Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Opedix: Dual-Tec™ 2.0 3/4 Length Tights Review

Image Credit: Opedix
If you’re into sports, the last thing you want to happen is to get injured. But that’s just the reality when we push our bodies to the limit. Our muscles are being subjected to different stresses and loads and if we fail to recognize some preventive measures in the beginning, this can sometimes lead to injuries. Let’s admit it, we are all susceptible to get injured whether we have an active lifestyle or not…things get even worse when age starts catching up on us, which make us even more vulnerable to injuries. If you are in that bracket ( I know I am), you don’t necessarily have to slow down, you just have to train smarter, listen to your body and take advantage of the technological advancement out there.

Wearing support apparels have been a common trend for quite a few years now and there are numerous manufacturers out there that supply these apparels. Opedix is one of those companies but they stood out amongst the rest. They took a new approach to create new apparels not only to support our bodies’ natural movements but also reinforced the sections along the targeted joints and key muscles. These apparels are scientifically engineered to activate our body’s movement known as the “Kinetic Chain”. In simple terms, this Kinetic Chain triggers our body’s ability to work as one unit harmoniously. According to Opedix, Kinetic Chain helps promote the dynamic alignment and optimal joint function of our body which translates to doing the activities we love longer, better and less fatigue. They incorporated this into their apparels and called it Kinetic Health Gear…and Opedix claims that it can reduce the wear and tear on joints, increase endurance thus improving your performance, and it even helps you recover from existing injury and relief from every day pain. They also have a patent called Torque Reform Technology that they incorporated into their high performance compression apparels, which main function is to keep your body in proper alignment at all times (most especially when we fatigue) to help you perform at your best.

I reach out to Opedix and they graciously sent me the Dual-Tec™ 2.0 3/4 Length Tights for review and to be honest, I was stoked…so let’s dive in and check this beauty out.

Materials
Packaging + Mesh bag
I was totally impressed with the packaging when I received this in the mail. It was well built with some good feel in it. The tights came with a mesh bag that they highly recommend you use when washing, to protect the tights from getting snag by other laundry clothes that have zipper or especially if you have clothes that have velcro in it. The tights itself is made of 23 separate elastic panels. The key areas like knees and muscles along the quads, around the knees and lumbar are doubled panel giving me that massive support I needed. The gusseted crotch is very well constructed that makes me feel comfortable and it moves with my body during my runs…preventing the unbearable chaffing (no pun intended). It has at least two inches of waistband that has enough elastic grip (not constricting at all) and it also has a draw cord just in case I decide to wear it a bit low profile. Thanks to the “4 ways stretch” making the fabric feels very subtle on my skin and it lays flat all the time feeling like it’s a second skin. The material wicks very well even on those not so chilly days which helps proper thermal regulation and odor management.

Fit and Functionality
I thought I ordered a wrong size just by looking how small it was…but it wasn’t, their size guide is on the spot.

However, please consider these two scenarios for sizing:
1.)  If you find yourself in between two sizes and if you are one of those lucky ones that have massive legs and calves, I suggest that you size up.
2.) If you find yourself in between two sizes (and you have proportional body) I suggest that you size down.

Your knee on the big circle
I was a bit careful putting it on the first time and getting into those tights was a bit of a challenge in comparison with some of my tights. I initially heard some popping sounds and thought that I just ruined the stitches. This is just the natural way the fabric reacts when adjusting to the contour of my body (no, I’m not sexy if that’s what you’re thinking). The key in putting this on is to make sure that it properly sits on the areas it needs to support. The big circle on the knee area (see picture) will be your initial point in getting this on spot. I immediately felt the snug on my legs and the right amount of compression but not too much that it limits my movement. The very noticeable part was the reinforced stretch around my knee areas and lumbar. It feels like that it’s pushing my body to its proper alignment.

I tested the Dual-Tec™ 2.0 3/4 Length Tights on two different occasions; first on my 10 mi training run and the second was during the Davis Stampede ½ Marathon race last Sunday. Training run was different from a race. I was already stoked how it supported my body during my training and still felt energized at the end of my 10 miles. So what a better way to test it by pushing my body to its limit on the actual race. So I decided to wear this on the Davis Stampede ½ M race. I was really surprised that it held up pretty well and totally exceeded my expectations. Fatigue is my biggest enemy and I tend to lose my form when it sets in after many miles...not this time with my Opedix. The only issue I had during the race and what prevented me from hitting my PR was that I accidentally injured my right heel along the gravel course and I have to slow down, you can read my race report just in case you’re wondering. Though I was not able to PR, I can attest the science and test data behind it are not just a hype…it does what it promises to deliver and I got to say that I’m really impressed.

