Friday, July 31, 2015

CYCLING TIPS: Do's and Don'ts of Training

Get The Most Out Of Your Training Time 

1. Make The Best Use of The Time Available To You

Working full time or taking a full load of units in college can end up leaving you drained and demotivated. Unfortunately this usually results in less training time in your week. Try commuting to work by bicycle, or if that isn't possible, come up with a schedule for getting your training in, and stick to it!

2. Change It Up

Don't get bored of the same old routes. Try new ones to find new roads and new territory to ride in. It's also not very fun to be lost, so try to plan out your new route with your phone or computer which you can then send to your Garmin device.

3. Pace Yourself

Longer climbs are all about pacing. Don't be tempted to race others or go too hard at the beginning of the climb. Save something, wait for halfway, and that's where you can press on to the very top.

Also in the vein of pacing yourself, make sure you allow plenty of recovery time in the case of illness. The extra miles you are giving that day could save you from a relapse.

4. Increase Your Efficiency

There are many ways you can increase your efficiency. The first and easiest way is to Get A Professional Fitting. You can also work on your Pedaling Technique.

5. Recovery

The key recovery window is the 30 minutes following a ride; that's when your body needs protein to repair muscles and help reload its energy stores, so make sure to get at least 20 to 25 grams. Stacy Sims, a nutritionist at Stanford University, recommends six to eight ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt with walnuts or berries.

Or try this protein rich smoothie: Before working out, put 1.5 scoops whey protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal, and 1 cup vanilla almond milk into a blender (but don't blend it yet). Store in the refrigerator. Whirl and drink when you return.

Look to the Pros: See Chris Baldwin's Nine Golden Training Rules Here

Now that we have told you a few ways to improve your training, here are some pitfalls to avoid.

1. Letting Your Cadence Stagnate

If you ride the same steady speed all the time, you won't learn to go faster. So pick a few times during the week when you will work on your sprinting. This could be on a trainer, racing your friends, or sprinting uphill.

2. Not Bringing A Repair Kit

Always, always, always have at least these bare minimum repair tools any time you ride.

  • 2 Inner tubes
  • Multitool
  • C02 Canister or Pump
  • Tire Lever

Make it a habit to bring these items with you, or if it's easier, slip it all in to a saddle bag that you can always leave on your bike.

3. Not Practicing Bike Skills

It can be very easy to focus solely on endurance, fitness, strength and speed when training. It is important to remember to practice your bike handling skills as well. Make sure you stay aware of the areas in which you struggle. If your downhill riding or cornering need work, incorporate these things into your training. If you have trouble riding in a group or riding in the drops, don't just ignore it. Over time and patient application, these things will become second nature to you.

4. Ignoring Advice

Don't ignore advice. If you don't listen to others, you will find it very hard to progress as a cyclist. Ask questions! Most cyclists would love to answer your questions on how they got better. Remember, even the pros are still learning.

Come in to T3 Cycling and Triathlon Today! We offer the best bikes, an amazing service department and professional fittings! Here's how to get in contact with us!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

First Look: 2016 LOOK 796 Time Trial Bike

LOOK Bicycles Launched An All New Time-Trial Bike Just Before the Tour-De-France

Details about the bike are still slow to leak, but there are some awesome pictures and a few interesting - looks - to the bike.

When Look launched the 795 aero road bike, one of it's main features was the integration of the front and rear brake into the frame. As far as we can tell, they followed the same theme to this TT bike. The 796 has a front brake that is integrated with the front fork, not just protected by it. The brake arms sit within the fork legs and crown. The rear brake is mounted behind the bottom bracket, just like the 795. Look used a direct mount Shimano rear brake on the 795 and they could be doing the same for this one.

What makes this bike different from the 596 is an extremely flat top tube that leads into an integrated stem. Its shape is contained within the silhouette of the frame so that the bike's frontal area is not increased.

Viewed from head on, it's obvious that the designers have done their best to minimize the size of the area presented to the wind by using narrow fork legs and frame tubes, and a similarly skinny seatpost. The clamp for that post is hidden, Look presumably using a wedge system with the bolt sitting within the top tube.

The tube profiles are very deep, as is usually the case with time trial bikes, in order to minimize drag.

You can see that the seatstays join the seat tube low, again to minimize frontal area, and they sit wide, well away from the rear wheel, presumably to avoid disrupting the airflow in that area of the bike. Interestingly, Look haven’t wrapped the seat tube around the rear wheel to the extent that most other manufacturers do. 

