Trizone, Australia’s Best Triathlon Resource for Triathletes!

Trizone, Australia’s Best Triathlon Resource for Triathletes!

Mission de Trizone

Trizone’s mission is to promote and build the sport of triathlon in Australia and New Zealand. While our primary focus is Triathlon we also look to support the associated sports of: duathlon, biathlon, aquathlon and multisport racing.

Trizone’s approach is all about making relevant content easy to find. We partner with industry professionals, sports bodies, clubs, race result organisations, photo providers, reporters, athletes and sports scientists to provide a huge amount of information that will help you go faster and achieve your potential.

Trizone is the brainchild of Karl Hayes and David Stewart, two passionate triathletes who also happen to be seasoned online and publishing professionals with very solid business credentials.

Karl focuses on sprint (and attempting to beat Spot Anderson in at least one race) and olympic distance, is a member of the Balmoral Triathlon Club in Sydney and represented New Zealand at the 2009 ITU triathlon world champs, OD. David is a keen ironman having completed ironman races in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. David also belongs to the Balmoral Triathlon Club.

David was a senior executive with News Digital Media and involved in the launch of several highly successful well known online brands, most recently he was CEO of a large publically listed professional services company. Karl is head of digital at The Intermedia Group responisble for the group’s online operations. These include 13 news websites, and many online directories. Karl has also been a publisher of consumer and business magazines since 1996.

At Trizone we want everyone who is part of the triathlon community to participate and share their knowledge and experiences. Email us at editorial@trizone.com.au if you would like to contribute and be part of Team Trizone.

Contact Us:

Karl Hayes 0411 341 168 or karl.hayes@trizone.com.au

David Stewart 0438 108 441 or david.stewart@trizone.com.au

Website website@trizone.com.au

Editorial editorial@trizone.com.au

Trizone is owned and operated by Balmoral Media Pty Ltd

Cheap Bike Jerseys Cheap? Can The Best Bike Jerseys be Cheap?

Are Cheap Bike Jerseys Cheap? Can the Best Bike Jerseys not cost an Arm-and-a-Leg?

It depends on if you are getting a cheaply made jersey, that is simply priced accordingly, or if you are getting a quality, pro-style jersey with quality zippers and gel grippers for a very competitive price.

If you are describing CELL Bikes Jerseys, we’re definitely talking about the latter!

Have a look at ‘pro’ jerseys and compare them to ours, and chances are, the only thing ‘pro’ about them is the price!  If you’re in Sydney, look around, and you’ll find more and more bike riders with CELL Jerseys. Why? Try Value, Performance, Quality…take your pick!

CELL Bike Jerseys are also worn by serious road bike and mountain bike racers around Australia.  If you have pics of you competing in a CELL Jersey, send them in, and you’ll be online for all to see!

If you haven’t tried a CELL Jersey yet, what have you got to lose?

Fibre Flare Bike Light Review

Long-term review of the Fibre Flare bike lights.

Safety is always a concern with cyclists.  Being seen anytime is important but even more so at night.  The Fibre Flare optic light greatly enhances your visibility.

As with any product, ease of use will determine whether it’s something you leave at home or benefit from in your day to day riding.  Fibre Flare makes it easy with “batteries are included”.  It was simple enough to slip off the stretchable rubber end cap and drop in a battery on each end.  The ladder style bands slip onto a clip on each end of the fiber optic shaft.  At this point it’s simply a matter of deciding where to place the light.  It can be put on your seat stay, top tube, down tube, or even fixed to your clothing.

On one end of the light is a red circular indication that you press to turn the light on and off.  The first push turns the unit to a solid red and a second push will begin the eye catching flashing mode.  I would prefer a more tactile feel such as a bump or an indentation.  When using this light at night, it is sometimes difficult to see where to press the power switch.  Since both ends are identical you’re not sure where the power button is. Perhaps a different colored end cap would let you know where to find it.

The function of this light was outstanding even in the daylight. It was noticeable nearly a half a mile away. In the dark, my co-tester said the Fibre Flare was brighter than my flashing LED lights I had been using.  Fibre Flare is unique with nearly 360° visibility from the light.  It can be seen from several directions at once.  Obviously the tube that you mount the light against would block the view from that direction.

It is lightweight and flexible which added to my conclusion about this being a good product.  It has been unaffected by continuous pounding on a gravel roads and weather conditions including rain and snow for several months.  I have beaten up this light and it continues to work.  The durability leaves no question.  After my trial with the Fibre Flare, I knew I would purchase their two pack set of lights.  My intended use is one on each seat stay and one on either on my backpack or jersey.  Don’t laugh when I say I’ve been contemplating using this light on pets and children!

The brightness of this light is undisputed.  You literally can tell the difference between it and my other lights. It is much like seeing the difference between LED taillights on cars as opposed to standard filament bulbs.  I love things that are simple, functional, versatile and easy to use and maintain.  Fibre Flare meets all of these criteria. The added bonus is it keeps me safe!

Sourced from Roadcycling.com

Bicycle Rear Lights

Bicycle lights come in two varieties: dim, flickering things driven by dynamos which make your bike feel like the brakes are on, and battery-powered lights with a life measured in minutes, so heavy that they bend the lamp brackets. Right? Wrong.

