Profile Design Triathlon Aero Wheels

By Mike O.
April 28, 2011 on 3:53 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

TriSports.com’s newest wheel additions are the Profile Design Altair and Armada Triathlon Aero Wheels.  Developed over the course of 2 years,  Profile Design explodes onto the triathlon and road racing scene with 9 new wheelsets.  Available in full carbon, semi carbon with aluminum brake surfaces, and full aluminum training wheels. 

The Profile Desgin Altair is offered in Full Carbon Clincher – 52mm and 80mm rim depths, Full Carbon Tubular – 52mm and 80mm rim depths, and the Semi Carbon Clinchers (aluminum brake surface) – 52mm and 80mm rim depths.  The Profile Design Armada, the all aluminum training wheel, is available in 24mm, 30mm, and 38mm rim depths.

Each wheel is hand built with Sapim CX Sprint spokes with hidden nipples for strength and aerodynamics. 

Tips from the Pro’s: Leanda Cave

By Jaclyn A.
April 26, 2011 on 3:00 am | In Sponsorship | No Comments

As athletes it seems that injuries are almost inevitable. Bikes crash, people fall, and joints get overused. How we handle these setbacks is when our true strength as athletes shines through. Team TriSports Leanda Cave has been sidelined from her early season races due to a broken rib. Here are some tips from a pro on how to stay positive, fit, and return to the game stronger than before.

TriSports: Have you had any other significant injuries while training as a profession?
Leanda: Injuries are part of a professional athlete’s job description.  This is the 4th time I have broken ribs.  I crashed my bike once in an ITU World Cup event.  In that crash I broke both my wrists, both elbows and my jaw in 2 places.  I have had 11 diagnosed stress fractures, one in my femur and the rest in my shins.  I had a sciatic nerve impingement which lasted for 2 years (it felt like a torn hamstring).  I have a few rotator cuff injuries and a “plica” in each knee which involved keyhole surgeries in both knees 2 weeks apart.

TriSports: How do you preventing injury?
Leanda: I worked a lot on my running technique to prevent further stress fractures.  I adopted the “pose method” and I have increased my running cadence.  This seems to have helped.  Also, working in the gym on my weak areas has helped.  I’m also a strong believer in regular massage and stretching.  I use a few specific yoga poses which I find work best to stretch out my tight areas.

TriSports: How do you stay positive while injured?
Leanda: Injuries can be a blessing and a curse at the same time.  We are fortunate as triathletes to have 3 different sports to train for, and hence, I have always managed to get stronger in whatever I am still able to do despite my injury.  I also use injury time to work on my strength and core, which always tends to get neglected when I am all in one piece.  The downside as a professional athlete is that for the most part, I race to earn a living.  No racing means no cash flow and that has been really tough in the past.  But generally, injuries are a short term thing in the whole scheme of things, and I know it’s just a matter of time before I can get back on the horse!

TriSports: Do you take any additional supplements to recover faster?
Leanda: Silica is a supplement that I have personally found to heal broken bones quicker.  I also had to take an estrogen replacement to build up my bone density to prevent stress fractures.  It’s been 4 years since my last stressy.  And then there are the obvious supplements like iron and calcium.

TriSports: How do you decide when to go back to training full time?
Leanda: I had a sports doctor who once said: “if it doesn’t hurt, then it’s ok to train”.  I have used that philosophy with all my injuries and I have never been out longer than necessary because of doing something stupid.

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Shimano Di2 Battery Life…..after Death

By Seton
April 25, 2011 on 2:58 pm | In Product Information, Tech Tips | 7 Comments

At TriSports.com, several of us are used as guinea pigs to try new products.  Most of our product testing doesn’t take too long, heck, most products you know if they are going to work or not after just one use.  Others, of course, take some time.  So, let’s rewind the clock to March of 2010 – the day I took delivery of my first Shimano Di2 equipped bike.  I rode the bike for several months and was finally slated to fly out to Las Vegas to do a training ride so I decided before I went on this trip it would probably be a good idea to charge my Di2 battery…..and this is where this review begins.

One of my many adventures during this test, a group ride in Solvang, CAOne of my many adventures during this test, a group ride in Solvang, CA.

This is a review of the actual battery life of Di2 and is not a review of the entire Di2 system – if you want that, please check this out.  The two biggest obstacles for consumers regarding Shimano Di2 are 1) the price and 2) what happens when the battery dies.  Well, I don’t have a lot of control on the cost or MSRP guidelines set by Shimano but what I can answer is the later question.  Little did I know, this little experiment would take me over 9 months to complete.