My Verdict
After 10 mi of training run
Would I recommend this? A-B-S-O-L-U-T-E-L-Y! If you are looking for a top notch quality and performance, then look no further. The Opedix Dual-Tec™ 2.0 3/4 Length Tights has exceeded my expectations by far. Additionally, if you’re the type of person that is experiencing or very prone to injuries then this is the product you need to try. It will help you rehabilitate your injury more effectively. Honestly, the only downside in my opinion is the price tag that comes with it, a whopping $225 which definitely can put a big dent in your wallet. The price tag is not for everybody and it can easily push someone away and look for some other alternatives. But if you need that extra edge to out perform the competitions, then by all means take advantage of this great apparel that is truly backed by science and real data. Real data is the backbone of this product and numbers don’t lie. You can read more of their scientific studies directly on their website.

Give yourself a chance and experience the difference. You can purchase the Dual-Tec™ 2.0 3/4 Length Tights on their website and if by any means this is not for you then you can return this within 30 days and get a full refund, no questions ask.

Thanks again for reading and I love to read your feedback so feel free to post in the comment section below.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Davis Stampede ½ Marathon: Veni, Vidi...NO Vici

Me and Brian "The Beast" Goldman
My first ½ Marathon race of the season is in the book. This is the second time I’ve done the Davis Stampede and my hope to redeem myself from a “not so great” result back in 2014. I tapered the last week by doing easy run / cycling and rested for two full days. From training to pacing to nutrition, I think I did what I could in preparation for this race…the last thing to do is the execution. I was really stoked when I got to the race and the fact that this was also my first time running with Team SLS3 and sporting my new Opedix Dual-Tec™ 2.0 3/4 Length Tights gave me that boost and adrenalin. Maybe it was the caffeine I had at 5 am or maybe the excitement of all runners in the air, but I was pretty hyped. It was such a beautiful day to begin with and a cool temperature of 40o F… ideal race temperature.

Speaking of training, I did a 7-week training program using the Smart Coach from Runner’s World. Unfortunately, I was not able to follow the whole program as intended due to the injury that I sustained at week 4 of my training and I have to alter some of my running days with cycling instead. I alternated the running and cycling just to give my injured right heel enough time to heal but I still stick in running my long miles on the weekend. It helped me a lot and my right heel was feeling better when I toed the line yesterday. The only thing that I was not able to accomplish before the race was my weight, I was not able to lose the 7 lbs that I intend to shed. Not sure what happened on that part since I didn’t indulge myself on foods (no Brocks Ice Cream this time) that I know wouldn’t help me. I came in weighing at 167 lbs and I know that those extra weight will somehow find its way to hurt me during the race…it sure did!

So how the race unfolded? My whole plan was to stick with the 1:40 group and ran the last 3 miles with whatever I have left in my quest to PR with a time of 1:38 (7:28/ mi). So off we went at 8:00 am and I was with my group for the first two miles. I’m not bashing the pacers but I’ve ran with them before with almost all of my ½ Marathons and Full Marathons and one thing I noticed was that they tend to bank on time…meaning the pacers will hit the first half on a faster pace and tend to settle down in the second half (or vice versa), eventually dropping the runners. I felt that the pace was a bit slow so I decided to bolt off and went ahead of my group. Since I’ve done this race before (this course also overlap with the Davis Moonlight ½ Marathon), so I’m a bit familiar with the turns and loops along the course. I was doing well and then I entered the first gravel section, I spent so much of my energy just to get a good traction and maintain my pace. I survived that section miraculously and since my head was getting hay wire, I totally forgot that there’s still another gravel section that I need to cross. This is where I accidentally hit an uneven ground and totally messed up my right heel and there’s nothing I could do but to slow down. The 1:40 group caught up with me after that section along mile 8 and I tried to keep up with their pace but I just couldn’t. The pain in my right heel was getting worse, and they were running faster than they should, making up the time they lost on the first half. I knew right then that my goal has slipped so I just I switched to survival mode and just maintain a decent pace. Most of the people I passed on the first half slowly caught up with me on mile 10 and that feeling really suck. There’s so many things going in my mind that time and it’s really hard to say or control that things will go the way I planned it, it only took one mishap and it destroyed what I trained for. But that’s just the reality of this event, I cannot guarantee that things will go my way at a 100%. So live and learn.

