Listen To Your Bike

By Erik J.
October 29, 2010 on 2:46 pm | In Product Information, Tech Tips | No Comments
This is what your chain should always look like. - Courtesy of Tom Demerly

This is what your chain should always look like. - Courtesy of Tom Demerly

Listen to your bike.

 In the shop we have many people ask us how often they should have their bike serviced. There are really many ways to answer this question. A chain should be replaced every 1500-3000 miles, cables and housing should be done yearly or a tune up should be done at least once a year, even more often if you ride “a lot”.

 These are all excellent guidelines but do not necessarily apply to each and every rider. The simple way to know when your bike needs some love is to listen to it. Chains that need lube sound dry or “chatter”, shifting that is out of adjustment may click or make even worse noises, loose headsets and hubs may rattle or creak. The sounds a bike can make are endless, some even surprise experienced mechanics like us from time to time.

 Some of these noises can be handled at home and others may need to be tracked down by a seasoned veteran. A noisy chain can be taken care of with one of our many chain lube offerings in the privacy of your own garage. Taking one of our Park Tool classes after the first of the year can teach you how to take care of loose bearings, gear adjustments and much more. Always feel free to stop by the shop with your bike if you have more extensive problems or would like those pesky noises handled by a pro.

-Jack Johnson, TriSports.com Mechanic

Timex Ironman TAP Sleek 150 – Touch Screen

By Andy E.
October 29, 2010 on 10:58 am | In Product Information | No Comments

The brand new Timex Ironman TAP Sleek 150 is a great triathlon watch that offers TAP screen technology and a large digital display.  So, now you can quickly get to the vital information you need and actually see it, too!

The Timex Ironman brand has become an icon in the fitness watch industry.  And, with the introduction of their new triathlon watch, they’ve continued that tradition.  This one’s a winner – offering all the great features you’d expect from Timex.

Including hydration and nutrition alarms – so you don’t forget to eat and drink at those critical times.  A value-packed triathlon watch with TAP screen technology…hold on!  I think Timex just launched one over the top!

The “TAP Sleek 150″ is a must-have – find out why at the TriSports Universtiy.

Timex Ironman Tap Sleek 150

Timex Ironman TAP Sleek 150

NiteRider Lightning Bug 3.0

By Mike O.
October 27, 2010 on 9:59 am | In Product Information | No Comments

NiteRider produces some of the coolest riding lights in the cycling industry, and they continue to do so with the newly developed Lightning Bug 3.0!  Featuring 3 ultra-bright LEDs that produce roughly 60 to 70 lumens.  The Lightning Bug 3.0 also features a one piece design that allows you to wrap it around your handle bar and weighs only 36grams!   Run time is up to 100 hours on a single CR2450 battery and has 3 different light modes:  flash, low and high.  Available in 6 different colors. 

NiteRider Lightning Bug 3.0

NiteRider Lightning Bug 3.0

Cobb Cycling Saddles – New for 2011

By Andy E.
October 22, 2010 on 11:03 am | In Product Information | No Comments

The new line of innovative and aerodynamic Cobb Cycling Saddles has arrived.  Known internationally for his work with cyclist in the wind tunnel – John Cobb developed his saddles with rider comfort and performance in mind.

Incorporating pressure relief memory foam, aerodynamic cut-out, a V-flow channel, superb craftsmanship and concave design – these saddles may have just leapt over the competition.  Cobb used a TekScan Unit to identify and alleviate all those annoying pressure points.

Giving both the triathlon and road saddles all-day comfort with race-day performance.  For its innovative design, stand-out graphics, best materials and superior craftsmanship – Cobb Cycling Saddles definitely gets  ”two thumbs up!”

See what makes Cobb Saddles special at the TriSports University.

Cobb Cycling Saddles

Cobb Cycling Saddles

TriSports Champions

By Jaclyn A.
October 19, 2010 on 3:12 pm | In Announcements, Sponsorship, Uncategorized | No Comments

TriSports.com is excited to announce our new ambassadors program- TriSports Champions! For 2011 TriSports.com is seeking 100 TriSports enthusiasts to represent our company in the United States and around the World.

