TDF2015 Tech: Movistar Canyon & Garmin Cannondale team bikes

first_imgIt’s subtle, but the bikes are actually a dark blue that matches the bus, which is color-matched by the Lizardskins bar tape. As cool as it was at Eurobike, it’ll probably be a ways off before we see anyone racing Canyon’s full suspension road bike concept.Even the Power2Max meters were color matched.The Speedmax bikes got the full disc Bora Ultra TT carbon rear wheel.Nairo Quintana opted for the lowest mounting position for the arm rests and covered them with non-stock foam material cut to shape.Compare his (left) to the stock Canyon pads on the right.The TT bikes used both brake lever and bar end shifters for the SuperRecord EPS groups.GARMIN CANNONDALEGarmin Cannondale’s back up bikes used up all the bright green paint……leaving the “A” bikes to use the standard team colorway on the all-new SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod bikes. They were pulling on a mix of Mavic wheel/tire systems, with some opting for a bit deeper rim in the rear. The rest of the spec was Fizik saddles, FSA cockpit and Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 with Hollowgram SiSL2 cranks. Packed up for transport are the Kurt Kinetic trainers and Camelbak water bottles.POC took care of the helmets.The Slice was on hand for the TT stages. Given the unusually hot weather Europe was, um, enjoying for the start of the tour, the team’s custom sublimated and extremely lightweight Castelli Climbers Jerseys were a smart choice. The Movistar team had a fleet of Canyon’s latest Ultimate CF SLX road bikes (though not their most expensive model), all decked out with Campagnolo’s finest and Power2Max power meters. Fizik, Lizardskins and Continental Tires made up the rest of the build, alongside Canyon’s housebrand bar, stem and seatposts.Further down the line was their Aeroad aero road bike and its integrated one-piece bar/stem, and the Speedmax was there for the TT stages…last_img read more

Hack: Drop 6 Grams From New SRAM Red Cassette – And Why You Shouldn’t…

first_imgHere at Bikerumor, we like to make lemonade from lemons. And, in the process of testing things, we have more than our fair share of opportunities to quench our thirst.Above is the main cluster of a new SRAM Red cassette broken down to it’s three components. Hopefully, you’ll never see your own cassette in such a state. But, as, um, “luck” would have it, certain things were stuck on a freehub body and before long hammers and flat head screwdrivers got involved. This is the result.Here’s where we started squeezing lemons… Before we get started, let me say this: What we did here is not recommended by SRAM and not something we recommend you do. Take it for what it’s worth, the real value here is knowing that should your own Red cassette explode, you can put it back together. It’s not a goner. That’s very comforting considering the street price for one of these is about $340!The main cluster consists of a back plate that doubles as the largest cog, a one-piece machined cog cluster for the 2nd through 9th gears, and the inner sleeve. The back plate and cog cluster are pressed together with high pressure, but there’s no bonding agent. The sleeve rests between them and is captured by ridges to it won’t move out of center. It does slide laterally slightly, and we’ll explain why in a sec.The cog cluster has evenly spaced tabs that slot into holes on the backplate (click image to see it larger). One hole/tab combo is larger, which keeps gears lined up properly. To press them together, I used an adjustable wrench and carefully yet strongly pressed the pieces back together, working around the perimeter evenly. However, I intentionally left the inner sleeve out…and saved 6 grams:Then I put it back on the bike and went for a 27 mile ride. And it worked flawlessly. Shifting was as crisp and precise as usual, and there was no rattling around. The interface between the smallest cog and the cluster ensures that it sits in center line with the freehub body:Note the little ridge on the inside edge of the small cog. The cluster rests on that for support. Once the lock ring is on and tight, the cassette has no play. All this begs the question: Is the sleeve like an appendix, there but unnecessary?According to SRAM, no. It is in fact a functional and important part of the cassette. Here’s what Frank Schmidt, one of SRAM’s drivetrain engineers, had to say:We need the ‘tube’ as we call it, because on the broken-up structure of the cassette there is no other good spot for a decent logo.No, seriously it is an important part of the structural concept. Driver bodies of the various hub makers are not very consistent in regard to length and lockring thread depth. So tightening the lockring without the tube would uncontrollably compress the cassette cluster and aluminum cog until the lockring bottoms out. This would result in more or less dishing of the aluminum cog and also all steel cogs messing up the total stack height and also the distance between each of the cogs. Also it would create undesired axial stresses in the structure. And it would be likely that the lockring gets loose in use. With the tube the compression is 100% controlled and independent of hub variation.So yes, it is necessary.The cluster and the biggest cog are pressed together. This is being done with high pressure and precise distance control. It is definitely not recommended to open that connection for cleaning (or to take the tube out to save 5gr). Reassembly without proper equipment will likely cause wrong distances, wrong orientation and/or damage to the cog. Also the connection will be much weaker after disassembly. The tube is just put inside before pressing on the cog. There is actually a small gap between the parts, when the cassette is not mounted. This will disappear to achieve a controlled compression under lockring force.So, should you do this? Honestly, no, and definitely not if it means trying to disassemble a perfectly good Red cassette just to do so. That said, here we are with a long term test bike with this cassette, so we’ll put some miles on it and see what happens. We always hope for the best, of course, but at the very least, it’s nice to know you could reassemble this fine piece of machined metal if things go south the next time you’re wrestling it off a chewed up freehub body.last_img read more