The chainset appears to be an aero version of Look’s Zed design and it certainly looks the business.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

2016 BMC Team Elite 01 - Compliance and Confidence On A Whole New Level

The 2016 BMC Team Elite 01 is the Revolution You've Been Waiting For

Every year bike companies do their best to produce a new model of bicycle that is better than the last. Many times, though, the end result is simply a slightly different head angle or a flashy new paint job. As per usual, BMC is ahead of the pack. For the 2016 Team Elite 01 they have combined efficiency, traction, and compliance technology while still maintaining a light weight and keeping it super fast.

See BMC's video HERE:

The research team at BMC has obviously been hard at work, and the fruits of their labor are apparent.

"The high-performance discipline of cross-country racing has become, quite literally, a race to the top. Grueling, all-out sprints to the finish are supported with bikes whose maximum efficiency and minimum weight ethos pay no heed to compliance - until now."

Check out some of the technologies that make this bike so amazing:

Micro Travel Technology

BMC’s Micro Travel Technology (MTT) is the evolution of several generations of advanced cross-country weaponry. With this new system, cross-country racers can ditch the common practice of manipulating tire pressure to gain more compliance for technical descents. MTT’s damping and additional frame compliance smoothes out the ride, letting riders apply more power to gain that elusive differentiator; speed.

The progressive composite engineers of the Impec Advanced R&D Lab spent two years developing and perfecting the function and performance of the system. Simply adding compliance to the rear end of the bike was not sufficient – but to do so without loss of drivetrain efficiency, torsional rigidity, or steering responsiveness was near rocket-science. The end results are icing on the cake; virtually no weight penalty and incredibly low maintenance. Micro-Travel Technology function is the result of the engineered performance of the chainstays and seatstays through complex carbon layups and the dual-guide, integrated XCell damper.

Advanced Carbon Technology

Advanced tube shapes of the seatstay and chainstay, and carbon material type and layup bring incredible performance for technically demanding trail conditions.

Dual-Guide Design

XC racing success demands high pedaling efficiency and aggressive steering performance. The MTT system relies on a dual-guide design to promote torsional and lateral stiffness.

Developed in its Swiss-based IMPEC facility, the bike came about when their team riders, including current world champion Julien Absalon, asked if the existing bike could be made more compliant in order to stave off fatigue. After rig testing the existing frame and looking at their carbon layups, BMC's engineering team realised the simplest solution was simply to cut a section out of the seatstay of the Teamelite frame.

They rapidly prototyped a number of different designs to prove the concept before ending up with this production bike, but it’s more than a cut and paste job. The final bike uses very different chain- and seatstay profiles in order to direct the flex without affecting the fatigue life of the bike. They took the new frame off the fatigue-testing rig after no failure or change of response after two million cycles (the standard test is 100,000 cycles).

  (317) 257-1117         |          2508 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN           |          T3 Cycling and Triathlon

Friday, July 10, 2015

SRAM's Most Advanced Braking System EVER - PHOTOS

Photo from

All New SRAM Guide Ultimate Brakes Offer More Consistent, More Reliable Braking Power

Product Photos: Ryan Palmer

With its completely new, 4-piston S4 caliper, SwingLink lever cam, and carbon lever blade, the 360-gram Guide Ultimate stands alone as the new leader in its class. It has been engineered to be light and powerful, with superior heat management capabilities, which give you better, more consistent, more reliable braking. The new caliper design also incorporates a re-designed seal and aluminum piston interface for ease of setup and improved consistency, while Bleeding Edge technology makes bleeding Guide Ultimate a quick and easy task.

SRAM Guide Ultimate
The Guide Ultimate master has all the same guts as the Guide RSC, but is dressed with a carbon lever blade and titanium hardware.
SRAM Guide Ultimate Caliper

There’s a whole lot more to these new stoppers than carbon levers and fancy bolts. The real magic of the SRAM Guide Ultimate is in the all-new S4 caliper. Aside from needing to maintaining piston size and pad shape, engineers were given free reign to design the ‘ultimate’ caliper to mate with the already-impressive Guide master. SRAM’s main goal with the S4 caliper was to create a brake that feels exactly the same every time you pull the lever. This is accomplished by managing heat, creating super-consistent seal/piston rollback, and simplifying the bleed.

This little piece is a heat shield, and it’s responsible for significantly lowering the running temperature of the Guide Ultimate. SRAM experimented with heat shields around the whole pad opening, but found that the most significant gains were made in just the one location.

SRAM Guide Ultimate caliper

The black caliper on the left is the existing Guide caliper, and the one on the right belongs to the new Guide Ultimate. To make further reductions in the running temperature, engineers significantly increased the size of the pad pocket. You can barely make out the heat shield at the very upper part of the pad pocket. Between the new pistons, heat shield and wider opening, SRAM claims that the Guide Ultimate runs cooler than a Shimano XTR brake with both Ice-Tech and Freeza technology.
To simplify the bleeding process, there’s a new bleed port interface, with a new tool. The tool snaps into place and is held securely with a snap ring and rubber seal. After the connection is made, turn the knob counterclockwise to open the system for bleeding. There’s also a redesigned fluid path that allows bubbles to move through the system without getting caught up–as long as you have the pistons pushed back in, that is. To help remind you to do this, SRAM put the bleed port on the inside of the caliper so that you have to remove the wheel in order to do a bleed. Not only will it remind you to reset your pistons prior to bleeding, it’ll keep brake fluid off your rotors.

SRAM Guide Ultimate Bleed Adaptor
Here’s the bleed adapter locked into place.
SRAM Guide Ultimate

To round out this new flagship stopper, SRAM will be offering two-piece Centerline rotors in both six-bolt and Centerlock mounting and in 140-, 160-, and 180-millimeter diameters. They’ll retail between $72 and $78.

SRAM Guide Ultimate
And from the side.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Felt B14 Aero/TT Bike - Specs and Features Review

2015 Felt B14

You Simply Will Not Find A More Aerodynamic Bike At This Price

The frameset of the Felt B14 is full carbon fiber frame and fork, and the design is UCI legal for TT. The Felt B14 frame has the same aerodynamic shape and the same level of carbon as its bigger and more expensive brothers, the Felt B12 and the Felt B2. 

2015 Felt DA-1

In fact, the overall shape of the Felt B14 shares a number of similarities to the vaunted, Olympic gold medal winning, Felt DA-1, a very fast bike indeed.

The components of the ’15 Felt B14 are very solid for a bike in this price range. The front and rear derailleurs are Shimano Ultegra 6800 while the shifter levers are microSHIFT’s latest 11 speed shifters. The 11-speed cassette and chain are also by Shimano.

Felt on their design methods:
The introduction of a new Felt bicycle comes at the conclusion of a long, thoughtful, and rigorous process. The amount of time from initial concept development to a new bike’s arrival on the shop room floor can take years to complete. Sure, we could do things faster and cheaper. But there is good reason for this measured approach. Our goal is to produce the best bicycle possible, regardless of how long it takes.

The Felt B14 frame is designed around the BB30 bottom bracket standard and not the PressFit 30 option found in many bikes. Using the BB30 instead of a PressFit means it can be popped out using the proper tool, cleaned, repacked, and reinstalled with relative ease.

The alloy base bar and aero extensions are all of Felt’s own design and production. While this may sound like a negative, it isn’t. Felt’s stock aerobars are some of the most adjustable and versatile on the market; the cockpit of the Felt B14 is well thought out and one of the most adaptive in the business. The seatpost is Felt’s proprietary carbon design, topped with a Prologo Nago Evo Tri40 saddle. The wheels of the Felt B14 are of Felt’s own design and manufacture and are shod with Vittoria Zaffiro tires.

If you are looking to get into triathlon or the local time trial series on a budget, and if you want a bike that you can easily upgrade in the future, do not ignore the Felt B14. It is worth your attention, and practically begs for future upgrades. You will be hard pressed to find a more aerodynamic bike than the Felt B14 at this price and to add to the benefits it is one of the more versatile fitting and smooth riding bikes in the price point as well. If it fits you well, the Felt B14 makes a great entry level TT/tri bike.

FRAME: Felt Dual Aero TT/Tri UHC Performance carbon fibre, MMC w/ InsideOut construction, BB30 & horizontal dropouts w/ integrated chain tensioners, internal cable routing (electronic compatible)

FORK: Felt Aero TT/Tri UHC Performance carbon fibre blades & dropouts, 1.125" aluminum steer tube

HEADSET: FSA IS2 integrated, 1.125" sealed cartridge bearing w/ Felt VariableHeight Cone Spacers (20mm PC, 4.5mm aluminum), 1x 10mm 2 x 5mm PC headset spacers, Felt top cap & aluminum bolt

