Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times hire Boehmke for ad sales

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (BRAIN) — Rotating Mass Media, publisher of Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times magazine, has hired industry veteran Steve Boehmke as its newest advertising sales account representative

How to improve your general flexibility

Flexibility is the range of mobility around a joint and the muscle that surrounds it. Flexibility training should reduce the risk of injury, create a good range of movement, improve the movement around the joint, reduce muscular ache, increase co-ordination and increase blood flow circulation.

A strength and conditioning expert or physiotherapist will be able to test all your muscles for flexibility, but here are a few basic tests to get started.

Test 1: Chest and shoulders

Place your hands on your hips and get a partner to pull your elbows together behind you. Your elbows should be able to point back behind you, creating a 90-degree angle with your body. Any less than this and the muscles at the front of your shoulders and chest are too tight, causing bad posture on the bike and tension in the neck.

Test 2: Hip flexors

Lie on your front and pull one leg up behind you to get your heel to touch your buttocks. Once in this position, try to pull the knee of the leg you are stretching off the floor. If you can’t get your heel to your buttock then you need to increase flexibility in your quadriceps. If you can get your heel to your buttocks but can’t get your knee off the floor, you need to spend time stretching your hip flexors. Tight hip flexors will make your pelvis tilt forwards, causing your lower back to arch and leading to back pain and overuse of the lower back muscles.

Test 3: Hamstrings

Lie on your back with both legs straight out in front of you. Keeping both legs straight, slowly pull one leg up towards you, holding it just behind the knee. You should be able to get your leg up to at least 90 degrees without feeling too much of a stretch on your hamstrings to have adequate hamstring flexibility for pedal efficiency.

The following stretching exercises will help increase your flexibility. You should aim to do 20 minutes of stretching three times a week.

Shoulder/chest stretch

Shoulder/chest stretch:

Place your hands on either side of a door frame, then lean forwards through the frame until you feel the stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Kneeling hip flexor stretch

Kneeling hip flexor stretch:

Kneeling on one knee, keep your bodyweight central and pull your pelvis forwards and upwards until you feel the stretch at the front of the hip of the kneeling leg. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Towel hamstring stretch

Towel hamstring stretch:

Lie on your back and loop a towel around one foot. Raise that leg up keeping the other leg flat until you feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds then repeat three times.

About the author: Andy Wadsworth is an amateur off-road triathlon champion and director of My Life Personal Training.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








How to improve your general flexibility

Flexibility is the range of mobility around a joint and the muscle that surrounds it. Flexibility training should reduce the risk of injury, create a good range of movement, improve the movement around the joint, reduce muscular ache, increase co-ordination and increase blood flow circulation.

A strength and conditioning expert or physiotherapist will be able to test all your muscles for flexibility, but here are a few basic tests to get started.

Test 1: Chest and shoulders

Place your hands on your hips and get a partner to pull your elbows together behind you. Your elbows should be able to point back behind you, creating a 90-degree angle with your body. Any less than this and the muscles at the front of your shoulders and chest are too tight, causing bad posture on the bike and tension in the neck.

Test 2: Hip flexors

Lie on your front and pull one leg up behind you to get your heel to touch your buttocks. Once in this position, try to pull the knee of the leg you are stretching off the floor. If you can’t get your heel to your buttock then you need to increase flexibility in your quadriceps. If you can get your heel to your buttocks but can’t get your knee off the floor, you need to spend time stretching your hip flexors. Tight hip flexors will make your pelvis tilt forwards, causing your lower back to arch and leading to back pain and overuse of the lower back muscles.

Test 3: Hamstrings

Lie on your back with both legs straight out in front of you. Keeping both legs straight, slowly pull one leg up towards you, holding it just behind the knee. You should be able to get your leg up to at least 90 degrees without feeling too much of a stretch on your hamstrings to have adequate hamstring flexibility for pedal efficiency.

The following stretching exercises will help increase your flexibility. You should aim to do 20 minutes of stretching three times a week.

