Archive for the ‘thin rubber’ Category

61soeoMY49L._SL1000_My first ride with these gloves was entirely satisfactory.

The fit was as expected or perhaps just a tiny bit on the small side, but the result is that the ‘large’ size I estimated I’d need is exactly what I got.

They provided good padding on this first ride. They have slightly less bulk to them than some gloves I’ve worn, but this seems not to be a deficit of any kind after this first ride.

And the price? That’s the clincher. You could probably get a better set of gloves, but not near this price point. I’m giving these gloves a five-er.


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MATBKIt took some squirming in front of my computer screen before I ordered a bike shoe at this inexpensive price point, but after three days on the road in these boots I’m wondering why a casual road cyclist like me would spend more.

The fit is perfect and the three Velcro straps allow for a surprisingly snug and comfortable ride down on the dawgs.

After not cycling for seven years and then heading back out with these Giros on my feet in recent days, I found myself not even thinking about shoes. That’s an endorsement right there.

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510ZpcpPGZL._SL1000_My, oh, my …

We moved recently and my bike pump is entombed somewhere in a storage unit in another stage, so I sprang for this Vibrelli pump. It’s amazing. The very cool black livery is a thing to behold. But the fact that you can easily (though not effortlessly) pump this much air this smoothly through either of the two standard valve styles is simply amazing.

The pump comes with a fast repair kit, too.

You’re set to ride …

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312EqLG0oGLI bought this 24-ounce water bottle to take with my while cycling for two reasons: the strongly positive reviews and the wide range of available colors. I really like my gray-and-black selection.

But I discovered an added feature when I clumsily (no fault of the bottle) lost the cap: Polar will send you a new one for free (though you pay the postage).

A good thing made better!

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It wouldn’t be good to resist the Autumn light that makes it easier than normal to get out on the bike and onto the Monon Trail. In a few weeks, Winter will have us scavenging for motivation like junk-yard raccoons. Today tosses the thing in front of us like a juicy sirloin. Don’t waste the moment, I tell myself.

After a month of travel and bad sleep, the belly fills up the Lycra biker’s shirt a bit more amply than in the heat of summer. Dressing up like a biker in form-fit color is one of the few acceptable spaces for a man of conventional preferences to strike out in just this way. But there are lots of other splashes of yellows and blues on bikers of all ages, many shapes, and both genders on the Monon this afternoon. I’m in good company. (more…)

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Bike shops seem to enjoy a high-spirited ambience in disproportionate numbers. It is not uncommon for camaraderie to season the interaction between owners, staff, and customers.

Yet even in this remarkable arena, Asheville’s Liberty Bicycles stands out.

This Trek-heavy and expansive shop is filled with dogs, most lolly-gagging comfortably on the floor but one or two prancing about in high spirits. Better yet, the customer service is simply unbeatable. Not only efficient, accurate, and knowledgeable, but kind, personable, and humane as well.

If my experience serves as an accurate thermometer—after watching LB’s team interact with other customers, I have no doubt that it does—these folks will always go the extra mile for you. This was my first visit to gorgeous Asheville. I rented a Trek Madone from Liberty Bicycles and enjoyed three days of cycling in this majestic terrain. Liberty Bike’s easy rental arrangements made everything seamless.

Nothing but the best here for bike novices, aficionados, and experts of western North Carolina

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Sandbagger (noun)

Definition (from about.com)

1. Generally, any golfer who misleads others about his ability level, claiming to be worse than he actually is at golf.

2. More specifically, a golfer who artificially inflates his handicap index in order to better his chances of winning tournaments or bets.

A sandbagger is considered by many to be the lowest form of life on a golf course. Sandbaggers can inflate their handicap indexes by selectively leaving out their best rounds of golf when they post scores for handicap purposes.

Related words: ‘to sandbag’, ‘bait-and-switch’, ‘beneath contempt’, ‘spawn of Satan’

Rev’d Dr. John Bernard, President of Charlotte-based United World Mission, is a confirmed sandbagger on two wheels and thin rubber. Since taking up biking over a year ago, John (before today a long-time friend of the author) has insisted upon his beginner status and modest athletic achievements. In spite of losing nearly thirty pounds and making inroads into body sculpting of the middle-aged-man variety, Dr. Bernard has articulated and sustained a persuasive case for non-heroic status on the road. (more…)

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χαλεπὰ τὰ καλά. ‘Hard are the good things.’

I remember the day my beloved Greek professor, Jerry Hawthorne, taught us that the Greeks had understood ‘No pain, no gain’ long before it became a truism of our culture. Decades ago at Wheaton College, Jerry warned us that life’s achievements, improvements, and ennobling experiences—learning Greek, for example—would not come easily.

Gasping for breath, lungs and legs searing on yet another climb on a rented Trek Madone, the truth comes home with all the concreteness in the world.

John and Todd—fellow journeyers, breakfast-table philosophers—have been at this biking thing for a while. I have known for a year that I must join them, even before we covenanted to ride together twice a year for as long as body and mind remain intact. Yet I have dawdled. (more…)

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When the weather turns chill but not yet icy, it’s time to get out these Louis Garneu full-finger cycling gloves. I reckon them useful down to about 30 degrees. Below that and you need sturdier stuff.

The EX-Z pulls on easily and provides good comfort. They are well-constructed and should last a few seasons, use limited to their weather window.

Nor will the break the bank.

After a few months of acquaintance, mine feel like old friends.

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Really cold-weather riding calls for warmer stuff than the Louis Garneau Stopzone shoe covers. But rainy weather and your garden-variety start-of-winter stuff will be cheerfully warded off by thise waterproof covers.

They pull nicely over shoes, leaving the business parts of the underside of them uncovered so they can get on with their work. A zipper and a velcro strip makes sure the product stays where it belongs. Durabilty seems reasonable and the $25 price is smack in the value category.

A good thing for tender toes.

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