Archive for March 4th, 2021

Best 3D printer in 2021

03/4/2021 0:07
Which 3D printer is right for your business? We’ve evaluated the offerings of leading printers, all capable of creating 3D objects, but with a wide range of characteristics. If you’re in the market for a 3D printer, you’ll find one here that fits your needs.

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Best home generator in 2021

03/4/2021 0:07
Give yourself peace of mind with these emergency backup generators that keep the power on at home or at work.

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3D scanning (and ancient phenotyping skills) to end world hunger

03/4/2021 0:07
How new technologies and ancient practices are helping to increase yields to meet a staggering global demand.

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KOM Cycling Indoor Bike Trainer Desk Review

03/4/2021 0:07

Bike trainer desks are designed to help keep your devices in place, water bottles, food, or if you like to multi-task and get some work done while getting a workout in. We’ve seen a number of them from major companies such as the Wahoo Desk, Saris TD1 trainer desk, and some cheaper knockoffs such as the […]

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Newsletter Issue No. 955

03/4/2021 0:07

March 4, 2021 How This Record Setting 77-year-old Woman Does Sweet Spot Training By Coach John Hughes Elizabeth Wicks is an endurance rider. In 2019 she rode 7500 miles. That’s a good year for any rider … and she turned 75 that year! You can read about her 7500-mile year and the obstacles she had […]

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How a 77-year-old Woman Does Sweet Spot Training

03/4/2021 0:07

By Coach John Hughes Elizabeth Wicks is an endurance rider. In 2019 she rode 7500 miles. That’s a good year for any rider … and she turned 75 that year! You can read about her 7500-mile year and the obstacles she had to overcome here. I’ve been friends with Elizabeth for decades and coached her […]

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Charge Comfort Ebike Review

03/4/2021 0:06

Charge Comfort Ebike: $1,699. by Lars Hundley Charge Bikes contacted me and offered to temporarily lend me one of their ebikes for review. I chose the Comfort model, because it’s a “one size fits most” type of bicycle that both my wife and I could share. Charge also makes a City model in multiple sizes […]

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A Song for Every Season

03/4/2021 0:06

I’d like to show how anyone interested in creative thinking can benefit from a simple life skill approach.

With writing, just a little advise can sometimes go a long way. Plus, I can usually manage to blend in some meaningful music quotes into the mix. I also find this manner of contemplation generates other great ideas. But, I must admit, every time I do this I wonder why I don’t do it more often. There just seems to be so many distractions in life. But that’s part of the process… continually reminding yourself of the benefits to you and others… letting your true feeling guide you.

For example, my way to express gratitude hangs on each letter of the word ‘HELP’: Help, Excited, Love, Proud.

Help:. I find its universal like friendship. So when Rob, my former band-mate passed away, I could feel the hole in my heart grow. At the end, saying he loved me like a brother… words that will never be forgotten despite the painful joy, but try we must.

“What would you think if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?”
~ With a Little Help from My Friends by the Beatles
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Excited: Today, as we stare down the specter of Covid-19 – the end is in sight. Yet, although millions have succumbed, it remains almost invisible to many more people who’ve not been touched personally. Out of sight; out of mind? As Bob Dylan asked in ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, “Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see?”

Love: When you lose it, you’re lost. Yet, this most precious of gifts is sometimes taken for granted. If you have it, hold on to it.

Proud: We are so proud of our front line pandemic caregivers who work tirelessly on our behalf. They bring comfort to the sick and dying– when medical protocols mean we can’t. No one should have to die alone.

“But of all these friends and lovers,
There is no one compares with you”
~ In My Life by John Lennon

Also expressed so beautifully well by Sean Connery… his creative version of ‘In My Life’ says it best for me. Watch on YouTube

Yes, there’s a more targeted way to live our lives; I can see it, but it’s so hard to be it. There’s so much to do… so much to learn… so many ways to pay back. The thing is, how can we return all the undeserved love we’ve been given in our lives? As the Doobie Brothers sang it – “Without love, where would you be right now?” (Long Train Runnin’) Watch on YouTube

Paraphrasing Beatles’ producer George Martin, when you’re working with creative talent, you must let them be… guarding against excess yes but watching in amazement as they project their personality into a song… letting their genius shine through like nobody else can. So, thanks for the memories Sir George… we’ll miss you!