Diana Nyad keeps head in the water with FINIS

first_imgFINIS, a ‘worldwide leader in technical swimming development’, has announced its partnership with famous long-distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, who gained national and international notoriety when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage.Known as one of the world’s greatest long-distance swimmers in the 1970s, Nyad has continued to surprise the world with her remarkable swims over the past 30 years, including the 111-mile journey from the beaches of Havana to Key West, Florida, which she completed at the age of 64 in 53 hours.As a broadcaster, motivational speaker and author, Nyad is a seen as a fitness icon and inspiration. She has been a guest speaker on TED Talks and has been featured on many national television programs, including CNN, NBC and ABC.Nyad is reportedly an avid user of FINIS underwater MP3 devices, and relies on it for her training. Most notably, Nyad listened to John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ repeatedly during the build-up to her trek. In fact, she knows that when she’s listened to the song exactly one thousand times, then nine hours and forty-five minutes have passed!“As magical as immersion in pools, lakes, and oceans can be, swimming is often also a lonely endeavour,” said Nyad. “The FINIS Duo Underwater MP3 player has brought me the delight of company. Now, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and Katy Perry are right with me, stroke by stroke. With astounding clarity, their voices, their harmonies, their guitar licks, literally make me smile as I swim.”While Nyad no longer attempts major long-distance swims, she still swims for fitness and recently released a critically acclaimed book, Find A Way, which tells her inspiring story of pursuing her lifelong dream to swim from Cuba to Florida. This feat took her five attempts before she successfully accomplished it in 2013.“When you talk to Diana, you can’t help but feel inspired,” said FINIS Co-Founder and CEO, John Mix. “She has such a positive outlook on life, and she transcends not only the sport of swimming but athletics in such a beautiful way. It doesn’t matter what your dream is—she is always inspiring people to achieve their dreams.”Consumers can receive a 20% discount off the FINIS Duo Underwater MP3 player, by heading to and typing in the code: diana20 at checkout (case sensitive).John Mix and Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Pablo Morales founded FINIS in 1993 with a mission to simplify swimming for athletes, coaches, beginners and lifelong swimmers around the world. Today, FINIS aims to fulfil that mission through technical innovation, high quality products and a commitment to education.FINIS products are currently available in over 80 countries. With a focus on innovation and the fine details of swimming, FINIS states that it will continue to develop products that help more people enjoy the Relatedlast_img read more

Bar wins community and educational outreach award

first_img THE FLORIDA BAR received the LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award from the National Association of Bar Executives for its “The Vote’s in YOUR COURT” public education program, conducted prior to the 2012 merit retention elections. Nearly 385,000 educational pamphlets were distributed and more than 10,000 face-to-face educational interactions took place. Social media recruited 10,400 fans/followers and almost 40 million impressions from online ads were created. Voters participated in the merit retention elections at a 10 percent higher rate than they had in the 2008 general/presidential election. Pictured accepting the award are past Presidents Scott Hawkins and Gwynne Young. The Florida Bar is now focusing on providing additional adult civic education through its Benchmarks program. Benchmarks is a series of civic education activities that attorneys can present when they speak to civic and community groups. Many Americans lack basic knowledge about their government and the courts; Benchmarks offers a way to bridge the gap and educate and engage audiences about civics education. For more information about Benchmarks, contact the Bar’s Public Information office at 850-561-5834 or email September 1, 2013 Regular News Bar wins community and educational outreach awardlast_img read more

