20 October 2012

Showers Pass Double Century EX

We produced a short video showing the main features of the Showers Pass Double Century EX jacket.

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From our website:

Showers Pass Double Century EX

Light, foldable, water proof and breathable-the Showers Pass Double Century EX is the answer for uncertain skies

Buy This Jacket If you ride in changing conditions. The Double Century is the perfect lightweight, foldable and waterproof jacket from Showers Pass.

  • Seam taped so the jacket is 100% wind and waterproof for extra comfort
  • Core vents and and back vent allows for a little or a lot of ventilation
  • Two way zipper for extra venting
  • 3M reflective material throughout the jacket for 360 degrees of safety
  • Chest pocket with water resistant zipper
  • Optional hood available
  • Loop in the back to attach a blinking light for safety.
  • Cinch cord on hem
  • 18 October 2012

    College Cycling Jerseys

    By Douglas Duguay

    We are pleased to announce that Bicyclinghub.com has agreed to partner with Adrenaline Promotions to offer more College Cycling Jerseys on our website.   Our current offering includes jerseys from 67 different Universities from around the United States.  In the coming weeks, we expect to expand that offering to include over 100 different schools to our website!

    Castelli Endurance Bibs Bicycling Magazines Best Bib Shorts Under $160

    Bicycling Magazine has named Castelli's Endurance Bib Shorts an Editor's Choice pick for Best Bib Shorts $160 or less.  We agree with Bicycling!  For the past 6 months Castelli's work horse short has been our best selling bib short.

    Castelli Endurance Cycling Bib Shorts Black The magazine is quoted as saying.  "Broad thigh grippers feel comfortable against your skin and work effectively to hold the shorts in place. The bib straps are very thin and light, properties that help them to move moisture away from your skin. We also thought this chamois had the perfect density."  

    To purchase Castelli's Endurance bibs click here https://www.bicyclinghub.com/castelli-endurance-x2-bib-short/

    15 October 2012

    Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Features

    Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket Back Viewby Douglas Duguay, owner Bicyclinghub.com

    Venting is key with the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket.   This vent in the back lets maximum heat and sweat vapor out the back of the jacket.   When combined with highly breathable eVent fabric this jacket will not only keep you dry on the outside, it will also keep you dry on the inside because sweat will not accumulate on your body.

    The Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket has several safety features that help you stand out on the bike.   Along the top of the back vent is 3M reflective tape.  Also along the top of the vent in a loop that allows you to attach a blinking tail light for added visibility in low light conditions.  The Showers Pass logo is also reflective.

    Water proof media port.  A lot of riders like to listen to music or talk on the phone when the ride.  The Showers Pass Elite 2.1 features a handy media port so you can string your headphones through your pocket!

    Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Arm Pit Vents
    The vents underneath the arms of this jacket allow tons of airflow!  Air will pass through the pit zips and then exit through the back vent.  Additionally, the zippers are also water proof and will not allow moisture in unless un-zipped.  

    Guest Product Review- Showers Pass Elite 2.0

    David Padfield ready for the elements as the All Season cyclist.
    David Padfield
    by David Padfield, All Season Cyclist http://allseasonscyclist.com/ 

