Posts in the category Training

SRM Takes Mountain Bike Power Meter Cranks Single File for 1x Drivetrains (UPDATED)

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The new SRM 1x PowerMeters bring an updated design to their off road crankset power meters, and it’s way cleaner than the prototypes we spotted at Sea Otter last year!

The unit is completely sealed from the elements and uses a smooth, flat external housing to keep mud and debris from sticking to it. Inside, their solid state battery is good for up to 700 hours of riding. It’ll be upgradeable to their externally (i.e. user) rechargeable battery when it becomes available later this year.

The 1x SRM uses a standard 104BCD spider to accommodate standard size chainrings, and they claim it adds just 70g to the crankset. It’s available on SRAM XX1, Cannondale SiSL2, FSA K-Force Light and Shimano XT cranksets, and you can choose between SRAM XO1 X-Sync rings (32t-38t) or Race Face Narrow-Wide Single-Rings (30t-38t).

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Peaks Coaching: Five Key Attributes of Winning Athletes

by Hunter Allen, PCG CEO/Founder and Master Coach
originally posted on TrainingPeaks.com

Aldo Ilesic Wins the Clarendon Cup

PCG Athlete Aldo Ilesic wins the Clarendon Cup

Winners think differently. They do. There are many books about winners: why they are different, what they think, and why they think it. Winners are constantly focused on moving forward, getting things done, taking action, and improving. Whether it’s on the bicycle, in the pool, on the soccer field, or in the office, winners strive to be the best they can be. They aren’t afraid of hard work. As a matter of fact, they love it, crave it, absorb it, and become better from it.

I believe winners are made and not born. Each one of us has winning qualities and the ability to win; we just have to put these things together in order to achieve greatness.

Click through to read the five key attributes of winning athletes I’ve identified in my experience working with some of the best athletes in the world…

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Limited Edition: Cancer Fighting Headset Caps from Leave It On The Road

Leave it on the Road Headtube capsLast year Leave It On The Road rode across the US to raise fifty thousand dollars to benefit colon cancer. This year, the cycling publication is continuing to raise awareness with a series of books and accessories. First up is this limited edition headtube cap, which will be available in one of two cancer fighting colors -blue for colon and pink for breast cancer. In whatever color you chose, the words written across the cap are still poignant reminder of why we all ride.

The custom caps will be available next week, so stay tuned to their website here to order.

Review: Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer – The Nearly Perfect Training Tool (UPDATED)

Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer review with power measurement and iPhone app controlled settings

The Wahoo Fitness Kickr Trainer introduced the concept of iPhone-controlled indoor training at Eurobike 2012, packing in a power meter with a ton of control over resistance. The result, after testing it through the winter for ourselves, adds up to an amazing tool for improving fitness on the bike, letting you train on your terms.

High quality fluid and wind trainers do a perfectly adequate job of increasing resistance as your cadence or gearing increases. And if you have a power meter already on your bike, it’s reasonably easy to adjust your cadence and gearing to stay within a desired output range. Where the Kickr improves is by doing all that with simple on screen adjustments (on your iPhone, naturally. Or current-gen iPad, Bluetooth LE Mac or ANT+ enabled PC). The biggest benefit comes with the Ergometer mode – just set the power output you want to maintain, and it’ll adjust the resistance in real time to maintain a steady effort regardless of cadence or gear selection.

Yes, it can force you to work harder…

UPDATE: Thru axle adapter now available ($29.99), older iDevices compatible with Wahoo’s ANT+ Key ($59.99).

UPDATE 2: Answers about max wattage and new product updates added at bottom of post.

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Pioneer Improves & Simplifies Power Meters, Keeps All the Tech

Pioneer cycling power meters for dura-ace and ultregra cranksets

In 2012, consumer electronics giant Pioneer debuted their Cyclocomputer power meter system. It was a high tech watt measuring device that produced some interesting data points, but the design was a bit cumbersome and the initial installation procedure wasn’t ideal. Full details on are in our interview from last spring.

Now, they’ve completely revamped the design, making it not only much, much easier to install, but also more streamlined, lighter and just better all around.

The distinct 360º torque measurement for left and right legs remains, as do all the other important tech features, but the parts themselves slim down. Two strain gauges, one for each crank arm, are slimmer and now fit both Ultegra and Dura-Ace (latest 9000 and 6800 models only). The transmitter now secures to the spider with bolts rather than zip ties (thank goodness!), and there’s no longer a proprietary bottom bracket and ring to measure cadence and such. Instead, you simply use a magnetic patch on the frame. Altogether, it not only adds compatibility with a lower priced crankset, it fits more frames, too.