  • July 9, 2010 – Completely charged my Shimano Di2 Battery. Between July and March 1, 2011 I had ridden an estimated 3200 miles.  I don’t have a computer on my bike in the off season (and this was a year long off season) but 100 miles/week is a good estimate.  Some weeks I rode >200 miles, other weeks I didn’t ride at all.
  • March 1, 2011 – Finally got the Di2 battery life indicator to go from solid Green (all systems good) to solid Red (battery is getting low <25%).  The system still worked fine.   I rode a bit more during this time (from March 1 to March 28) and got in about 600 miles of riding.
  • March 28, 2011 – Front Derailleur shut down.  The Di2 system knows when the battery is getting really low <10% and turns off the use of the front derailleur – once you shift down to the little chain ring it will leave you there (I suppose if you are a manly man and never leave your big ring then you would be left there).  Besides the front derailleur not working, the battery indicator light now blinks Red.  You still have full use of the rear derailleur shifting during this time.  Since the front derailleur no longer functions, neither does the auto trim feature so you do get some rubbing on the front derailleur.  One interesting note is that some of the rubbing of the front derailleur would go away, almost like the derailleur was adjusting itself from the chain rubbing.  I missed almost 10 days of riding in this period (March 28-April 21) but was still able to ride about 250 miles (w/out the use of my big chain ring) before the end of the battery.
  • April 21, 2011 – Full system shut down.  The Di2 battery finally went into its final death throws.  At first the rear shifting completely stopped.  About 10 minutes later I got two more shifts and then it stopped working again.  This continued for about 30 min (for a total of about 10 shifts) until it finally threw in the towel. 

Shimano Di2 BatteryShimano Di2 Battery in my hand.

As you can see, I listed out the miles I rode during this experiment.  I had someone comment that the battery life is a function of shifting rather than miles – yes, that is obvious; but last time I checked I didn’t hear someone say “Hey man, great ride that was a hard 205 shifts there.”  So, the only way for me to convey the longevity of the Di2 battery is by mileage and by time.  I also feel that Tucson (where I did most of my riding) represents a good mix of terrain – flats, wind, hills, mountains, etc.  The most impressive thing to me is that this battery lasted more than 9 months without charging – in the heat, the cold, the rain, etc.  Actually, the most depressing stage of this experiment was the recharge of the battery – it took less than one hour to fully recharge.   Are you kidding me???? I just spent 9+ months trying to kill this dang thing and it was fully charged in less than 60 minutes. 

The feeling I had once I finally killed the Di2 battery was similar to the feeling I had when I finally finished my thesis (for those of you reading this that have done a thesis/dissertation you know what I mean).  I was elated that this experiment, one I thought would take me 2-3 months, was actually over and I could report back with EXACTLY what happens to Shimano Di2 when the battery dies.

Louis Garneau Race Day Revo

By Andy E.
April 22, 2011 on 9:56 am | In Product Information | No Comments

The compact size of the Louis Garneau Race Day Revo allows you to bring everything you need for that all important race in a small package.  This triathlon gear bag is the smaller lighter version of the LG Tri Pack Revo, but with a lot of the same great features.

This water resistant, reflective gear hauler has a capacity of 44 liters/2684 CU.  It comes with a built-in helmet holder and water bottle pocket.  There are plenty of mesh multi-pockets and a Velcro cell phone pouch.  It has adjustable padded shoulder straps and a ergonomic back panel for added comfort.  And, there’s a sternum strap to keep it all safe and secure.

Store your wetsuit in the bottom zippered pocket and shoes inside the spacious main compartment.  The LG Race Day Revo is a mini powerhouse made for triathletes who need a more economical way to carry their race day essentials.  Get one today, be prepared, and have peace-of-mind in your transition area!

Louis Garneau Race Day Revo

Louis Garneau Race Day Revo

Gray 50mm Carbon Clincher Wheels

By Mike O.
April 20, 2011 on 3:01 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

The Gray 50mm Carbon Clincher wheels are an excellent choice for the triathlete.  Each wheel is handbuilt and uses bladed spokes with inegrated internal nipples, single billet CNC machined hubs with EZO hybrid ceramic 5/5 bearings, and lightweight Ti/aluminum skewers.  

The Gray 50mm rear wheel is available in Shimano/SRAM and Campy hubs and weighs in at 870 grams and has a 24h spoke count.  The Gray 50mm front wheel weighs 730 grams and has a 20h spoke count. 

Gray 50mm Carbon Clincher wheels are built for triathletes that want an excellent race wheel that will take the day to day pounding during training.

Gray 50mm Carbon Clincher Wheel

Made for all day training and racing!

Chrissy Parks wins Tour of the Tucson Mountains

By Jaclyn A.
April 19, 2011 on 2:42 pm | In Sponsorship, TriSports.com/Eclipse Racing | No Comments

Chrissy Parks, 25th annual Tour of the Tucson Mountains Champion. Photo courtesy of Greg Bryan/Arizona Daily Star

The women of the TriSports Cycling Eclipse Racing Team are picking up titles right and left this year, and Chrissy Parks added to the teams list of accomplishments at the 25th annual Tour of the Tucson Mountains. While she was the only rider from the women’s team entered in the race she had the help of her male teammates to secure a strong position and finish 28th overall and first female across the line. In 2009 Parks finished second and she attributes the work of her teammates and knowledge of the course to her win, “If you know the course and you can corner right, it’s in the bag,” she told the Arizona Daily Star. “I just took a different spot on the corners this year. It’s all down to the last one, but I’m not going to give away my secret.”

