Saturday, September 28, 2013

Product Review: Quarq Elsa 10R Power Meter

Quarq Elsa 10R Power Meter
Quarq Elsa 10R Power Meter



For more information on the Quarq Elsa 10R Power Meter, please visit http://www.quarq.com/quarq-elsa-10r. Thank you very much for watching and reading.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Links I Love

     Due to the extended period of time which I did not post for, I figured that I would publish another quick blog about a few of my favorite cycling related links. Although there may be many resources to gain cycling related information, here are a few which I visited regularly (every single day) in order to stay up to date and in the loop.

1. VeloNews, http://velonews.competitor.com/
VeloNews is a great source for race results and a behind the scenes look at what is taking place at major races. VeloNews primarily reports on road racing and they have a great section which is called, "Rider Diaries". The "Rider Diaries" are usually written by rising talent and it is very interesting to see their descriptions of racing and what takes place while they are not racing. VeloNews is my number one source for cycling news.

2. Bicycling, http://bicycling.com/
Bicycling is a great source to read because of their many interesting feature stories. Rarely do I go to Bicycling for information on the latest race results. Instead, I head to their site for detailed descriptions of products and what they recommend. One of my favorite features from Bicycling is the "Guide to Power Meter Metrics" article. Numerous features exist which are worth checking out.

3. YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/
YouTube is wonderful when it comes to just about any information. However, plenty of cycling teams and cycling related companies have their own channels where they post videos. Global Cycling Network is hosted by former professionals who seem to be able to gather information no one else would have the ability or opportunity to. GatoradeUK, primarily revolving around Team Sky, offers a look into the beliefs and traditions of Team Sky while exploring Gatorade sports science facilities. The final channel which I highly recommend is BehindtheBarriers. BehindtheBarriers, filmed during the Fall and Winter, is hosted by the comedic, cyclocross stud Jeremy Powers. Powers allows a camera crew to follow him at races, in his hotel rooms, at grocery stores, and many other locations. BehindtheBarriers is a true look at what the life of a pro cyclist is all about. Powers enjoys a light, fun-loving atmosphere which is noticeable in his short films.

     Enjoy the above links and be sure to comment with any recommendations. Thank you for reading and be sure to check back in soon. 

Product Review: Bell Gage Helmet

     Bell, an American manufacturer of helmets, has certainly made their presence felt in and around the world of professional cycling. The international cycling team of Belkin and the domestic cycling team of UnitedHealthcare both sport the Bell brand in training and competition. Bell is a subsidiary of Easton-Bell Sports and owns the brand of Giro. Although Bell may not be as much of a name brand as a company like Specialized, they produce reliable and comfortable equipment which is constantly evolving.
     The top-of-the-line road cycling helmet which Bell produces, the Gage, is outstanding for a few distinct reasons. First, the Gage helmet is well-spoken due to its comfortable fit. While riding for an extended period of time, it is imperative for the rider to have a comfortable helmet which poses no issues. The Gage is equipped with easily adjustable ear straps and a dial tightening system. Additionally, the use of X-Static padding on the inside of the helmet provides necessary cushion. Conveniently, Bell provides extra X-Static padding upon purchase of the helmet. It is important to keep in mind that all helmets fit people differently so be sure to find what works best for you.

Ear Straps
Dial Tightening System
X-Static Padding


     Amazingly, with so many features to provide extra comfort and security, Bell is able to keep their Gage helmet extremely light. Weighing in at only 240 grams, it is hardly noticeable. The light weight of the Gage may be what causes it to feel quite breathable. Through the elimination of unnecessary material, 26 vents exist and allow for maximum cooling. Although the Gage may seem light beyond belief and an open shell with so many vents, I can honestly say that is substantial enough to cause no concerns regarding safety. Bell certainly succeeds in walking the line between performance and safety.
     Lastly, the Gage is a wonderful helmet due to its durability. Regardless of the weather, this helmet does not show any signs of wear and tear. Washing the Gage out after it collects grime allows for it to constantly be restored to a brand new feel. Nothing is better than strapping on a helmet which is as good as new.
     The Bell Gage is my helmet of choice because of its comfortable fit, light weight, cooling ability, and durability. Truthfully, the only issue I have ever experienced with the Bell Gage helmet was originally setting the ear straps to the appropriate height. However, after the initial set-up they have been perfect. For more information on the Bell Gage helmet, be sure to check out the link below. Thank you for reading.
http://www.bellhelmets.com/cycling/helmets/pavement/gage