TriSports Champions

 Who are TriSports Champions?
Champions are triathletes who bring positive energy to their athletic community and to TriSports.com. The Champions are 100 athletes strong who inspire and encourage others, accomplish personal goals, and are active in their local racing scene. On any given day, you can find a Champion doling out advice to a newbie, heading up the pack on the group ride or volunteering on their local tri club board.  Champions know how to push themselves to become a better athlete while inspiring those around them. The TriSports Champions are the everyday-champions of the triathlon world.

What do we look for?
TriSports Champions are members of the triathlon community that strive to carry out the TriSports.com mission: to live a sustainable and active triathlon lifestyle. They are coaches, motivators and athletes who love to train, race, and who will enthusiastically promote TriSports.com as their preferred place to shop.  We look for Champions who are active across various social media to help us spread the word not only about great sales and savings, but also about new and exciting products, as well as new information and articles on TriSports University. 

Why become a TriSports Champion?
TriSports Champions enjoy 20% off purchases made from TriSports.com, special discounted offers throughout the year and a TriSports.com tri singlet to show their TriSports.com pride while racing.  Champions are encouraged to connect with each other at TriSports.com sponsored and other major events throughout the country.  This network of athletes gives Champions the opportunity to meet with new people, be the first to know about hot new products and sales and enjoy encouragement and cheering from other Champions at races.

Apply today to be a TriSports Champion!

TriSports.com sponsored UHC Pro Cycling team wraps up season

By Seton
October 18, 2010 on 12:15 pm | In Sponsorship, UHC Pro Cycling Chronicles | No Comments

UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis Concludes  2010 and is Looking Ahead to 2011 as a Pro Continental Team

Tucson, AZ – The TriSports.com sponsored UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team Presented by Maxxis has officially concluded its 2010 racing season, and the Team can look back on its share of successes.
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The Team’s riders reached the podium 138 times this year, including 35 victories. Rory Sutherland also delivered the Team’s best-ever performance at the Amgen Tour of California, finishing 7th overall and nearly pulling off the victory in the race’s queen stage to Big Bear Lake.

“The Amgen Tour of California has always been a priority for the Team,” said Team Director Mike Tamayo. “The February date made it more difficult for us because riders like Rory really didn’t find their peak form until May or June. With the move to May this year, you saw the benefits in Rory’s performance. Next year we intend to improve on that performance with an even stronger squad.”

Sutherland delivered another of the Team’s stellar performances just a few weeks later at the Nature Valley Grand Prix,  held in the backyard of title sponsor UnitedHealthcare. Following the script he wrote in 2009, Sutherland took 2nd place in the opening prologue of the NVGP, and closed the race by winning the final stage and overtaking incoming teammate Scott Zwisanski for the overall victory.

“Nature Valley was an important win for the Team,” noted Team President and Director of Sponsorship Thierry Attias. “It’s the biggest race on the NRC calendar. And winning three stages and the overall title for the third year in a row allowed meant we put on a great show for all the UnitedHealthcare VIPs who attended the race.”

Included in those three stage wins was a pair of victories in the NVGP criteriums. The wins came from a core crit crew that set a torrid pace for success from April through June. Karl Menzies, Jake Keough and Andrew Pinfold ripped through the USA Crits Speed Week series in late April and early May with four wins and five podiums in seven races. When the Team added their nemesis from Speed Week – Hilton Clarke – to the squad in mid-June, they continued to rack up the wins and podiums, including a sweep of the Air Force Classic in Clarke’s first races with the team.

All four of those riders are back for 2011, along with lead-out man Jonny Clarke. And 2011 addition Robert Foerster, who will join the Team from the Pro Tour team Milram, brings even more speed for the sprints.

2011 Scott Plasma 3 – Aerodynamic Evolution

By Andy E.
October 15, 2010 on 10:58 am | In Product Information | No Comments

Introducing the new 2011 Scott Plasma 3 – the fifth generation of triathlon/time trial bike produced by Scott.  This aerodynamic marvel incorporates performance-tuned technology collected during advance wind tunnel testing.