In the 1980s, a lamp powered by ‘AA’ cells would have been a poor thing indeed. Incandescent lamps drained batteries at a staggering rate, so fast that rechargeable provided too short a duration to be useful. Alkaline batteries were available, but expensive. Most lights used heavy ‘D’ cells which required substantial built-on brackets.

Now, use of overvolted halogen lamps and LEDs (that is, ones run at slightly over the rated voltage, which produce more power at the cost of a shorter life) has revolutionised cycle lighting. The amount of light output per watt consumed is far higher, giving longer battery life and better vision.

TOP Tip

Rear Lights have two purposes: seeing, and being seen. The type of light required for each may be different. The solution is obvious: fit two types of lights. You’ll never get in trouble for having too many lights on a bike at night (please don’t take this as an invitation to fill your Yak BoB with batteries and do a Blackpool illuminations impression just to prove this Entry wrong).

Battery Rear Lights

At the basic end, we have again the standard ‘C’ or ‘D’ cell tungsten lamp. As a rear lamp, it’s quite acceptable, if not outstanding. As with front battery lamps, you can buy a range of tungsten and halogen rear lights of steadily increasing brightness, some of which can be powered off rechargeable lighting systems.

Super-bright LEDs appear to be the choice for most riders, both for visibility and for battery life. The best of these will give considerably more light than an incandescent lamp (much less energy is wasted in heat), and fitting a pair to the carrier of your bike should make you visible to even the most nyctalopic (or night-blind) motorist.

Most LED lights will flash (chasers are the most visible of all). If you are hit from behind and you have flashing Rear Bike light , you will be held at least partly to blame – even though flashing lights have been scientifically proven to be more visible. Make sure your chosen LED light is British Standards-approved (or whichever body looks after safety standards in your country) as a rear light, and fit it using the correct brackets. Note: some LED lamps are BS-approved only when used with an optional fixed bracket; the type which clamp around the seat-pin don’t meet the standard.


This article is sourced from BBC Home UK

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Pictures are sourced from thirdwave-websites.com.

Bike Polo Riders Arrested & Detained!

Here’s a story worth a read from the awesome guys from MKE bike polo! Goes to show you how those in positions of authority can really abuse it…when they are bored…

Milwaukee bike polo Arrested!

Above: A mug shot from the arrest.

During a Sunday pick-up game, ten members and one spectator of the Milwaukee Bike Polo Club were arrested and charged with “trespassing a dwelling” at the O’Donnell parking structure in downtown Milwaukee. Below is a first hand account:

An unmarked Buick Century approached with three undercover sheriff’s deputies.  The officers sprung out of the car and instantly shouted “every one come here and against the wall”.  They count us out eleven then proceeded to note, “I thought there were 12” (Lodi had snuck out 5 mins before the bust).  The officer then told us that we were under arrest and would be receiving trespassing tickets for $263 each.  We tried to talk our way out of the situation but that lasted about 30 seconds. One by one we gave our information and received a ticket.  We were then told by one of the officers that we were being detained but no is under arrest, specifically he said “if you are asked by a cop or employer have you ever been arrested say no”. We were then zipped tied and the officers explained that we would be going downtown to be processed and released and that it should not take too long, that essentially “it’s just like a speeding ticket”. This led to confusion for us since when you get a speeding ticket, you don’t usually go to jail, right?

We asked about our bikes and the female officer who was calling the shots told us that they will be taken to the Wauwatosa sub-station and could be picked up the next day.   For all of us, bikes are our main source of transportation and Wauwatosa is a suburb of Milwaukee, miles out from the core of the city where we all live.  We pleaded with them to let us lock our bikes to a rack, no dice.

The officers then proceeded to take us over to our bags while we are handcuffed and tell us to pack up. We can’t do much with our hands behind our backs so they had to pack everything for us mixing our belongings amongst the many bags.  Repeatedly the officers noted “Damn, I thought this would be much easier!” and complained that they would not be able to listen to the Packer game in their warm car. We finally get our bags together and they start grabbing our bikes.  Since our bikes are rather important to us, we protested with “hey we haven’t told you whose is whose yet”.  The woman in charge declares “it’s freezing cold and you’re worried about bikes? Fine have it your way?”.  So they gave us all a nice sticker or new spoke card identifying our bikes.  The officers then threw all of our bikes in a big bus.

Next, we followed our bikes into the back of the bus, which is as cold as freezer since the temperatures outside were around negative ten degrees with the wind chill (I believe the Allen Bradley tower was showing a temperature of about ten degrees without the wind chill).  We sat in the bus for about fifteen minutes before moving and then we were off to the county court house.  Upon arriving the female officer noted how cold the back of the bus was despite the fact that apparently she was “dying” of the heat in the front.  The officers then rolled their eyes and helped us out of the bus.  We are then handcuffed to a bench and are individually given a quick run through of our bags, throwing out any food and looking for weapons.  Then off to the next room, where we found another bench with cuffs.

