Consuming bars, gels and drinks while on the bike is standard practice for most riders, but it can be a different story if you have special dietary requirements such as Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.
Coeliac disease affects one in every 100 people, with nearly 75 percent of cases going undiagnosed according to Coeliac Australia.
BikeRadar recently spoke with endurance mountain bike athlete Andrew Blair of team Swell-Specialized about how he manages his Coeliac disease. The 2012 Australian mountain bike marathon champion said: “It took me many years, but I’ve learned that it’s not a hindrance to my performance. It doesn’t stop me from being my best.”
Blair told BikeRadar that it’s definitely easier than it used to be, as most gels and sports drinks are now gluten-free. “I don’t eat solid foods during races, but when training I prefer to eat real food,” he said. “I often make my own cake, which is tasty and full of appropriate energy.” (Blair’s cake is similar to Jo Hogan’s recipe below.)
Blair mentioned the importance of not self-diagnosing Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance and consulting your GP doctor before taking any action – cutting out gluten could mean that a proper diagnoses cannot be made.
Many grocery stores have nearly doubled their gluten-free selections in recent years, and more people have chosen to live gluten-free by preference, so there’s way more choice for Coeliac sufferers than there used to be.
BikeRadar has assembled a list of gluten-free energy bars and recipes that have proven to work well for those with food allergies – as well as those without.
AU$4.95 per bar / US$N/A / ?N/A
Em’s Power Cookie Bars are three-time multi-sport world champion and nutritionist Emily Miazga’s homemade cookies. Em wanted something closer to real food during her races and began using her power cookies as fuel. Of the five available flavours, chocolate cranberry craze is the only gluten-free option, however this is also BikeRadar’s favourite.
AU$4.50 per bar / US$3 per bar / ?43 for 12 (from UKhealthspot.co.uk)
With a fresh homemade taste, Bonk Breaker uses only the best ingredients in its bars. Now the official bars of the Ironman Series and the USA Cycling Team, all 11 flavours are certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization and are also dairy-free.
www.bonkbreaker.com / firstendurance.com.au
From AU $2.60 per bar / US$1.79 per bar / From ?23.99 for 16 (from astronutrition.com)
LARABARs are made from a mix of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices, and that’s it. There are no more than nine ingredients in any given bar, and every flavour – bar those with chocolate chips – are kosher, vegan, and gluten- and dairy-free.
AU$3.30 per bar / US$1.89 per bar / ?20.43 for 12 (from UKhealthspot.co.uk)
The ingredients in Raw Revolution bars are 80 to 100 percent raw; the company claims this eliminates any loss of nutrients through the cooking process. All products are vegan, gluten- and dairy-free, non-GMO and organic.
Australian professional cyclist Jo Hogan, aka the Healthy Cyclist, suffers from coeliac disease, as well lactose intolerance. This homemade energy bar is ideal for her riding nutrition needs.
Lim says: “I started making these rice cakes at training camps and races to give riders something savory and fresh to eat while on the bike. They became a huge hit, since almost everything the riders ate was pre-packaged and sweet. Not only are these rice cakes delicious, they also provide a consistent energy source that doesn’t upset the stomach.”
This makes about 10 rice cakes in 30 minutes.
Tip: Always use calrose rice, a strain of medium-grain rice common in Asian cooking. This variety cooks fast (in 20 minutes or less), retains a nutty flavor, and is just sticky enough to hold our cakes together. If you can’t find it, use another medium-grain rice or any kind marked ’sushi rice’.
This recipe was republished with permission of VeloPress from The Feed Zone Cookbook, by Chef Biju Thomas and Dr Allen Lim. The book features 150 athlete-friendly recipes that are simple, delicious and easy to prepare. Try more pre-ride, portable and post-ride recipes at FeedZoneCookbook.com.
Jared Graves is no stranger to racing success, from BMX Olympian to Downhill World’s medalist, 4X World Champion to top-five Enduro World Series rider – it seems there isn’t much he can’t do.
This cross-discipline dominance was showcased again in Adelaide, Australia at the first round of the 2014 National Mountain Bike Series, where Graves turned up on a 29er hardtail and dominated the elite cross-country race.
For a rider so well respected in the gravity circles, it may upset a few to see Graves choose a 29er, and a hardtail at that. Even with a blown suspension fork from half way through the race, the national level competition had little to answer with once the start gun sounded.
