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RedShift Sports ShockStop Bike Stem

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So there’s a great firm in Philly called RedShift Sports. They are the makers of the ShockStop shock absorbing bike stem. I’m getting a review unit in soon and can’t wait to try it out. Check out their Kickstarter video below

From the release:

The ShockStop is an adjustable-stiffness, shock-absorbing suspension stem designed specifically for road riding. It improves ride quality and comfort by isolating the rider’s body from bumps, shocks, and road buzz. The ShockStop fits virtually all bikes, and it comes in a variety of lengths and angles with interchangeable stiffness elastomers so everyone from performance cyclists to recreational riders and commuters can find the perfect fit.

In recent years, riders have begun to embrace bikes that are designed for more than just perfect roads.  Relaxed geometry, wider tires, and disc brakes not only make road riding more comfortable and fun, but they also let us expand the definition of the “road” to include everything from gravel trails to smooth singletrack.

Bikes should be comfortable and riding should be fun. But ride more than a few miles, and you quickly realize that bikes are extremely stiff.  They transmit every little bump straight to our hands and arms, and after a while those impacts and vibrations make the ride less enjoyable. Bumps and rough roads also rob you of speed, cause a loss of control, and over time they can even lead to chronic injury.

Over the last few years, bike manufacturers have made major improvements in ride comfort through increased rear-end compliance, but the front-end of most road bikes remains unforgivingly stiff. Carbon forks and padded bar tape provide minor relief, but they do little to cushion the rider’s hands and arms against sharper impacts from bumps, cracks, and other road imperfections.

THE SHOCKSTOP STEM DOES WHAT GLOVES AND EXTRA BAR TAPE CAN’T:
IT ISOLATES YOUR UPPER BODY FROM THE REALITIES OF THE ROAD.

The Shockstop is a single-pivot shock-absorbing suspension stem that is designed from the ground-up specifically for riding on less-than-perfect roads. It dramatically improves front-end ride quality without compromising steering responsiveness or affecting your existing bike fit. And perhaps just as importantly, it does this while blending seamlessly with the design language and aesthetics of modern road bikes.

This isn’t your father’s suspension stem. The ShockStop uses the same sealed cartridge bearings that are used in high-end mountain bike suspension pivots, and the forged aluminum components are extremely torsionally rigid, so climbing and sprinting feel completely natural. The travel is also specifically limited to 1-2 centimeters (6°) – enough to provide amazing cushioning against most road impacts, without affecting the geometry or handling of your bike.  Twin interchangeable elastomers let each rider fine-tune the road feel to perfectly match their own riding style. Racers, triathletes, and competitive riders can choose firmer settings to retain a more traditional front-end feel, while commuters, fitness enthusiasts, and endurance riders can dial in a softer feel to maximize comfort.

THE SHOCKSTOP REDUCED FORCES TRANSMITTED THROUGH THE HANDS BY UP TO 70% COMPARED TO A STANDARD STEM.

So what does it feel like? In a word: smooth. The effect is comparable to switching from 23mm tires at 110 psi to 32mm tires at 50 psi, without any of the added rotating weight, rolling resistance, and aerodynamic penalties. Road buzz is almost completely eliminated and impacts from larger bumps and cracks are dramatically muted. The ShockStop is the next logical step in the recognition that cycling performance and comfort are not mutually exclusive concepts.

Key Features:

Compatible Fits virtually all road, hybrid, commuter, and triathlon bikes[1]

Elegant The Shockstop matches the sleek design language of modern bicycles

Easy to Install Most people can install the Shockstop in just a few minutes with basic tools

Standardized Comes in a variety of standard lengths and angles to match your existing bike fit

Adjustable Dual interchangeable elastomers let you tune the stiffness to match your ride feel

Lightweight From 238g for 90mm length[2]      

Maintenance Free Sealed cartridge bearings  and rugged elastomer springs eliminate maintenance

Torsionally Rigid Advanced pivot joint maintains torsional stiffness and steering responsiveness

Advanced 3D forged 6061-T6 aluminum components and FEA-optimized design

Rugged Utilizes the same fully-sealed cartridge bearings found in high-end mountain bikes

Adaptable Clamps directly to 31.8mm handlebars; fits 25.4/26.0mm bars with included shims

[1] Simple adapter required for bikes with quill stems
[2] Weight based on prototype units.  Actual production weight may vary.

