Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
For those of you who don't know already, our beloved UAH now has a cycling team. The team is "a club sport at the University of Alabama in Huntsville," and "is a member of the Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference, of the National Collegiate Cycling Association, who is governed by USA Cycling." I for one am pretty excited that these guys are doin' it up right and I wish them the best in their season. I predict they will do extremely well...especially since they will have plenty of extra time to train while opponents at other schools are actually getting laid by attractive women (roll tide). I kid though. One thing of particular interest to me, and probably anyone reading this, is the posibility of having a track team in the fall. Hell yes, do it guys! I know that 2.5.F. has a group trip to Dick Lane this spring and would welcome your company. I encourage anyone in the area who attends UAH and has an interest in cycling to contact these guys and support their endeavors. Keep up with their latest haps at their Blog. PIc borrowed from their website. thanx.
One of Salt Lake City's most decorated bicycle riders has had just about everything he owns stolen out of his house.
"My head is just swimming with the things they've taken," said Sherry Hamik, mother of Dave Zabriskie.
Everything from cars to bicycles to TVs to video game systems to his espresso machine were cleaned out by a thief, or thieves, whom Hamik believes may have taken an entire day or two loading items into a truck.
"They even took his clothes," she said. "There's not much left."
Despite living on a street with residents on either side of Zabriskie, no one apparently noticed the massive theft, even though Hamik said there were reports of neighbors' dogs barking uncontrollably for a time last week. Police were not called until Hamik went to check her son's house Monday and discovered that the burglary had occurred.
"That's what I can't figure out," she said. "I don't quite understand (how no one noticed) unless they did it all at night. It's just kind of hard to fathom."
Zabriskie, 30, is an internationally known cyclist. Among his many achievements, he holds the record for the fastest time trial in the history of the Tour de France, he has won three stages of the Tour de France and is a multiple winner of the U.S. National Time Trial Championship.
Zabriskie was out of town last week. Hamik stopped by daily to check on her son's home, but she too had to go out of town at one point. Sometime between Feb. 17 and Monday, someone broke into Zabriskie's house. Based on tire prints found in the snow, investigators believe the burglary may have happened Feb. 17 or Feb. 18, Hamik said.
Some of the items stolen include:
A black 2008 Subaru Outback, Utah plate A189NC
A black 2006 Toyota Scion, Utah plate 094VWM
A Sony 52-inch flat-screen TV
A Bose speaker/receiver system worth an estimated $15,000
Video game systems
Thirteen bicycles, including an Olympic time trial bike
Laptops and a hard drive.
Hamik said the value of the items taken was "massive." "The bikes alone are about $10,000 apiece. That's only the bikes. That's not the cars or the things in the house. It's astronomical."
It appeared the burglars dumped everything in the garage and lined them up to be loaded and stolen, she said.
In addition, items that were one of a kind and held special personal meaning to Zabriskie were taken, such as a Beijing Olympic ring with his initials engraved, an Olympic watch, a race medal, his race jerseys from Garmin-Chipotle and the U.S. Postal Service, and limited-edition Marvel statues. The statues of characters such as a "Hellboy" pistol figurine, "Ash" Army of Darkness, "Tomb Raider" Lara Croft, "The Punisher," "Alien" and "Ironman" limited editions and a "Gears of War" character are about two to three feet high, numbered and "very heavy," according to police.
"He's very upset about it because a lot of these things can't be replaced. These are things that meant a lot to him from the Tour de France to medals to trophies, his bikes," Hamik said.
Her son wasn't the only one upset with the massive theft.
"I just don't understand what goes through people's heads. Where's people's conscience? What's going on with this world? I guess I really don't understand," she said.
Hamik is grateful, however, that no one was hurt.
Zabriskie, his family and police are now asking if anyone sees the distinctive high-end merchandise, either on eBay or in a pawn shop, to call investigators at 801-799-3000, or the Tips for Cash line at 801-799-INFO (4636).
"If anybody sees anything that's out of the ordinary, that looks like a bike you don't see normally, call the police," she pleaded. "If you see any type of jersey you don't normally see, please call police."
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The sport's low-impact nature isn't conducive to building strong bones. Adding high-impact exercises can ease the risks of injury.
By Jeannine Stein
February 16, 2009
"Cyclists are no strangers to breaks and fractures, but Andrew Coggan could be forgiven for not expecting a hip fracture from a bike crash at age 30. He may have been less surprised than most of his peers though, having recently been diagnosed with low bone density.
For many cyclists, an injury like Coggan's is the first sign that bones are not as strong as they should be. Although cyclists are known for staying on top of their training heart rate zones and pedal cadence, increasing research suggests they should also pay attention to their risk of thinning bones.
