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Monday
Mar042013

Monday MTB with Mash.

Handlebars.

The handlebars on your bike don't normally get a rider's attention when you are more likely to be worried about your suspension, are my gears working properly, my brakes are squeaking...you get the drift. The only time you think about your bars is if they are straight or not. However changing your bar and stem can change how a bike feels and handles.

The current trend in bikes over the last few years have been bars to get wider and stems to get shorter. The question you are wondering is what is too wide? The answer is not that easy unfortunately. As each of us are different heights, our arms are different lengths and riding style vary. What I do know is that going wider and shorter can benefit most people. If you have had your bike for a few years now chances are you have handlebars narrower than 680mm and a stem longer than 80-90mm. Development of cross country and in particular the trail and all-mountain bike segments that most of us fit into has changed its focus a little as trails have changed as well. Some of the older trails up nail can can be pretty tight and narrow while newer trails are starting to show a bit more flow for riders to carry their speed. This is a trend that has been mirrored around the world. To match this mountain bikes in the short to mid travel range (110-150mm) have become much more capable climbers while still being able to race down the descents. Lower bottom brackets and more relaxed head angles on bikes make the difference on the frame while the bar and stem change how we are able to direct these bikes where to go.
For a rider of average height switching from a bar that is 660mm wide to 710mm should also shorten their stem into the range of 70-80mm long. The reasoning behind this as the bar gets wider your arms reach out forcing you to lean forwards. Shortening the stem brings the body back into that familiar position yout are used to. For those that are more aggressive in their approach or taller than can consider going wider and shorter again to 750mm wide and using a 50mm stem. This starts becoming closer to the setup of a gravity based rider.
Now you are wondering why would I do this? My bike handles fine as it is? Well getting a wider arm position uses your muscles differently. The wider arm position uses your pecs and shoulders more while narrower uses your triceps. Going a wider bar appropriate for you can find a good balance in the middle therefore spreading the work and making you more efficient. Going to wider bars can offer more leverage when climbing or negotiating rough sections. This is especially helpful when riding a 29er with their bigger wheels.
A shorter stem makes the steering more responsive and feels balanced with a wider bar. Some riders will feel like the bike can sometimes become too twitchy but most modern mountain bikes with their slacker head angles need these shorter stems. The right length stem is dependant on what you are riding and what feels good for you.
Between the wider bar and shorter stem this brings the riders weight more centrally over the bike. This makes negotiation over technical features easier as the rider is balanced evenly. While you might like your longer stem for climbing you have traded off your control on the downs. Everything is a balance and I feel most people will find that a stem in the 50-80mm length will suffice as the best combination with a wider bar in the 700mm plus range.

Now for the negatives. Trees. I know you have thought about this already while you are reading this and this is the number one reason why people ask me why would you want wider bars. If you ride off road regularly than you can think of probably a few tight gaps on trails. Now imagine the rest of that trail. All open right? That one tight gap on a trail is but one metre of a section that kilometres long putting tight trees into the 0.1% or less of actual trail time. We sometimes forget to think about the benefits over the rest of the trail.

If you are not sure on what would be the best for you or unsure that the bars on your new bike are too wide and feel funny? Come into the shop and one of our friendly staff can help get you and your bike feeling better together.

Go wide or go home.

Mash.

Note. I personally ride a 50mm stem and a 777mm wide bar on my all-mountain bike and my knuckles are unscratched. My bike is set up with a focus of descending and enjoying gravity.

Friday
Mar012013

Geoff Dixon Memorial 

This Sunday sees the running of the annual Geoff Dixon Memorial Handicap Road Race at Chiltern.

The 66km event will depart from the Chiltern Primary School at 10am, taking in two laps of an undulating circuit, heading towards Rutherglen and return.

Last year the event was postponed due to flooding, which saw sections of the road washed away. The race was rescheduled to later in the year, where local rider Damian Christian won the event for the second year in a row.

Christian will line up on Sunday, aiming for a hat-trick of wins in the local event.

Last year's Fastest Time winner, professional cyclist Rhys Pollock will line up alongside a strong bunch of "Scratch" riders, with riders from Canberra, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wagga Wagga expected to take the start.

