Friday, August 24, 2012

Lance gives up fighting doping allegations (Admission of guilt or tired of fighting?)


7 ime Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has announced that he will not continue to fight against the USADA's probe into doping allegations.

There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, "Enough is enough." For me, that time is now. I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999. Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by Travis Tygart's unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense...

See his full statement on his blog here.
http://lancearmstrong.com/news-events/lance-armstongs-statement-of-august-23-2012

Now we can take this in 2 ways.

1. He's guilty of doping and doesn't want to either admit it during arbitration, or perjure himself by denying it in arbitration.

2. He's not guilty of doping, and had decided that the fight is un-winnable and ultimately pointless.

Where do you stand? Let us know in the comments below.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: Rock Shox XC-28

Since my old Judy air gave up the ghost last summer, I was in the market for a cheap replacement shock.  I had a few requirements,

1.  It had to be a minimal cost (believe it or not, but I don't get rich off this blog)
2.  To save costs, it needed to have posts for v-brakes to avoid the expense of switching to disk.

So looking into my options with those 2 points in mind, I was really only left with one option.  The bottom of the Rock Shox line is the XC-28.

This is a bare bones coil shock with only pre-load adjust-ability.  It retails for approximately $140




First impression when riding with it, this is a cheap shock and it rides like it.

Once you set the pre-load right it does function as expected and can take the moderate hits without problem.  The massive hits do tend to result in bottoming out, and it has very little if any rebound dampening so it can be a bit bouncy.  The shock also does have quite a bit of flex so don't expect SID like handling.   I noticed some strange quirks as well on my rig.  It has some odd harmonics with the vibrations from my wheel when on hard surfaces, a low ringing/hum seems to resonate out of it.  It's not loud enough to bother me, but it is interesting anyway.

I haven't been saying too much good about this shock yet, but there is good in there somewhere.  The area where this thing excels is value.  There is no way you can find anything short of a department store bike cast-off at this price point.  When you factor in what you get for the price, it really can't be beat.

Bottom line?  I would recommend this shock for you only if you are in a specific circumstance where you need a shock but don't have the money to get something higher end with more features and better dampening.  For me this wasn't an issue as I was more interested in getting something functional on the bike as opposed to something high end.


Monday, July 23, 2012

Police Department to donate unclaimed bikes

The Charlottetown Police Department has decided to take a new approach in regards to unclaimed bicycles rather than auction them off as they have in the past.

Now instead of bi-annual bike auctions, the bikes will be donated to Kidsport PEI and Cycling PEI.  The bikes will go to kids and their parents who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to purchase bikes.

I think this is a great idea, much better than just auctioning them off, and I applaud the CPD on this initiative.


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Senseless...


On Saturday July 14, 2012, Elizabeth Ann Sovis a 63 year old cyclist from Edmonton was cycling in Prince Edward Island with her husband.  Elizabeth and her husband had been riding on the Confederation trail but had to leave the safety of the trails to get to their lodging for the evening.  This involved riding down a 2 land stretch of highway not unlike most highways in Prince Edward Island.  Sadly also on this highway was a drunk driver with 4 previous convictions.  He struck Elizabeth from behind and fled the scene.  He returned a short while later, failed a breathalyzer test, and was taken into custody.

How is it that somebody who obviously has zero regard for those around them can be allowed to continue to act in such a reckless manner.  After his fourth conviction it should have been obvious that he had no intention of ever changing his ways.  He should have had a ban on driving for life, anybody who knowingly allowed him to drive should be treated as if they themselves were driving under the influence. At this point I can't decide which is worse, the idiots who drive drunk, or the morons who let them.  Take their keys, block them in, do whatever you need to do, if that doesn't work call the police and report them.  You just might save a life.



