Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. Whether you're buying for yourself or another cyclist on your holiday list, you can take advantage of some significant price drops and doorbuster specials. I've compiled a list of some of the biggest and best Black Friday bike deals out there for your shopping convenience.
Bicycle chain lube has come a long way in the past 20 years. Gone are the days of dripping 3-in-1 oil on your chain, wiping it with an old washcloth and calling it good. These days, chain lube is researched almost as much as any other component on your bike.
In the quest for “marginal gains, ” chain lube is one of the new frontiers. While aerodynamic gains are still the king of the hill in terms of gaining seconds during a time trial or race, chain lube efficiency can save a few extra watts. Combine those few watts with savings from ceramic bearings, derailleur pulley bearing, and pedal bearings and you could be saving 5-6% of your energy.
Friction Facts is one of the kings of evaluating your drive train efficiency. They have published tons of material on chain lube efficiency in the past. After doing some reading about the process, I decided to give it a try and see how effective (and long lasting) it is.
Check out my experience after the jump and learn how you can try this bicycle chain lube process yourself at home.
Power meter options for track bikes are very limited, and the Dura Ace Stages power meter is one of the most reasonably priced and simple to use on the market. Based on the Dura Ace 7710 Octalink platform, the Stages power meter offers a simple, elegant power measuring solution for fixed gear bikes. Painstaking refinement has gone into the algorithm used to calculate power to meet the unique demands of a fixed gear bike, improving performance and reliability in data recording.
Check out the video of the installation, re-posted from Periscope. Throughout the installation, there's a little bit of Q&A about power meters based on questions from live viewers. Click through the jump to watch the video and check out the video show notes:
It can be difficult finding holiday gifts for cyclists on your list. Hunting through the Black Friday deals, searching for the perfect item to put a smile on their face can be fraught with peril when you don't have much of an idea of what this cycling thing is all about. How can you expect to get the perfect gift when you don't know the difference between a cassette and a headset, but you don't want to lame out and get them a Visa gift card with the directive “go buy what you want?”
That's why I'm here to help you out.
In this holiday gift roundup, I'm including a little of everything from the low cost to the lavish. There's something for everyone from the beginner to the lifelong rider. So check through the list and check out the links. In many cases, you'll find something that you hadn't thought of before, or maybe you'll not only find something for that special cyclist, you'll find something for yourself too.
The Stages Power Meter burst onto the scene in 2013 with the promise of an affordable power meter option attached to the crank arm. How does it compare? Is it as good as it claims to be? Compared to similar offerings of the time the Stages meter was a novel, if not brilliant idea. It cut the cost in half by placing the measurement device on the left crank arm only. It was easily transferable between bikes and easy to remove and replace if it needed service. The super light weight of only 11 grams also made for an attractive marketing point. So did the user replaceable, easy to source coin cell battery.
Yet not everyone was on board.
From the get-go, many complained about the left sided only power measurement. It was claimed to be prone to inaccuracies due to the “doubling of the left leg” power calculation. Many claimed the accelerometer principle wouldn't provide sufficiently accurate cadence to properly report power.
Here we are more than two years later and Stages power meters can be found on every manner of bikes from weekend warrior up through Tour de France winners.
I've got about 2 years on Stages power meters now. How does it stack up against other power measuring devices I've used like Quarq and Powertap? You can read my thoughts on the Stages power meter after the jump: