17 September 2014

Do you wear underwear with bike shorts?

NEVER!  

Never ever wear underwear with bike shorts!  
Share your story below in the comments section- did you learn the hard way?  Do you still wear underwear under cycling shorts?

16 September 2014

Szymon Godziek performs the first ever Tsnami flip

Watch in amazement as Polish MTB rider Szymon Godziek performs the first ever Tsunami flip.  Godziek, 22, performed the trick September 6 in Nuremberg, Germany at The Red Bull District Ride.

Don't try this at home unless you're made of rubber!  


29 August 2014

Castelli Alpha Jacket- Their Biggest Innovation For 2014


We will probably never know how many ideas Castelli has that never make it to the pages of Bicyclinghub.com.  From the Gabba to the Body Paint bib shorts, the company from Italy is always coming up with new ideas to make cycling clothing better than what we are used to.


The Alpha jacket from Castelli is the piece in their line that we are most excited about for this year.  Unlike most cycling jacket, the insulation layer and the windproof layer are not attached to one another in the front.   Opening the front zipper when you are riding hard allows rapid evaporation of sweat without excessive cooling. Zip up at the top of the climb to keep the wind out and the warmth in for the descent.
 

The video below is excellent at pointing out many of the highlights of this jacket.






The Alpha jacket features 5 pockets including a zippered back pocket for security.   There's plenty of storage space for carrying your cycling essentials including tubes, tools, keys and your cell phone. Reflect strips help you stay safe on the bike.











The Alpha features Gore Windstopper 150 fabric that is both windproof and water-resistant.   It has a 4 way stretch so the garment stretches and moves with your body.  The collar of the jacket is also articulated to match the bends of your body.  Wether your sitting upright climbing a hill or in the drops on the descent, the collar forms to your neck so you don't feel a draft down your back.



The Castelli Alpha is a simple solution to an age old problem of ventilation when you're on the bike.  We are excited to try this jacket out in our testing ground of Portland, Oregon.  This jacket will resist rain and wind but will also be more breathable  In 1977 Castelli had release the first Lycra cycling short.  Since then, they have never stopped innovating and now produce some of the best cycling clothing in the world.

See the Castelli Alpha Jacket here.


DougDoug Duguay
Doug has been cycling since he learned to ride at age 4.  In 1984 a friend gave him a Bicycling Magazine  and that launched a love affair with cycling and the sport that remains undiminished to this day.  He remembers watching the 1984 Olympics, the 1984 Tour de France and 1985 Paris Roubaix.  

After selling jerseys on eBay to pay his mortgage, Doug Duguay launched BicyclingHub from his home in 2002 after a productive six-hour coding session. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Doug’s passion for cycling already had plenty of momentum when he moved to Portland, the town that inspired him to take up all manner of racing, from cyclocross and track to road and stage races. He considers starting BicyclingHub a lucky accident, and while running a business has cut into some of his training time, he’s chasing the idea of a race comeback--something he contemplates while climbing Portland’s west hills. Doug is BicyclingHub’s resident bibshort expert.



21 August 2014

New Colors Make Castelli's Gabba 2 Jersey Standout From the Pack

New colors for the Gabba 2
Castelli Gabba- Drive Blue

One of the best products we have ever tested is Castelli Gabba jersey!  Not only is the jersey extremely water resistant, it's also very breathable, keeping us comfortable on the bike.   There wasn't a lot to be improved upon but Castelli has made some slight upgrades to the product.

For 2014 there is one new color, drive blue, joins yellow fluorescent and black in the line.  Castelli has also improved the zipper of the Gabba including a flap above the zipper for additional waterproofing.  Other improvements include a mesh drain in the back which is improved over last years metal drain.

Castelli Gabba Convertible with zip off sleeves.
As of August 21st, 2014 Castelli has not shipped the Gabba 2 to retailers but we are anxiously awaiting the release of this fantastic jersey.  In men's, they come in three


different styles.  A short, long sleeve and the convertible with removable sleeves (pictured left.)  The convertible covers a larger range of temperatures with the zip off sleeve option.

For more information on the shorts sleeve go here.  Long sleeves are here and the convertible is here

Castelli Women's Convertible 2 Long Sleeve Jersey






Castelli Women's Gabba 2 Long Sleeve 
In other exciting news about the Gabba, Castelli has made a women's Gabba jersey for the first time
ever!  It comes in three colors including purple and coral.   In the past, women had to make due with men's sizes.  Like most Castelli women's items, they typically sell out quickly.   The women's sizes will fit small like most Castelli items for women.  If you need help with sizing call our experts at 888-817-8060.  Find out more about Castelli's Gabba for women here.


We know Gabba

I bought my Gabba in 2011.  Since then it's been my main, go to piece of winter cycling kit.   I wear the short sleeve version of the jersey paired with arm warmers.  It's enough for me in most situations.  I wear it in cool and rain.  In Portland it doesn't usually get much bellow freezing so I can get away with less.  On really cold and rainy days I turn to another Gore Windstopper jacket.











DougDoug Duguay
Doug has been cycling since he learned to ride at age 4.  In 1984 a friend gave him a Bicycling Magazine  and that launched a love affair with cycling that remains undiminished to this day. 