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CycleOps Putting Trek Factory Racing Team Rides Up for Virtual Training

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Trek Factory Racing pros warm up for the individual time trial at the Dubai Tour. Photo: Tim Staton.

In January, CycleOps partnered with Trek Factory Racing to put their pro riders on the PowerBeam Pro and SuperMagneto Pro trainers and CycleOps VirtualTraining software. The benefit to them is the software lets them practice for future race courses regardless of physical location. The benefit for us is we’ll start seeing some of their rides pop up for our own training fun.

How? Their VirtualTraining software lets riders upload GPS and ride data for others to stream. And that’s what they plan on doing with some of the pros’ real rides.

“We have two new routes online now from their training camps in Mallorca, and streaming for the iPad goes live this week,” says Saris Cycling Group’s marketing man Tim Staton. “We have plans to release several of the training rides for the Spring Classics, too. We’re looking at ways to put a camera on the chase car for race day and capture GPS data to recreate race courses so it’s like you’re riding with the team, but we’re still pretty early in the partnership. Right now, there’s enough chaos on race days without us trying to capture data separately!”

As for mirroring actual rides from certain top level riders, both parties are considering it, but Staton says it can be a touchy subject when making power profiles public from folks like Cancellara. Obviously there are strategic advantages to keeping that sort of data private.

In other news, updates to the Windows desktop program and iOS app, along with a new Android app, are coming late February to allow subscribers to race head to head virtually. No Mac desktop version yet, but it’s on their to do list…it’s just that tablets took priority.

Peaks Coaching: Remember the Little Stuff

By BJ Basham, Master PCG CoachRemember the Little Things

I have worked with many riders in the years I’ve been coaching, and I think of them all as being in one of three different phases of their preparation—at the bottom of their form, in a growing and improving phase, or at the top or peak of their form. These categories apply to both new and experienced riders. Regardless of the stage you’re in, you need to remember the little stuff. That means paying attention to all the things you do besides training to get ready for your events. Stuff like remembering your recovery nutrition, taking a nap, or getting enough sleep at night.

When it comes to paying attention to little stuff, it is usually the riders at the top and the bottom of their form that need to be reminded the most. Riders who are improving and seeing progress and return from their training are motivated to keep seeing that progress, so they stay on top of the little stuff.

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Friday Roundup – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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  • Reza Pakravan has returned from an 11,000 mile/102 day bike journey from Norway to South Africa riding a Koga Signature World Traveler with a Rohloff internally geared hub and Gates Carbon Drive, pictured above. Read more about his trip here.
  • 15 year-old Sam Rukeyser is going on his own bike tour this summer from Portland, OR, to NYC. He’s going to document his 3,800 mile trek on video for a documentary which he’d like your help to produce.
  • Interested in a bike tour, but on a smaller scale than Reza’s and Sam’s? Ellee Thalheimer has just written a new book called “Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.”
  • This year’s fundraiser for Trips For Kids of WNC is a raffle to win an I-9 Wheelset and a Cane Creek 110 Headset - your choice of colors. Tickets are $25 and only 100 tickets will be sold!
  • Events for Raleigh’s 2nd Annual Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival have been announced. Held over 10 days in April, the event seeks to sustain and promote bicycle culture in Raleigh, NC, and includes bike rides, art shows, fundraising, and more!
  • Yuba Bikes has posted two parts of a three-part educational series on how to travel by bike with your children in tow. Part three will be posted next week.
  • Cycle Monkey has recently expanded it’s suspension services for dealers and individuals. Check their website for more information.
  • Hunter Allen, founder of Peaks Coaching Group, will be leading a free webinar about power training on Tuesday, February 18th starting at 8pm EST.
  • Universal Sports Network will present a schedule of 23 international cycling events in 2014 both on air and live-streaming. Check out the schedule of events and times after the break.

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Update Your Lemond Trainer, WattBox ANT+ Power Meter now Shipping

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When the Lemond Revolution trainer was first introduced, there was a lot of talk about the benefits of no longer needing a rear wheel for your bike when it was on the trainer. There was one big negative though, without the rear wheel that meant rear wheel mounted computers or Powertap hubs couldn’t be used. For cyclists that are using wattage based training that was a deal breaker. Yes, for a while Lemond did offer the Power Pilot computer system, but it didn’t really seem to catch on with its $439 price tag. Enter the Lemond WattBox. Not only is the WattBox almost half the price of the Power Pilot at $249, but the WattBox calculates the power in trainer mounted box, instead of the head unit like the Power Pilot. That allows you to use your favorite ANT+ compatible head unit or ANT+ certified smartphone apps.

Crank up the power next.

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