Category Archives: Sites

A $1 billion bicycle business I’m not interested in

Today I came across another random site that is helpful for me to better understand my bike.  It was created to help people learn how to do maintenance on their own bike.  I like the idea of knowing how to fix things if I get in a pinch, but my experience is I tend to make things worse instead of better.

I typically leave adjustments to the drivetrain to professionals.  However, you might be different.  So for you, I give you the “Bicycle Repair Guide” from Bicycle Tutor – today’s Random Page of the Day.

While I was there I came upon an advertisement for the National Bicycle Registry.  It gives the statistics that bike theft is a $1 billion “business”. Also, it puts the fear into you by saying that only 3% of unregistered bikes ever get returned to their owners.  Of course, I didn’t see any statistics saying how many registered bikes make it back home.

The site grabbed my attention because just yesterday word went out from local rider, Cinthia Lehner, that her bike had been stolen while down at a race in Alabama.  Not only is her Giant TCR Advanced 1 missing – so are the Zipp wheels that were on it.  Steve Baker also gave some details over on his blog at Hincapie.com.  Sure hope she gets it back.  She hadn’t been riding it for very long.

I really do hope to have some time tonight to do some investigating on my new Quarq CinQo powermeter with the “Ring of Saturn.”  The plan is to have some information about the device tomorrow morning.  Until then… have a great day!

Simple things and random sites

Last night was one of those times when you learn to enjoy the simple things. I was finishing up my day expecting to get home, grab a bite to eat, and then head out to a meeting. However, my wonderful redhead decided that I would stay with the kids while she went to the meeting.

That allowed me to rush home from work and jump on the bike for a 40 minute ride with some of my teammates. Samantha, Joey, Matt, and I had a good time making several laps around Cleveland Park. I even had a chance to uncork a couple of time on two of the climbs and clocked a power max of just under 1200 watts.

But mostly it was just a pleasure to spin around the park at about 120 watts. I would hate to do that by myself, but when you are with good friends it makes all the difference. Thanks, ya’ll!

And… now… for… RANDOM SITE OF THE DAY!

I have a horrible time remembering all the parts of a bicycle. I’m sure I’ve made my mechanic friends chuckle more than once when I called a part something other than what it was… “It is the dohickie that is making the rattling sound.”

Well, no more… I happened upon “The Parts Of A Bicycle Nomenclature Names.” Say what? Oh, just go look at this page: http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/bicycleparts.html.

You cyclists have fun out there at Donaldson tonight. I have the meeting and the wife is staying with the kids. I won’t be able to join you.

Random Page of the Day (Volume 1, Issue 1)

It is a wild, wild, world out there on the World Wide Web. I certainly don’t want my readers limited to just my narrow view of the experiences of a cyclist. It is time to expose you all to the varied world of the sport. So, I am instituting the “Random Page of the Day” post that will appear from time to time.

Okay, I admit it. It is just that I am lazy and can’t always think of something to write about… or I have something really valuable to write about but I don’t want to research enough to make it worthwhile. So, I hope you enjoy this filler.

It is what I call it, a random page. It is some page about cycling that I have seen in the past or have come upon as I check out various sites. Today’s is an oldie but goody.

From BikeRadar.com and the Fat Cyclist comes, “Tips For Becoming A Roadie.” Both mountain bikers and roadies should enjoy this one… triathletes? Maybe not.

My favorite tip for becoming a roadie?

6. Your body needs to change.

As a mountain biker, you’ve no doubt noticed it’s quite helpful to have not just strong legs, but strong arms as well. Roadies, on the other hand, regard their arms as a necessary evil, their sole function being to keep their chests from falling onto the bike’s stem.

It’s a well-known fact that roadies bind their arms to their sides when not riding bikes, doing everything they can to facilitate the atrophy of these non-contributing limbs.

Enjoy! Have your own favorite cycling related Web page? Pass it along and it may be my next Random Page of the Day (Volume 1, Issue 2). Thanks for reading LowCadence.com!

Rock was on the babes. Hincapie was on the leader.

Happened across this video following a Twitter link. Low and behold, it is Greenville’s own Steve Baker having a sublime time steaming some signature sublimation from Hincapie Sportswear out in Cali. Hey, I want one of those things! How about a LowCadence.com logo in that little box!


HINCAPIE SPORTSWEAR JERSEY PRINTING – ATOC’09 from CYCLEFILM on Vimeo.

Once you are done with this video, head on over to Cyclingfilm Cycling Media Services at Cyclefilm.com. I found some pretty neat stuff over there. Of course, I was drawn to the Tour of California stuff first off. It shows two things are important for good video — equipment and an eye for the shot.

I know it’s about Hincapie Sportswear, but I don’t think they mind if we also see it as a little bit of Greenville finding its way out to the left coast. Way to represent… and come on podium girls… Rock & Republic has better cycling fashion that Hincapie? I don’t see many riders wearing trucker caps!

Update: Here I was thinking I had posted something first just to find out that Steve had posted this video to his blog yesterday!

Low Cadence odds and ends

No video today.  Just catching up on some stuff.  Should have some interesting video for you all next week.

