To honor Bradley Wiggins’ win, and all the riders of the 2012 Tour de France, we will be selling our country jerseys for just $70.
Enter coupon code 2012TOUR in all uppercase letters and take $25 off each country jersey you purchase. Please note, coupon codes are entered towards the end of the checkout process, after you select your shipping preferences.
Men’s Country Jerseys:
Women’s Country Jerseys:
Sale ends midnight (MDT), Monday, July 23rd.
A public service announcement from the Colorado State Patrol on Colorado’s 3 Foot Law.
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Celebrate the final 5 days of the Tour with our Blowout Sales
To honor the 2012 Tour, and the day’s stage winner, we will be having 5 unique sales over the next 5 days.
STARTING TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 18th we will be having a jersey sale.
Each day after that we will feature a different group of products, also at 50% off!
So, don’t forget to check Facebook, Twitter or this Blog every day after noon MDT to get the coupon code and a link to the sale page on our retail store.
Sales will run from noon until midnight MDT each day.
We were the first to bring you great quality at low minimums!
The first to guarantee delivery times!
We even invented the online ordering system for your team clothing!
(And one of our reps says he invented finger snapping…)
So now what?
WE ARE THE FIRST TO PRINT 3D CYCLING APPAREL.
That’s right! If you got 3D glasses, best find them now.
Read more about it on the Team JVA site: http://teamjva.com/3d-skinsuits
Using a power meter is the preferred training device most professional cyclists and triathletes these days and the information below explains why. Other devices such as a heart rate monitor and cyclometer can be used but this guide will focus on the usage of power meters to accurately track performance.
Why train with Power?
The power meter allows you to accurately and quantitatively measure your training, define areas of strength and weakness, fine tune your training plan to meet your specific goals, and to provide a common language with which to communicate with your coach. As your coach, power data allows me to see exactly what you are doing during your workouts as if I were there. When I ask you how hard was your workout, “hard” is a relative term meaning different things to different clients. Being able to look at your power output enables to me to see not only exactly how “hard” the workout was, but if you completed it accurately and how your body responded to it.
According to Charles Howe in the article “Empower your training” he lists the following benefits to using a power meter:
- Eliminates the guesswork from gauging exercise intensity
- Allows performance to be precisely quantified and the training log to be more realistically and effectively managed
- Other uses besides data collection such as pacing during interval training and time trials and aerodynamic testing.
Using heart rate and the Perceived Rate of Exertion scale in conjunction with the use of a power meter provides additional, useful data in examining the body’s response to training.
To honor Bradley Wiggins taking the yellow jersey in today’s stage we will be having a Yellow Jersey – 50% Off sale for the next 24 hours (sale ends July 8th at 9:30 am MDT).
Enter coupon code WIGGINS in all uppercase letters and take 50% off selected shorts and bibs. Please note, coupon codes are entered towards the end of the checkout process, after you select your shipping preferences.
THIS SALE OFFER HAS EXPIRED. CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE 50% OFF SALES.
SHOP NOW at http://shop.pactimo.com/2012-tour-wiggins-sale/
Watch for future sales! Every time the Yellow Jersey changes hands, we will have a blowout off sale all through the 2012 Tour.
Have you ever heard the saying “it is not always the strongest racer that wins”?
This is definitely true and whether you are an aspiring racer or recreational cyclist just looking to improve your fitness, proper form and technique is a way is key to improving your performance on the bike.
There are 2 major components to the above statement.
The first is addresses your ability as a cyclist to become as efficient as possible on the bike. Yes, watts are still important. But even more importantly is speed and efficiency. We must keep in mind the end goal. For example if you are time trialing against someone else your exact size but you are generating more watts, will you win? Not necessarily. The other rider could be more efficient, thus has to generate less power and yet still be faster. There are many ways to increase efficiency on the bike. The most common are developing proper form and technique, (including a smooth pedal stroke), refining position and aerodynamics without losing speed. Remember, it is possible to generate more power and actually go slower. Therefore, we work to find the optimum balance between generating power and efficiency.