"Sometimes athletes in their late 20s and early 30s will come in for a femur or a hip fracture, and they'll be surprised because the fall was really not that bad," says Dr. Max Testa, a sports medicine physician at the Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Salt Lake City who routinely treats elite cyclists. "But we'll look at the X-rays and see that there is some osteopenia [lower-than-normal bone density] there."
Many factors contribute to osteopenia or osteoporosis (very low bone mineral density) in cyclists, but one of the culprits is the nature of the exercise itself. Cycling is a low-impact sport that puts little mechanical load on the bones. That's great if you have joint problems, but it's the weight-bearing nature of exercise that signals bones to create more mass. Without such stress, bones don't get stronger, making them more prone to injury.
Avid cyclists, both amateur and professional, seem to be especially at risk of bone injuries if they don't do any type of cross-training. (Swimmers may also be in danger, since that sport requires little mechanical loading as well.) The lower spine is a particularly susceptible area, since it gets almost no loading. The hips may get some from the action of pedaling.
Coggan, now a senior scientist and exercise physiologist at Washington University in St. Louis, had been cycling one to two hours a day for about 15 years when he crashed in 1989. "And I recall prior to that," he says, "when I'd be chatting with a group of cyclists, I'd be taking note of the fact that everybody had scars from things like broken arms and broken collarbones."
A recent study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that competitive male road cyclists had significantly lower bone mineral density in their spines than a control group of men who were moderately physically active while doing other recreational activities. They were also more likely to have osteopenia and osteoporosis than those in the control group, despite the fact that the cyclists had a greater calcium intake.
Another study, published in the journal Bone in 2002, found that male road cyclists had lower bone mineral density than male mountain bikers after adjusting for body weight and controlling for age. The difference there could be that mountain biking, with its bumps and jumps, perhaps provides more impact and stimulation for bone growth than does road cycling.
Young cyclists aren't immune.
"You don't achieve peak bone mass until your late 20s," says Debra Bemben, co-author of the more recent study and an associate professor in the health and exercise science department at the University of Oklahoma. "If cyclists are in their early 20s and they're not doing anything else for exercise that's going to load their spine and help them achieve peak bone mass, it may put them at risk if they fall, since they'll have a greater chance of fracture. This is a pretty important health issue."
Further, some hard-core cyclists may not be eating enough to offset what they burn when exercising, depriving their bodies of bone-strengthening nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D. Especially at risk are women who have disordered eating, menstrual disruptions and bone loss -- known as the "female athlete triad."
"If there's a deficit in the energy balance," Bemben says, "then the body is not able to build things up, like bone."
That caloric shortfall could also trigger other physiological problems, such as hormone imbalances. For women this could mean lower estrogen levels; for men, lower testosterone levels. Bemben says estrogen and testosterone have protective effects on bones, slowing the rate of bone breakdown.
But hormones aren't only affected by calories. "If people overexercise, that can suppress testosterone in men, as it can suppress estrogen in women," says Dr. Aurelia Nattiv, director of the Santa Monica-UCLA Osteoporosis Center, although studies have not always borne out the low testosterone-low bone density connection.
"Too much of a good thing can cause negative effects on bone. We do see that sometimes not only do women lose their periods and have low levels of estrogen, but elite male runners can have low testosterone. So adequate hormonal balance is important." She adds that a family history of osteoporosis can contribute as well.
Even perspiration can be a factor, Bemben says: "Cyclists may lose a lot of calcium in their sweat," she says. "Even if they're taking in amounts [of liquid] that are seemingly high for the average man, that might not be enough to balance what they're excreting."
Getting the word out
Though the subject of bone density occasionally pops up on cycling message boards, it's not exactly a hot topic. "Some people have no clue," Testa says. "They don't even know it's an issue." A dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scan is most often used to test bone density, a non-invasive test that uses low levels of radiation. Testa adds, "Often people are surprised to find that their results are not ideal."
And though women are reminded (via the media or their physicians) to up their calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis, men usually don't get the same messages. Young male cyclists, especially, figure they're healthy and don't need to be concerned. Some sports medicine physicians, orthopedists and cycling coaches discuss the issue with patients, but Testa and others say more education may be necessary.
Coggan, still a competitive amateur cyclist, got another DXA scan a few weeks ago and the news wasn't great -- he has osteopenia in his lumbar spine and osteoporosis in his hips. He says that while he does do weight training and runs occasionally, he knows he needs to focus his athletics more on health rather than performance. "I have a couple more athletic goals I want to achieve," he says, "and then I may have to start jumping rope."
