Rock N Roll Gold Lube Review

Rock-n-roll Chain Lube ReviewI’ve been using Rock N Roll’s Gold bike chain lube for about seven years. I ride 5,000 to 7,000 miles a year which puts a lot of wear and tear on my chains and shifting components.

This is by far the best bike chain lube I have used and I use it exclusively on all my bikes: road bikes, fixie bike and beach cruisers.

The key is to use a good amount on the chain, I mean really squeeze it on, and then clean the chain with a rag. The dirt and grim literally drips off the chain. Having said that, it is very important to make sure you run the chain through your rag throughly. Try to get it as dry as possible. It will never get dry, but aim for that and your chain will look like new.

Pros
Super slick. Cleans the chain in a few minutes time. Chain shines like new once you clean it with the rag. Helps resist dirt, water and grim.

Cons
You want to use a lot which really means buying in bulk. When you do this it is cheaper anyway. Not a con for me per say, but may be for some bikers.

Buy yourself some Rock N Roll’s Gold bike chain lube today.

Fizik Antares Saddle Review

Fizik Antares Saddle Review

I have about 18,600 miles in my Fizik Antares saddle. The first one I bought used from a friend that I ran on my Bianchi 928 SL. When that frame died I built my De Rosa and put a brand Antares on it.

Overall I love it. Fitting a saddle on my road bikes is one of the most important things I have found that makes riding comfortable.  I have done rides as long as 127 miles and never had a problem with this saddle.

Pros
Super lightweight. Very comfortable for a racing saddle.

Cons
The new one I bought for my De Rosa the front cover came off in the first year of riding. I do not suspect this is common as my other Antares probably has over 20,000 miles and no problem. I wrote to Fizik and waiting to hear from them.

Cost. These Fizik saddles are expensive, but if you are racing or putting a lot of miles in and want a great seat it’s worth the money. List price is $400 US, but you can get one for as low as $319 US.

Overall: highly recommend.

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Time for a New Schwalbe ZX Tire

Time for a new Schwalbe ZX

Had this happen a few miles from home. I love the Schwalbe’s, but they definitely do not last super long. I deal with it for the ride, but if you ride these it’s the one drawback.

What it looks like on the inside
flat tire inside the schwalbe zx road bike tire review

UPDATE: I took this tire to Gary at Bodacious Bikes in Easton, MD where I purchased the tires and he called Schwalbe and apparently they are seeing this issue in 2-4 of this model tire out of a 1000. They are good about things and are covering it under warranty. If it happens to you before you say some four letter words and jam it in the trash, save it and take it back to your bike shop, they should cover it.

Biking Heart Rate and Polar CS500 Review Update

Since getting my Polar CS500 earlier this month I have started to try and train in different heat rate zones to build different areas of my fitness. Mostly right now I am reviewing what my heart rate is over the course of a ride and changing around the works outs based on the findings. I hope to move to a more formal program as I progress, but given I need to get in as many miles as possible to start building a base I am winging it for the time being.

Today I logged 48.4 miles with the Tour de Easton Bike Club. Our scenic ride brought us through Easton, Oxford, Trappe, Hillsboro, Goldsboro and back to Easton. I saw my heart rate reach 205 beats/min which was a little scarey. I am wondering if it was real or if there is an error percentage on this heart rate monitors. I will be keeping an eye on it. One thing is certain, I have a ways to go yet with my fitness and am thinking I am going to want to drop some weight.

While the Polar CS500 has been pretty cool, I have been having a beck of a time getting it to synch with my computer. I am on a MacBookPro and maybe that has something to do with it, however it was synching fine for a while. I read the Polar forums and it seems other have the same trouble. I think I am going to get Polar tech support on the phone tomorrow because I’ve invested enough time trying to trouble shoot it myself.

Giro Ionos Road Bike Helmet Review

Giro Ionos Road Bike Helmet white silverI originally bought Giro black helmet back when I started riding earlier this year. Given the heat I decided to get a new helmet in all white. I read around more about helmets and Giro appears to be on the best in the business. I went to their website, read about them all and decided on the Ionos model is white/silver. What I’ve learned about helmets as a result of researching buying a new one is that the more expensive models allow more air to flow through the helmet as a result of more advanced materials that are used in the construction. Thus you get a lighter helmet where they can allow less material to get the same protection which in turn allows more air flow and in theory lets your head breath better. Important stuff when riding in the heat that is for sure.

I searched around on prices and the best I could find was on Amazon. I checked with my local bike shop and told them what the price I found was, told them if they could get close I would buy from them because I could rather support the local guys if I could. Shop would not budge and was at least $50 more, so I rolled with Amazon. I have worn it a few times and it’s made a big difference, not only is it a lot cooler, but it is also lighter and has a little better fit. It is an upgraded model from my first one. So far pretty happy with the fit and weight.