Friday, April 16, 2010

EVENTS: West Prince sprint triathlon - May 15

St. Edward's fitness enthusiast Paul Dalton wants West Prince residents to get hooked on cross training and he thinks he knows how to hook them.  

Dalton is one of the organizers of the West Prince sprint triathlon, set for May 15.

"I know once this is done the interest will catch on," he said.  The sprint triathlon, which is half the distances covered in the Olympics triathlon, consists of a 750-metre swim in the Mill River Aquaplex pool, followed by a 20-kilometre bike race starting and ending at the aquaplex,
followed by a five-kilometre run.

Anyone interested in registering for the sprint triathlon, or willing to
help out, should contact the West Prince Sport Council at 859-8856, the Mill
River Aquaplex or one of the organizers.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HOW-TO: 11 Routine Bike-Maintenance and Repair Tips

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11 simple ways that routine bike maintenance and timely replacement will make your rides better.

These are things that you should either replace or at the very least take a close look at now that the season is starting.
  1. Chainrings
  2. Chains
  3. Shoes
  4. Saddle
  5. Tires
  6. Disk brake pads
  7. Rim brake pads
  8. Cable housing
  9. Cables
  10. Handle Bar
  11. Cleats

For details on what to look for and reasons why you should be replacing these, check the full article out here

Monday, April 12, 2010

HOW-TO: Simple bike rack for home

This is a neat little bike rack, great for keeping your bike upright without having to lean it against a wall and hope it doesn't fall...  (obviously don't expect this to be a secure option... so don't lock your bike to it in your back yard.)

Bike Rack - More DIY How To Projects

Thursday, April 8, 2010

GEAR: Review of Louis Garneau Trail Grip Shoes

These are the entry level Trail Grip Shoes from Louis Garneau (msrp: $89.99 CAD).

When I started using clipless again last season, I did not have the money, or the desire to invest in a high end set of shoes, rather I was more interested in something entry level.  The shoes do have some moderate weight, and are not waterproof but are quite comfortable, and breathe quite well.  I'm using mine with SPD cleats and had no problems mounting them, or using them with this cleat style.

The shoes come with a set of soccer style toe cleats, I found them to be more trouble than they were worth (walking with these attached isn't that easy (or quiet!), so I removed them (tool was included), and replaced them with some screws (also included) to fill the holes.  The only problem with this is you might want to use some lock-tight or something similar on them as they have a tendency to work loose and fall off (I'm down to 1).

Whoever designed the soles of these shoes was smart... they knew that if somebody was buying entry-level mountain shoes, they would probably be spending some time walking up hills with them, so the grips on the soles are simply amazing.  Walking up steep inclines with these gives you the confidence of a mountain goat.

The closures are simple Velcro straps, with no laces, so entry and exit are a simple exercise, as is on trail adjustments for comfort.

Conclusion:  While these shoes are not going to be as light and waterproof and breathable as much more expensive options, these are a great way to get switched over to clipless on a budget and I would highly recommend them.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

HOW-TO: Tips traveling with your bike


If you plan on taking your bike anywhere,read this first. From smashing up your bike on highway overpasses and parking garages, to cooking the rear tire with exhaust fumes, we've made all the mistakes so you don't have to.

Read the full article here

Monday, April 5, 2010

RIDES: First ride in Brookvale - April 3rd

The trails in Brookvale look like they will be in great shape, the single track sections we hit were all good, nice and dry (mostly) but not soft so we were able to ride without causing any damage.  We cleared a few trees from the trails as we could, but there are a few trees down that will need some chain saws to clear.  The fire roads / ski trails however are still in rough shape... As you can see from the pictures below, they're still mostly snow covered and quite difficult to ride, I say give it another week of this weather and things will be good to go.

In either case, it was great to get out and get muddy...