LEED Certification – Making Existing Buildings More Eco-Friendly

first_imgEco BuddiesThis summer, two Phoenix office buildings entered new territory for existing private-sector buildings in Arizona. Collier Center and Phoenix Plaza became Arizona’s first privately owned multi-tenant existing buildings to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s consideration for LEED certification, thanks to the efforts of their owners and their two building managers. Both buildings are seeking LEED-Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EB O&M) Silver-level certification.Of course, LEED certification isn’t just about saving the world. It’s also about being best-in-class, separating a company’s building from its competition and improving operating efficiency. LEED-certified buildings promote an eco-friendly workplace and, in most cases, offer lower overall operating expenses — two factors tenants are specifically looking for these days.LEED in the Private SectorYet, to date, the USGBC lists only three LEED-certified existing buildings in Arizona, two single-tenant quasi-government buildings and a single-tenant manufacturing facility. Arizona’s other LEED-certified buildings are new construction, and almost all are owned by the government.So why aren’t more private-sector owners of existing buildings interested in LEED certification? Most either don’t know enough about the program or assume it’s too expensive. However, research entities like CB Richard Ellis are proving that LEED certification costs far less than believed, and can result in significant savings that will continue for the life of the asset.For example, Collier Center reduced its electricity consumption by 30%, or 2.7 million kWh, between January 2009 and July 2009. Compared to the same time period in 2008, that’s a savings of $216,000, or 67 cents, PSF annualized — Phoenix Plaza’s results are equally as dramatic.Also, Collier Center and Camelback Esplanade III are transitioning janitorial services to daytime cleaning, and anticipate reductions in annual lighting costs of 10 cents to 15 cents PSF.The Cost of GreenMinimum costs to pursue LEED certification include a small registration fee of about $500 and a certification fee, which depends on a building’s size. As property manager for both Collier Center and Phoenix Plaza, CBRE reports these costs at $12,500 for each building. Additional costs to satisfy prerequisites and credits vary from building to building. Of the 30 applications CBRE’s Sustainability Programs group has completed so far, the costs to certify averaged 24 cents PSF, and ranged from 10 cents to 67 cents PSF.For CBRE, the certification projects took approximately 6 months to complete, including determining each building’s existing status and satisfying certification requirements in 6 categories under LEED-EB O&M:sustainable siteswater efficiencyenergy and atmospherematerials and resourcesindoor environmental qualityinnovation in operationand upgradesOverwhelmingly, the process has been favorably received by existing tenants — and many have even begun seeking ways to improve on their own green efforts.A broad implementation of sustainability practices, such as LEED, in the nation’s private-sector existing buildings can significantly advance progress toward energy independence and precious resource conservation, while also promoting eco-friendly workplace environments and cutting operating costs.[stextbox id=”grey”][/stextbox]AZRE Magazine November/December 2009last_img read more

ViaWest Group acquires Tiger Industrial Center

first_imgViaWest Group announced the recent acquisition of two multi-tenant, industrial buildings collectively referred to as Tiger Industrial Center. Located at 4901 & 4929 W. Van Buren, the complex is comprised of 103,064 SF. Sold on December 30, 2014, Phoenix-based ViaWest Group paid $4.55MM acquisition. This is the first acquisition in ViaWest’s new fund focused on the purchase of industrial assets in the Southwest U.S. Two other assets are in escrow presently and will close this month. The seller was KTR Arizona LLC, and the buyer and seller were both represented by Tony Lydon, Marc Hertzberg and Riley Gilbert at Jones Lang LaSalle.Tiger Industrial Center is located at the southeast corner of Van Buren Street and 51st Avenue, just south of a full diamond interchange at the I-10 Freeway. Currently 16 percent leased, the subject is situated within one of the largest industrial submarkets in Phoenix.ViaWest plans to make some strategic improvements to the property and lease the balance of the space to tenants needing warehousing and manufacturing uses. Tony Lydon, Marc Hertzberg and Riley Gilbert at JLL will continue leasing the property on behalf of ViaWest.“This property is a great fit as the first investment in our new fund, which is focused on acquisitions of well-located general industrial and multi-family properties, in recovering secondary markets in the Southwestern U.S., at significant discounts to replacement cost,” says Gary Linhart, Founding Principal at ViaWest Group.Marc Hertzberg of JLL expressed, “This asset is uniquely positioned to cater to 10,000 to 75,000 SF tenants that want a prime, infill location that provides all the function needed in today’s world at extremely competitive rental rates.” ViaWest Group intends to hold the property for investment and will serve as the property manager and asset manager.last_img read more