After the 1:40 group passed me, the only thing I have in mind was to finish it in 1:45 (8:00/ mi) and just endure the pain. I crossed the line at 1:45:29 (8:03/ mi) and here’s the breakdown per mile. I was 7 min and 29 seconds behind my goal (1:38) which equates to 1 mile of being slow. My time might not be that great but it’s respectable (I would say) and comparing this with my previous run back in 2014, I still beat it by 4 min and 24 sec. So I guess it’s not a total loss after all. 

Thanks for reading and I hope that those weekly training logs were helpful to you. I surely did enjoy this moment. My next ½ Marathon race will be the Davis Lucky Run on March 19. I'll try to keep you updated so stay tune for more. As always, have fun but be safe. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tommie Copper: Men's MicroModal® Compression Dress Calf and Dress Crew Socks Review

Compression garments have been in the sports industry for a long time now and we’ve seen those worn by athletes from all different types of sports. Compression garments can be worn during training, races and most especially on the days that you need most…to recover. The perceived benefit here is that it compresses the veins, arteries and muscles making the circulatory channels smaller pushing the blood to travel faster back to the heart, thus supplying our muscles more oxygen.

I was given a chance to review Tommie Copper Men’s MicroModal® Compression Dress Calf and Dress Crew Socks. Just to be clear, it’s not the compression socks that you would normally wear during workout, if that’s what you prefer then grab the “performance” compression socks in their line up. These socks are meant to be used for “recovery”, which means that it’s intended to be used after your workout. The great news is that you can even wear this on casual and day to day work. You can even wear this on your date night or for those special occasions. I got to say that I’m all excited to test it out and find out how it performs.  So with that, let’s take a closer look.
 
Image Credit: Tommie Copper
Materials
·         It’s made of fabric infused with copper and zinc
·        Have the CopperZnergy™  that helps eliminate odors caused by microbes
·         It offers a UPF 50+ that can protect you from sun’s harmful UV rays
·         It has a COOL COPPER™ fabric technology that provides moisture wicking and breathability to keep you cool and dry.

Fit and Functionality
For the record, this is my first time wearing a dress compression socks…heck I don’t even own a performance compression socks that I can use on my runs so I’m not really sure what to expect. I’ve been using different kinds of socks when going to work but none of those were compressions. So let’s discuss first how it fits: My initial thought was that it will require some muscle and wiggling to get my feet in there, but that was not the case. It has just the right amount of stretch that I can slide my feet in with no trouble at all. For the calf socks, I suggest that you rolled it down first for easy access then work your way up. The compression is very noticeable on the calf and above the ankle area. The elastic stretch that wraps around the forefoot (i.e. Zone Lock Arch Support) delivers just the right amount of tightness, comfort and support on my feet, which is very noticeable in comparison with the regular socks that I’ve been wearing. Honestly, I thought it will be constricting like “tight wrapping feel” that it might cause some blood flow issue and numbness on my feet, but none of those I experienced.

So how’s the functionality? My friend and I normally do our workout during lunch time and
have to come back to work after. The over the calf compression has made a huge difference in stabilizing my calf muscles (after that hard work out) from jarring, which decreases the possibility of muscle soreness and fatigue. For a sport minded person, the mantra is “Train hard, recover faster...repeat”…the faster we can bounce back, the better. I wore mine for several hours after my work out and I can tell that my legs felt better, less sore and more recovered. It felt very comfortable and I wouldn’t mind wearing this all day.

My Verdict
With this, I’d recommend that you give Tommie Copper’s Men’s MicroModal® Compression Dress Calf Socks (and Dress Crew Socks) a try and feel the difference. You can purchase it directly on their website for $34.50 (for the Dress Calf Socks) and $29.50 (for the Dress Crew Socks). You might think that the price is on the steep end but try comparing these with other compressions socks and you’ll be surprise that their cost is really decent. Literally it’s a 2 in 1 package, you get the quality (of a compression socks) and comfort (of a dress socks) that makes it even worth it. There’s no better deal than that.

Thanks for reading and let me know what you think. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

Week 6: Davis Stampede ½ M training

This is it...my last hoorah ended on a Valentine’s Day with a 30 mi bike ride (and some really strong wind) before heading into Sunday’s race. To sum it all up, it was a good week and I didn’t feel any soreness on both of my heels at all. I did alternate my two main workouts evenly just to let my right heel get some recovery after the run and I think it worked out perfectly. The bike during that week was a bit short when it comes to distance but it was all out ass kicking from the get go (ask Brian). I’ll be tapering this week to give myself some rest days. It will be easy runs and bike ride just to keep my legs moving and the plan is to have at least two days of rest before I go gaga on Sunday.

