Thursday, February 29, 2024

Bike Hacking 101: Learn How To Maintain And Improve Your Riding

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Whether you’re buying new tires or riding on rubber you already love, remember: even a new tire is only worth the air pressure it contains. It is imperative to play with your tire pressure depending on the way you ride, the terrain you are riding on, and pressure variations throughout the day due to fluctuations in altitude or temperature.

“I like to think of tire pressure the way I think of cooking,” says Calvin Jones. “Julia Child told you to measure the ingredients of a recipe using measuring cups and spoons.” Translated to cycling, this means that a good pressure gauge is another handy tool. I like Park Tool Store inflator ($ 135). For a cheaper two-in-one solution, go with Topeak Joeblow Sport 2Stage pump ($ 100), which not only pumps air into your tires quickly with less effort, but also features an easy-to-read analog gauge on the top that’s accurate enough for riders who like to judge tire pressure. their tires by sensation.

“It’s really important to feel your tire pressure,” Jones says. “A good cook does not put a teaspoon of salt, he will pour it in his hand and smell it. To better feel tire pressure more accurately, Jones recommends keeping a journal.

“People throw air in there, dial the number and drive away, but it’s still that big mystery,” Jones says. “But if you start to register the pressure you’re putting on and you feel good about, say, a really tough race, it helps you remember what you need for future situations.”

Cyclists who ride at changing altitudes, those who participate in “ultra” long distance races, or those who are simply obsessed with tire pressure will also want to invest in SRAMs. Tyrewiz ($ 199) a device that fits on the tire valve that relays the pressure in real time to a mobile application. In the long run, this prevents wear and tear on the bike and rider – riding in the correct pressure range helps prevent the punctures and blowouts that inevitably come with underinflated or overinflated tires.

To keep fit

Too many holiday goodies – cookies, beers, cocktails, whatever your vice – will always slow you down on the bike. We’re all for the occasional indulgence, but one way not to go overboard is to do a weekly weigh-in. Experts recommend that weighing once a week (rather than once a day) allows you to focus on healthy behaviors rather than focusing on small fluctuations in weight that may mean nothing. The new Garmin Index S2 smart scale ($ 150) tracks weight, BMI, body fat percentage, skeletal muscle mass, and water weight. Weigh for a month and it will display your fluctuations in a graph format so you can easily see how much you are improving or regressing.

However, those obsessed with measurements like body fat should understand that the scale estimates measurements other than weight using impedance, which means it runs a small electric current through your feet to measure weight. body resistance to current. The scale then transforms age, height, weight, gender, and activity level into a proprietary algorithm that produces measurements of body fat, bone density, and skeletal muscle mass. These can be close to your actual measurements, but are probably not perfect.

In winter, it may be mandatory to get inside or cross the train, this is where the new Wahoo Elemnt Rival ($ 380) Multisport GPS watch comes in handy. Unlike a handlebar-mounted GPS navigation system that most riders prefer, you can take this watch anywhere – to the gym, to the yoga studio, to a run, or even to the pool.

Designed for triathletes, the watch’s “contactless transition” allows users to press a single button at the start of a race or workout, and it automatically knows when the transition to a new sport occurs. Its “multisport transfer” feature allows a handlebar-mounted GPS like the Wahoo Elemnt Roam ($ 380) to display cumulative training metrics from all disciplines gathered from the watch. Another handy feature is its integrated optical heart rate monitor on the wrist. For increased accuracy, it is also compatible with Wahoo Ticker X ($ 80) Chest strap with heart rate sensor that tracks heart rate, calories burned, run analytics, and indoor cycling cadence.

The watch already tracks a multitude of sports, including open water swimming, running, triathlon, indoor training, strength training, and yoga. But let’s say you want to add a sport like Nordic skiing. It’s easy to add and customize metrics for any sport through the companion app. And overnight, Wahoo says it will offer a firmware update that will track your sleep. So keep quiet.

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