    Published with permission of the author.  
    I can’t say I enjoy cycling in the rain, but I seem to do it a lot anyway—a good ride in the rain beats a day in the office anytime. In the past ten years I’ve probably purchased a dozen rain jackets for cycling, but most of them fell short of my expectations. A few years ago I read one blogger who said that if you ride in the rain very often you will end up with a Showers Pass jacket, but you will probably waste a lot of money on inferior jackets before you do. Last year I bought a Showers Pass Touring Jacket and liked it so well that I later bought a Showers Pass Elite 2.1 Jacket as well.
    Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket For Cyclists
    Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket
    When it comes breathability in a rain jacket I don’t think you could find anything better than a Showers Pass jacket. On a breathability scale of one to ten, where a one is a plastic trash bag, I’d give a Showers Pass jacket a ten and most Goretex jackets an eight. The breathability of this jacket comes not only from the eVent three-layer fabric, but also from the numerous venting options built into the jacket. This jacket has fully taped seams, 11-inch pit zips under both arms, large gusseted cuffs, and a very large back vent for flow-thru ventilation. There are elastic cinch-cords on both the collar and the hem—you can open them for added ventilation or close them the keep the heat in. The back of the jacket is extra long to keep your backside dry in pouring rain (and it works well).
    The front of the Showers Pass Elite 2.0 jacket seals up with a water-resistant full length two-way zipper. There is also a roomy chest pocket (a Napoleon pocket) with an audio port that allows you to keep your iPhone or other audio device dry in the pocket and run a headphone cord up to your ear. The collar on this jacket is made of soft Micro-fleece and is very comfortable. Around the neck is a series of Velcro attachment points so you can attach a rain hood (sold separately). For your safety there is a substantial amount of 3M Scotchlite reflective taping on arms and back (the best I’ve seen on any jacket), and light loop in the middle of the back so you can attach a small LED flasher (I wish all cycling jackets had light loops).
    When I reviewed the Showers Pass Touring Jacket I questioned the sanity of anyone who would buy a black cycling jacket. However, as you can see in the photo above, I ended up buying the Elite 2.0 in black, so let me explain why. First, I would never ride on the road in a black jacket, even with the 3M Scotchlite reflective taping. I did not buy this jacket for road cycling—I bought it mainly to use as a shell for winter cycling. On snow-covered off-road trails a black jacket is fine—black fabric has a tendency to attract heat better than other colors and it also contrasts well against the white snow. In addition, when I ride on muddy off-road trails in the rain the black jacket cleans up better (i.e., after clean-up you can’t see the dirt you missed as easily as you can on brighter jackets). I’ve used this jacket as a shell for winter cycling over an Under Armour compression shirt and a fleece jacket and this kept me warm down to about 10 degrees (Fahrenheit).
    The only thing I don’t like about this jacket is the slanted zipper on the back storage pocket. The pocket itself is waterproof and very roomy, but I just don’t like the slanted zipper! To be fair, Showers Pass is not the only company to offer rain jackets with a slanted zipper, but I have trouble opening these pockets while riding and I hate to stop when it is raining.
    The Showers Pass Elite 2.0 Rain Jacket retails for $240 and if you ride in the rain very much it is worth every penny. This men’s jacket is available in four colors (Black, Chili Pepper Red, Electric Blue, and Goldenrod) and comes in five sizes (S thru XXL). The women’s jacket is only available in three colors (Chili Pepper Red, Crystal Blue, and Goldenrod) and comes in six sizes (Extra-Small thru XXL). I found this jacket to be a little larger than advertised. For the Weight Weenies among us, the large jacket weighs about 13.5 ounces.
    Some notes about this article by Douglas Duguay 
    The Showers Pass Touring Jacket is now the Showers Pass Transit Jacket 
    Also, the Elite 2.0 has been updated and is now the Showers Pass 2.1 Jacket.  For Fall 2012 they've added Ocean Blue for men, Electric Rose and Ocean Blue for Women.  In 2013 the Elite 2.0 will become the 2.1.  

    10 October 2012

    BicyclingHub.com Photos of the week!

    Sunrise lookout just a few miles from Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. Photo courtesy Tyler Tabor
    Zak Kovalcik US National Track Championships Pat Benson Photo
    Joaquin RODRIGUEZ Giro di Lombardia From Jared and Ashley Gruber 

    US National Track Championships Zak Kovalcik Photo credit DMunsonPhoto.com
    Snow in Casper Wyoming in early October?  This didn't deter Fiske and Leif Johansson from competing

    09 October 2012

    Should I Wear Biking Shorts or Tri-Shorts?

    Cycling Shorts
    Cycling Shorts
    In the sports world, all shorts are not created equal. As you shop for cycling shorts, you’ll find two major types – biking shorts and tri-shorts (short for triathlon shorts). Biking shorts are the traditional stretchy shorts cyclists often wear, with padding (also known as a chamois) to provide an extra cushion. Tri-shorts, on the other hand, are thinner and more streamlined than regular biking shorts in order to create less bulk when running or swimming.

    Tri-athletes often wear tri-shorts because of the versatility offered between land and sea. But which is the best type of cycling shorts for you? It all depends on your needs and preferences.

    Differences between Biking Shorts and Tri-Shorts

    The primary difference between these two garments is the size and thickness of the padding. Cycling shorts typically feature a wider and thicker chamois to make riding long distances more comfortable. However, the thickness of the cushion makes the shorts much less functional for running and swimming.

    With tri-shorts, the chamois is thinner and shaped differently for running. Tri-shorts also tend to be made of thinner fabric and not as long as regular biking shorts in order to reduce the potential for chafing. Because they’re made for swimming as well, they often feature greater moisture-wicking capabilities and will dry out more quickly.

    While many cyclists prefer tri-shorts, the pair of cycling shorts you should wear is the one that is most comfortable for your body and budget. Give each kind a test run and make the determination for yourself.