With refined features from four previous generations – Scott’s tri-specific frameset is the pinnacle of engineering, research and development.  Designed for SRAM Red and Shimano Dura-Ace 7900 drivetrains – this carbon aero bike is made to go fast, really fast!

If blowing by competitors is part of the race agenda – don’t forget to bring the Plasma 3.  It’ll put a smile on your face and keep you grinning ear-to-ear.  For more pictures and technical information visit the TriSports University.

2011 Scott Plasma 3

2011 Scott Plasma 3

Clif Shot Energy Gel

By Mike O.
October 13, 2010 on 8:53 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

Clif Shot Energy Gel is reformulated to give your body excatly what it needs most while training and racing for your next triathlon.  Clif Shot Energy Gels utilizes all natural and organic ingredients to give your body a source of pure and natural energy and hydration. 

The reformulated Clif Shot Energy Gels is thinner in consistency, provides essential electrolytes, and has three levels of caffeine – 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg. 

Now is the time to try the new reformulated Clif Shot Energy Gels!

Cliff Shot Energy Gel

Clif Shot Energy Gel

Team TriSports.com at the Ironman World Championship

By Jaclyn A.
October 12, 2010 on 1:02 pm | In Sponsorship | No Comments

Leanda Cave Swim Exit As I’m sure you are all well aware, this past weekend was the Ironman World Championship. Six of our fastest athletes headed to the Big Island to compete in the legendary event. The Kona team included: Leanda Cave (pro), Andy Potts (pro), Torsten Abel (pro), Amy Regan (45-49), Chrissy Parks (30-34), Karin Bivens (65-69) and Mimi Ford (50-54), sponsored rider of the TriSports/Eclipse race team.
Here in Tucson we were streaming the action live onto the big screens at the store. Customers and employees sat together cheering on the team as packet pick up for the local Tinfoilman Triathlon took place. Eyes were glued to the television as Andy Potts came out of the water in first place, and Leanda Cave held strong in 4th place on the bike. I played the roll of nervous sponsorship coordinator and had multiple tabs open on my computer to track the progress of our age group athletes.
Chrissy Parks was first out of the water for our age group athletes and proceeded to pound it out on the bike. Unfortunately, due to some expired nutrition (we think), Chrissy began puking 10 minutes into the bike ride and continued throughout the 112 miles. Around mile 10 of the run Chrissy had to call it quits due to some serious dehydration. Chrissy was holding on to 14th all day, imagine what she would have done if she hadn’t been puking the whole time!

Chrissy Parks and Mimi Ford

Chrissy Parks and Mimi Ford

Karin Bivens is one of our oldest members of Team TriSports.com and this was her 4th trip to Kona for the Ironman World Championship. Karin had another outstanding race, taking 5 minutes off her previous swim time, and 11 minutes off her bike! Karin ended up placing 7th in her age group. At 66 Karin is an extraordinary example of how resilient our bodies can be!

Torsten Able FinishAmy Regan was the first age group team member across the line and I don’t think I could have been more excited to see the TriSports.com logo! Amy didn’t have the race of a lifetime but she is without a doubt one of the most focused and determined athletes on our team and I am sure she will be seeking redemption next year.

Our pros put together some solid results as well. The newlyweds, Leanda and Torsten, both had outstanding performances with Leanda finishing 10th female overall, and Torsten came in 26th. Both were very pleased with their performances. As expected, Andy Potts was 1st out of the water and ended up finishing 21st.
Congratulations to all those who participated at the Ironman World Championship!

Andy Potts and son celebrate together at the finish line. Image from triathlon.competitor.com

Andy Potts and son celebrate together at the finish line. Image from triathlon.competitor.com

TriSports.com Around the World

By Seton
October 11, 2010 on 10:46 am | In Random Musings | No Comments

We have the best customers in the world.  There, I said it.  It is one of the coolest things for us to get photos of our customers showing off the TriSports.com Red, White and Blue during their adventures here in the US and around the world.  Here are some recent pictures that have come our way:

Torsten Abel Down Under

Torsten Abel Down Under

Leanda Cave Down Under

Leanda Cave Down Under

Michael R. supporting the TriSports Cycling Kit in France

Michael R. supporting the TriSports Cycling Kit in France

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