After selling jerseys on eBay to pay his mortgage, Doug Duguay launched BicyclingHub from his home in 2002 after a productive six-hour coding session. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Doug’s passion for cycling already had plenty of momentum when he moved to Portland, the town that inspired him to take up all manner of racing, from cyclocross and track to road and stage races. He considers starting BicyclingHub a lucky accident, and while running a business has cut into some of his training time, he’s chasing the idea of a race comeback--something he contemplates while climbing Portland’s west hills. Doug is BicyclingHub’s resident bibshort expert.



27 July 2014

Vincenzo Nibali- Pane and Acqua


"It will take more than that to make him a hero to me. I think he is redefining the term "pharmaceuticals." I mean, look who his DS is.."  -Bob, from Facebook


Photo from Astana

Vincenzo Nibali is the 2014 Tour de France champion, winning four stages in 21 days of competition, with an advantage of nearly eight minutes over his second place rival - Now he has to start defending himself.   Bradley Wiggins had to do it and so did Chris Froome.  It seems like every year the champion of the Tour de France has to defend himself against the insinuations and accusations that he's doping and that he won the race on everything but bread and water.  Understandably, fans of the sport are very skeptical.   The graphic below from the New York times illustrates the top 10 riders who have implicated for doping or have admitted it since 1998.


Photo from the NY Times
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/08/24/sports/top-finishers-of-the-tour-de-france-tainted-by-doping.html

The blank spaces represent riders that haven't had their names tarnished.  From 1998 to 2013 that's only 4 winners!!!! 

As a fan, I really want to believe that this race was clean.  I've been following the Tour de France since I was 14 years old in 1984.  To me, there are many compelling reasons to believe in Nibali.  First, he has quietly won both the Tours of Spain and Italy without any controversy.  He's never had a negative test.  Indeed, drug testing has come along way with more out of competition tests and tougher procedures.  Vincenzo is quoted as saying, "Steps have been taken and great progress has been made, and with it my results have arrived," said the Italian. "I have to thank (the UCI) because without these controls, maybe I wouldn't be here today."

  
Racing with intelligence
Nothing could stop him during this years Tour de France (not even fans stepping in the road with cell phones.) Mostly, he won this race because he raced intelligently and was always attentive at the front from start to finish. Chris Froome probably wasn't his best after crashing two weeks before the start of the Tour in England. Nibali also rode a much smarter race in stage 5 than Alberto Contador.   The Spaniard lost 2:37 on the cobble stone stage before crashing out with a broken leg on stage 10.   Vincenzo also used measured attacks to gain time on his rivals.  In his stage wins he won by 2, 15, 10 and 70 seconds.  Not huge gaps by any measure and well within the means of reasonable human performance.  He was seldom under pressure and perfectly used his team to win the race. 

Believe
There will be those that will always be skeptical of cycling.  It's understandable.  As fans we've had our hearts broken too many times by Delgado, Riis, Landis, Armstrong, Ulrich, Contador and et al.   Despite the large margin of his victory, this was always a fun and exciting Tour de France.  Vincenzo Nibali perfectly used a measured approach to this race and seemed to be at the right place at the right time.  His victory is a credit to hard work, obsessive preparation and lots of luck.  I really enjoyed this race.   Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  



DougDoug Duguay
Doug has been cycling since he learned to ride at age 4.  In 1984 a friend gave him a Bicycling Magazine after he broke his ankle and that launched a love affair with cycling and the sport that remains undiminished to this day.  He remembers watching the 1984 Olympics, the 1984 Tour de France and 1985 Paris Roubaix.  

After selling jerseys on eBay to pay his mortgage, Doug Duguay launched BicyclingHub from his home in 2002 after a productive six-hour coding session. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Doug’s passion for cycling already had plenty of momentum when he moved to Portland, the town that inspired him to take up all manner of racing, from cyclocross and track to road and stage races. He considers starting BicyclingHub a lucky accident, and while running a business has cut into some of his training time, he’s chasing the idea of a race comeback--something he contemplates while climbing Portland’s west hills. Doug is BicyclingHub’s resident bibshort expert.



08 July 2014

Rider rams into a spectator at the Tour de France.

The talk of this year's Tour de France is the selfie and the race.  Like in years past, cyclists are running into spectators along the route.  This is one of the more spectacular examples of a rider potentially hurting of both himself and someone at the side of the road.   What do you think?  Should spectators be more careful or should the organization do more to protect the riders.  Leave your comments below.  


Photo via gyfcat.com

05 July 2014

4 Cyclists That Look Great Without Clothing

Not all cyclists are built like Denmark's Michael Rasmussen.  In fact, many are quite lovely and are not afraid to show some skin.  We chose these photos high lighting some of the best cyclists in the world.



Victoria Pendleton is a World and Olympic Champion.  What nice form on the bike:  A nice flat back.5


Everything Lance has done on the bike has an asterisk next to it.  There's no denying that his body looks good.  


Liz Hatch was an instant sensation for her looks earlier in her career.  Liz raced for Vanderkitten racing and now she's now making a comeback currently with CyclelivePlus-Zannata.



Mario Cipollini won 191 races in all during his career and practiced excellent form all the way.


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