Saturday, January 16, 2010

Geared up or geek'd up?

An article in this year's VeloNews Buyer's Guide outlined the time savings by implementing various aerodynamic equipment options.  The results were based on a 40k TT being covered in 48min (about 50km/hr or 31+mph).  While the time savings would be greater the longer it takes you to cover the 40k, the time savings would not be linear since effort to increase speed rises exponentially.  In other words, if it took you twice as long to cover the 40k, you would not necessarily realize double the time savings since you would be more than halving the amount of wind resistance you create to go 15.5mph versus 31mph.  Hope this makes sense.

 In any case, the results are quite surprising.....

> Shoe Covers ($30) save 30sec over regular shoes
> Skin suit ($250) saves 134sec over standard bibs/jersey
> Aero helmet ($165) saves 67sec over regular bike helmet
> Aero front wheel (up to $1000) saves 42sec over spoked training wheel
> Aero rear wheel (up to $1500) saves 29sec over spoked training wheel
> Aero bike (up to $12,000) saves 17sec over round tube TT bike

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Urban Transportation

Martin Angelov shared his funky concept for a new urban way of transportation dubbed “Kolelinia” with us .  Kolelinia proposes that we ride our bicycles on a steel wire as a new type of bicycle lane.  The idea was awarded first for the international “Line of Site” competition.

More about Kolelinia after the break.

Monday, January 11, 2010

It's official!

It's tough to find time for our winter pursuits, I think Connie got out to snowboard once last year while I headed out to Colorado.  With that said, its been about 2 years since Connie decided to try snowsports and focused on snowboarding.  She's been a gym rat playing bball, softball and volleyball all her life.  She still holds a Ohio High School record in softball for stolen bases and went on to play in college.  She had never skied or snowboard in her life.  The first time I took her out I had my doubts she would continue, why you ask...black and blue knees, bruised tailbone, unable to walk the next day, and plenty of spousal abuse coming my way...such a potty mouth she has!  She stuck with it and we went out a few more times and she started to pick it up.  Last year we went down to Snowshoe chasing the first storm of the year, it was great...or so I thought.  Connie ended up getting cut off and fell down a 3 foot embankment and was upside down in the trees!  She survived but she was scarred and did not go out much more that weekend...or all for the rest of the year.  Well...Look at her now...it all came together for her this weekend in NY.  Perfect conditions, empty wide open slopes and a bucket of confidence.  Why I mentioned the rough times, because she stuck it out and I'm must say... I'm damn proud!

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