With Jared focusing on the World Enduro Series for 2015, his dominance in this race is a sign of big things to come.
Of mention, Factory Trek rider and second place overall in the 2013 XC World Cup, Dan McConnell was absent from the race, and it begs the question. How would Graves fare against the best? When asked if he’d consider racing XC for Australia, Graves laughed off the idea and just suggested it was good training and a bit fun, but not his focus.
BikeRadar got a look at what a top gravity rider chooses as a XC race bike. At the centre is Yeti’s new ARC Carbon 29er frame, this combines the proven trail inspired geometry of?Yeti’s Big Top?with a lighter-weight, high-modulus, full-carbon build.
The build brings across plenty of gravity inspiration while sticking with his Yeti Factory team sponsors. As a long time Fox suspension development rider, the Float CTD Factory fork had apparently recently been tuned to offer longer travel – a mod that perhaps didn’t work out so well judging by the blown left air seal. It appears he could be trialling a new damper too, with the bottom knob in a silver colour and the CTD in black.
Graves is no doubt a powerful rider and manages to push a single ring setup without issue. Even with a wide/narrow 32T Wolf Tooth chainring and a XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur, Graves still chooses to use an E13 XCX top-style chain guide for additional security.
Potentially the most interesting part is Graves’ choice of footwear, even on a technical and loose course – he was running Giro’s Trans road shoes. We assume this is due to perfect stiffness and minimal weight, and something only with Grave’s skillset can get away with.
As a Stages Power meter rider, Graves tracks his data on a Garmin head unit – something he misplaced in tumble during the race and a common occurrence, exclaiming – “That’s the third one I’ve lost in the past month!”.
Many people already believe Graves is the best-rounded rider of recent times, and his recent performance could be likened to the days of John Tomac. Will we see Graves race cross-country on the world stage? Judging by his recent performance – he should consider it.
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The National team participating in the 2014 Cyclocross World Championships at Hoogerheide, Netherlands signals a change of tide for Australia’s booming cyclocross scene.
Nick Both, Australia’s sole elite men representative will be joined by 2013 National Champion Lisa Jacobs and Melissa Anset in elite women’s; Alexander Meyland and Tom Chapman in the U23 men’s; and Nicholas Smith in the U19 men’s. The team is unproven outside of the fresh domestic scene, however the athletes have proven strong in other cycling disciplines.
For 2014, Nick joined the Australian Focus Bikes Cyclocross team and with this comes a new bike just in time for the World Championships. Although the local team isn’t aligned with the Jeremy Powers’ American-based Rapha-Focus team, they do use the team bike due to the proven build.
Nick Both is a well-known name in Australia’s mountain bike scene, with consistent cross country and marathon results spanning over the past decade. Recently, like many other local mountain bikers, Nick moved his attention to the growing sport of cyclocross.
Standing at a height of 1.82cm, Nick rides Focus’ largest frame size. In order to get his ideal handlebar setup and counter the short 140mm headtube, Nick has flipped his stem into a rather un-stylish upright position, even with this he still has a 110mm saddle to bar drop.
It’s a mostly stock build with a few key modifications in custom wheels and a change of brakes.
As an accomplished wheel builder and employee with the local HED distributor, it’s not surprising that we found Nick on a custom set of HED wheels that could be an indicator of things to come from the brand. The wheels make use of HED’s wide tubular Stinger 3 rims laced to HED’s aluminium Novembre centerlock hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes. In order to provide the support for the disc brakes, the wheels use rear 24H rims both front and back.
Glued onto these custom wheels are Schwalbe Rocket Ron 33mm tubulars, Nick picked these as a strong all-round conditions rubber which should be decent on grass, mud or dirt – he’s just hoping there’s no ice.
Nick isn’t a SRAM sponsored rider and due to SRAM’s recent brake issues has made a last-minute switch to TRP HY/RD brakes with SRAM Red 22 mechanical shifters.
?In order to keep the bike as maintenance-free as possible during his month long trip, all cables have been replaced with full-length housing and zip-ties are used to secure the mod in place. It adds a little weight, but something Nick feels will reduce issues in severe weather.
Pedal choice is another interesting choice, one that we’ve seen a bit of lately. Nick chooses to use Shimano’s older M970 design, claiming they offer greater reliability, these beat-up pedals are a prized possession for him.
