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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Pro Team Bicycle Hacks Part 2

Whats in your mind when you hear "Pro Team"?

Shinny paint?

Latest technologies on bicycle?

Well, its not wrong.

But....

Its not always do


Here's a few old school hacks on a pro rider bicycle:
No rattle valve

Comfy? Yes! Double wrap bar tape for extra cushion


Nooo!! Dont let my bike computer jump!

Strap 'em, secure 'em

Ball rubber to protect the paint

Heat sink tape for sleek cables

Zip Tie and bar tape, dont let her paint scratch 

Guaranteed no slipped sadel
See? You can imitate their idea, its cheap, handy and easy.

Be creative and..


Ride On!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Meal After Riding: Fast Food & Soda!

Artikel menarik, hasil penelitian membuktikan mengkonsumsi fast food bisa menjadi salah satu hal yang menyenangkan untuk recovery after ride.



Taken form bicycling.com, this is the news:

A new study in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism has found that fast food from McDonald's is just as good for glycogen resynthesis (i.e. recovery) and subsequent performance as sport foods recommended for this use. The research team measured a large number of variables related to recovery—from blood cholesterol to thigh-muscle glycogen content to time-trial performance—and couldn’t find any significant differences between the two refueling approaches.

In the study, 11 recreational athletes performed two separate exercise tests on a stationary bicycle. After completing a 90-minute ride that included some tough intervals, they underwent muscle biopsies to measure their now-depleted level of glycogen. For the next four hours, they rested in a chair while consuming two modest meals of either fast foods or sport foods (see Table below). After four hours and another leg biopsy, the subjects completed a 20K time trial as a performance test to confirm their glycogen resynthesis.

All subjects followed both protocols—eating fast food after exercise or sports foods after exercise—in a randomized procedure with a week of rest between tests. They were informed about the two types of meals they were consuming and could see all packaging, boxes, and labels.

All meals were roughly 70 percent carbohydrate and 10 percent protein. Both the fast food protocol and the sports food protocol included nearly equal amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and calories.

Researchers found that both protocols produced similar levels of glycogen resynthesis, glucose response, insulin response, cholesterol response, and time-trial performance.

“We expected to see about the same glycogen recovery, but we were not expecting the nearly identical blood data, or the nearly identical time-trial times,” says researcher Brent Ruby, Ph.D. “Our results show that fast food, in the right amounts, can provide the same potential for muscle glycogen as sports nutrition products that probably cost more.”

Asked about possible health differences between sport foods and fast food, Ruby, from the University of Montana's Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism Center, said: “I’ll tell you this, you won’t find sports nutrition products down at the local farmers’ market. Americans don’t have health problems because they’re not eating exclusively organic, or vegan, or whatever. They have problems because they eat too much for the very little exercise they get.”

In many ways, the Montana result recalls the chocolate milk studies of several years ago. Those studies generally found chocolate milk to be as good for recovery as specially-formulated sports drinks. Respected Boston runner and nutritionist Nancy Clark, R.D., says the new study doesn't surprise her. “I haven’t yet seen a study where a commercial supplement outperforms real foods,” she notes. “The supplements may seem impressive because they offer a precise ratio of carbohydrates to protein, but you can get the same from tastier, less pricey real foods with adequate carbs, protein, and calories."

The Montana researchers concluded: "These data indicate that short-term food options to initiate glycogen resynthesis can include dietary options not typically marketed as sports nutrition products such as fast food menu items."
Fast FoodSports Food
HotcakesGatorade, 20oz
Hash BrownsKit's Orgaic PB
Orange Juice, sm.Clif Shot Bloc,1
HamburgerCytomax 10oz
Coke, med.PowerBar
Fries, smPowerBar Energy Chews
Total Calories: 1330Total Calories: 1303
Time Trial: 34.3 minutesTime Trial: 34.1 minutes
When subjects glycogen-reloaded with equal calories and equivalent carb-protein ratios from fast foods and sports foods, their subsequent time-trial performance was virtually identical. The same held true for many blood measures, including glucose, insulin, and cholesterol.

So? What are you waiting for?

Grab some chicken or burger from the nearest fast food store in youre place. Don't forget to take some soda. Yummyyy....

Ride On!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Urban Gear: Hiplok V1.50


Merasa sebal karena harus membawa kunci sepeda di tas? Bracket cable lock mengganggu estetika sepeda anda?

Anda tidak sendiri.

Saya juga sebal, dan mungkin masih banyak cyclist yang sebal harus membawa-bawa kunci atau memasang bracket cable lock di sepedanya.

Salah satu cara membawa kunci sepeda yang tidak terlalu membebani dan tidak merusak estetika sepeda adalah mengenakan kunci sepeda seperti sabuk. Ini bukan hal yang baru, bukan juga sesuatu yang mahal. Anda bisa membuat sendiri chain lock hanya dengan biaya tidak sampai Rp100.000.

Bagi anda yang tidak mau repot, Hiplok menawarkan wearable chain lock yang cool enough.


DESCRIPTION: WEARABLE LOCK WITH UNIQUE BUCKLE SYSTEM

LOCK TYPE: CHAIN LOCK

SECURITY AWARDS: SOLD SECURE SILVER - SBSC CERTIFIED - VELOSURE APPROVED

SECURITY LEVEL: MEDIUM / HIGH RISK

LOCKING SIZE: 87.5CM LOCKING DIAMETER

SIZING: WAIST SIZES 24"- 44"

WEIGHT: 1950 GRAMS

KEYS: 3 INCLUDED

MATERIALS: 8MM HARDENED STEEL CHAIN, 12MM HARDENED STEEL SHACKLE, TOUGH NYLON PADLOCK SHROUD, REMOVABLE 600d OUTER SLEEVE, REFLECTIVE LOGO AVAILABLE



Review dari bikeradar.com:

With a large expanse of Velcro, the lock should fit waist sizes from 20-46in. It's shaped to fit around your body and there are no sharp edges to dig in. At 1.83kg it isn’t too heavy to carry, and the already-minimal weight is much less noticeable when you’ve belted up.

Essentially, the Hiplok is a standard chain. It has a burly appearance and its easy-to-use padlock makes wrapping it through your bike a doddle. The tough nylon cover means you’re less likely to scratch your frame should you drop the lock on the tubes.

The Hiplok has a Sold Secure Silver rating, and the chain links will resist attacks from all but decent bolt croppers (we severed the links in less than 20 seconds with our 3ft croppers). There are better, higher security locks around for similar money, though none is as convenient to carry as this. 


Well, selain mudah dibawa-bawa, dan mengamankan sepeda saat parkir, tampaknya Hiplok juga bisa digunakan sebagai alat bela diri, lebih convenient menggunakan rantai sebagai senjata dibandingkan u-lock, apalagi cable lock. Hahahahahaha.

Keep your bike safe and..

Ride On!


Friday, 3 April 2015

Pro Team Bicycle Hacks

Whats in your mind when you hear "Pro Team"?

Shinny paint?

Latest technologies on bicycle?

Well, its not wrong.

But....

Its not always do


Here's a few old school hacks on a pro rider bicycle:

Zip tie!

Self adhesive foam padding

its messy, but maybe very comfy for rider

No bartape? Use a grip tape, maybe you can use a sand paper too

No more rattle valve


Bottle cage hacks

Hide the brand with electrical tape

See? You can imitate their idea, its cheap, handy and easy.

Be creative and..


Ride On!