • ATTITUDE ADJUST  – Switch between modes on the DYAD and the bike’s geometry changes too. Steeper and more nimble in Elevate mode, lower and more stable in Flow mode.
  • BALLISTEC CARBON / SMARTFORMED ALLOY – Using fibers developed by the military for ballistic armoring, this high-strength carbon construction process yields a frame that’s lighter than aluminum and pound-for-pound stronger than steel. The alloy versions use our ultra sophisticated SmartFormed aluminum construction for a frame that’s light and strong.
  • ECS-TC SYSTEM – Clamped, 15mm thru-axles in the shock linkage and swingarm pivot, as well as double bearings at the rear dropouts eliminate flex and provide unmatched center-stiffness for complete control.

 Specifications:

Frame – JEKYLL, 150MM, SMARTFORMED ALLOY, BB30, ISCG03, 1.5SI HEAD TUBE
Fork – ROCKSHOX SEKTOR TK DPC, 150MM, 15QR THRU AXLE, 1.5″
Crank – SRAM S1000, BB30, 44/33/22
Bottom Bracket – SRAM BB30
Shifters – SRAM X7, DIRECT MOUNT
Cog Set – SRAM PG-1030, 11-36, 10-SPEED
Chain – KMC X10
Front Derailleur -SRAM X7, DIRECT MOUNT
Rear Derailleur – SRAM X7
Rims – WTB ST I19 TCS, TUBELESS READY
Hubs -FORMULA, 32 HOLE, 15MM THRU AXLE FRONT, 142X12MM REAR
Tires – WTB VIGILANTE 2.3 TCS FRONT, MOTO 2.3 TCS REAR
Brake – MAGURA MT2, 180/180MM
Handlebar -CANNONDALE C3 RISER, 740X18MM, 2014 ALLOY
Stem -CANNONDALE C4, 1.5″, 31.8
Headset – TANGE SEIKI 1.5″, INTEGRATED
Spokes – DT SWISS COMPETITION
Grips – CANNONDALE DUAL LOCKING GRIPS
Saddle – Cannondale Stage 3 CROMO
Seat Post – CANNONDALE C2, 31.6X350MM
Rear Shock – X-Fusion P1-RL PULLSHOCK 150
Extras – HIGH PRESSURE SHOCK PUMP, X-Fusion REMOTE LEVER

 

Geometery:

2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4 Geometery

2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4 Geometery

Put a Deposit on a Cannondale Jekyll 4

Cannondale Jekyll 4

Cannondale Jekyll 4

Cannondale Jekyll 4

Towards late fall I began to do quite a bit of mountain biking with my 21 year old nephew Ethan. Everything was going great until his borrowed mountain bike broke. This was a bummer for the two of us. He could not afford a bike and I really was enjoying the time we were spending together. It’s quite motivating to ride with someone less than half your age. Anyhow I decided I needed to have a second mountain bike on hand as a spare as well as a guest bike. I began looking at used offerings but I was not impressed with what I was finding. Then one day I took the fateful step of sending Greg at Class Cycles in Southbury CT an email about a few general items but I also ended my email with a question.  You see I know this is the time of year to buy left over models at great prices. Greg was quick to respond with great pricing on a 2013 Cannondale Jekyll 4 and a 2013 Cannondale Scalpel 3. Both bikes were priced within $150 and that made the choice somewhat difficult. The reality of the choice though is the Cannondale Jekyll 4 is more suited to the type of riding I do here in CT. A week before Christmas I placed a deposit on the bike. Hopefully I will pick the bike up in the next week or two.

Cold Weather Mountain Biking Part2

Cold Weather Mountain Biking Part2

Cold Weather Mountain Biking Part2

Cold Weather Mountain Biking Part2

 

Cold Weather Mountain Biking 45 degrees – For my own reference as well as the reference of others I have decided to document some of my cooler weather rides with regard to the conditions, what I wore and comfort level.

Conditions

  • December 01, 2013 12:30pm
  • Temperature 45 degrees
  • Mostly cloudy with sunny breaks and no breeze.
  • Lake Wintergreen – Trails and paved roads

Clothing

 

What Worked:

I wore the The North Face GTD Long-Sleeve Crew under the Rapha Winter Base Layer Merino Wool Turtle Neck. It was a little overkill with the The North Face Mens Sentinel Windstopper Jacket for an outer layer. As I said before though I would rather be hot than cold. The Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Amfib Cycling Bib Tight and Pearl Izumi Thermal Light Gloves were perfect. I opted to use the CTR Mistral Skully  under my helmet. It too was a perfect choice.

What Didnt’t Work:

Once again the Sidi Dominators  are the weak link because they are warm weather shoes. I stepped in some shallow puddles and my feet got soaked. I really need to purchase a pair of Louis Garneau 0 Degree LS-100 Mountain Shoes soon.