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/07/16/edmonton-cyclist-killed-pei.html

Photo from the cbc.ca website.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stolen Bike

*UPDATE*
The bike has been recovered :)

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Bike and helmet were stolen from the Charlottetown Yacht Club Monday evening June 18th. Full suspension Opus Mountain Bike, White with red trim. Please let me know if you or anyone you know has seen it!! Spread the word!  Lets help get this bike back to his rightful owner!


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Avoiding crunching your bike on the garage door...

One fear everybody with a roof rack has is forgetting about the bike when pulling into the garage...



HeadsUP Systems has developed a sensor to help warn you before you pull into the garage with your bike still strapped to the roof.

How it works is simple.  A sensor is mounted on the bike, and one in the garage.  When you pull in and the garage sensor sees the bike sensor, a sign flashes and an in car buzzer alerts you to stop.

It's pricey at $169 USD, but I suppose it's cheaper than a new frame :)

See more here,

http://www.headsupsystems.com/products.html

Friday, June 22, 2012

Raw Determination

Ever been riding with an injury but just powered through it to finish?  Well Bart de Clercq has taken that to the extreme in this years Tour de Swisse.  Injured in a crash the day before the final stage, he started the final stage anyway finishing the stage in 12th.

Upon receiving medical attention it was found that he had a collapsed lung from the previous day!

Read the full story here...
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/de-clercq-finished-tour-de-suisse-with-collapsed-lung

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Essential Mountain Biking Skills

A pretty good video on skills to have as a rider...




Helmet tip to Bruce M. for sharing it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Now that's a stair ride...

Marcelo Gutierrez racing in the Red Bull Downhill Monserrate, Bogota


Friday, June 1, 2012

How a bike is made

This little gem is a vintage British television documentary on how bikes are made.  It's actually pretty interesting.

Monday, May 28, 2012

West Prince Triathlon Results

These are the results of the 2012 West Prince Triathlon which took place on May 26, 2012


Friday, May 25, 2012

High School Students Trying a Tri

From CBC PEI
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2012/05/21/pei-school-triathlon-584.html



P.E.I.'s first school trathlon drew dozens of students to Summerside Monday. Eighty students from grades 7 to 12 gathered to swim, cycle and run.

"I just wanted to try something new and see if I would be good at it," said Marshall Jones, a student at Athena Consolidated.

Teacher C. J. Studer said the event was about participation, not competition. (CBC)
There were no medals or trophies for this mini-triathlon. Organizers wanted to put the focus on participation, not competition.

C. J. Studer, the phys-ed teacher behind the event, said not many students knew about triathlons before this.

"Just to have this on the Island and have the kids understand, 'You know what, I can do three sports in one,'" he told CBC News.

"And when it gets them off the couch on a beautiful day like this, I can't be any more excited."

About 60 volunteers, including some teachers, spent their Victoria Day helping out.

Studer plans is to hold a similar event next year.

Monday, May 21, 2012

West Prince Triathlon - May 26

The 3rd Annual West Prince Sprint Triathlon will be taking place on May 26, 2012 at the Rodd Mill River Resort.

There will be 5 starting heats of 5 racers each.

They will start with a 750 m swim in the Pool, followed by a transition to the 20 km bike course on the roads.  The bike course is fairly flat with a few small hills to get the competitors heart rates up.  The bike ride will consist of 2 laps of a 10 km out and back loop.  Racers will then switch to the 5 km run along the same route as the bike course (only shorter).  The run will be mostly flat with one small hill near the turnaround point.

The pool swim, combined with a relatively flat course, make for a great first tri as I discovered last year.



Friday, May 18, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

2012 Ride of Silence


DATE: May 16, 2012 (always the 3rd Wednesday of May)

TIME: 7:00 pm

WHERE: Hundreds of locations world wide

Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways.

WHY DOES THIS RIDE EXIST?

  • To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
  • To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
  • To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD

     

THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET

On May 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read full story at http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php)
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.