As a recap, my training begun last January 4 which gave me a total of 7 weeks of training…the last week being the taper week. I know it’s somehow short but I did a lot of long runs during those weekends so I’m hoping that I can bank on those on the actual event. Below was the breakdown of my last week training:

Monday: Easy run 4 mi
Tuesday: Bike 16 mi
Wednesday: Speed interval 5 mi incl warm up; 6x800 @ 6:50 w/ 2 min RI; Cool
Thursday: Bike 16 mi
Friday: Rest
Sunday: Bike 30 mi

I’m really excited to see how this first race of the season will turn out (if I can beat my previous PR of 1:39:10 from last year’s Urban Cow ½ M) and I will surely keep you posted after the race. Wish me luck.     

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Brooks: PureFlow 5 Review

I was able to test out the new Brooks PureFlow 5 courtesy of my good friend Brian Goldman. Brooks launched the PureFlow 5 at the beginning of this year…what a better way to welcome a new year with a new line of shoes. The PF5 is the 5th version of PF if you haven’t figure it out yet. In the shoe industry, manufacturer can easily discontinue the line of shoes if it keeps getting negative reviews from consumers, not the PF. With this many versions of PF, it only shows that runners are satisfied and loving how it performs. Brooks continue to preserve the DNA of PF with few tweaks from the previous versions. With this let’s begin with my review.


Description
The Brooks PureFLow 5 falls under the “connect me” category of the Brooks line-up. The “connect me” shoes are considered to be lightweight and flexible with low profile to the ground. The PF5 shoes are considered Neutral shoes; designed for runners with medium to high arches and need minimal support. The shoes weigh in at 9.2 ounces for men size 9 and 7.8 ounces for women size 7; with this weight it is considered to be on the high end of lightweight shoes. The heel to toe drop is 4mm (Heel height: 22mm, Forefoot height: 18mm). The product I tested was a size 10 and it really feels true to the size. So no more guessing game when it comes to the fit.

 

Upper
The upper is made of a new 3D fit print that gives the material a strategic stretch making me feel that it wraps around my feet but not so much that it feels constricting. The mesh provides a good flow of air making my feet breathe which helps in moisture management. The heel collar inner lining is incredibly smooth and feels comfy plus it is high enough which provides a wraparound feel preventing my heel from sliding out. The tongue is very well padded and the eyelets are placed strategically so you can put the right pressure where it needs to.


Sole
The PF5 has the Biomogo DNA layout making it 10% lighter than its predecessor, this new layout offers enough cushion and right flex to every stride. It has a rounded heel which provides for better alignment thus minimize the stress on the joints.

The Ride
I tested the PF5 on two occasions, initially running it for a short tempo for 5.4 miles, and a short easy run for 4 miles. The toe box was a bit narrow in my opinion which might create some hot spots for runners with wide feet. I think it would have been a lot better if the mesh can stretch even more to create more room in my forefoot. In comparison with other shoes I tested, the heel of the PF 5 is not that cushy which is obvious since the shoes are labeled under the “connect me” category and having a low profile to the ground. I think the 10% reduction gave away some of that cushiness, however, I think it is better suited for tempo or speed interval run where you need to feel the ground but not so much for long run.  

My Verdict
I really enjoy the tempo ran I did with the PF5, with the low profile I was able to feel and more connected to the ground. It has a good flex making my feet to bend naturally in every stride. The shoes sell for $110 which is a great decent price for a product this good. You can purchase it directly on their website or at your favorite local retail store around the nation. The PF5 isn't the kind of shoes I'd use for all my runs due to the firmness of the sole and not so stretchy upper but this will be my go to shoes for those training runs and fast tempo. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

$2.90 Dual Pocket Running Belt Special!!!

