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Your Donations to Brent Wells

Your donations to the Brent Wells Recovery Fund have been amazing!

As the donations have been coming in strong, Alamo 180 has decided to make this part of the local non-profits and missions we support. We have added the Brent Wells Recovery Fund to our “Support” page. You can make your donation there.

Here’s the link to the Support Page: http://www.alamo180.com/about-alamo180/red-thread-movement-partnership/

We will cut checks every month.

Thanks for your love and support! We have an amazing community!

Get Low to Go Fast

The proper body position can help you ride faster and longer.

Most people cannot ride comfortably with their hands in the handlebar drops for more than a minute. It’s a good idea to get acquainted with the drops. The lower body position reduces the amount of drag, so you save more energy and can ride faster and longer.

(side note: there is no point in getting aero wheels if you plan to sit straight up catching wind like a kite).

Not only are you more efficient in the drops, you have more traction in wet or gravelly conditions and tight corners.

Check Bike Fit.

To ride effectively in the drops you need to roll your hips forward, keeping the hip angle open. If you are getting into the drops by bending at the waist or arching your back, your hip angle is closing, which means you will produce less power.

Be Flexible.

If bike fit isn’t the problem, the culprit is probably your range of motion. Reaching the drops by straightening your arms may make you less aerodynamic. To cut drag, you need to lower your head and shoulders, which requires greater hip and lower-back flexibility. Check out these stretching exercises…

Practice in Position.

To develop more power in the drops, practice. Try this – twice per week, do three to four 6 minute intervals with your hands in the drops.  Start at moderate intensity and after a few weeks increase the intensity to just below ‘race pace’. Or use the drops whenever you ride on the bike trainer.

Adapted by Bicycling Magazine article “Get Low, Go Fast by Chris Carmichael.

Bike Storage and Safety

Secure Bike Storage

As triathlon season picks up and the weather becomes nicer for outdoor bike rides, it is important to be mindful of bike storage and security. Most of us know someone whose bike has been stolen or even worse you have had yours stolen. Here are a few tips to keep your prized possession out of the arms of a thief:

* Verify the serial # that is on the bike. Typically it is underneath the bottom bracket or on one of the chain stays. Some bike shops record the serial # at the time of purchase; consider contacting the original bike shop to verify the #.

* Let your insurance company know about your important investment. Provide your insurer with photos to verify ownership as well as original sales receipt and serial #. This helps you in the event your bike is stolen. The police and your insurance company need this information to expedite the process.

* Never leave your bike unlocked and unattended outside any building – this includes your local bike shop. Unfortunately bike theft can happen even in your backyard. You just never know who might be passing through.

* Avoid locking your bike outside for an extended period of time. If you ride your bike to work on a consistent basis see if your employer will allow you to bring your bike inside or to a more secure place that is visible to more people.

* If locking your bike outside is unavoidable invest in a quality lock. Avoid the thinner cable locks. Look for the beefier U- Lock style lock. In addition to the U-Lock, commuters should consider carrying a heavier cable lock as well so you can lock your bike to almost anything.

* If you need to leave your bike unattended in your car consider covering it with a blanket and/or keep it out of plain view as much as possible. For optimum coverage, get a flat sheet that matches the interior color of your vehicle.

* If you need to leave your bike on your bike rack for an extended period, make sure to lock it on the rack. Some racks come with an existing lock which works great. The other option is to use a heavy cable lock.

* Register your bike with the National Bike Registry (NBR). The NBR is the only true national database where bikes can be identified by police and returned to the rightful owner. Register today!

Information adapted from Jack & Adams Bicycles Newsletter