Road bike tires, I want to ride fast but without punctures

First time I’ve bumped to choice of road bike tires just when decided to purchase road bike. Based on network knowledge “stock” tires (those that installed to bike) must be replaced as soon as possible. Before road bikes we rode on MTB bikes (and tires), so road bike tires looks very unreliable against punctures. That why I bought “bulletproof” tires and used it for three seasons. Unfortunately, this medal has “reverse side” as this tires badly roll and poorly gip in corners. So if not only ride but take part in any amateur competitions  I need other tires. But what?
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Garmin Edge Touring downgrade firmware

Updating the firmware is a good but dangerous thing. There may appear bugs, where they were not before. Although it should be quite opposite, as the new firmware is usually removes detected errors. Generally I try to follow the rule “if work – do not touch” 🙂 However, in recent times manufacturer ususally not asks if I want a new firmware, it can fly “through the air” or when connecting device to a computer. downgrade_1A rollback to the previous version or so-called “Downgrade Firmware”, is usually difficult and dangerous. Unfortunately, with my Garmin Edge Touring was happened just such a story. After updating firmware navigation on the route sometimes stop. About this and about how to return back, more in the note. Continue reading Garmin Edge Touring downgrade firmware

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Clipless pedals, cleat position

I respect usage as common (flat) bicycle pedals as clipless pedals too. It is not matter of “holywar”. I’ve passed several 200 km brevets on flat pedals. There are some pluses and minuses in each kind of pedals.  Looks like the main difficulty of “clipless” is finding  cleat position on bicycle shoe. It firmly determines where foot is fastened to the pedal. In “common” pedals, you can put the foot as you like, but of course there is some habitual position. When I’ve switched to clipless pedals, set cleat position so that the location of foot was the same. It turned out that it does not work.
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Ideal bike computer and estimated power

Bike computer collects data from sensors, then makes arithmetic operations and shows the result: speed, cadence, heart rate, travel time, etc. Sometimes – power, but it is usually a separate device. Frankly, it’s nonsense, when such a simple device is called as computer. It is rather a calculator, which is not much different from the first mechanical meters of wheel revolutions. But what it would be if real computer, for example, such as in smartphones, work “on board” during cycling? Continue reading Ideal bike computer and estimated power

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Bicycle saddle number eight (part IV). Bicycle saddle ventilation

Ventilation in “ecosystem of fifth point – saddle” is very important in long rides. In this note I consider the possibility of saddle to maintain such ventilation, and focus in details on what threatens if not enough ventilation. This is IMHO much worse than if the saddle does not fit in geometry, or in longitudinal profile, or in stiffness.

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Bicycle saddle number eight (part III). Bicycle saddle rigidity

Selecting next bicycle saddle – quite a painful deal. Topics about it in the forums not finished. People are looking for, find, descuss, ask again, sometimes it helps, but the themes continues. It may be because reliable algorithm of choice probably not exist. In previous articles were identified common issues when choice the next bicycle saddle and a separate note about the longitudinal profile of the saddle. In this article I will share information about bicycle saddle rigidity.

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Bicycle saddle number eight (part II). Saddle profile

In the first part of notes about the choice of seat for bicycle pitfalls were identified, any of which may lead to the chouce of one more next saddle. Some of such characteristics were marked for further consideration, and others were considered. In this note I will focus in detail on the longitudinal saddle profile.

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Bicycle saddle number eight (part I)

The choice of bicycle saddle can easily go into the race, race for quantity of seats in your collection. Once in the network met a typical phrase: “I had to buy eight saddles until finally found proper one, the eighth one”. The bad news is that most likely this is not the finish line. Probably the same exclamation was on the sixth saddle in a row. We are lucky: for two of us we have only 9 saddles, respectively, for men and women, four of them are set on the bikes, that is widely used. We understand that it is hard to stop in time, sometimes we want to replace the seat immediately. Why is that? Is it even possible to make an individual perfect bicycle saddle?

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Mechanical doping and average speed

Mechanical doping or technological doping  or tehno-doping this is related to devices for improve athletic performance. In cycling problem has become so serious that before each race bike scanned, judges search for hidden electric motor. I hope that in this case the developments of mechanical doping may well be used officially, if replace the battery by capasitor. This can give the with skillful management a significant increase of average speed.
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Easy bicycle cassette renewal

I want to share the experience of bicycle cassette renewal (reboring of rear sprockets).  Continue reading Easy bicycle cassette renewal

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