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Spring is almost here and the news is out, fixed gears have been oficially dismissed so go get yourself a roadbike.
"I know this is probably redundant, because dismissing you is so obvious it hurts, but OH, for the love of GOD, you fixed gear bicycle riders in the city. You’re so tough…defiantly helmet-free, death wish in your pocket, NO FEAR. Playing chicken with cab drivers, flipping off anyone and everyone who dares get in your way, sneering through your Ray-Bans at the pathetic city bike with the handbrakes (psshhh, so ’98) stopping next to you at the signal (when you can be bothered to obey traffic signals, that is).
I want you to know a couple things:
1) You might think a lack of manual brakes on your bike makes you a badass, but it really makes you a fucking retard.
2) Fixies are fast, no doubt about that. They’re fast because they were built for bike racing. In a velodrome. WHERE THERE ARE NO HILLS. OR CARS.
3) Yeah, cars. You hate them because they are always cutting you off, taking up your space on the road, threatening your life. It is a constant battle. But the simple, unavoidable truth is this: If ever the day comes where your face meets the grill of my ’67 Nova, YOU LOSE. Meditate on this fact the next time you hop on your bike after a few too many beers at the bar.
4) Helmets are like, a million times cooler than permanent brain damage.
As much as I would like to see the world rid of your cute little matching hats and nauseating sense of entitlement, I think that the next logical step is going to be fixed gear bicycles on the fucking freeway. What could be more YES WE CAN than allowing bikes everywhere cars can go?
And don’t talk to me about how “practical” your bike is in the city. You sound like an idiot. How’s this for practical: My bike has a basket, a bell, ten gears (so I can ride up those pesky hills you keep having to walk your fixie up), brakes, a super comfy huge seat and a fucking COFFEE MUG holder.
Anyway, could you maybe, just for a second, stop acting like you own the road? I swear if you slam your skinny fist on the hood of my car as you pass, one more time, I will sideswipe you into a goddam Hummer and not lose a moment’s sleep over it. I’m not out to get you, fixed gear riders in the city. I just think you are dumb. You have been dismissed."
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Deda Pista Bars
These were actually used for several seasons on the track at T-town, not a city-urban-hipster-fixie, and have NOT been crashed. These bars are nice and narrow, with an aggressive deep-drop, and perfect for rocking an extra-douchey elephant trunk skid all the way down Flatbush. I'm throwing in the Strong-G grips because I'm not taking the time to peel them off.
These sell for $80 new, get them for not as much.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
This years Tour of California is the most star-filled race we've ever had in the US and all the big-guns have come out swinging. It is more and more evident that many of you don't come from what some would consider a traditional cycling background (cough, brandon) which, who cares, you ride now. The point is, you oughta' check it out because pro cycling is both addictive and amazing. These men are the pinnacle of human performance and suffering. If you live in the 'ville, check it out on Versus (Comcast ch76) at 10pm (for the rerun).
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
"Lance Armstrong may have his eye on yet another record: the hour.
Armstrong made a visit to the ADT Event Center velodrome Sunday to conduct tests on two different bikes. He was accompanied by Johan Bruyneel, Steve Hed, Chris Carmichael, a video crew with boom mike and a still photographer, among others.
He made a half-dozen runs of roughly ten laps each, first on a nearly stock Trek F1 track bike equipped with 28-spoke wheels, drop bars and, of course, an SRM power meter.
Then he switched to an aero bar-equipped Trek TTX time trial bike with Hed-designed Aeolus 6.5 deep-section wheels and SRM, and traded his Giro Ionos helmet for an Advantage aero helmet.
Armstrong’s early lap times on the 250-meter track were in the sub-19-second range, good for better than 29 mph. He looked relaxed and smooth. When he switched to the TTX time trial machine he quickly shaved a second off his lap times — with no appreciable increase in effort — bringing his time to 17.7 seconds per lap, and a speed of 31.6 mph.
After each of the brief sessions, Armstrong would consult with his advisers before heading back out. His times were recorded and called out to him as he passed.
Given that he tried not one, but two different bikes, Armstrong may have set his sights on both Ondrej Sosenka’s old-tech hour record of 49.7 km as well as Chris Boardman’s 56.375km “Best Hour Performance.”
Last week, Armstrong recently posted a photo of the SRM-equipped Trek track bike on his Twitter account. The photo was captioned, "Why not?" But Armstrong did not respond to his many Twitter followers' speculation about a possible hour record attempt."
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
What's that, you have an antiquated and outdated piece of 90's psuedo-technology for sale for only 95% the original retail price? What could possibly go wrong, after all, all my art-major friends in savannah ride then to class daily and and put serious mile on them between bonghits on sundays.