Wednesday, 13 August 2014

FITSKÜUL and QUICKBED custom insole review

After a few short rides and a long ride, I would like to review on  FITSKÜUL fitting and the custom insole.

First of all, what brings me to FITSKÜUL is that its probably the region best bike fitter. So despite the higher cost, I still choose to go for it.

Why do I say its the best? Not only is FITSKÜUL a retul trained bike fitter. They are also one of the retul trainer in the region. By region, I dont mean just Singapore. I mean South East Asia. This is why I choose them despite the cost and much accessible bike fitter. They are on the next level!

Entrance
















FITSKÜUL uses retul teachings and many high technology bike fit equipment to ensure accuracy to the millimeters. They also provide custom insole for your shoes of any brands.



Panorama view








First, I was given a form to fill up to include my details and types of riding and all sorts of questions. This is to ensure that the fitter will know more about you and fit you accordingly to your preferences. 


Retul certified!




















Next, I was asked to stepped onto the molding machine while he placed my feet nicely and allow the mold to form while he heat up the insole so that its soft. After around 20mins, the mold was form under my feet and the insole was hot enough, the insole was placed on the mold and I was asked to step onto the insole so that the insole would form nicely according to the curvature of my foot. Around around another 10mins, the insole was left aside to cool down and form the shape. He then position my cleats according to my sole.

Fitting the insoles


















Left to cool down

















While the insole is awaiting cooling down, I was placed on the "operating table" where he tested for my flexibility, leg discrepancy and body limitations.


The device that captures everything




















After the insole was form, it was placed back into my shoes and my bike was then zinn for exact measurements. I was then wired up for infrared measurements and then pedal on my bike while video was taken and all the angles were shown on the screen. The fitter explain to me the angles and all the measurements. He then proceed to alter my bike and I was asked to cycle on the bike. This cycle continues a few times until the measurements is deemed proper.

So what was done to my bike? 


- saddle height increased by 22mm

- saddle moved back by 2mm

- handlebar drop increased by 23mm

- handlebar reach increased by 1mm

I was also advised to change to a 140/-6 stem as compared to my current 140/-17 stem. Seems like 140 is the correct length as I expected. The change of the stem elevated my backache issue after a long ride. 

Something nice is that I have pretty straight and powerful knee tracking which caused less power wastage.


That pretty much sums up the bike fitting experiment with FITSKÜUL. But how was the actual ride?

Till date, I have only went for a few short ride and a long ride. Think less than 300km. But it was good, no backache. More powerful strokes. Feels fresher after a round island. But still it was some major changes to my bike fit and will take more time to get used to it and awaken those muscles that were sleeping in the past! The custom insoles are great too, my feet feels fuller and more wrapped which equate to more power and comfort.


On the 140/-17 stem


















With the new 140/-6 stem, the front was elevated and back straighter. More power due to better breathing. And also more aero due to the fact I can hold at my tucked aero position easier without backache.


Picture taken by Choon Wei(FITSKÜUL)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Shimano R191 road shoe for sale

Selling my old pair of shoe.  $70sgd.
Condition as seen in picture.
Cosmetic : 8/10
Functionality : 10/10
Size 44
Comes with superfeet insole! Stock insole included too.
Deal at punggol only
Whatsapp/sms to 96443942 

Monday, 7 July 2014

Hawk Racing first look

A new bb to replace my Chris King. Chris King is a solid bb but why did I change it?
According to Friction Facts, Chris King doesn't score that well. Its results are average. So according to the results, I bought the Hawk Racing. Its the best steel bearings bb.

How good can a steel bearings bb be compared to ceramic? You will be surprised! Among all the bb tested which includes some high end ceramic bb like F1 Ceramic and Ceramic Speed, the Hawk Racing is tested even lower friction than them. Infact, out of the so many bb tested, the only bb that is better than the hawk racing are Gold Race(Ceramic and almost as good as no seal), Enduro XD15(top range Ceramic and 2.5x the price) and lastly the C-Bear(Ceramic and also double the price). These are the only BB tested better than the Hawk Racing. So how much better are they? They are only better by 0.01 and 0.02watt. These are negligible compared to how the Hawk Racing is better than Ceramicspeed(by 0.13watt) and F1 Ceramic(by 0.27watt). For comparison, hawk racing is better than Sram Ceramic by 0.28watt and dura-ace 9000 by 1.13watt.

So how much better it is compared to my Chris King. The test didn't test out Chris King Steel but they test out the Chris King ceramic and Hawk Racing is 3x better than the CK in terms of lower friction. This is amazing and comparing the price, Chris King is more expensive too. Enough talk, check out the video below. Sorry for the lousy quality video after the compress... but u get the drift..


