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I’d been considering setting up an adventure vehicle to access the backcountry roads for ski touring. A 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5XT sat stored at our property for a year. It was my folks’ and then my younger brother’s until he got married and moved to the UK. It needed some work so they offered it…

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Riding the 2016 Penticton Granfondo

The Penticton Granfondo is two months away. So how do you train for a 160 kilometer event in just 8 weeks? Having ridden Dave’s Ride Granfondo, Penticton Axel Merckx Granfondo, and Whatshan Granfondo here’s my strategy to prepare in just 8 weeks. This will help anyone who’s able to ride about 30km’s on the bike…

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Often confused and misused – Here is a list of the most common off-road terms and definitions for your reading pleasure. Off-road \ ˈȯf-ˈrōd \ A vehicle being designed to operate away from public roads. First known use of the word off-road was in 1954. [Merriam Webster]   Off-roading \ ˈȯf-ˈrōd′iŋ \ Off-roading is the…

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Cycling in BC with friends Cycling in BC with friends

Okanagan + Surrounding Areas Knox Mnt Hill Climb Tuesday, May 15 2018 Distance: 3k Start: 6:40pm, registration opens at 5:30pm Cost: $5 + BC race license   BC Provincial Championship Events Saturday, May 26 2018 – Time Trial (Elite, Masters) Where: Langley Sunday, May 27 2018 – Road Race (Elite, Masters) Where: Abbotsford   Okanagan…

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People love to point out that I’m riding Zwift Power – which simply means that Zwift is estimating the watts that I’m generating by comparing my speedometer sensor, cadence sensor and type of trainer. Zwift is multiplayer game for cyclists. It works by displaying an Avatar of you cycling as you pedal away on your…

Read More How does Zwift zPower estimates compare with CycleOps data for the Magneto trainer?

Canyon Aeroad CF SLX-014

With riders publishing their stats to Strava and Garmin Connect, among other places, it’s becoming easier than ever to understand the gains available to cyclists. And more importantly to this post, it affords us the ability to compare real world aerodynamic performance with the claims made via wind tunnel testing. According to data released by…

Read More A look into real world cycling aero gains – Part 3 on the Handlebars/Stem

David Miller Time Trialist

Welcome to part 2 of how cycling aerodynamics effects the real world. This article will look at body position, training and most importantly how these translate into real results for you. Introduction – Why I’m posting on this. Part 1 – Aero gains for clothing Let’s begin. The Perfect Body Position for Aero Savings Aerodynamic…

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Mark Cote and Chris Yu Mark Cote and Chris Yu

The study of aerodynamics is a science, but when it comes to cycling it can be a bit of a black art. Go to any bike shop and you will see options from aero frames, aero helmets, aero bars, aero wheels, aero clothes, and the list goes on. But it’s unclear which of these offers…

Read More A look into real world cycling aero gains – Intro and Part 1 on Clothing

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Thank you to Steve Whitmore for sharing this Benotto catalogue from 1979. This is part of the attempt to document all pre 1985 Benotto models. Hopefully this will help others identify or restore their 1979 models. Here are links to the PDF versions of these files: Benotto Catalogue 1979 page 1 of 12 Benotto Catalogue 1979…

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Benotto restoration Benotto restoration

The restoration is coming along nicely. Ordered some NOS Benotto forks and they arrived safely today. The forks are made of Columbus SL tubing, the kind found on Benotto modelo 2500 and 3000. Part 1 and Part 2 of the restoration are here. Step 1: Sanding (3-4 hrs) I started with 180 grit sandpaper. Because I had previously…

Read More Benotto Bicycle Restoration – Sanding and Primer – Part 3