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Off to Vermont. Happy Labor Day Weekend.

So off to Vermont for the Labor Day weekend. I hoping to at least get one ride in. Today, we’re on the road so I’m missing a day of cycling. Boo, but cycle 🚴 in Vermont will be fun.

Have a safe holiday everyone.

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Great Community of Cyclists Online

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So as many of you know, I’ve only been back in the saddle for about a week and a half and I’m loving it. I don’t want my rides to end and often go just a little further because of that drive.

I’ve been getting involved in some great online communities online, mainly on Facebook and Strava. Both serve different purposes, but there is a great community out there online for cyclists of all shapes, sizes, strengths, experience and that’s great.

It’s great to have a support group of other cyclists who know what you’re going through, who can cheer you on and support you when you have trouble.

If you’re looking for a few good groups to join check these ones out.

Do you know any other good ones. Post them in the comments below. Now get out riding!

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How To Pass A Cyclist

So today I ventured further down below the borough of Doylestown and did a nice loop (14.1 miles woohoo).

Share the road with cyclistsOn this ride, I noticed something that many of us cyclist have realized many times, not all drivers understand how to pass cyclists. It’s not that they’re trying to hurt us or be rude (well at least not most of them), many are just uneducated on how to pass correctly.

Here are some tips:

  • If you’re on a hill and behind a cyclist, BE PATIENT and wait until you can pass with a nice gap between you and the cyclist. You’ll probably get a friendly wave.
  • If you are unsure about passing a cyclist, take your time, BE PATIENT, and give space.
  • If you are following a group of cyclists 2×2 only pass if you think you can do it safely. It’s not just about the cyclists’ safety, but your own as well.

Over all BE PATIENT when passing a cyclist or group of cyclists. Share the road and BE SAFE.

Do you have any other tips for motorists and cyclists on getting along on the road? Post them in the comments.

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Welcome To #CyclingForMe

Seth & IlanHi Everyone!

I’m Seth. I’m a 34 year old, father, husband and digital marketer, who has just got back into cycling after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. This blog will be a place to share my thoughts and adventures.

Please feel free to comment and share your experiences too.

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Welcome To #CyclingForMe

headshotHi Everyone!

I’m Seth. I’m a 34 year old, father, husband and digital marketer, who has just got back into cycling after a 2 1/2 year hiatus. This blog will be a place to share my thoughts and adventures.

Please feel free to comment and share your experiences too.

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Wordcamp Philly 2015 – What An Experience

wcphilly-volunteerAs I do every year, I attended (and volunteered at) Wordcamp Philly 2015. This year it was held at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. First off what an amazing facility and campus. I’ve never been there and I’m impressed with the space.

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Wordcamp Philly was a two-day event, this year June 13-14. I only attended the main day on the 13th, but it was such a great event. I always loved the “barcamp-esqe” atmosphere, where it’s not too stuffy and everyone is there to help one another. Another great thing is that it was only $20 to attend, making it affordable for people of all walks of life who want to learn WordPress.

This was my first year volunteering and I’m glad I did. Though I didn’t sit through any session straight through, I feel as thought I got more out of it, because I picked up some great bits of info from sessions I might not have even attended otherwise.

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If you get a chance to attend a Wordcamp next year, whether it be in Philly or elsewhere, I suggest you take advantage of the opportunity. You can learn more about this years Wordcamp and see the presenters slides by going to the website and looking at the #WCPhilly Hashtag on Twitter.

If you would like to see the photos I took at the event you can go to: http://s3th.me/WCPhillyPhotos