Sunday, 6 July 2014

Tour de France 2014

The time of the year is here again. Lots of new technology coming out again. Lots of interesting fights too.
As of today, Mark Cavendish is out of the race due to the crash yesterday. Guess with this, its down to Kittel to win all the big sprints and Sagan to grab the green again.
For the yellow, I am rooting for Contador to win. Not a big fan of him, but just that between Froome and Contador, I prefer Contador to win. I like Froome attitude but I dislike Team Sky. It will be a big fight this year though. Contador on form this year. If I could dream, I hope Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara or Chris Horner would win! But this is impossible. They are just not the yellow contender this year. And also Quintana didn't join this year else I will root for him.
So lets see who will win!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Missing in action

Been MIA for sometime again due to busy work schedule and looking after my little one. Missing lots of action and past few months have been clocking shitty mileage. I think the past few months mileage adds up also lesser than some of my cycling kakis weekly mileage. Thats how bad and pathetic...

However even though the tight schedule, I still manage to test and review 2 new purchase.

Oysmetric Rings

I have changed to a compact Sram Red cranks and sold away my standard Sram Force cranks with QXL.

So why did I change? I have no complains with the QXL but I have been hearing that Oysmetric gives a even better pedaling strokes. So this is the main reason I decided to switch.

At first look, the rings are flat like pancake. No shifting ramps and pins to aid in shifting. I thought to myself, its gonna be bad in shifting. However, after fixing it up and dialing it in, there is no much issue. Of cause, it doesn't shifts as good as the original Sram rings but it doesn't bother me much. It takes some time to get use to how to shift it right else the chain might slip when shifting from small to big and vice versa. I have learned that in order to shift well, you have to lessen the load in the pedal and best is to have ur pedals in the 3 and 9 o'clock position so that when u push down the pedals, the front derailleur cage will push it up onto the bigger chain ring or the chain will have a support to keep it from falling when shifting big to small chainring. It might be hard to understand how it shift from words. You just have to see it shift and you will understand. But it isn't a big issue to me, how many times do you shift the front derailleur in a ride? And even with round rings, I don't shift the front under load.

The other issue is the noise, every crank revolution, you will hear 2 slapping sound. This is due to the rings shape and when it goes from 3 oclock to 6 oclock position, the chain will go from the biggest diameter to the smallest diameter, when this happen, there will be a slapping sound of the chain. So its rather noisy but something you will get used to.

Now, lets get to the advantages. Swapping from QXL to Oysmetric, I can feel a slight difference in the pedaling. The ups and downs are more exaggerated than the QXL. It feels good and thats all matters. Whether it is better than QXL? I do not have a way to measure it. But it does feels better than the QXL. A friend of mine which is also on QXL tries my bikes and says it feels lighter than the QXL in terms of pedaling and this contributes to a higher cadence. This simply translates to a faster speed. I am still in the midst of testing it out more and having a more accurate testing. As my previous rides are on 167.5mm and my QXL is on 172.5mm. Hence I have just swapped the 167.5mm with a 172.5mm crankarms on my Oysmetric so that it will be a more accurate test. Stay tune for more reviews on QXL vs Oysmetric. Currently, my preference is towards the Oysmetric.

Hamax Smiley Child Seat















As a cyclist, I dream of bringing my little princess around on a bicycle. While surfing the net, this child seat caught my eyes and then it become reality. I installed it on my "DIABLO" and its a dream come true!

Installation is straight forward and easy. Installed it within 30mins. Its easy to remove and put back so I don't get stuck with a purely child seat bike. It has a built in suspension as the child seat are suspended in the air by the 2 rails. This is good as when going through bumps, it won't hurt the children spine. Its stable and doesn't really affects handling. I think its quite comfortable as all the rides I bring my princess to, she fell asleep after around 30mins. Its very secure too, I think there is no way she could ever open the seat belt her own.

The only improvement I would suggest is to have a bar infront of the seat so she could grab and also I can hang some toys on it. =)

GOOD PRODUCT overall!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Back to the road

After lots of tinkering with Tri fit on my roadie, I have decided to change it back to the road configuration. As most of the time I am riding in a pack, don't have much time to ride in the aerobars. Makes more sense for me to ride a road configuration.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Diablo first ride

I will start it off with the bike set up. Its 99% stock bike with only the pedal changed to my speedplay pedals and adding bottle cage, saddle bag and a handphone mount on the stem.












It is a pleasant ride. 32mm tyres + chromoly 4130 frame and fork + 32 spokes front and back, its a tank! Heavy as a tank. At roughly 12.5kg with a filled bottle and accessories, its almost 3kg heavier than my Black Bird. BUT! The ride is sweet as hell. One guy who rode my bike even commented its even more comfortable than his Sworks. But that is for sure, 32mm tyres at 60psi front and 75psi rear is sweet! Also with components like this, its bomb proof.

So how fast did it go?
I will let Strava explains..
I have something to boast about. Fastest in the group during this 1.2km stretch. Quite amazing as it also beats my personal record on my Black Bird.












I also hit a max speed of 59.9km/h on a descent, actually if the elevation map is correct. It was after a downslope and was on a bit of a tiny ascent.













If I calculate using Sheldon Brown Calculator, I would have hit a cadence of between 180-190rpm during that sprint. O_O

I was following and drafting the fast pack until around 17km before I got dropped from the main pack and followed the other fast group till around 26km mark before I got totally dropped at coastal. Luckily manage to catch up to another guy infront and wheel sucked all the way to Changi Village. Would have managed to followed the group if I have a bigger ratio. Probably around 48/17. Its really tough riding with the 42/17 at the group speed of roughly 38km/h. It would have meant I need to maintain a constant of 120rpm for the whole ride. Its totally hamster!
















