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Gear Talk- The Collection

Greg Pelican- Debunking Common Tri bike Myths
After 9 years of bike fitting I have seen it all. And even though I have seen my share of bad road bikes fits, there seems to be an epidemic of problems with tri bike sizing. These problems are mostly related to the bike being too small and the bars too low relative to the seat height. Do you have trouble staying in the aero position for an extended period of time? Do you hate riding your tri bike and feel more comfortable on your road bike? Do you find yourself sitting up and holding on tops of the aero pads with your hands? These are all symptoms of a tri bike that is too small. If you are experiencing any of these problems, read on. read on

Eric- Reviews the Finis Snorkel
Last year while visiting Trisports during the Tucson Camp, I purchased a Finis front snorkel for swimmers. It stayed in its box until July, when I started my swim training for Timberman. I made my way from the locker room to the pool carrying goggles, fins, a pull buoy, paddles, my swim mp3, the front snorkel, thinking “this is ridiculous! Go back to kiss (keep it simple stupid) and just swim damn it!”. Truth is I dread swimming indoors and use all these things to break up the boredom and get in more yardage (I’m old school – grew up swimming yards and the pools I still swim in are yards). I think that short fins are really beneficial, but everything else should be left behind for most. Well now I think the front snorkel is also extremely beneficial and should be in the swim bags of most out there if they really want to improve their swimming. read on

Greg Pelican- My Best Investment
Dollar for dollar I can’t beat the value of the Kreitler rollers I purchased in 1991.  After getting some good advice from veteran roadies I bought some Kreitler rollers from Bethel Cycle long before I bought the sho!  I think I paid about $250 which amortized over seventeen years is less than $15 per year. But lets ignore the modest investment, there is no tool that has taught me more about cycling nor has stood the test of time.  In fact after countless thousands of dollars spent on bikes, wheels and all kinds of various gear, the rollers are the only thing I still own that dates back to the days when I started bike racing. read on

Greg Pelican- iBike Pro Power Meter Review
Buyers beware! Usually something that seems too good to be true often is. One exception to the rule is advances in technology. So although the Ibike seemed too good to be true the theory behind the technology was interesting and worth testing out. The benefit of measuring power on the bike is well documented for training and racing. There are some well proven power meters on the market that do an excellent job. Powertap has a design that incorporates a strain gauge (which is used to calculate power) in the rear hub and SRM measures strain in their crank and bottom bracket. The major downside for these units is cost which is well over $1000. The Ibike has a retail price of $429 which opens the door to new users. read on

Greg Pelican- Simplify Your Life on Race Day
As a triathlete your race day is hectic enough with plenty of things to execute correctly even before you start the race. And I’d like to share how the right wheel choice has simplified my life on race day. Up until a few months ago I trained on clincher wheels and raced on tubulars. For those of you new to the sport, clincher wheels are standard and have a tube inside a tire mounted on the rim be a “bead” or seam that catches or an edge inside the rim. A tubular tire has no tube and is glued to a concave rim. When properly glued the glue and air pressure of the tire hold the tubular on the rim. read on

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