STEM: Felt SuperLite, /-7° rise, Ø31.8mm

HANDLEBAR: Felt Bayonet 3 base bar w/ Felt ƒ-Bend 3-position extensions, Ø31.8mm

GRIPS: Felt VelvetGel Tape, Felt Tri Tip Grips & Dimpled Gel Pads

FRONT BRAKE: Dual pivot caliper

REAR BRAKE: Felt Aero TT/Tri

FRONT DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed, braze-on

REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-speed, short cage

SHIFT LEVERS: microSHIFT TT/Tri, 11-speed

CASSETTE: Shimano, 11-speed, 11-28T

CHAIN: Shimano, 11-speed




RIMS: Felt TTR4, 22mm width, 30mm depth

FRONT HUB: Felt R3, sealed bearing, 24H

REAR HUB: Felt R3, sealed cartridge bearing, 28H, 11-speed

SPOKES: 2.0 stainless steel

FRONT TIRE: Vittoria Zaffiro Slick, 700 x 23c

REAR TIRE: Vittoria Zaffiro Slick, 700 x 23c

SADDLE: Prologo Nago Evo Tri40 T2.0

SEAT POST: Felt DA/B Aero UHC carbon fibre, 350mm length

SEAT BINDER: Felt Aero Integrated DA/B

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Come See Us This Weekend For Store-Wide Savings!

4th of July Store-Wide Sale!

ALL BIKES, clothing, shoes and accessories on SALE! 


Friday 11-7, Saturday, 11-4 and Sunday 12-5 

*Sale prices apply to In-stock bikes only. Cannot be used with or applied to any other offers or discounts, including race prizes.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2016 Felt Verza Speed - ALL NEW City/Commuter Bike Line from FELT!

Ride to Work, the Grocery Store, or Just Around Town in Style with the NEW 2016 Felt Verza Speed Line!

All new for 2016, The Verza Series offers the swiftness and agility of a traditional road bike with the confident handling of flat road handlebars.  Versatile, light and capable, the Verza Series delivers speed and fun on any adventure, commute or fitness ride.

Spotted at Sea Otter

2016 Felt Verza 30

With confidence-inspiring flat road handlebars and disc brakes, the Verza 30 equips you with features for handling any bike adventure. The bike starts with a light and sturdy aluminum frame with modern eye-catching graphics. Shimano Sora 9-speed provides seamless shifting for easy transitions up or down hills. Whether commuting to work or reaching fitness goals on the bike path, the Verza Speed 30 is the perfect companion.

Felt Verza Speed, FLite Custom Triple Butted 6061 aluminum, Hydroform TIG-welded construction, IS mount disc tabs, replaceable hanger

Felt Adventure Road Disc 6061 aluminum blades w/ IS mount disc tabs, ControlTaper 1.125" - 1.5" Cr-Mo steer tube

Shimano Sora 9-Speed Rapidfire Plus shifters, Shimano Sora 9-Speed derailleurs, FSA Tempo crankset

Felt SuperLite Flat-Road handlebar, Felt VariableAngle stem, Felt SuperLite Road seatpost, Selle Royal Look In Athletic saddle, Tektro hydraulic disc brakes

Felt aluminum double-wall disc rims (tubeless ready), stainless steel spokes, Vittoria Zaffiro 700 x 32c folding tires

2016 Felt Verza Speed 10

The Verza Speed 10 is the perfect blend of adventure, speed and confidence. The frame is engineered from Felt’s FLite custom aluminum and features a carbon fiber fork and seatpost. This bike is loaded with all of the bells and whistles including the ultra-premium Shimano Ultegra 11-speed drivetrain, which provides flawless and efficient shifting, and hydraulic disc breaks for incredible stopping power. The Felt SuperLite flat road handlebar allows for confident handling while maintaining great visibility while on the road, trail or wherever your adventure takes you.

Felt Verza Speed, FLite Custom Triple Butted 6061 aluminum, Hydroform Smooth TIG-welded construction, IS mount disc tabs, replaceable hanger

Felt Adventure Road Disc UHC Advanced carbon fiber blades w/ IS mount disc tabs, ControlTaper 1.125" - 1.5" aluminum steer tube

Shimano Ultegra 11-Speed Rapidfire Plus shifters, Shimano Ultegra 11-Speed derailleurs, Shimano integrated 50/34T crankset

Felt SuperLite Flat-Road handlebar, Felt VariableAngle stem, Felt Endurance Road UHC Performance carbon fiber seatpost, Selle Royal Look In Sport saddle, Shimano hydraulic disc brakes

Felt aluminum double-wall disc rims (tubeless ready), Felt sealed bearing disc hubs, stainless steel spokes, Vittoria Voyager Hyper 700 x 32c folding tires

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