Conclusion

In my opinion I was dressed perfect other than my feet. It was an awesome day for an awesome ride as I never even thought once about what I was wearing.

 

Cold Weather Mountain Biking Part1

Cold Weather Mountain Biking

Cold Weather Mountain Biking 35 degrees

Cold Weather Mountain Biking

Cold Weather Mountain Biking 35 degrees – For my own reference as well as the reference of others I have decided to document some of my cooler weather rides with regard to the conditions, what I wore and comfort level.

Conditions

  • November 29, 2013 1pm
  • Temperature 36 degrees
  • Mostly sunny with a slight breeze
  • Lake Wintergreen – Trails and paved roads

Clothing

 

What Worked:

Normally I would wear mountain bike shorts over my Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Amfib Cycling Bib Tights. This is for two reasons. The first being appearance. I look silly dressed for the road on my Trek Rumblefish weaving through the woods. The second reason is the shorts help to protect the tights from damage when I crash. This time though I wanted to see if the Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Amfib Cycling Bib Tights could stand on their own which they did in spectacular fashion. For my upper body I went with the Rapha Winter Base Layer Merino Wool Turtle Neck as my base. I followed that up with the Champion Men’s Prime 1/4 Zip Jacket then The North Face Mens Sentinel Windstopper Jacket as the outer layer and wind breaker. This setup worked very well. I was a little on the warm side and I prefer that. The CTR Howler Multi-Tasker Pro Balaclava worked great too. It provided the added benefit of keeping my headphones secured better than normal.

What Didnt’t Work:

The Pearl Izumi Thermal Light Gloves were simply not warm enough. My fingers got cold pretty quick and never warmed up. The gloves have never been an issue at 40 degrees and above. My feet suffered pretty big too. This is no fault of the shoes or socks. Simply put the Sidi Dominators are warm weather shoes. They have vent holes and everything to prove it. The Pearl Izumi Men’s Elite Tall Wool Socks never had a chance. To make matters worse the shoes are too tight with the wool socks. I’m hoping to purchase a pair of Louis Garneau 0 Degree LS-100 Mountain Shoes by Christmas.

Louis Garneau 0 Degree LS-100 Mountain Shoe

Louis Garneau 0 Degree LS-100 Mountain Shoe

 

Bicycle Repair – How To Change a Flat Tire by TriVillage

It’s said timing is everything. Just this past Sunday I got a flat tire while on my normal route about 5 miles from home. Unfortunately and by accident I had no spare tire. That got me thinking that maybe I should write about changing a flat tire. Well as luck would have it Trivillage sent me this article today to publish here

Bicycle Repair – How To Change a Flat Tire

Garmin Edge 800 Cycling Computer

Garmin Edge 800 Cycling Computer

Regardless of whether you are a mountain biker or road cyclist, chances are good that if you have logged some hours in the saddle you have probably experienced a flat tire. Not having the right tools for the job can make this a long, drawn out experience that you would likely wish to forget. However, if you are prepared and have what you need when the time comes, you can be back up and riding in no time.

Here’s a basic list of what you’ll need.

• Spare tube (might actually want to carry two on you at all times)

• Tire Levers

• Pump

Now that you have the right tools, here is a step-by-step guide for changing out the tube.

1) Turn the bike upside down so that the handlebars and seat are resting on the ground and remove the wheel that has the flat.

2) Insert one of the tire levers between the wheel rim and the rubber rim of the tire and pry the lever back so that the hook end of the lever attaches to one of your spokes.

3) Insert a second tire lever similarly a few inches away from the first lever and pry it back as well so that the hook attaches to a spoke. At this point you should have a section of the rubber rim of the tire free of the wheel.

4) Insert a third tire lever a few inches away from the second, and pry it back again. As you do this, the rubber rim of the tire should begin to become free from the wheel. As this happens, begin to slide the tire lever around the wheel to completely free one side of the rubber rim of the tire.

5) Once one side of the rubber rim of the tire is completely free of the wheel, you can remove the tube from inside the tire.

6) Inspect both the inside and outside of the rubber tire for thorns, nails, staples, or anything that might have caused the flat and remove them.

7) Using your pump, slightly inflate the new tube. This will help you insert the new tube into the tire, as well as help prevent any pinches that can occur when fully inflating the tube.

8) Insert your new tube into the tire by first threading the air valve through the wheel.

9) Using your thumbs, push the rubber tire rim back into place within the wheel rim. Use a tire lever or two to finish the job.

10) Pump the new tube up to your desired PSI and replace the wheel on the bike, securing it tightly – and off you go!

Having the right tools can make changing a flat tire on the road or trail a breeze! TriVillage.com is an excellent place to get all the tools you need for this simple repair and more! In addition to a great selection of bicycle gear, TriVillage also offers 10% off all orders over $100 with code: ORDERS100-10, and free shipping over 75!

 

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