Shoulder/chest stretch

Shoulder/chest stretch:

Place your hands on either side of a door frame, then lean forwards through the frame until you feel the stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Kneeling hip flexor stretch

Kneeling hip flexor stretch:

Kneeling on one knee, keep your bodyweight central and pull your pelvis forwards and upwards until you feel the stretch at the front of the hip of the kneeling leg. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Towel hamstring stretch

Towel hamstring stretch:

Lie on your back and loop a towel around one foot. Raise that leg up keeping the other leg flat until you feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds then repeat three times.

About the author: Andy Wadsworth is an amateur off-road triathlon champion and director of My Life Personal Training.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








How to improve your general flexibility

Flexibility is the range of mobility around a joint and the muscle that surrounds it. Flexibility training should reduce the risk of injury, create a good range of movement, improve the movement around the joint, reduce muscular ache, increase co-ordination and increase blood flow circulation.

A strength and conditioning expert or physiotherapist will be able to test all your muscles for flexibility, but here are a few basic tests to get started.

Test 1: Chest and shoulders

Place your hands on your hips and get a partner to pull your elbows together behind you. Your elbows should be able to point back behind you, creating a 90-degree angle with your body. Any less than this and the muscles at the front of your shoulders and chest are too tight, causing bad posture on the bike and tension in the neck.

Test 2: Hip flexors

Lie on your front and pull one leg up behind you to get your heel to touch your buttocks. Once in this position, try to pull the knee of the leg you are stretching off the floor. If you can’t get your heel to your buttock then you need to increase flexibility in your quadriceps. If you can get your heel to your buttocks but can’t get your knee off the floor, you need to spend time stretching your hip flexors. Tight hip flexors will make your pelvis tilt forwards, causing your lower back to arch and leading to back pain and overuse of the lower back muscles.

Test 3: Hamstrings

Lie on your back with both legs straight out in front of you. Keeping both legs straight, slowly pull one leg up towards you, holding it just behind the knee. You should be able to get your leg up to at least 90 degrees without feeling too much of a stretch on your hamstrings to have adequate hamstring flexibility for pedal efficiency.

The following stretching exercises will help increase your flexibility. You should aim to do 20 minutes of stretching three times a week.

Shoulder/chest stretch

Shoulder/chest stretch:

Place your hands on either side of a door frame, then lean forwards through the frame until you feel the stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Kneeling hip flexor stretch

Kneeling hip flexor stretch:

Kneeling on one knee, keep your bodyweight central and pull your pelvis forwards and upwards until you feel the stretch at the front of the hip of the kneeling leg. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Towel hamstring stretch

Towel hamstring stretch:

Lie on your back and loop a towel around one foot. Raise that leg up keeping the other leg flat until you feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds then repeat three times.

About the author: Andy Wadsworth is an amateur off-road triathlon champion and director of My Life Personal Training.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








How to improve your general flexibility

Flexibility is the range of mobility around a joint and the muscle that surrounds it. Flexibility training should reduce the risk of injury, create a good range of movement, improve the movement around the joint, reduce muscular ache, increase co-ordination and increase blood flow circulation.

A strength and conditioning expert or physiotherapist will be able to test all your muscles for flexibility, but here are a few basic tests to get started.

Test 1: Chest and shoulders

Place your hands on your hips and get a partner to pull your elbows together behind you. Your elbows should be able to point back behind you, creating a 90-degree angle with your body. Any less than this and the muscles at the front of your shoulders and chest are too tight, causing bad posture on the bike and tension in the neck.

Test 2: Hip flexors

Lie on your front and pull one leg up behind you to get your heel to touch your buttocks. Once in this position, try to pull the knee of the leg you are stretching off the floor. If you can’t get your heel to your buttock then you need to increase flexibility in your quadriceps. If you can get your heel to your buttocks but can’t get your knee off the floor, you need to spend time stretching your hip flexors. Tight hip flexors will make your pelvis tilt forwards, causing your lower back to arch and leading to back pain and overuse of the lower back muscles.