Finally, The Beatles, “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
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That’s the way I figure it. – FP

Photo Credit

Photo is from pixabay
First published at fredparry.ca


Guest Author Bio
Fred Parry

Fred Parry lives in Southern Ontario. He is a lover of people and a collector of stories, music, wisdom, and grandchildren. His raison d’etre? “I’m one of those people who believe that if my work serves the common good, it will last; if not, it will die with me. As a freelancer – including ten years as a Torstar columnist – I still believe that’s true.” His book, ‘The Music In Me’ (2013) Friesen Press is also available via Indigo / Chapters.

Blog / Website: www.fredparry.ca

 

 

 


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CANYON: ‘STOP RIDING NEW AEROAD MODELS’ FOLLOWING VAN DER POEL INCIDENT

03/4/2021 0:06

On Tuesday as Mathieu Van Der Poel was approaching the finish of the cobbled Le Samyn road race, the proprietary handlebar on his Canyon Aeroad CFR broke apart. Van der Poel handled the mechanical calmly and continued to successfully lead out the sprint for his teammate. Following the incident, the direct-to-consumer brand released the statement below calling for Aeroad owners to discontinue riding their bikes for the time being. For more information about the issues we hand with the  Aeroad CFR handlebar read our full review.

Le Samyn 2021 – Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED – Alpecin-Fenix) Photo: Bettini

Press release: On Tuesday, 2 March, at one of the opening classic races “Le Samyn”, a part of the handlebar of our Alpecin-Fenix pro Mathieu van der Poel (NED) quite obviously broke off during the race. Experts from the Canyon development and quality management departments immediately began analysis and testing to understand the cause of this incident. The affected cockpits (CP0018 and CP0015) are only installed on the current Aeroad models CF SLX and CFR. The Aeroad CF SL model is not in any way affected by this issue.

“Mathieu fortunately did not fall. We want to ensure with absolute certainty that no one comes to harm before we have fully understood the root cause” says Roman Arnold, founder of Canyon Bicycles. Canyon is therefore informing all affected Aeroad customers and asking them to stop using their bike for the time being.

“We are doing everything we can to equip the affected Aeroad models as quickly as possible with a cockpit that meets both our and our customers’ demands for total quality and safety,” emphasises Armin Landgraf, CEO of Canyon Bicycles.

It has also already been decided that all professional teams will switch to alternative bikes with immediate effect. Until further notice, the pro sport athletes will be using the previous model of Aeroad or the current Ultimate.

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BIKE TEST: 2021 CANYON AEROAD CFR

03/4/2021 0:06

If you’ve been a regular RBA reader, then the German bike brand Canyon needs no introduction. If you haven’t been, then know that Canyon is a fast-growing brand dedicated to the consumer-direct sales model. From the start, the performance aspects of their road bikes have never been in question, owing to their winning tradition in the WorldTour—something rarely found with consumer-direct brands.

Couple pro-level racing success with cutting-edge designs and uber-competitive retail prices, and you have an easy-to-understand brand formula. 

The new Canyon Aeroad is the first re-issue of the bike since its inception back in 2014. While the new version looks similar to its predecessor, in fact, it has very little in common with it. Aero is, of course, still the name of the game, but instead of prioritizing between aerodynamics, weight or compliance, this time around Canyon was actually able to provide all three in a unique way.

THE FRAME

The new Aeroad is available in three different levels—the CF SL, CF SLX or the high-end CFR tested here. Canyon has a claimed weight of 915 grams for the CFR frame, 980 grams for the CF SLX and 1020 grams for the CF SL. The fork on the CFR and CF SLX is the same, with a claimed weight of 425 grams.

Since “aero” is in the name and there have been some substantial advancements in aerodynamic design knowledge since 2014, from the seat stays to the fork, there are a lot of very small changes made to the new bike. 

On top of the new and refined tubes, the Aeroad is only available in disc-brake trim. This then opens the designers up to accommodate a wider variety of tire sizes, as well as slight geometry enhancements. The 98.4cm wheelbase is 3mm shorter with 41cm chainstays that are 5mm shorter.

As far as fit is concerned, the 72.72-degree head tube is now 4mm shorter at 12.6cm. The top tube is 54.9cm with a reach of 39cm and stack of 53.9cm. When comparing this to the previous version, it has a 6mm-higher stack and 1mm-shorter reach. The frame retains the Press-Fit BB86 interface. 

THE PARTS

The biggest updates to the Aeroad are the proprietary cockpit and seatpost. The Aerocockpit is designed specifically for the new version. The stem has a proprietary wedge design that only fits the Aeroad fork. Besides hiding all the hoses and wires internally, the stem also has a 15mm range of height adjustment. The most unique aspect of the handlebars is that they can easily be widened (via a sliding slot on the underside) from 39cm to 43cm wide via three positions at 20mm increments. 

