Posted: December 30, 2012 in Reviews
Tags: Bar tape, Cinelli
Cinelli Gel Bar Tape
An update to the post. After living with this tape for about 2000 miles. I still like it. It is holding up well. I think I will replace it in the spring just to make the bike look pristine again. Other than te white getting dirty it is still in great condition.
Quick review on the new bar tape I installed today. My only comparision is to the original tape that was on my bike so I son’t have much to compare to.
I purchased the tape and had my LBS show me how to install it. It worked out great. The tape was very stretchy so it was easy to wrap. The back of the tape has an adhesive strip and it also included a ribbon for each brake housing, finishing tape and end plugs. The tape feels nice and cushy and I think it will absorb the road vibration with no problem. Today I only tried it out on the trainer and it was very comfortable. I’ll update after I get some long rides on the tape.
After living with the Sprocket Rocket for about 6 months I can recommend it. It is super fast to mount on the load bars and quick to get your bike on. My only complaint is the skewer will spin if your bike isn’t in the rack unless you screw it all the way in which will make it take longer to put your bike in. It is just a pet peeve and don’t effect anything or you can’t tell the skewer is rattling when driving.
Here is a short video update right after the last one. As you can see it was extremly tough!
Yesterday was an interesting day. I set out with the Gran Fondo NY group ride with the B pace group. Wow there were a lot of people. In our group I would say there was around 50 riders. With such a large group there was no problem finding a draft. That made it easier.
This was my first big ride if the year. Before this one my biggest was 40 miles. This ride was about double. We hit two of the timed climbs. The last 4 miles my Garmin shut off so that was my cue for recovery mode. I was already hurting any way.
The worst was when I stopped and went to get in my car. That’s when I felt everything.
I definitely needed this ride. I need one more and I should be ready.
Posted: April 30, 2012 in training
Tags: cycling, GFNY, training
Posted: April 24, 2012 in training
Tags: cars, cycling, Cyclo 90, cyclo90 challenge, exercise, Functional threshold heartrate, GFNY, Graeme street, Gran Fondo New York, heart rate, pain cave, Trainer, training
So after my first block and rest week of Cyclo 90 in- season. It was time to retest. My original Functional Threshold Heart Rate was 170 BPM and I figured out my zones from there. A month later I did the test even though I felt a little worn down and stressed. The test itself went well. I felt good during it and was chalenged for the last 3 minutes to keep up. I may have had a little more gas to start off a little harder because my last minute was strong.
My average speed went down by 2%
My average Heart rate went down 3%
From my calculations I was 1% more efficient.
So I am getting there. Like I said I felt that i could have maybe started with a faster pace to bring those numbers up. We will see what happens next month. I’ll repeat the test a week after the Gran Fondo.