Test 3: Hamstrings

Lie on your back with both legs straight out in front of you. Keeping both legs straight, slowly pull one leg up towards you, holding it just behind the knee. You should be able to get your leg up to at least 90 degrees without feeling too much of a stretch on your hamstrings to have adequate hamstring flexibility for pedal efficiency.

The following stretching exercises will help increase your flexibility. You should aim to do 20 minutes of stretching three times a week.

Shoulder/chest stretch

Shoulder/chest stretch:

Place your hands on either side of a door frame, then lean forwards through the frame until you feel the stretch in the front of your shoulders and chest. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Kneeling hip flexor stretch

Kneeling hip flexor stretch:

Kneeling on one knee, keep your bodyweight central and pull your pelvis forwards and upwards until you feel the stretch at the front of the hip of the kneeling leg. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds before repeating three times.

Towel hamstring stretch

Towel hamstring stretch:

Lie on your back and loop a towel around one foot. Raise that leg up keeping the other leg flat until you feel the stretch in your hamstrings. Hold the stretch for 20 seconds then repeat three times.

About the author: Andy Wadsworth is an amateur off-road triathlon champion and director of My Life Personal Training.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








IMBA World Summit kicks off in Steamboat Springs

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — IMBA’S biennial World Summit kicks off Thursday in this Colorado Rocky Mountain resort with panels ranging from risk management to how best to manage volunteers. But two sessions on the agenda will be carefully monitored by industry executives — e-mountain bikes and trail access, and management strategies for fat bikes.

SRAM’s new Rise 60 mountain bike wheels aimed at XC and trail riders

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM”s new Rise 60 wheels feature a new hookless 21-mm carbon rim and new hub features. The Rise 60 wheels will be available in 27.5-inch (in January) and 29-inch sizes (in November)

Hope 40T-Rex ratio expander sprocket review

Hope isn’t the first to offer an add-on range expanding sprocket, but this 40T item works well, and is more affordable than a specific groupset.

Increasing the lowest gear from 36T up to 40T means that running a single chainring and losing the attendant complication and weight is a viable prospect.

While SRAM’s 42T 11-speed option requires a new drivetrain and freehub, this simply adds to the back of your existing cassette, removing one of the smaller sprockets lower down the range to compensate for the additional width. You’ll need a different sprocket depending on which S supplied your original cassette, with SRAM X5 to X9 level and Shimano XT and 10-speed XTR clusters supported.

The 40T range isn’t as big as XX1 and doesn’t match OneUp’s 42T similar replacement sprocket, but the lower range means shifting is less compromised when used with a normal mech. Adjust clearance by setting the B-tension screw further in, which on our SRAM X7 and Shimano SLX derailleur test setups made a marginal difference to the speed of shifts and it required a high standard of setup.

Shifting on and off the T-Rex cog was fine and despite being alloy, premature wear hasn’t been an issue. The removal of the lower (usually 17T) cassette cog gave a noticeable ‘gap’ in ratios as you move up and down, especially when cranking hard, but it’s a small price to pay.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








Scappa Purosangue review

You’re very unlikely to known anything about Scappa… but should get to know because this bike is something special. This Italian brand was founded in 2010 by Gernot Mueller, a man with some 27 years’ experience at the top level of the cycling industry.

The mission was a simple one – to create the ultimate. It had to be handmade, state-of-the-art, superlight and bespoke, with the luxury experience of buying a supercar, something that probably isn’t entirely alien to anyone that doesn’t choke on the price.

  • Pros: Handling, stiffness, compliance, weight, bespoke sizing and colours, exclusivity
  • Cons: Selling all your other possessions to buy it

So far Scappa is a small company but it’s growing surprisingly fast. The range already includes an aero-road and a TT bike (neither of which seem obvious places to start because of the intensive aero R&D required), alongside a sportive steed, a women’s road machine and a hardtail mountain bike. Titanium and steel road frames will follow, plus a track bike and an urban range. On top of that, Scappa already has its own stem, seatpost and bars (fitted here) and in the works is a saddle and complete wheel range. It’s all designed in-house and is, of course, super light.