Host:Cycling PEI
Type:Recreational — Road
Location:Provincial Government Offices Parking Lot (Adjacent the Victoria Park Bike Lane)
Registration:No cost everyone welcome
Start Time:7pm
Distance:15-20km
Cost:Free
Contact:
902-368-4985
mconnolly@sportpei.pe.ca


Information Courtesy of CPEI

Monday, May 14, 2012

Friday May 18th is Bike to Work Day

International Bike To Work day is celebrated on various days around the world.  This year, here in Prince Edward Island, it is being celebrated on Friday May 18th.

While for some of us, every day is Bike to Work day, it's always great to encourage those who may not normally consider riding to work to get out there and try it.    Who knows, they may decide to take it up regularly.

Dust off the bike, give it a quick tune up, and get some exercise.  Just remember, your car costs you money and makes you fat, your bike runs on fat and saves you money.


Some tips for somebody who has never ridden to work.


  • If your commute is too long for you to bike, leave earlier...Just kidding, find a parking lot part way to work and drive your car there with the bike and ride from that point... Park and Ride
  • Bring a change of clothes, either use a backpack (This is what I do), or panniers on the bike with your work clothes.  Even if you don't work in an office like I do, your co-workers will probably appreciate you changing out of your sweaty bike clothes.
  • Have a plan, figure out where you can change from bike to work wear.  In my case my first stop in the office is the washrooms to change.  
  • Bring a lock, easy to forget if you don't commute regularly.  Make sure you have a good bike lock, and some where safe to lock it up.
  • Enjoy yourself!  You're doing something great for your health and the environment :) 


Happy riding.



Friday, May 4, 2012

Nasty Pile-up

A bad wreck in the second group of the Rock Lititz Bike race on April 29, 2012.



Looks like the first guy lost it in some dust, then the second guy had nowhere to go, and things just went down hill from there...

Not sure why the spectators are more concerned with replacing the barriers as opposed to checking on the state of the riders.  People are weird.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May is CPEI Bike Month

May is bike month and to celebrate CPEI will be holding "Pedalpolooza" for the month of May with various bike related activities and events.

Events for May:
Sporting Intentions Saturday Morning Ride will recommence Sat, May 5th. Contact Geoff Murray at 902-394-3644 or peibikeguy@gmail.com for details.

Monday Night Beginner Rides will begin Monday, May 7th starting at 6pm. Short clinic on various topics each week before the ride. Meet at Sears Parking lot in west Royalty. Contact ride leadder Shannon Burt at climbingshanman@gmail.com for more info.

Thursday night road ride will start Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm meeting at Sherwood BMR. For more info contact ride leader Jan Meulenkamp at janmeulenkamp@bellaliant.net

May 1st the Victoria Park Bike lane opens. Join CPEI at 12:30 to cruise the park. Meet at Governor's house. Let us show the critics that it is well used.

The annual Mothers Day Time Trial is the first ‘warm-up’ race of the cycling season in Prince Edward Island and takes place Saturday, May 12th at Bluefield High school starting at 9am. Open to all ability levels. If you have never raced before this is a great place to start.

The Ride of Silence will take place Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm. Meet at the Provincial Government Offices Parking Lot (Adjacent the Victoria Park Bike Lane). Join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. First 50 people get Ride of Silence t-shirt.

International Bike to Work day is Friday, May 18th so grab your bike and leave your car at home.

The first race in the MTB Atlantic series takes place in May. Atlantic MTB Series Event #1 NS XC Victoria's Secret
Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Rigid Riders MTB Club Opening Night will be Tuesday, May 22 at Brookvale Nordic Center at 6:30. Be there early if you need to register or register online at www.cpei.ca. People are encouraged to register online before opening night to prevent a back log of people trying to register the first few Tuesdays.

Citizen Series Road Event #1 Emyvale is Tenatatively set for Sunday, May 27th at Bluefield High School. Date will be confirmed next week and posted at www.cpei.ca.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Coolest bike trailer of all time :-)

My wife and I have always wanted to get a popup camper... I wonder if this would qualify?