The men of the TriSports Cycling Eclipse Racing Team also had some strong performances with Justin Orkney coming in second (2:47.06), Matt Pobloske in 9th (2:47:10), Andre McNulty in 12th (2:47:10) and Peter Brown in 27th (2:47:12).  

Many thanks to the sponsors of the TriSports Cycling Eclipse Racing Team! TriSports.com, Pyramid Coaching, Scott Bicycles, Zipp Speed Weaponry, SRAM, Verve!, XOOD, Roadbikerides.com, Technicials for Sustainability, and Genuine Innovations.

The Felt F24 – The Fastest Lap Is In!!!

By Erik J.
April 15, 2011 on 3:33 pm | In Employee Adventures, Life at TriSports.com, Product Information | No Comments

Here at TriSports.com we work hard and we play hard.  We love to report on all things new and cool in the world of triathlon (see TriSports University).  With the addition of the new 2011 Felt F24 junior bike we needed to have a hands on test ride that pushed its performance a bit.  In Felt’s words:

“Big-time performance in a compact package. With many of the same features as the adult-version F Series bikes, the F24 is a dream ride for the up-and-coming road rider. Designed around smaller 24” wheels, it features Felt F-Lite tubing for light weight, strength and reliable handling. It comes with a vibration-damping carbon fiber fork, special kids’ size handlebar and short-reach integrated shifters/brake levers with a top-mount brake lever for easier control.”

With the weather being almost perfect today, we dared Product Manager Billy Brenden to race the clock around the building in a criterium fashion to see how the new Kids Felt F24 handled.  He gladly obliged and with the support of mechanic Mark Lee and the timing by yours truly we were off.  After taking a practice lap to check out the Shimano drivetrain and modified gearing aimed at junior racers he was set.  From a stand still he was off like a rocket and turned in a 23.79 second run.  This is now the new junior bike crit standard here.  He has just one question for the rest us…. How fast are you?

 

Oakley Radar XL Blades Triathlon Sunglasses

By Mike O.
April 13, 2011 on 3:44 pm | In Product Information | No Comments

The Oakley Radar XL Blades Triathlon sunglasses are built for triathletes.  Designed for the triathlete in the aero position with a aero helmet on, the Radar XL Blades offer excellent  forward viewing.  Light weight design and rubber grippers on the nose piece and ear socks keep the XL Blades in place during the run.  Utilizing an additional 7mm between the nose bridge and the top of the frame gives the Radar XL an expanded range of view over the standard Radars.

Hydrophobic/Oleophobic  lens coating helps keep things looking clear and the IRIDIUM lens coating reduces glare reduction.  The Plutonite lens filters out 100% of UVA/UVB/UVC and harmful blue light up to 400nm. 

Happy Birthday to Us!

By Sarah
April 13, 2011 on 1:24 pm | In Announcements | No Comments

It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating 10 years – my how time flies! The past year has been a whirlwind of accomplishments: we finished up our building remodel, we debuted TriSports University, we created the TriSports Triathlon Club, we started our TriSports Champions program, we installed our massive rainwater harvesting system, we were awarded with many “best places to work” awards, we have cheered on our pro and amateur triathletes and cyclists to numerous victories, and we have made many Facebook friends along the way! Thanks to all of our loyal customers, whose business we sincerely appreciate. If it were not for your patronage, we would not be where we are today!

PS: In case you haven’t heard yet – our annual Birthday Sale is on!

TriSports Cycling Women Sweep Arizona State Criterium Championship

By Jaclyn A.
April 11, 2011 on 12:10 pm | In Sponsorship, Uncategorized | No Comments

Sunday Marilyn McDonald, Chloe Black, and Cara Bussell for the TriSports Cycling/Eclipse Racing team participated in the Arizona State Criterium Championships. The Cat 1, 2 women raced together, but were scored separately. There were just over 10 women in the field and the three Trisports Cycling / Eclipse Racing women left everything out on the road as they attacked the field. McDonald was off the front (again) with 18 laps to go. The gap increased from the 10 second range to the 20 second range within a few laps, but field did not give up. Judy Jenkins (Missing Link Coaching System) and Megan French (Jobing.com Women’s Racing) among others put in valiant efforts to chase McDonald down while Black and Bussell worked hard to go with any fliers attempting to bridge the gap. In the end, for the Cat 1 women, McDonald took the win with Bussell coming in 2nd and Black in 3rd. Bussell and Black also left the crit with a handful of cash and gear from pack primes. It was a good day for the Trisports women!

Chloe Black, Marilyn McDonald and Cara Bussell sweep the Arizona State Criterium Championship! Photo by Mason Ibas

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