Speedplay Pedal Replacement

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

 

 

Please be aware that if you’ve had your bike fit done professionally, cleat installation is a critical piece of the formula. Long rides locked in at the wrong angle can be terrible for your knees. If you’re uncomfortable replacing the cleats yourself, head back to your bike fitter and they’ll likely help you out for nothing if you’re a loyal customer.

Cover Your Backside

If you haven’t heard of Prologo you’re soon to be in the minority. Prologo is a relavtively new company that has experienced a meteoric rise to prominence over the last few years, which they accomplished the old fashioned way. They developed a superior product and were able to get people to try it out. It didn’t take long for word to spread, and they have become the most in-demand saddle at every echelon of racing. They now hold titles in the Tour de France and the Olymipcs as well as the numerous successes by Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel.


They have become a prominent name in Europe and have aggressive plans in the US. We look forward to riding their saddles this year and letting you know what we think.

Suunto X10 Review

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I took the new Suunto X10 on a trip to Portalón, Costa Rica. The trip was one one-part real estate recon and one-part adventure travel. The watch was useful for both. For the adventure travel part of the trip, I traveled on horseback through the rain forest near Manuel Antonio National Park. It was the perfect place to run the watch through the paces. What follows is a review of this watch with pictures of the Google Earth integration. This Fall Suunto debuted their new flagship GPS product – the X10. The X10 is the replacement for the X9i.  This is proo positive that GPS technology has come a long way in a short time. It is now commonplace in the lives of so many people, and Suunto is leading the way in the GPS watch segment. Just a few years ago, the GPS watches that were out there were expensive and the quality was poor.

Suunto X10 Specs:

1. GPS Route Planning
2. 50 Routes, 500 Waypoints
3. Syncs with powerful Suunto Trek Manager Software as well as Google Earth
4. Altimeter, Barometer, Compass

TEST 1: Accuracy
Could it acquire and maintain a good satellite connection? Would this connection be compromised by the dense cover in the rainforest? I must tell you, it did not disappoint.  I was able to maintain a good connection throughout my entire ride.  There are three modes that determine how often the watch seeks a GPS satellite signal: Manual, 1 minute, and 1 second. Battery life is reduced correspondingly. The owner’s manual estimates a battery life of 16 hours, and 6 hours for 10 minutes and 1 minute respectively. I operated in both modes repeatedly and battery life exceeded these limits by 20% or more in all cases.

TEST 2: Interoperability
My favorite feature, by far, is the interconnection with Google Earth. The process was a super-easy, plug-and-play interface. With the press of a button, my entire trip was uploaded from the watch into Google Earth. See below. Aside from the map data, the watch also maintained time series data on speed, elevation change, distance traveled, etc. Any feasible data relating to my trip was captured and available through the Suunto Trek Manager software. This is, by far, Suunto’s best attempt at software design.

SYNOPSIS: Useful
A GPS wrist top computer has traditionally been a tool used by mountaineers. The X 10 has taken a large technological leap that brings it well within the realm of the casual fan of any outdoor activity: cyclists, trail runners, kayakers…the list goes on. The Google Earth interface makes it extremely easy to share via email, facebook, or your own personal blog or website. User-populated sites such as Mapmyhike/mapmyride/mapmyrun etc. are the perfect venue for these new Google Earth files. Information such as topographical data as well as distance, and elevation gain becomes easy and fun to share with others. Ohh, and don’t just take our word for it, this watch won the Gear of the Year Award by  National Geographic Adventure.

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Check out the pictures below for GPS maps of the trek — pretty cool!

Video about Wilier’s Centro Uno

10 Degrees Latitude is proud of our ongoing relationship with Wilier.  The frame maker is historic in Europe and is growing in the US.  We met with them at Interbike. They are excited about 10DL, and we are excited about Wilier’s momentum. They’ve put together a strong product offering for 2009, and we’ve been trying to figure out a way to capture this and do it justice in our blog.  Below are two videos that do a great job of telling Wilier’s story.

Here is a video from Bicycling Magazine by Executive Editor Bill Strickland.

Report from Interbike

Interbike was a great success this year. For those of you who aren’t aware of the event, Interbike is the largest bicycle trade event in North America. It is one of the most important events of the year for retailers, manufacturers, and and other industry folks. Over 1,000 brands are represented and 85% of all business within the cycling industry happens over these three days.

We were there for a couple of reasons. Our first objective was to personally thank all of those who took a risk and supported us last year. We’ve built great relationships with each of our sponsors, and it was great to see them for the first time since returning from Europe.

Special thanks to:

Our second objective was to foster new relationships for the future. We met some great people this year, and we’re really excited about the future. Stay tuned for new sponsor news.