New hires at IceTech A/S

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Australian firm selects McPhy’s hydrogen storage

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Bilbao LNG terminal set for Nigerian cargo

first_imgSpain’s Bilbao import terminal is expected to receive a shipment of LNG from Nigeria this week.The cargo is being carried by the LNG Ogun, with a capacity of 149,600 cubic metres, and it is due to arrive at the terminal around August 11, shipping data reveals.Bahía de Bizkaia Gas (BBG), the operator of the Bilbao terminal, said in May this year it has for the first time reloaded a carrier with LNG at its terminal in the port of Bilbao.BBG has in the last couple years invested over 130 million Euros in the expansion of the Bilbao terminal.New additions include a third storage tank with a capacity of 150,ooo cbm, and facilities for LNG reloading operations.[mappress mapid=”17360″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Bahía de Bizkaia Gaslast_img read more

Seeking solutions to river pollution

first_imgPart of the Black River, located next to Oude Molen Village. The Kader Asmal Project has worked hard over the past three years to remove alien plants and pollution from the Black River, though they may need more support going forward.Operating through the City of Cape Town’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), the project has received support from Plastics SA, an umbrella organisation that deals with plastic recycling and environmental awareness.In a meeting called a fortnight ago in Maitland, various role-players came together to share ideas of how to decrease the pollution in the river.The City of Cape Town, Plastics SA, researchers, Friends of the Liesbeek and Clean C were among those seeking solutions to the pollution of the river, which flows through suburbs including Athlone, Rondebosch, Pinelands and Observatory into the Table Bay.Brett Herron, the City’s former mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, said most of the pollution came from stormwater outlets and tributaries such as adjoining canals like Bokmakierie, Jakkalsvlei and Elsieskraal as well as the Vygieskraal River.“It is here where high level of illegal dumping and littering take place. During heavy rains, all the rubbish and litter that is dumped into these outlets are flushed into the Black River,” said Mr Herron.An innovation that has worked well for the EPWP and Plastics SA, is the use of water booms, which are made of recycled two-litre cool drink bottles and a net to collect more litter, debris and floating alien vegetation.According to Mr Herron, the floating booms have been effective in trapping floating litter and they save teams working in the river a significant amount of time.The rising water levels through increased rainfall has also resulted in more pollution and debris in the water.UCT Master’s student Eleanor Weideman did research during the rainy season, between May and September, to determine how much litter was in the river and whether stormwater drains are acting as a source of litter into Table Bay and the Black River.As part of her research, she placed nets over stormwater drains in Paarden Eiland, which flow into the Black River and on one rainy day in August, she caught approximately 1 600 pieces of litter, of which 75% was plastic.“If you multiply that by the number of stormwater drains flowing into the river and the number of times it rains in a year, then you have a lot of plastic being pumped into the Black River,” said Ms Weideman.Mr Herron said going forward, they would like to build more partnerships for the Kader Asmal Project to ensure its sustainability.The Friends of the Liesbeek, who assist with monthly clean-ups of the Liesbeek River every month, will occasionally assist with the clean-ups of their neighbouring Black River if there is funding available.Manager of Friends of the Liesbeek, Phil McClean said: “The single biggest challenge is finding funding to cover the costs.“Getting people to volunteer in clean-ups used to be a challenge, but we have been doing it for long enough now to have a loyal band of regulars.”last_img read more