The second component addresses your mental ability on the bike. Do not underestimate this one. Even if you never desire to enter a competitive situation, you can still benefit from using mental strategy. The most common way to use this technique addresses being a smart rider. You need to become adept at reading your own body and others while riding, always know where you can conserve energy, where you should expend energy for the greatest result, and if necessary how to take advantage of other riders and their strengths and weaknesses. This topic is best covered with athletes individually. I could write pages on the topic but the best learning comes from experience and conversations with your coach.
Some general tips on form and increasing efficiency on the bike:
- Anytime you are training inside, always use a mirror. Watch yourself; analyze your form while riding at different intensities. Always look for ways to improve your form on the bike.
- Never bounce in the saddle. The goal is to be supple and smooth while able to spin comfortably at cadences ranging from 90-125+ rpms.
- Do not lock elbows; always keep at least a slight bend. Relax and drop your shoulders.
- Think about the entire pedal stroke. Push down, scrape the mud off the bottom of your shoes, pull up, and kick over the top. Put it all together.
- Look through the tops of your eyes; keep your head tucked down.
- Keep your hips square, no rocking side to side. Think of your hips as your main axis, keep them level and quiet.
- Use diaphragmatic breathing. Deep breath in, let your abdomen relax and expand. Exhale and squeeze all off the air from your lungs, contract abdominal muscles.
- Relax! Learn to release the tension from your upper body, jaw, face, etc. Work on eliminating/reducing wasted energy throughout your body.
- Keep knees from drifting out while pedaling.
- Change hand positions frequently and be comfortable in all of them. Learn how your position changes by moving your hands on the bars. Flatten out your back as much as possible without losing form or power. This will take time to develop and realize.
Every cyclist should be familiar with the basic mechanics of his or her bicycle and also have a record of bike setup or measurements. Why? Seatposts, handlebars and other parts can slip or rotate, maybe you will need to travel with your bike and need to take it apart and rebuild it, if you get a new bike you will need to know how to set it up to be similar to your old bike, if you are uncomfortable and want to refine your position having accurate measurements will allow you to make precise adjustments and have record of the changes made. These are just a few of many reasons why a cyclist should have a record of their current bike measurements.
Use the diagram below to fill in the measurements. Keep your measurements from bike to bike, year to year. Determining optimum fit can be a lengthy process and any previous fit data can be helpful in determining changes necessary.
In addition to the measurements below, I always measure my saddle height and mark the seat post height with electrical tape. I measure seat height along the down tube, measuring from the center of the seat to the center of the bottom bracket. This way I can quickly see by the tape if my seat height has changed and also reset it to the proper height.
Download a larger version of this diagram here.
Our first 2012 Tour Sale is now in effect!
To honor Fabian Cancellara keeping the yellow jersey in today’s first stage, following his opening-day prologue win, we will be having a Yellow Jersey – 50% Off sale for the next 24 hours (sale ends July 2nd at 9:30 am MDT).
Visit our online retail store and tale 50% off ALL jerseys, shorts, jackets and accessories (charity gear not included).
Enter coupon code CANCELLARA in all uppercase letters and take 50% off everything in your cart. Please note, coupon codes are entered towards the end of the checkout process, after you select your shipping preferences.
SHOP NOW at http://shop.pactimo.com
THIS SALE IS NOW OVER. WATCH FOR THE NEXT BIG SALE WHEN THE YELLOW JERSEY CHANGES.
Watch for future sales! Every time the Yellow Jersey changes hands, we will have a 50% off sale all through the 2012 Tour.
Please note: Charity gear, such as Water.org, 1in6.org, World Bicycle Relief and Bahati jerseys, shorts, etc., are not included in the sale due to the level of commitment we have dedicated to supporting those causes.
Got an event, race or ride coming up and want to get team or club cycling apparel?
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