Just in case you forget that purosangue means 'thoroughbred':

Just in case you forget that Purosangue means ‘thoroughbred’

The Purosangue (it means ‘thoroughbred’ in Italian) is the flagship, a featherweight race bike as pure in its design as its name suggests. There are no token aero features nor fussy bump-absorbing kinks or hinges – you get round tubes and straight stays. Within that package, though, is great attention to detail: the head tube tapers from 1.5in at the lower race for steering fidelity, the chainstays are beefy and the seatstays are pencil-thin all the way to the seat tube.

The claimed frame weight is a barely-there 630g – and that includes around 80g of paint because it has three full layers to get this deep finish. If you don’t like this paintjob (it is rather divisive), fear not; you can have literally any hue you show them to match.

The claimed frame weight is a mere 630g –?a sub-5kg build is therefore possible:

The claimed frame weight is a mere 630g – a sub-5kg build is therefore possible

That frame weight undercuts everything we know of: the new Trek ?monda, Cannondale SuperSix Evo Nano, AX Lightness Vial, Cerv?lo RCA, Scott Addict… A sub-5kg build is possible if you choose the very lightest components.

What none of those frames can offer, though, is bespoke sizing. Scappa can, because its frames are made by hand to order using a tube-to-tube process rather than a mass-production friendly monocoque. We sent Scappa our tester’s fit data and they built a bike that fits beautifully. We say this a lot, but bike fit is so important to get right and it will never be better than with a bespoke frame.

Our test bike is built with appropriately high-end parts: Shimano Dura-Ace groupset, Rotor 3D+ cranks, tubular Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels and Scappa’s own carbon bars, stem and post. It totals 6.0kg…

Under your hands, scappa's own carbon bars:

Under your hands, Scappa’s own carbon bars

The lightness is tangible all the time, not just on the climbs, and it’s coupled with very impressive stiffness. You can sprint up a short, steep ramp with a big effort and the frame is completely unflustered.

Ascending is – predictably for a 6kg machine – an utter pleasure…:

Ascending is – predictably for a 6kg machine – an utter pleasure

That’s thanks to consistent rigidity through every part of the frame and cockpit. On longer steep climbs, out of the saddle or spinning a low gear, it surges forwards under every pedal stroke with a deeply satisfying efficiency. This is how you’d hope a bike like this would feel.

The Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimates have been around for a few years but they’re still stunning – to look at and to ride. There’s a little lateral give but their power transmission is absolute. And as they weigh under 1,200g, the Scappa climbs and accelerates with vigour.

Mavic's cosmic carbone ultimates deliver ultimate power transmission:

Mavic’s Cosmic Carbone Ultimates deliver superb power transmission

The Purosangue impresses on descents just as much as on the climbs. It’s stable, precise, neutral as the lean increases and confidence inspiring. It’s on your side. Dry braking is superb but there’s the usual delay in the wet.

The icing on the cake is the great comfort from the compliant fork, seatstays and post. We’ve done a couple of five-hour rides on it and by the end it really made a difference.

The compliant rear end ensures it'll only be your ego that receives a massage after a few hours in the saddle:

The compliant rear end ensures that your ego will be the only thing receiving a massage after a few hours in the saddle

Light, stiff, comfortable, precise, desirable and tailored; the Purosangue really is a special bike. It’s exclusive, too. So far only 25 have been made. If you can afford one, you will never regret it for a second.

Specs as tested:

  • Frame: Scappa Purosangue
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
  • Crankset: Rotor 3D+, 53/39
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28
  • Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate
  • Tyres: Mavic Yksion Griplink/Powerlink
  • Headset: Scappa UL 1 1/8” – 1 1/2”
  • Stem: Scappa carbon
  • Handlebar: Scappa carbon
  • SeatPost: Scappa carbon
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione 00
  • Fork: Scappa, full carbon
  • Weight: 6.0kg (as tested, no pedals)
  • Price: €7,400 (frameset) – €10,700 (as tested)

This article was originally published in Procycling magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.








Cannondale and Slipstream pro road teams to merge for 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) —The organizations behind the Cannondale Pro Cycling team and the team currently called Garmin-Sharp will be merged for next season