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Cycle Gear: Best of 2013

“Listing down the top cycle gear for 2013. What made the list? Read on to find out!”

From clothes to accessories, bag the best cycling gear and mountain biking clothing with our pick of the essential kit to ramp up your biking action

Fancy avoiding the sticky hell hole that is public transport? If you are considering the two-wheeler route into work now that the sun is out and haven’t been riding around since you had stabilizers, here’s a selection of kit to help you start shredding the roads like a pro.

So, in the famous words of Norman Tebbit, “get on your bike”. But do it with pride, and in style…

Cycle Gear

Cycle Gear

1. Eastpak Velow Ekspres

A stylish, rugged, 2.4 litre rucksack, the Ekpress boasts a padded laptop section that’s accessible from both inside and out, a light clip, an integrated travel pass holder, reflective detailing and quite possibly the worst-spelled, product name of all time.

Price: £80 | Eastpak

2. Garmin Edge 810

The GPS computer now has added connectivity with Bluetooth support and a new Garmin Connect Mobile app for Android and iOS which let’s you share your journey on Facebook and Twitter plus look for courses and routes that can be synced to your mounted device. There’s also new weather notifications to let you know if you are about to ride into a rainstorm.

Price: £379.99 | Garmin

3. Abus U-Mini 401 Yellow

Don’t be deceived by its summery look, this lightweight U-lock made from hardened steel which is hugely resistant to bolt cropping will help keep your bike from going walkies and there’s four keys if the first three go missing as well.

Price: £62.99 | Wiggle

4. Giro Trans

Whether you race, cycle distance events, or just like to intimidate Brompton riders at the lights, you’ll find it hard to fault these. The Easton EC70 carbon sole is ultra-stiff and light, while the shape, construction and choice of three, switchable arch supports mean you may forget you’re wearing any shoes at all.

Price: £150 | Giro

5. Kask Vertigo Team Sky

While not the lightest, this high-end, ultra-secure helmet is of the highest quality and an exact replica of what all-conquering Team Sky’s pros use to keep their brains internal.

Price: £165 | Kask

6. The North Face White SIGG Bottle

Keeping your isotonic tipple or plain ol’ water chilled to artic-like temperatures, the aluminium bottle is lightweight and durable to take pedalling and long-lasting so you won’t need to replace it for some time.

Price: £16 | North Face

7. Polaris Quantum

Available in two screaming, flouro hues – and black, peculiarly – this might just be the loudest hi-vis jacket on the planet, with reflective detailing for super-ultra-safety. It’s fully waterproof, natch, with a mesh lining to keep you cool as you pick up the revs.

Price: £90 | Polaris

8. Fenwick’s FS foaming degreaser

Not invested in a bike with a carbon chain? Then spray on this stuff, leave for a bit and rinse off. Scrubbing not required. It also work on the cassette and chain rings and shouldn’t do any damage to that lovely paintwork.

Price: £8 | Link: Fenwicks

9. Hutchinson Fast’Air

Fix a puncture without taking off the wheel. Just attach this magic can to the valve, spray it in liberally and it fills the hole with sealant while reinflating it.

Price: £7.50 | Link: Hutchinsontires

10. Rudy Project Rydon Impact X

Protecting your eyes from lowflying bugs, These cycling specs are made from carbonium frame and alumnium alloy that keep them light and unobtrusivethese with photochromatic lenses that darken when the sun shines, protecting you from UV foulness.

Price: £150 | Link: Rudyprojectuk

11. Knog Frog Strobe Front and Rear Light Set

Made to battle the elements, this silicone built set shoots a combined 50 lumens of brightness and will serve up to 80 hours of illumination from four coin cell batteries which are included. You can also take your pick from a series of modes including strobe and disco strobe if you want to cycle back into the 70s.

Price: £20 | Knog

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Investing in Good Triathlon Gear: What You Need to Know!

“Triathlon Gear: What you really need for that big day.. Find out here!”

triathlon gearTriathletes belong to a unique group of individuals almost like a club. This club invites anyone to join regardless of ability or access to expensive triathlon race gear. Desire to work through swim, bike and run stages is the only requirement.

Those new to the sport of triathlon should focus on proper training technique, hydration and energy source in preparation for the first race. Expensive high-tech equipment is not necessary or even recommended. It is better to gain race experience first before investing in expensive triathlon gear.

Here are the triathlon gear triathletes need to win the finish line.

SWIMMING:

Required Triathlon Gear:

Swimsuit: Men could use swim trunks, cut offs or Speedo-style swimsuit. Women should use a one-piece swimsuit. Form fitting suits are advantageous because bike and running shorts could be worn over-top saving time in transition.

Goggles: TYR, Speedo and other companies provide inexpensive goggles for swimming. Goggles should fit comfortably and seal well against water leakage. Goggles used the day of the race should first be tested for fit in training.

Swim Cap: race organizers provide Swim caps. Swim caps are brightly colored for safety to help follow swimmers in the water.

Recommended:

Towel: A towel in the transition area will help remove sand and dirt from the feet before wearing shoes.

Sun Screen: Sunscreen protects against sunburn, a potential risk in longer races.

Wetsuit: Many races have wetsuits as mandatory, often depending on the water temperature. One of the most important triathlon gear, a wetsuit can help your buoyancy but you don’t need to rush and buy an expensive one. There are plenty of season hires or you can get by with a borrowed surf suit.

CYCLING

Required Triathlon Gear:

Bicycle: Triathletes could use any style bicycle including mountain bike, touring bike or road bike. The bicycle must be in good working condition. Tires, brakes and inner tubes with excess wear should be replaced. A Multiple-geared bike is recommended to help maintain the 80 peddle-per-minute speed cadence during uphill and downhill regions on the course. This will help save leg strength for the run stage.