As part of the Amazon Dual Pocket Run Belt launch, SLS3 is giving away 50 Dual Pocket Run Belts for only $2.90 (Retail: $29.90) with FREE Amazon Prime shipping.
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OOFOS: OOriginal Review

The OOFOS company has been in the sports and manufacturing industry for quite a few years now and has been getting a lot of buzz. So I reached out to OOFOS and I want find out myself what the hype is all about. What makes me wonder too is, how they were able to create such a magnitude with just a simple product that we’ve already known for a long time…c’mon it’s just a sandals, no big deal…right? Maybe it’s because of their backward mentality that made them stood out from the rest…let me explain. If you need shoes, you go to a running store, to find the most comfortable shoes to support your feet while running. Most runners are so critical in choosing the right shoes. They’ve probably done so much research as if they’re buying a new car. Nothing wrong with that. The question is, what do you put on those feet after the brutal miles of training? Maybe not a big deal for some and who cares…that’s where OOFOS comes in. So without further ado, let’s dive in.

Image Credit: OOFOS
Description
Let me start my review by saying “this is the best sandals ever anybody can ask for”. I can surely end my review and leave it on the high note… I’ll just let you verify what I just said. But I think its not enough and I need to acknowledge all the good things about this product. The OOFOS OOriginal are made of a closed cell foam they called OOFoam. A material so light that it offers 37% impact absorption compared to the traditional foam used in some shoes. It gives the feet the ability to recover as quickly as possible from hard training or from the normal day to day activities like walking and standing for a long period of time. This also benefits people who are experiencing minor foot problems which prevents them from standing due to pressure building up in their feet.

Image Credit: OOFOS

The Ride
What I immediately noticed was how high the arches were constructed in comparison to a regular sandals or flip flops and feels that I’m an inch higher. It feels a little strange the first time I put it on but it didn’t take much time to get used to it. I noticed how it alleviates the pressure off my ankles the moment I stepped in. It was meticulously constructed to deliver the right amount of cushion and dense where it needs to be. The forefoot portion is flexible and it gets a little denser as you go down the heel. The thong portion (no pun intended) is firm but has a soft feel and didn’t cause any chaffing or irritation like the traditional flip flops. I love that it has the grooves and hugs my feet snugly without being too tight making it so ideal for strolling around town and lounging.

My Verdict
As many of you know that I’ve been training again for my ½ M. I’m running and cross training during weekdays and logging my long miles over the weekend. Unfortunately, I experienced some bone bruise on my right heel during the course. This situation gets even worse after I finished the run but I can honestly say that OOFOS really saved me from getting thru the pain, it gets me back on my feet and ready again for the next day. I’ve been using my OOFOS OOriginal for over a week now and I’m loving it. You can even throw it in a washing machine (or hand brush) if you need to get it cleaned, just make sure that you wash it with cold water and hang them dry.

The OOFOS OOriginal sells for $44.95 which I think is a little bit steep. Though the price is on the high end, it is justifiable…every dollar you spent on this is absolutely worth it! Considering the execution and the amount of time they spent to deliver a product and does what it promises to do. It’s often that we see those products full of hype but failed to deliver…not the OOFOS! The OOFOS sells different styles and colors that could perfectly match your life style. You can get yours directly on their website and retail stores located around the nation. If perhaps you happen to live outside the United States, they have expanded internationally as well, so check them out.

Do yourself a favor and grab one today and experience the difference. Their mission is to make yOO feel better…and I got to say that they did! Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Week 5: Davis Stampede ½ M training continues

Yes, I’m behind on my weekly update with regards to my ½ M training and you can blame that on Sunday’s Super Bowl. I really have no intention to watch the Super Bowl anyhow, since I’m not a football fan and mainly because I don’t know anything about that game…no, I’m serious. I really don’t know anything about football and for the past years during Super Bowl, the only time I’m in front of the TV was during commercials and half time presentations. It’s either I’m in the garage working on my bikes or doing some yard work and my wife would just let me know if it’s commercial. Sunday was a bit different, for the very first time I found myself watching this game. So why you asked?

I’m pretty sure that you noticed this already that when it’s Super Bowl, the street is “super empty” as well (at least from where I live) and I always take this opportunity to ride my bike without fear of getting hit, yelled at or brushed off by some cray cray drivers. Well I did ride, but I did that early in the morning because the afternoon forecast will have some strong wind. I was blown by the wind last Friday when I did my 45 mi bike ride and it was no fun. So just to save myself from being blown away (again), I rode and finished early that Sunday. Cleaned the bike and there was nothing else to do after that…and that’s where I found my lazy ass siting and watching this game. Anyhow, here’s the breakdown of last week training:

Monday: Easy run 5 mi 
Tuesday: Bike 16 mi
Wednesday: Easy run 4 mi
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Bike 45 mi
Sunday: Bike 26 mi

I tried not do so much running this time and let my right foot heal. It’s getting much better so far and I’m still getting the right amount of cardio workout from cycling anyhow.