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For more on cyclocross gear – see it here.
Chances are, you ride with your phone tucked safely in your pack and your watch tucked safely at home. You could buy a cheap digital watch for riding, but the rugged Canford 202-004 watch from Elliot Brown is a better option…
The ballistic nylon webbing strap runs two layers thick under the watch, raising it enough to stop it wedging against your wrist as you ride. It also dampens vibration, and while the case – if not the twin crowns, which are well offset – can knock if you’re barehanded, it’s stable and comfy when you’re wearing gloves.
The webbing dries reasonably quickly and has the adjustment to cinch around bars or outside jackets, while the 44mm, marine-grade steel casing is capped with a hardened anti-reflective crystal.
Ours has scratched, but not seriously; the Canford exudes a solidity and quality that beats many more familiar brands at this price. It’s an unfussy but very stylish design that’s just as suited to restaurant dining as it is charging down a mountain, and we love it.
Elliot Brown is a UK company – it does ship internationally, but potential purchasers in the USA and Australia should factor in an extra ?31 for delivery.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
We love cargo bikes at Copenhagenize, not least for their role in modernising our cities. There are 40,000 of them in Copenhagen, so we see them every day. Copenhagenize Design Co. is also a partner in the three-year Cyclelogistics.eu project aimed at promoting cargo bike use in cities. We’ve published a book with 725 photos of cargo bikes in Copenhagen and around the world – Cargo Bike Nation. We help organize the Svajerløb – Danish Cargo Bike Championships. It’s safe to say that we have cargo bikes on the brain.
Whereas in Copenhagen cargo bikes are an integral part of daily and city life, they are still very much an emerging trend in many parts of the world. I’ve ridden Bullitts in New York and Tokyo, a Bakfiets in Barcelona and a Triobike in Vancouver and Los Angeles. Every time, people are amazed to see these bikes. They’ve crossed streets to talk to me about it – non-cyclists, as a rule. They are amazing conversation starters.
Often you find yourself explaining that you know what?… cargo bikes used to be normal transport forms in cities all over the planet. In Russia. In Australia. In America – where IBM repairmen used to ride them. You name it.
Now, the cargo bike is returning to our cities. Even the Wall Street Journal has noticed. People are rediscovering all sorts of uses for them.
It’s all good, but it’s also important to keep hammering home that all this was normal for decades and decades. Enter our Cyclelogistics partner Gianni Stefanati, from the City of Ferrara, Italy. (amazing city for vintage bikes, by the way) He has penned a fantastic, free e-book for the BikeItalia.it website about a passionate man in Lecco, Italy. Nello Sandrinelli has collected a great number of vintage cargo bikes from the era around the Second World War.
I’ve never seen anything like them. Mr Sandrinelli hasn’t just gathered up dusty old bicycles. He has collected bicycles that were complete – just as they were the last time they were used. He also collects the stories – as much as possible – about the craftsmen who used them.
Here are some of the cargo bikes in Mr Sandrinelli’s museum. Be amazed.
Left: A mosaic craftsman’s bicycle. Fixing mosaics and tiles damaged by age or storms.
Right: Lamp and stove seller’s bicycle.
Left: Furniture Polisher’s bicycle
Right: Wood Carver’s bicycle.
Left: Coffee seller’s bicycle, complete with grinder.
Right: Vineyard & orchard grafter’s bicycle. Repairing broken vines and trees, grafting the branches back on.
Left: Beekeeper’s bicycle. Complete with hives.
Right: Walking stick maker/seller’s bike. The rack on the front is for carrying sticks found in the woods. The rack at the back is for displaying the finished products.
Left: Cinema vendor’s bicycle. For selling sweets and cigarettes to cinemagoers.
Right: Plaster sculptor’s bicycle.
Left: Cobbler’s bicycle. For all shoe repair.
Right: Wood carver’s bicycle.
Left: Refrigeration repairman’s bicycle.
Right: Package delivery.
Left: Midwife’s bicycle.
Right, at top: Professor’s bicycle from a female professoressa. At bottom: A fortune teller’s bicycle.
Left: Artist’s bicycle.
Right: Lunch delivery bicycle. Wives would bring a hot lunch to men at factories.
Left, at top: A fireworks bicycle. Hired for parties and events. At bottom: A lumberjack bike.