The race is the second round of a five race series, in which Jeremy Scott of Wagga Wagga lines up as series leader, having won the first event at Narrandera last weekend. Local rider Taryn Heather will line up in her first "Geoff Dixon Memorial" after the AIS cyclist took the prize for first female at the Narrandera event.

The event is expected to finish at approximately 11.30am at the Chiltern Primary School.


Pictured above: Last year's Race Winner Damian Christian and Fastest Time winner Rhys Pollock.

Thursday
Feb282013

"The Perfect Match" 

What width is your saddle?

Connecting you and your bike in perfect harmony, Body Geometry Saddles are ergonomically designed and scientifically tested to help you ride faster, further and in greater comfort.

Developed with ergonomics expert Dr Roger Minkow M.D., Body Geometry Saddles reduce pressure on arteries and soft tissue for improved blood flow and comfort.

For a complimentary sit bone assessment, call in and see one of our friendly staff to find out more.

Monday
Feb252013

Monday MTB with Mash! 

Tubeless. Why not?

If you are into Mountain Bikes or getting into cycling you may have heard of "tubeless" tyre systems. How much you already know on this subject depends on the person but hopefully I can enlighten you and hopefully get some of you to step into the light or at least have a bit of fun experimenting with your bike!

First off going "tubeless" removes tubes from your bike, saving weight and more importantly saving rotational weight. Saving this type of weight makes it quicker and easier to accelerate and brake as the wheel spins. Not having tubes also gives you the option to run lower pressures if you so choose to and it's impossible to pinch flat (as there is no tube to pinch!) At these lower pressures it is possible to burp the tyre where bits of air escape but the majority of us keep our tyres at a more normal pressure range.

If you are aware of tubeless tyres than you may have seen the letters UST on tyres and rims. This is a tubeless standard that came about through Mavic, Hutchison and Michelin. At the end of the 90's these companies created a standard which involves an extra lip on the tyre bead (what hooks onto the rim) and an extra layer of rubber lining the inside of the tyre to seal it air tight. This, matched up to a slightly different rim gives the tubeless system it's DNA. Great news if you can see UST on your rims and tyres - this makes going tubeless easy - you just need some valves. (There are many other companies that use this standard under licence from Mavic.)

If you don't see UST, thats fine. There is always Stan to help out.

The Stan's tubeless system is a great alternative. Instead of reinforcing tyres for use in tubeless applications Stan's use a tight rim strip with a valve attatched to seal the rim. On the tyre side of things there is the sealant. This sealant is a latex based liquid that seals up any air leaks through the tyre whether the porous rubber itself or a hole caused by the cats heads thorns we all know and hate here on the border.

Now this is where the fun begins. First off look at you rim tape. If it looks like a hard plastic strip this could already be a tubeless ready rim tape. Some Specialized bikes already come with tubeless ready tape and some even come with tubeless valves ready to convert your wheels. If not then rim tape and valves are needed.

Next inspect your tyres. Increasing in popularity tyre manufacturers are making tubeless ready tyres for use with sealant saving a bit of weight off of UST. The only real difference is that a lot of companies don't want to have to pay royalties to have UST on the sidewalls. Each tyre company have their own tubeless ready branding. Specialized tyres will say 2bliss ("twobliss") Some rims and tyres work better than others so if you don't feel like experimenting then drop past The Full Cycle of Albury and the staff there can assist with your tubeless questions.

Using sealant on any tubeless setup can help with your wheelsets' reliability, but there is a little maintenance involved. Stan's recommend that you replace the sealant in the tyres every 2-7months for maximum performance. Hot weather can make the sealant last a shorter period of time.

You can see above two solid lumps of rubber sealant from my own wheelset. This only took two months (mid Oct to mid Dec last year) to go hard and need new sealant. Your best bet is to buy a bottle and it is pretty easy to top up and change it yourself if you feel the desire. If not bring it past the shop and mention it when you get your regular bike checkup and we can check your sealant for you.

Tubeless is such a great (and not too much of an expensive way) to get some extra performance out of your bike so it's worth the try.

Slay that singletrack.

Mash.

Monday
Feb252013

Lemond Revolution has landed.  

The famous Lemond Revolution Indoor Trainer has landed at The Full Cycle.

See what all the fuss is about and call in and 'demo' the new Lemond Revolution now!

Stay tuned for a full review soon!