    03 October 2012

    Guest Product Review- Showers Pass Touring Jacket

    This blog is republished with permission from the author.  
    by David Padfield-
    The Showers Pass Touring Jacket is one of the most versatile pieces of cycling clothing I own. Not only is it one of the best rain jackets you can buy, but it also doubles as a shell for winter biking as well. This jacket has many great features, but I will only be able to cover a few of them here.
    Showers Pass Tour Jacket
    Showers Pass Touring Jacket
    The first thing you will notice about this jacket is that it has a roomy cut that allows you to layer your clothing (especially helpful in the winter). The ventilation options on this jacket are incredible. It has two 12-inch two-way pit zips, a full-length back vent for flow thru ventilation, cinch-cords at the hems and highly adjustable cuffs. The 3M reflective taping on the arms and back is superb. This jacket also has a drop-down tail for when the rain just won’t stop and a light loop on the rear vent so you can attach a flasher. The zippered chest pocket has an audio port so you can keep you iPhone dry on the worst of days, yet still listen to your tunes. All of the exposed zippers are waterproof and I’ve never had them fail. The rear pocket is large enough to carry just about anything you need.
    This is not a lightweight jacket you can store in your back pocket for emergencies. If you wear this during the summer you better hope the rain doesn’t stop until you reach your destination (unless you have panniers to store the jacket in). If the sun comes out while you are wearing this jacket it is going to get very uncomfortable within just a few minutes.
    My favorite use for this jacket is as a winter shell when the temperature drops below 35 degrees. Because of its generous cut you can layer your clothing and still have room to breathe. I start with a simple Under Armour compression shirt, then, as the temperature drops, add a lightweight fleece jacket. When the temps are in the single digits I wear an Under Armour compression shirt and a heavier fleece jacket (one made for snow skiers) and finally the Showers Pass Touring Jacket. Because of the large rear vent I’ve never had a problem with condensation with this jacket.
    The Showers Pass Tour Jacket is available in [one color currently] Yelling Yellow. Why on earth anyone would wear a black rain jacket is beyond my ability to comprehend. I know the black jacket does a great job of hiding dirt, but it also makes you nearly invisible to traffic (even with the reflective strips). Riding in Ninja Mode might appeal to some, but I think it is stupid. Buy the Yelling Yellow jacket if you value your life.
    The list price on this jacket is $150 and I think it is worth every cent. Unfortunately, the hood for this jacket is sold separately ($25 and it only comes in black). I don’t need the hood in the winter because I wear a balaclava under my helmet, but it is well-made and really comes in handy in the rain.

    About the Author- 
    David Padfield is the publisher of Allseasoncyclist.com.  He 
    lives in the far northeast corner of Illinois near the shores of Lake Michigan and about halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. . After some health concerns he took up cycling and now he feels better than he did 20 years ago. 

    3 Deals At BicyclingHub.com-October 3rd, 2012

    Castelli Aria Jacket- Save $50

    Amazingly lightweight, the Aria jacket is our best deal going right now.  While supplies last, this jacket is priced at $69.99

    Features of this jacket- 

    Gore Windstopper Helium Fabric is one of the lightest, most breathable, wind proof and water resistant fabrics on the market.  

    Extremely durable construction

    Sheds water and keeps you dry on the inside.   

    Washes beautifully!  

    2 Way Zipper helps control air flow

    Back pocket vents for extra air flow

    This is the perfect jacket for early mornings, moderate climates, rain showers, fall and spring, folding up in your back pocket, visibility in low light condition and more.

    Showers Pass Touring Jacket The Ultimate Commuting Jacket

    Considering riding to work?  If so, then the Showers Pass Touring jacket is the right cool weather piece for you.  While supplies last, this jacket is $99.99 at BicyclingHub.com

    100% Waterproof, seam taped jacket, doesn't let water in and keeps you dry

    Roomy fit allows you to wear your work clothing underneath

    Showers Pass venting strategy allows maximum airflow in this jacket- vents include a gigantic rear vent on the back, cuffs that open and close, two way zipper that opens on the top and bottom and vent. 

    Buy this jacket if you commute in all conditions.

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    Product Spotlight: Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Cycling Bib Shorts

    Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bibshort
    Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bibshort

    Constantly revolutionizing cycling apparel, Castelli has developed bib shorts that pro cyclists are raving about – the Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bibshort. As a BicyclingHub.com choice brand, Castelli uses the latest in fabric design and technology to create the fastest and most comfortable bib short to date. With the Body Paint 2.0, the company took its introductory bib short model and elevated it to a new level of performance. Castelli is so confident in the quality of its newest bib shorts that the item is backed up with a warranty.

    Features of the Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bibshort

    • Seamless design for maximum fit and comfort.
    • Comfortable, gripping and air-wicking bib straps.
    • Radio pocket in the upper bib.
    • Added airflow in the chamois.
    • Comfortable seat pad.
    • Superbly aerodynamic.
    • Cool, lightweight fabric.
    • Nine-inch inseam.
    • Warranty from Castelli as well as a 1-year exclusive warranty from BicyclingHub.com.
    • European sizing.
    • Instead of using elastic at the bottom of the legs, a gripping material is knitted directly into the end of the bib shorts so the fabric lays flat.

    Advantages of Bib Shorts Over Traditional Cycling Shorts

    • They offer a snugger fit, which reduces chafing and saddle abrasions.
    • Bib shorts are more aerodynamic.
    • The shorts stay in place without the need to adjust drawstrings or feel irritated with uncomfortable elastic waistbands that cut into the skin.
    • There is never a need to hike up bib shorts or worry about exposed skin on your lower back.
    • Bib shorts offer a better fit in the seat.
    • They’re more comfortable at the waist, which is generally higher than that of traditional cycling shorts.

    The CastelliBody Paint 2.0 Cycling Bibshort is so comfortable and light you’ll feel like you’re wearing a second skin. For serious cyclists, bib shorts don’t get better than this.

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