You can download the e-book on Bike Italia’s website. It’s in Italian, but the text translates pretty well into English on Google translate.
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The Escape 1 is a flat bar road bike with commuter spirit. The Escape is lighter and faster than a full-blown commuter bike, but doesn’t quite have the edge of a road race bike.?
It does both tasks really well and would serve you well if you’re looking to get into general cycle path or recreational road riding with the possibility of a bit of commuting too.
Heavily shaped aluminium tubing creates a flex-free frame structure that is stiff under heavy pedalling. This stiffness did transfer the rumble of rough roads, but much of this was soothed by the decently wide 32c tyres. The frame and fork offer plenty of clearance for a wider tyre, which would add further comfort.
A carbon fibre fork saves weight and improves ride comfort over the more commonly used chromoly fork of this price point. The fork helped to take the sting off rough roads and paths and kept us in control.
Plenty of handlebar height adjustment – although at first, it was a little high for our liking
The stock position is upright and will likely suit many beginner cyclists and those looking for a more casual ride. Plenty of handlebar height adjustment is provided in an angled stem, riser handlebar and headset spacers.
For us, the stock position and short 80mm stem on our medium made for a too-upright position. This compromised the handling of the bike and made out-of-the-saddle climbing and hard cornering feel awkward. Lowering the handlebar height remedied these issues, but the lower position won’t be for everyone.
Once we had the bar height adjusted to our liking, the Escape was confident on uneven surfaces and at speed. Climbing on the Escape is a sit and spin affair, yet it’s perfectly efficient even at its near-12kg weight.
The Escape is a versatile bike and could also serve as a light touring bike, commuting bike or general town bike. To help with this, there are fender mounts, which could be used for light pannier use.
A mix of Alivio, Acera and Altus 27-speed Shimano parts shifted well and with better than expected speed. With hybrid-based gearing, there was easily enough range for steep hills and fast open road sections. Full-length gear cable housing sealed out the elements and ensured greater reliability and shift quality between servicing.?
A mix of Shimano hybrid and mountain bike parts didn’t disappoint
The grips and saddle are both sensible choices. Neither are heavily padded, yet thoughtful shape goes a long way to providing comfort for long periods of time. The lock-on ergonomic grips are a nice touch and don’t shift and swivel on the bar – a common complaint with ergonomic shaped grips. ?
The 700 x 32c Giant S-X2 tyres proved puncture resistant and fast. In the wet, the tread pattern cleared wet roads and gave more traction than a simple slick tyre. Wide rimmed Giant branded wheels were stiff and offered a reliable braking surface.
Giant’s own S-X2 tyres had plenty of grip and we didn’t experience any punctures
The Tektro brake levers were comfortable and confidence inspiring to grab, with rubber grippers integrated into the blade. Giant have stuck with lightweight mini V-brakes to handle the stopping and they worked just fine.
Without mounting provisions, making a change to disc brakes won’t be possible with this model. If you want the wet weather performance of disc brakes, Giant have other models on offer that are more suited to all-weather commuting.
Note: We tested this model in Australia where it is sold as the Cross City 1. Component spec and background view may vary based on location.
RICHMOND, Victoria, Australia (BRAIN) — Knog’s Blinder 3 headlight is the brightest model yet form the brand. It produces 300 lumens of light abd weighs 105 grams, is waterproof and USB-rechargeable. The Knog 3 has an anodised aluminium face and two detachable silicone straps and a stainless steel clasp, which allow for tool-less mounting on handlebars measuring 22-28mm or 29-35mm
HOUSTON, TX (BRAIN) — Bike Medicine has expanded its network of distributors, signing on with J&B Importers to carry its lubricant, degreaser and bike cleaning products, which are now available from J&B’s 11 warehouses throughout the U.S. Bike Medicine aims to bring industrial-strength products—such as its Purple Extreme synthetic lubricant—to the consumer cycling market. “We feel consumers should have access to the kind of premium-grade products that are normally available only to heavy industry
This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.
Paul van der Ploeg won a gold medal for Australia in the elite men’s eliminator finals at the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, on Sunday. Daniel Federspiel (Austria) put up a good fight for the silver medal in the big final while Catriel Soto (Argentina) finished third ahead of Elia Silvestri (Italy).
