Posts in the category Training

EB14: Varibike Goes Off-Road, Mountain Bike with Your Feet, Your Hand, or Both

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In spite of appearances, the fork on this bike is not backwards. This is a Varibike – the bike you can pedal with both your hands and your feet. The German company has been around for a few years now and is expanding their line of bizarre looking bikes. Why all the extra equipment? Studies have shown that the system allows riders to put out up to 31% more power while increasing endurance. It also allows rider to get a better workout in a shorter period of time, which is beneficial if fitness is your main goal for cycling.

Having offered a few pavement oriented bikes in the past, Varibike is now expanding into offroad riding as well as more performance based pedaling. Connect the dots on the drivetrain next…

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Elite Real Turbo Muin Direct Transmission Trainer Makes You Faster

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The first direct-transmission, fluid resistance, electronically controlled trainer was teased last year. Turns out, it’s also connected and comes with some rather smart software. It’s the Elite Real Turbo Muin, and it’ll finally be available this November.

For (gulp) $1250, you can get the cutting edge of trainer technology, letting you create and oversee your workout in real time through the My E-Training app. Controlled by ANT+ or Bluetooth wireless technology, My E-Training allows for imported videos, GPS imports, video racing, web racing and more. Elite says that with all of the combined features of this unit, it perfectly simulates outdoor training.

Ready to give up the leg warmers and embro?

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Peaks Coaching: Winter Power Training

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Yeah, I know. We don’t want to think about the W word yet. Winter’s a long time away yet! But I believe in preparation, and what you do this winter can really make or break your season in the coming year, so there’s no time to lose in planning to reach the next level. There are some vital components to creating a very good winter training program, and of course using a power meter is a big part of that. Once you are rested, recharged, and ready to go from your season, your winter should contain at least two important components: focused indoor training workouts using wattage and cadence, and solid workouts in the sweet spot zone. Click through to find out why… READ MORE ->

First Ride: LifeBEAM’s Helmet Mounted Optical Heart Rate Monitor – Weights, Tech Updates & More!

LifeBEAM Smart Bicycle Helmet with integrated optical heart rate monitor and ant+ bluetooth 4 wireless data transmission

Introduced last year as an IndieGoGo project, LifeBEAM’s helmet-integrated heart rate monitor has not only made it into production, it’s been improved to include dual transmission to work with more devices.

Built around an optical sensor also used in military, hospital and sports watch applications, heart rate is measured by bouncing light off the skin and measuring the reflectivity to determine raw heart rate. The built in processor at the back of the helmet converts that data into a cleaner HR signal, accounting for movement and other “noise”, then broadcasts it over both Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ simultaneously.

Compared to a chest strap, LifeBEAM’s optical solution works instantly and flawlessly…no need to keep a moist layer between a physical contact point and your skin like with traditional heart rate straps. It’s also far more convenient, particularly if you’re like me and only remember said strap once fully dressed and ready to roll.

Click through to see how it works, tech details and why it’s only getting better…

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IB14: Garmin Vector Pedals Now Measure Cleat Pressure Offset & More, Plus New Connected Forerunner 920XT

Garmin Vector power meter pedals now measure power stroke and cleat pressure offset and time seated and standing

At Eurobike we saw the new single-sided Garmin Vector S power meter pedal option, which tweaked the left sensor’s system to send a doubled up signal to the head unit and approximate total power for both legs from a single meter at about half the price.

At Interbike, they showed us the new Cycling Dynamics updated for the Vector and their cycling computers. The new screen interprets data from the pedals in a new way, showing your Power Phase (how strong you are at each point in the crank’s rotation), compare time spent seated versus standing and see how your power is hitting the pedals with their Platform Center Offset reading.

All three metrics will appear on a single screen and show up in Garmin Connect upon syncing the device with your computer after the ride. A software update will be available later this year for both the pedals and Garmin’s head units to bring it all to life…

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New Multiplayer Online Cycling Game Zwift Revolutionizes Indoor Training

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Riding indoors sucks, but a new startup called Zwift is looking to change all that. The company has created a massive multiplayer online game which allows riders from around the world to meet and ride together in an immersive 3D world.

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IB14: Endura Custom Fits your Chamois to your Saddle and Gets Colorful for Road and Mountain

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Have you ever wished your chamois was a bit narrower or a touch wider? If you fall into either camp, Endura is providing a solution through their new FS260-Pro SL bibshort. Developed through their collaboration with team Movistar and the gebioMized dynamic saddle pressure measurement system, the shorts are the first that we’re aware of with multiple chamois widths and leg lengths in the same size short.

Similar to choosing a saddle based on the width of your sit bones, each individual sized short will have three different width chamois based on what width saddle you are riding. The thought is that the proper width chamois will position the padding appropriately and cover the pressure points without being too wide and becoming diaper like. Endura takes the custom fit concept a step further and actually offers two leg lengths for each size as well with standard and long. Endura has found that the longer legs offer better compression properties, but they also work better for taller riders.

Manufactured from Italian Power Lycra with Coldblack technology and UPF 50+ rating to keep riders cool, the shorts use Endura’s Continuously Variable Profile 700 series pad and a 3D Mesh upper to offer a pro level fit. Any of the sizes, widths, and lengths will retail for $169.99 each.

Well known for their durable, black kit, Endura is also diving into a bit of color for both road and mountain. Check it out next…

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Physiology and Nutrition: Strategies for Acute Recovery, Part 2

compression tights for recoveryLast month I discussed the nutritional aspects to help recovery from injury and exercise-induced muscle damage. In this Part 2, I’m going to examine the modalities available to facilitate recovery, timing of their use and what’s best for a dude vs. a woman. The purpose of this review is to allow you to recover faster, garner training adaptations a bit quicker; thus allowing smarter training and fitness gains.

As I mentioned, right next door to my office a new niche recovery lounge has opened up (RechargeSportSF.com) attending to the most under-emphasized aspect of training: Recovery. The focus at places like Recharge is to offer bigger ticket items for recovery such as compression boots, water circulating compression for cooling-compression, cold laser therapy, and some EMS (electrical muscle stimulation such as the MarcPro).

A question often asked is why make these available to the general public? Why not just reserve them for the top end professional athletes whose livelihood relies on specific performance outcomes? Primarily because these modalities work and they should be available to everyone who trains hard, works hard, and then has to face the stress of real life (read: kids, job, family, travel, mortgage, Interbike…).

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IB14: Jet Black’s New Premium Z1 Pro Fluid & Whisper Drive Magnetic Trainers, Plus New Training App

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Jet Black’s new Z1 Pro model is the successor to the Z1 and gets the largest stock flywheel ever at 6.6 lbs, more than triple what it was before. There are heavier aftermarket flywheels out there, but they say this is the heaviest one that comes standard on any trainer. A heavier flywheel gives it a much longer coast down times for a more realistic feel.

It’s a fluid trainer, so it’s quiet, particulaly with it’s oversized gel roller, and gives you less tire wear. Beyond the flywheel and gel, the closure mechanism is all new and rather nifty…

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