Why go through all the trouble to design a slippery bar and then interrupt a lot of that flow with a large, strangely-angled computer mount.

Currently, Canyon doesn’t offer an aftermarket option, so you are locked into the stem length/handlebar width that comes with the specific bike size. Our size-small bike was fitted with a 90mm stem with the 39mm bar that
can adjust to 37mm or 41mm. Currently, depending on the bike size, there are five different offerings: 80–90mm
stem with 41/39/37 or 100, 110, 120mm with 43/41/39. 

The new seatpost has a deeper aero profile, but this is combined with a lower clamping location for compliance. The post is also split on the lower portion to add even more compliance.

A real value is the Shimano Power meter that would otherwise retail for nearly $1500.

The CFR model is equipped with Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain with a 52/36 power meter crank matched to an 11-28t cassette. The bike rolls on tubeless-ready DT Swiss ARC 1100 Dicut 62mm wheels mounted with a mixed spec of a 25mm front and 28mm rear Continental GP 5000. Finishing the build is a Selle Italia SLR saddle with manganese rails.

THE RIDE

When setting up our bike, the first thing we did was adjust the handlebars and realized that the internally routed wires and hoses were too short to allow for the widest width (41cm) setting, so we opted for the middle setting of 39cm. The real downside to the telescoping design is it leaves a big groove under the tape on the top of the bars. Sure, it can be covered with tape, but it feels weird on the hand and fingers.

Next is the stem height that has a total of 15mm of adjustment. Sure, it doesn’t require the steerer to be cut after fitting the bike, but there is only 15mm to play with, so unless you like a “pro” fit, you’re going to be out of luck. It wasn’t the easiest to work with and requires a supplied but specific tool. 

Next is the seatpost, and the lower third is cut away to apparently provide some added compliance. However, that idea doesn’t really pass the smell test.  We couldn’t quite grasp how the cut-away seatpost design was going to give a better ride. If anything, the cutaway post seems designed to instead allow for added clearance around the seat-stay/seat-tube junction when the saddle nears its lowest setting.

Setup details aside, this bike truly does deliver on speed. It feels fast under you. Even with lower tire pressures the deep tubes and even deeper wheels just want to slice through the air. Even in the windiest conditions we came away impressed with how it handled. With that said, this is still very much a race bike, and the handling can be defined as such. The steering is responsive, and the back end feels short, which leads to a bike that responds quickly and left a few less-experienced riders on edge.

Although the bike doesn’t look the part, it could be described as an all-arounder. Out-of-the-saddle efforts were where we felt the bike was most lacking. It wasn’t the frame or power transfer; that was spot-on. It was more around the new bar system. None of our testers are what we would consider “big,” and all but one mentioned the flex they experienced out of the new cockpit. It was a deal-breaker for a few.

THE VERDICT

It’s almost shocking that a bike with frame tubes and wheels this deep can still hit the scales at 16 pounds. This just goes to show how much technology has evolved. This is an aero bike that we wouldn’t hesitate to call an all-arounder, but that is if you’re okay with a fairly aggressive geometry and minimal cockpit adjustment. 

For some, this compromise is worth the rest of the package and price. There isn’t another bike on the market at this level that even comes close in price, and then add in a power meter. Trek, Cannondale and the rest should take notes, because this is what riders want—value and performance. 

Despite all the massive upgrades, we’d say the Aeroad is 95 percent there. Just as they did with the dual-plane handlebar on the Grail gravel bike, Canyon assumed some risk with the adjustable handlebar concept. We hope they’ll offer a selection of aftermarket-compatible cockpits so a rider can better personalize the steering package to
their needs. 

Regardless, the CFR has become the go-to bike for one of our speed-demon test riders. For us, the real takeaway is further validation of how a consumer-direct company can affect and infiltrate the market so drastically. But, it’s simple, they make bikes that push the limits and minimize compromise for a hard-to-beat price. ν

PUNCH LINES

• Power meter included

• Too much handlebar flex

• Look, feel and be fast

STATS

Price: $9000

Weight: 16.06 pounds

Sizes: 2XS, XS, S (tested), M, L, XL, 2XL

www.canyon.com

THE GEAR

Helmet: Limar Air Master 

Jacket: Pearl Izumi            

Bib: Canyon                   

Shoes: Bont Vaypor S       

Socks: Shimano S-Phyre         

Glasses: Oakley  

Gloves: Gore

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