I am quite satisfy with the bike though. Its very responsive with the single speed drive. Although I wished it would  have a 48/17 ratio for better and easier ride on the flats and descend. Maybe I will upgrade it after a few months, for now I will train to be a hamster first.

Saturday, 4 January 2014

BombTrack Arise

I have been wanting to build a new bike for sometime but I have no idea what should I built.

I have always wanted a steel road bike. Just simply love the look with those thin tubings. I also wanted a road bike that could run thicker tyres or even knobbies which leads me to looking out for a cyclocross bike. But there isn't much of a choice within my budget. I also wanted a bike that has minimal maintenance yet able to ride it fast and slow at the same time. I dreamt of cycling without needing to think too much(a speed obsessed freak has its relax time too). I almost gotten what I want few years back, a Surly Pugsley. It matches what I wanted but theres a little too much maintenance for it. 

Then came someone who recommended me the BombTrack Oxbridge. Its a very nice bike. I almost fell for it. Then I decide to check the whole range of bike from BombTrack. Something caught my attention. 

The Arise - it totally fits what I wanted! Pretty lucky for a start for 2014.

I decided to name the bike, as usual as with my Black Bird and my Pui Zai(Pugsley). I decided to name it as DIABLO! Firstly, DIABLO stands for some acronyms I have thought of. Secondly, because its black! Dark as Devil! 

So what does DIABLO stands for? 
DIA for Do-it-all since its a cyclocross frame, it can handle the road with road tyres or offroad with cyclocross tyres.
B for Black as its fully black! 
L for lasting! Its steel, its bomb proof so its gonna be lasting.
O for ONE! One speed to own. nuff said.




Special Thanks to Fixie Haus SG for the great and fast service!

Monday, 23 December 2013

Upgrade of 2013 completed and review. Preview of whats coming up in 2014

All my delivery has arrived and after some days of fixing them up and bike fitting, its finally completed.

This is the initial fixed up before the bike fit.
Will take a new picture of the after bike fit when I find a nice place to do so.

This will marks the end of 2013 Upgrades. Next, its 2014 upgrades coming up.





Also after some thorough research and buying of some reports, I have decided to KIV the disc wheel purchase and continue using the disc cover as the difference is not much of consideration.
Instead I have decided to upgrade my current groupset. Actually its nothing much of an upgrade, just for some easier adjustment. I am using Sram Rival front derailleur and brakes calipers. So I decide to up one level to Force. For the front derailleur its just because its real cheap online so I just get it for matching purposes. As for the brakes calipers, Rival doesn't have easy adjustment to adjust the centering, so I gotten the Force for this purpose. Next, the gore-on cables is still working perfectly fine but I would like to try something else since its 1 year already. I bought the new Shimano polymer cables to run the Sram Groupset as from what I gathered, the new cables is by far the best in the market now. Lets see whether it is as good as those reviews says. Lastly, a new KMC X10SL gold chain for replacement. My current chain is reaching its 0.75 wear soon.

And for now, some review of my recent purchase.

Continental Attack 22mm Front and Back
These are lovely tyres and when mounted on my HED, they look much more aerodynamic. Although they are narrower, but cornering is still as good and grippy(1st ride was in the wet). I don't feel any difference in comfort level as compare to GP4000s. They do roll better and more aerodynamic too. All in all, the Attacks are one level above the GP4000s when mounted to 23mm HED rims. Durability wise? I shall wait and see.

3T aero bars extension + clip on
They are easy to mount and fit. Adjustability is not as much as the USE tula boost bar but they are sufficient. Lesser parts to adjust also meant lesser parts to fiddle with and easier to get them balanced. I gotten the straight bars which is more aerodynamic as compared to other shapes. It fitted well and comfortable. They look long but the length is just nice for my forearms. Weight wise, I haven really compare it as I don't really care about weight. I like this set up due to the lower stack it gives. It gives me a better and more aero tri fit.

3T Ionic 25 Pro seatpost
These seatpost are god sent. I simply love the mechanism of it. It takes a bit of fiddling to understand how it works but once its done, its simply the best seatpost ever. Perhaps on the heavier side due to the mechanism but none of my business. The angle tilt and saddle aft/fore is individual meaning unlike the classic 2 bolt adjustment seatpost clamp where once you loosen the bolt, the angle and aft/fore is messed up, the Ionic can be adjusted without messing up with the other. I used this seatpost as a forward seatpost for my tri fit. On other saddle its not recommended as most of the time the saddle tilt can't be fitted perfectly, however for this seatpost, it has almost 360degree of adjustment. The mechanism also makes it unable to slip, its a ratchet type of mechanism. I just love this seatpost.

Shimano R170
Whatever Shimano says about this shoe technology. It true. Its an upgrade from my R191.

Cycleops Super Magneto Trainer
Easy to install, stable and good setting and power curve to train on. I think its quiet, my neighbour did not knock on my door to complain so I guess its quiet. If you are getting a trainer, get this! Good quality. Nothing to complain.