Biking

What’s the difference between a road bike and a tri-bike? Should I have both? How does my biking training help my run training and vice versa? What’s a cockpit? While running and swimming are relatively simple to understand, biking is the one part of triathlon that involves a complex piece of machinery. If you’re feeling lost, I’ve been in your shoes and I’ll try to make it easy for you.

09
Jun

Delta Bicycle Shipping

Shipping a bicycle that’s worth $5-10K can be a bit nerve-wracking. While companies like TriBike Transport can ship your bike for you to many events, that only works when you’re going to an event that TriBike ships to. If you’re going to an event that isn’t covered, or you’re not going to an event–just traveling, […]

31
May

Adjusting to a Tri-Bike

I got my tri-bike last week, a Quintana Roo Seduza. The same as on that page except that mine is a 2009…wait, no, it must be a 2010 because I paid the same price as what’s on that webpage…either that, or they were charging the same price for a 2009 as a 2010, or they […]

27
Apr

Scott Tri-Bikes Are in Short Supply

I guess you know a bike company is doing something right when they’re all sold out of the bike you want by April. The snow has just melted, and the Scott tri-bike I had my eyes on (a 56″ Plasma 20) is all sold out. Not just at PowerTri, through whom I was going to […]

01
Oct

Louis Garneau Gemini 2 Cycling Jacket

Well hot dang, it’s 32 degrees outside right now. At this same time a few days ago it was above 60 degrees. Perhaps we’ll see another few days of warmth before the full winter sets in, but based on the 10-day forecast I’m not counting on it. Between the cold and the darker mornings, I […]

28
Sep

The Case of the Clicking Knee

Did anybody else read The Three Investigators book series when they were a kid? Anyway, my right knee has been clicking when I ride my bike. Or maybe it’s popping. Whatever you want to call it, it makes a noise and feels weird, but it doesn’t hurt. Just the same, it’s the type of thing […]

22
Sep

What Do You Do When Things Don’t Go as Planned?

The last week has been full of instances in which reality misbehaves. First, I lost the keys to my roof rack for my bike–I think I left them on the roof of the car after unlocking my bike, forgot to lock it, and then drove off leaving the keys somewhere on the road in the […]

28
Aug

What’s a brick?

Nobody is born doing triathlons, and so most of us remember hearing someone say “I’m going to do a brick tomorrow” and thinking “Wha…?” But of course we’re too embarrassed to ask “What’s a brick?” and so we go on the Internets and use the Google to try and figure it out. Well, here you […]

21
Aug

Bike Ride Comeback

Well, I just got back from my first real bike ride in a year. The new bike is really, really nice. It’s a road bike, not a tri bike (I’ll be getting that next year). It’s a carbon frame, and really solid and quiet. Quite the nice ride. Due to this mornings shenanigans with getting […]

21
Aug

Xlab Tire Bag

Why all the bike gear reviews all of a sudden? Because I just got my bike the other day and I’m putting all the accessories on it. I’ll post a photo of it all once I’m done, but right now I’m trying to get out on a bike ride! One of the accessories I just […]

21
Aug

Xlab Mini Top Bag

There’s not  much to say about the Xlab Mini Top Bag, I mean, it’s a little nylon bag with a zipper, right? But I think I did find out a little trick about getting it secure on your bike. Ok, maybe it’s not a trick, I mean, I think this is the way it’s supposed […]

21
Aug

Xlab Carbon Wing Installation

Note: Read the comments, because there is an important update in there about the missing nuts. I’m sure I’m going to love my Xlab Carbon Wing, once I get it all installed, but the installation is a bit of a pain. Seriously, Xlab guys, you need to improve the instructions a bit. They suffer from […]

07
Jul

If you can’t see the car, the car can’t see you.

Some of my most valuable lessons about biking safety have been learned as a driver, not at a biker. Here are two lessons learned: The first happened on 123rd South in Draper, Utah before I got into triathlon. Draper is a very biker-friendly city in that there are wide shoulders and painted bike lanes all […]

07
Jul

What’s the best way to get into your bike shoes after the swim?

In a triathlon you’ve got two choices for getting into your biking shoes after you finish your swim; 1) put them on in the transition area, or 2) already have them clipped onto your pedals, and when you jump on your bike and start pedaling then you can work your feet into them and make […]