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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!

Sunday
Feb172013

John Styles wins AWCC-LPCC Road Race

Sunday 17/2/13

Two weeks before the annual Geoff Dixon Memorial, LPCC rider John Styles has shown good form by taking out the 32km AWCC-LPCC Handicap today.

Windy conditions greeted riders who were set off in three groups, spread over 10 minutes.

The limit group of five riders were first to depart, which included Mike Coles, Glen Jarvis and Loughlin Hunter. The limit group made good time on the way out, with the 'block' group of nine riders in hot pursuit, six minutes behind. Ken Payne, Murray Wallace and dual Geoff Dixon Memorial winner Damian Christian got the 'block' bunch working, and by the half way point, had eaten away at the limit groups lead. The chasing Scratch bunch departed three minutes behind the 'block' group, with five time AWCC Club Champion Clint Roberton leading the charge.

At the turn round, the Scratch bunch were two minutes adrift of 'block' however with the wind blowing into the riders faces for the return journey, the Scratch riders were looking good.

With five kilometres to race, the three groups were in sight of each other. It looked as though the race would come together in the dying kilometres. Inside the last few kilometres, the limit group were caught by the chasing 'block' riders, and managed to jump on the back of the group.

At one kilometre to go, the Scratch group were a stones throw away from the front of the race, and looked as though they may catch in the last 500 metres.

The 'block' bunch however, had the upper hand, and had been watching each other over the last kilometres, and had plenty of gas left in the tank. Youngster Ryan Allen made an early attempt for the finish line, however the strength and speed of John Styles was too much, with Styles taking a clear win ahead of the remainder of his bunch. Clint Roberton rode strongly to catch the 'block' bunch in the dying metres of the race but unfortunately ran out of road.

Congratulations to John on his first win on the road. Well done to everyone who competed in great sportsmanship and thank you to those who are always willing to assist new riders and provide encouragement.

Thak you also to the volunteers who make racing possible. Without volunteers, we would have no racing.

Next Sunday sees the first round of the Riverina series at Narrandera, followed by the Geoff Dixon Memorial at Chiltern the following Sunday.

Friday
Feb152013

The Full Cycle on Strava. 

Join us on Strava! Follow our rides, our riders and the occasional run!

Connect with The Full Cycle Club on Strava and follow the rides of other shop riders, find new routes, new climbs and take on your friends Segments.

Sign up at www.strava.com

Friday
Feb152013

Wagga Wagga Wheelrace Wrap

The annual Wagga Wagga Wheelrace was run and won last weekend.

It was great to see so many local riders taste success at such a great event.

Well done to Jonathon Styles, Mark Dunlop and Ryan Allen who competed at Wagga for the first time, with both Jonathon and Ryan both winning events.

The ride of the night went to AWCC track cyclist Jodi Uphill, who rode very tactically in the final of the Wagga Wagga Women's Wheelrace, and hit out at a lap to go to hold off the rest of the field for the win.

The next major event for local track cyclists will be the Austral Wheelrace at DISC, followed by the Bendigo Madison Carnival in March.

Local racing continues each Wednesday evening at the Lavington Velodrome.
For more info contact the shop on 0260414181.