It doesn't come cheap though, at $899(usd) for the trailer, and an extra $219(usd) for the tent riding on top of it.  I have no idea on the build quality of this thing, but I must say I am very impressed with the overall idea.

http://store.kamprite.com/catalog/Midget-Bushtrekka-p-16143.html


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Combining 2 of my favorite hobbies...

I'm a cyclist and a gamer so this caught my eye... It's a neat concept, but unfortunately I don't think it really accomplishes either task particularly well.  Oh well, It's a start.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

HOW-TO: Getting your bike ready for spring

Well spring is here, and unless you've been riding all winter, that bike could probably use a bit of TLC before you get out there for another summer. Here's some tips on how to get it rolling and keep it happy.

Should have checked those brakes...


What you need:

Allen Keys or a Multi tool
Air Pump
Tire pressure gauge (unless the pump has one).
Shock Pump if you have air shocks.
Bike Lube
Degreaser
Rags
Soap
If possible and not included with the multitool, chain break tool and spoke wrench.

First the easy stuff:

Clean the bike. Take time to hand wash the bike, use the rags and soapy water (and de-greaser as needed) to carefully clean all the gunk and grime left over from last season. Don't use high pressure water, this will just wash the grease out of the moving parts (we don't want that). Once the bike is clean and dry give it a careful inspection looking for cracks that may have gone un-noticed under the dirt and grime.

Check your tire pressure. Top up your tires to the appropriate pressure for your riding. If you ride roads, crank em up to the max listed on the sidewall of the tire. If you ride mud, go with a number that works for you. Either way, after a winter of sitting, your tires are probably not going to be where you want them.


Now to the still pretty easy stuff:

De-grease and re-lube your chain. Use the degreaser and the rags to get your chain nice and clean. If it's particularly bad, consider removing it and soaking it in a small bucket of de-greaser for a few hours. Once the chain is completely clean and dry, apply a generous dose of chain lube, wiping off the excess with a clean rag. While you're at it apply fresh lube to all the moving parts you can see.

Check shock air pressures as needed: If you have air shocks on your bike, use your shock pump to check the air pressure in the shocks and adjust as needed. Like your tires, the shock can bleed a bit of air over the off season. Or you might have gained/lost weight and need a new setting.

Check your shifting. With the bike either on a stand or while holding up the back tire turn the pedals and work trough all the gears. If shifts are not going cleanly into gear, adjust the derailleur as needed.


Now on to the slightly less easy but still pretty easy stuff:

Check your brakes. If you have rim brakes, check the pads for wear and debris. Use tweezers or a nail to remove any small bits of stuff stuck in the pad. Make sure the pads are not too worn, if so they should be replaced. If they appear to be glazed over, give them a light buff with a file to prolong their life. If you use disk brakes, check the pads as well to ensure they are not worn thin, and if needed replace them. Check and adjust the brake leaver travel to suit your preference. In the case of cable pull brakes, you may just need to loosen the nut holding the cable to the brakes, pull the cable tighter, then tighten the nut. For hydraulic systems, you may need to add more fluid to the system. See the manual for your brakes or your local bike shop for proper procedures for this.

Check your rims to ensure they are true. Give the wheel a spin and look for bends. If you are comfortable working your own rim, use a spoke wrench to tighten and loosen spokes as needed to bring the rim back into line. If you are not comfortable with this have your local shop take care of this for you. While checking the rims, also make sure no spokes are loose. Grasp each spoke pair and give them a light squeeze and if any are loose use a spoke wrench to snug them up. Just be careful not to go too tight as this can pull the rim out of true.

Monday, April 2, 2012

HUMOR: I kind of want one...mostly for the stickers.

In my day we used playing cards, or pieces of plastic from a bleach bottle or something... but we didn't get the cool amplifying exaust pipe or stickers!




Did I mention stickers?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Life Cycles

Thanks to Paulette for pointing me at these videos.



Part I



Part II



Part III



Part IV