Cycling Helmet: Helmets are required to be worn before mounting the bike and throughout the cycling stage. The helmet must be ANSI or Snell certified and labeled to show certification.

Cycling Pants: Short pants could suffice for the bicycle stage of the race. Cycling shorts provide better padding under the seat and prevent saddle soreness. Cycling shorts could be used for the swim and run stages of the race and save time in transition.

Cycling Shirt: Triathlon rules require chest cover for men and women. Any non-cotton shirt provides applicable cover. A cycling jersey could be inexpensive and form fitting to prevent wind resistance.

Shoes and Socks: The type of shoes used during the cycling stage depends on the style of bicycle. Racing bikes have clipless pedals and specifically require cycling shoes with cleats. Touring bikes could have regular pedals and running shoes could be worn.

Recommended:

Water Bottle and Cage: A water bottle and cage provides hydration during the ride. Dehydration is always a risk when racing in hot weather.

Equipment Bag, Tubes, Levers and Pump: Spare inner tubes and tire levers could be stored in a small equipment bag behind the saddle. A frame mounted pump will allow triathletes to change a flat tire and continue the race. There will be traveling assistance on the bike course. However, assistance covers the entire course and the wait could be long.

RUNNING

Required Triathlon Gear:

Running Shoes: A quality pair of running shoes could be the best investment for the first triathlon. The shoes should fit comfortably and used in training long before race day. Socks are optional but add shock absorbance and moisture protection.

Running Shorts: The shorts used for the bike stage could be used for the run stage. Running shorts should not be cotton, which absorbs moisture and causing chafing.

Running Shirt: Mesh shirts or the shirt used during the cycling stage provide necessary cover for running. Cotton is not recommended as with running shorts.

Recommended:

Billed Cap: Triathletes often wear a lightweight cap or visor. The bill shades the face from sunlight and helps prevent overheating.

The road to finish a first triathlon does not require expensive triathlon gear. Only well planned training, desire and the necessary equipment are needed to compete. It is better to gain experience before investing in expensive lightweight race bikes and wetsuits. Understanding the race first brings better insight to high-tech equipment needs. It is important to remember every triathlete including the professionals had a first race.

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Best of the Best Triathlon Tips to Remember for Your Next Competition

“Giving you the best triathlon tips you will find useful on that big day. Learn what they are here!”

triathlon tipsSWIM

1)    First on the list of triathlon tips is to arrive at least 20 minutes early to put your wetsuit on. When putting on your wetsuit, put your legs and arms in all the way and pinch it up, then bend over and scrunch the tummy area and pull it all up. Use lube around the hairline and neck but wash hands before you touch your goggles. Once you’ve got into the water, allow for some water to come into the suit around the neck then flush it out.

2)    Wearing a wetsuit makes you 3-5 minutes quicker if you use the correct swimming technique as the rubber keeps you buoyant. Try not to use your legs much as you will need them later. This also helps you not to square your hips off and instead you can rotate your shoulders and upper body better for more power and momentum.

3)    The correct swimming position can be achieved by laying in the water on your front and burying your head down so that your feet and hips come up. The further you get your head down the better your body position will be.

4)    Swim with a straighter arm style, bending them means you have to force the arm straight. Roll with your hips and leave your arms relaxed, even slapping the water. Keep your arms shoulder width apart. The pull under the water is where all the power comes from, so brush your hand past your hips. Don’t let your strokes get short and fast, try to make as few turns as possible but make them count. This gives you more time to breath.

5)    Try to site every four strokes – just lift your eyes out of the water and look straight ahead quickly.

BIKE

1)    In preparation, keep in your saddlebag a puncture repair kit which you should know how to use, have an inner tube and use a gel pump or a canister of CO2 – for speed. Check your tyre pressure. Carry gels, water and sugary food especially for after an hour of riding. One of the best triathlon tips take your phone.

2)    Familiarise yourself with where transition is. Try to get the best slot you can, which is normally at the end of the rack. Make sure your bike faces the exit and put your kit in front of the bike, with the helmet undone and resting on the handles. Have gels tapped to the bike. Bring a Tupperware box to keep your kit in and put your cycle and running shoes on a towel and socks. Make sure the towel is bright so you can spot it. Put your helmet on first, then shoes.

3)    Keep your race number on an elastic belt so you can wear it on your rear on the bike ride then spin it round to your front for the run.

4)    Make sure you are in a suitable gear straight away with the front chain ring on the big cog and the back half way down the cassette.

5)    You are not allowed to “draft” during the race, i.e. sitting directly behind someone to gain an advantage.

RUNNING

1)    Stand on your tip toe and lean forward until you begin to drop. This is the position you need to be in for running to avoid the Triathlete shuffle. Engage your gluts by imagining you are trying to hold a credit card between them. Run as if you are pulling your feet out of a bucket, or a knee to the groin or calves to thigh. Drive your arms forward held at a 90 degrees angle.

2)    Try running at a pace of 3 strides a second then when going uphill and downhill keep this cadence with your arms pumping harder uphill. Downhill, keep a light foot so there are less opposing forces hitting you.

3)    Try some core exercises like single leg squats, the plank and Russian rotation – but avoid sit ups as they can weaken the muscles already weakened from running.

4)    After your run, make sure you at least stretch the quads, hamstrings, quads and gluts.

5)    And finally, a good tip for tri is to have elastic laces so you don’t waste precious seconds tying them…. More at Top ten triathlon tips | Sportsister

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