So if you ever wonder after I sat down for 5 hours watching the football game…do I understand the game by now?…ohhh heck no!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

You’re probably hurting your bike…and yourself if you’re not doing these

Image Credit: Bicycling.com
I’m an avid cyclist way before I caught this running bug. I raced my bike for few years and I’m still enjoying the rides along with my friends whether it’s a short or century rides. Cycling has always been my passion and one of my outlets when I just want to have that “me time”.

Along all those years that I’ve been riding my bike, I pick up some good things that I want to share with you. These suggestions are from my own experience, hope you’ll enjoy and get something from it.



Not cleaning your bike
This doesn’t mean power spraying your bike like what the professional mechanics are doing. Professional mechanics are doing this because it’s a lot easier and faster for them to clean 10 or more bikes within their team. Though they’re using the power spray, they’re also disassembling the bikes for thorough cleaning, inspection then building it up back again. But for the regular Joes like you and me, cleaning can be as simply running a clean rug on the frame, fork and handle bar after each ride. You can either wet the rug with warm water or spray it with some lemon pledge (yes, the one we used in cleaning furniture). I always do this after each ride, it makes it easy for me to give it a good visual inspection for any hairline cracks or remove those sugary stuff from my drinks that could potentially build up on the frame and bottom bracket.

Not lubing your chain
Chain is your link to transfer your leg power to the rear wheel so you can move forward. It is also the most critical part of the bike that needs to be lube every now and then. If not properly lubed, chains can create a lot of friction that can speed up the wear and tear of the chain rings, cassettes, derailleur jockeys and that could also potentially weaken each link on the chain. To prevent this from happening, after each ride grab the bottom side of the chain with a clean rug and hold it while spinning the pedal backwards. Keep doing this until you think that the chain is clean enough. After that, you need to lube those chains and let it sit for few hours so that the oil can get to those little tiny holes and push the dirt out.  Run those rugs again and re- lube. Let the oil sit overnight and remember to wipe the chain again before riding to remove any excess oil (if you somehow put too much) this will prevent oil from splatting your precious wheels and getting into the brake surface.

Not changing your cable and the housing
This maintenance is not as critical in comparison with the above. However, this deserves some TLC as well if you want your bike to shift like butter. If you’re a serious racer or just a weekend warrior fighting for those town sprints, this could mean the difference between bragging and coming in for second place. Most manufacturers will inject lube inside the housing and pre lube the cables to extend its life but they do deteriorate over time. If you use power spray or hose to clean your bike, water can sometimes get into those tiny holes and rust can build up inside. Also if you see that your cables are frayed, it might be a good idea to replace them right away. There’s really no magic number on when to replace them but depending on where and how often you ride your bike is a good indicator. I replace mine at least every three years.

Not inspecting your tires
This goes beyond inflating and checking your tire pressure every time you ride. You should constantly check your tires before and after each ride for loose threads on the sidewalls and minor/ major cuts. The worst thing that could happen is when your tire suddenly blows out on you. This could potentially put you in a serious danger when it happens during high speed. You have more chances of saving yourself from crashing if the rear tire blows up but not with the front tire. When front tire blows up, you are more than likely to go down.

As we all know, the front and rear tires have different wear and tear ratio. It’s almost close to 1:3, meaning that the rear tire will wear out three times faster than the front. This is due to weight distribution and also because this is where we transfer the power that creates friction between the road and the tire. Some manufacturers (like Continentals) have dimples indented on their tires. This is a wear indicator and if you no longer see those dimples, then it’s time for a new one. If you’re strapped financially (I know, tires are not cheap) you can do the “front to back to trash” method. Meaning that the new tire goes to front, the old front tire goes to the back, and the old back tire goes to the trash. Make sense?

Not inspecting the headset
Not too many cyclists do this but I think it’s a good habit that you should inspect this area before you ride. For carbon fiber bikes (which most cyclists own now), manufacturers have set certain parameters on how much torque should be applied to lock those bolts in the headset. I’m not saying that the recommended torque is not that good, but you need to remember that the bikes are constantly exposed to jarring and vibrations every time you ride and chances are those bolts might lose its tightness overtime. This rarely happens anyhow, but for the sake of being safe this is how to check the headset, grab the headset with one of your hands and gently bump the front wheel against the wall. If you noticed any movement, then your headset is loose. Tighten them up!

Thanks for reading and hope these help. Feel free to comments if you have any concerns or questions.