WKO+ – I have this annoying issue with Peakware’s WKO+ product. First, I had the problem this week of my free trial running out. I went on their site to purchase a license and I could not get my software verified. Finally, I contacted them to find out what was up. It was then I learned they had updated their registration process and I was trying to update from the old system. A notification of that would have helped…

But that isn’t what annoys me. It isn’t that the software isn’t working. It is just I don’t like the results it is showing me from my data! There is a little graph with vertical bars representing your fitness abilities for your 5 second, 1 minute, etc. peaks.

Well, the frustrating thing is that according to these little bars, I am not even a good category 5 racer.  Granted, I have been doing loads of base mile rides in recovery zones, but lately I’ve picked it up a notch and I still show low readings.  Maybe I am just a gamer 🙂

Golf Course Sprint – Oops.  You’ll notice in my video of the Golf Course sprint during the UWBL I mention that I am passing the sprint line because I am going by a “stop ahead” sign.  Well, it turns out that the attack zone was in full glory at that point.

The attack zone starts there at the golf course and then continues for seven miles until you reach the final sprint line near the I-85 on Hwy. 20.  Wow.  I had just covered about three miles by that time I passed the “stop ahead” sign.  I can’t even imagine staying with those guys to the finish!

Bring your A game – Speaking of the UWBL ride.  If you come this weekend, you had better bring your A game.  Word is there are going to be a load of category 1 and 2 riders.  It is called the “Battle of Waterloo” because we go to Waterloo, SC.  It’s going to be 106 miles covered in a little over 5 hours.  There will be three attack zones.  Two will be for 5 miles and the final one 7 miles.  That means 17 of the 106 miles will be at speeds in excess of 25 mph.

This is a winter training ride?  Hmmmmm.

New pro Twittering – You can check out a new Columbia rider on Twitter.  Michael Rogers is now putting out some Tweets for the fans.  You can find him at @mickrogers.

Thank you very much – Thanks for reading (and watching) LowCadence.com.  If you ever see a Google ad that interests you, feel free to click it. 🙂  It is a very tangible way of letting me know you like the site.

Backs and blogs

Last night was another trainer night. I was a little bit motivated after reading the latest e-mail from TrainRight where Chris Carmichael talks about Lance Armstrong being ahead of schedule with his training for the upcoming season. Yeah, like jaw dropping ready!

Actually, it is just the difference between an elite international pro rider and a category 4 club rider. Here is a typical training day for the Astana rider:

Day 3: 4 hours at endurance pace staying below 315watts, include 1hr at Tempo power, 350-380watts, low pedal cadence during Tempo (60-70rpm).

One hour at 350 to 380 watts… that ain’t happening with my body! However, I’m not riding in the Tour de France either. So, I take the encouragement out of the fact that with proper training, Armstrong (according to Carmichael) has been able to improve his overall fitness by 25 watts since an earlier test last year. It is all relative.

So, on the trainer I climbed. The plan was to ride easy for 10 to 15 minutes and then give it a sustained 20 minute push trying to stay over 250 watts. Then I would just spin out the rest of the hour. After a short break I would come back to spin for 5 minutes intervals and then do an all out sprint for 20 seconds. 30 minutes later, I would call it a night.

Well, I didn’t quite make the steady 250 watts though I was able to average close to it. On the sprints in the final session I was pleased to see I was able to get close to 1000 watts on the first several tries. Then my legs started going on me and I was just topping 800.

I think I could have gotten more except my trainer wanted to start taking off! One thing about sprinting on a trainer is that you don’t have much lateral motion with the bike. It remains pretty stiff and upright. This morning I’m feeling it! My lower back is pretty sore.

Well, that is where the “back” comes from. What about the “blogs?” Well, if you haven’t heard anywhere else, there are now some blogs available over at Hincapie.com. I enjoy every chance to read what other cyclists are doing. There you’ll find a link to George’s blog over at GeorgeHincapie.com. There are also blogs from some of the staff and riders at Hincapie Sports.

I was especially attracted to the Training blog. Here’s to hoping that they will keep things going. I’ve seen a lot of blogs start up and then fade away. Some have only gotten one entry up (are you reading this, Alder?) and I would really enjoy reading more.

Thanks, Kirk, for getting things up and going over there. Good luck on your own blog. I too have learned the saddle bag lesson!

Euro Peloton

One of the interesting people I met on my ride to Texas was Thomas Heaney. To this day I don’t know a whole lot of Thomas’ story. He is just a very interesting personality. He is one of those guys who never meets a stranger and would give you the shirt off his back if he saw you had a real need.

I got to know him a bit because he was driving our support van. That meant I saw a lot of the back of his head as he was driving in front of us (the Hincapie bus was behind us). Unfortunately, I didn’t get as much time to talk with him for that same reason.

The times I did get to talk to him, he had all these interesting stories of traveling in Europe and he had loads of knowledge of cycling greats and locations. It was quite fascinating how he would be talking about a race from years ago and comment on the various riders — even throwing in some color about riders when they were off the bike.

It was obvious that he thought a lot of his son. He is very proud of him. When we parted in October, he gave me a card to his son’s Web site. I fully intended to come home and check it out, but I could not find the card. Finally, I came upon the card in the back pocket of a wind breaker. I had the opportunity to finally visit Euro Peloton.

Well, it would appear that Briggs is a chip off the old block. I’m adding a new blog to my list. Thanks, Thomas, for the memories and the tip.