“It was exciting to come away for the win. I’ve sort of been focusing on the eliminator,” said Van der Ploeg. “Last year, I raced all the World Cup eliminators, but this year, I took a step back from the World Cup and have been racing the road in Australia and Asia. I was racing in Borneo on the road last week and had to relearn how to ride mountain bikes this week, but it all came together.”
Van der Ploeg used his size to his advantage in the last two rounds, pulling a bold inside move in the uphill first corner to jump into the lead in both rounds. From that point on, he was able to defend his spot at the front until the finish line.
After Fabrice Mels (Belgium) set the fastest qualifying time ahead of Matthias Wengelin (Sweden) and Titouan Perrin Ganier* (France), it was time for the eliminator heats.
Defending world champion Ralph Naef (Switzerland) was eliminated in his first heat when beat by Mels and Simon Gegenheimer (Germany). Jaroslav Kulhavy (Czech Republic) was also eliminated after he pulled out of his pedal at the start.
Van der Ploeg had a near miss in heat 1, when he dabbed a foot, but he was able to recover and move into the 1/4 finals.
Top qualifier Mels was ousted in the 1/4 finals after a dab in the rocks cost him to drop from first to third in his heat. He tried valiantly to regain a spot, but did not pull it off.
Crowd favorite Philip Buys (South Africa) was also out in the 1/4 finals and poor Leandre Bouchard (Canada) saw his chances evaporate when he snapped his derailleur.
In the semi-finals, Federspiel and Soto led their heat to move into the finals while Van der Ploeg and Elia Silvestri also advanced.
It was in the semi-final heat that Van der Ploeg discovered a handy inside line on the first uphill corner. He blew through the corner on the inside and muscled past Silvestri, who later had to sprint madly to secure the second spot and move into the finals, too.
Van der Ploeg pulled his bold inside move on turn 1 again in the finals, and it worked to counter Federspiel’s excellent start. The Australian would hold off the continuing challenge from Federspiel until the finish.
“I guess with the eliminator, the start is super important,” said Van der Ploeg. “I knew Daniel was quick off the start. I tried to get slipstream on him going into first corner. I had had to unclip on that first corner in qualifying, but I found that line in the semi-final and figured I’d put it on the line in the final and see if I could overtake him. From then, it was about defending and not looking back. That line was a little grassy, not much used.”
Federspiel said, “I was expecting that move on the first corner, but it was ok. Paul’s a really big engine, and I had no chance when he past me on the first corner.”
“I’m very happy with the race. From qualis to finals, my big goal was the world champion’s title, but Paul was stronger. This year has been one of my best ever. I lead World Cup overall and won the European champs. I won two World Cups,” said Federspiel.
Soto finished third while a disappointed Silvestri was fourth.
“This is my third eliminator race this year,” said Soto,”and it’s the second podium for me – the other was Andorra at the World Cup. I’m very happy. I trained a lot for this world championships, and this result is important for me, my country and my sponsor.”
Andy Eyring (Germany) won the small final.
With video action cameras like GoPro mounted on helmets becoming increasing common, C-Preme founder Conan Hayes thought, why not build a video camera in a helmet?? The result is the $119.99 (?78) BULT, which features a 720p HD camera mounted inside the front of the skate-style helmet. Similar all-mountain bike and snow helmets will be shown at tradeshows later this fall.
The BULT shoots 1280×720 video at 30 frames per second with a 120-degree angle lens. It also takes 5-megapixel still photos.
The HD lens is four-way adjustable
BULT is launching in the US, but C-Preme plans to sell to the UK in 2014, with plans to expand to Australia, and other parts of Europe and Asia by end of 2014.
C-Preme calls the integrated camera ‘Videohead Technology.’
The BULT is CPSC- and ASTM-certified.
The control buttons are easy to access by feel
“BULT is a better way to shoot – there’s no extra weight and nothing extending off your helmet that could get in the way,” said pro snowboarder Trevor Jacob. “It’s like the camera is a natural part of your body.”
BULT helmets will be available at action sports retailers and bulthelmets.com.
“Athletes around the world are becoming videographers, capturing and sharing video with friends and family, now more than ever,” said Hayes, a former pro surfer. “We’re putting a camera in a place it’s never been before – inside the helmet – making it as simple as pushing a button to capture their next ride.”
This first BULT helmet with Videohead Technology will soon be followed by all-mountain bike and snow models