We sat in this room amongst true criminals.  Shoulder to shoulder with thieves, drug addicts, and prostitutes.  Some of us sat waiting, chained to a bench for up to 8 hours, without knowing what the next step was going to be.  I was the lucky one who got called first.  They took me into a room searched, my bag, had me sign a form detailing the contents of my bag, then gave me a personal pat down search.  This took about a half hour.  Then off to the next room where you sit on another bench to wait and wait.

Next, they call you up for a few questions, including what the highest grade in school you achieved, missing any teeth, job, tattoos, you name it.  Next it’s picture time, then on to prints.  Then back to the bench.  Finally Brian made it through, I thought to myself, I finally have someone to talk to.  At around ten in the evening (mind you we had been arrested just after five), there was a shift change, leading to an hour of officers standing around chatting and trying to figure out the situation.  Then one player at time, we watched everyone get searched and make it into our room.  Since our bags were so big, it took some people up to 40 minutes to be fully searched.

We asked numerous people what the next for us was going to be, with some saying simply “that’s not my job” and others responding with “you’re going up stairs to a cell”. Once the officers figured out that we were there for bike polo, they laughed and said things along the lines of  “I can’t believe that the sheriffs would waste everyone’s time with a book and release for a simple citation”.  After a few hours they stopped laughing and were legitimately angry that we were still coming through while the line was being backed up with real criminals.

Hours and hours go by and at 2:30am, I was released.  I had been arrested at 5:30pm.  I was lucky to be the first released, some did not make it out until 4am.  In the end, four college students, four college graduates, an Artist, two bicycle mechanics and new player were arrested for the police to find absolutely nothing.  No drugs were found, no warrants were issued, not a damn thing.  They wasted our time and the city’s over a simple game that we are passionate about, bike polo.

- Eric Kremin-kremin@mkebikepolo.com

Benefits of Riding a Bike

The Benefits of Cycling (from vote4cycling.com.au)

Benefits of Riding a Bike

Riding a Bike offers a range of important benefits. As a zero emission form of transport, it can help reduce Australia’s soaring greenhouse gas emissions. Cycling is also a proven method of reducing obesity and diabetes levels.

With urban congestion becoming an increasing feature of our daily lives, cycling presents a refreshing alternative that takes only 1/12 the road space of a car. Finally, spiralling fuel costs are straining household budgets. Cycling is a great way to make shorter trips and avoid the pain at the pump.

Climate Change

Climate change has become an issue of urgent concern. All major political parties agree that Australia’s contribution to climate change must be significantly reduced. Lowering our greenhouse gas emissions is essential.

According to the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO), transport currently accounts for 34% of household emissions. In fact, the AGO have shown that Australia’s transport greenhouse gas emissions have soared 30% from 1990 levels.

Bicycles, as a zero emission form of transport, offer the potential to make a practical and significant cut to Australia’s transport emissions.

Although Australia is a big country, the majority of our population reside in cities. Many of our car journeys are of a distance suitable for cycling. The graph below highlights that over half our car trips are under 5kms – a perfectly rideable distance.


It is well accepted that federal action is required to deal with climate change. Commonwealth involvement to boost the level of bicycle infrastructure and encouragement programs is an integral component of any comprehensive national climate change strategy. This will help stem Australia’s soaring transport emissions.

Health

Australia’s health is one of our most important national issues. Over several decades the Australian workforce has transformed from one largely based in manual labour/manufacturing industries, to a service economy. This, coupled with the adoption of car dependent lifestyles, has dramatically reduced our physical activity.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2006), over half the Australian population participate in lower-than-recommended levels of physical activity and this number is growing. This lack of physical activity has lead to the rise of sedentary lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Reliance on motor vehicles is now understood by health professionals to be a threat to human health. Professor John Pucher of Rutgers University specialises in the health impacts of transport policy.

His research has demonstrated that countries with high rates of car use have the highest obesity levels – even when adjusting for diet. This is due to the fact that communities that drive more also walk, cycle and catch public transport less.

Source: Pucher & Dijkstra, 2003 Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health, American Journal of Public Health.

Obesity costs Australia $21b

In 2006 Access Economics demonstrated that obesity costs the Australian economy $21b annually. This problem is becoming worse. The same study found that obesity increased 2 – 4 fold between 1985 and 1997 and that 7 million Australians are estimated to become obese by 2025.

Cycling is an excellent form of preventative medicine. The World Health Organisation has shown that a 30 minute bicycle ride provides all the exercise you need to halve the chance of becoming obese or diabetic. The British Medical Association found that the health risks of inactivity are 20 times greater than the health risks posed by a potential cycling accident. In addition, road safety research indicates that as more people begin to take up cycling, the safer it becomes.

It is in Australia’s national interest for the federal government to help create the conditions necessary for more Australians to see cycling as a safe, healthy option. Funding local governments to build bicycle friendly communities and encouragement programs such as Ride to School and Ride to Work Day will help make the healthy choice the easy choice for more Australians.

Congestion

Traffic congestion is a growing problem in many Australian cities. The Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics found congestion costs the Australian economy $21 billion annually. As our cities grow, the problem of congestion is predicted to worsen.

Cycling: take twice daily to avoid congestion

Occupying only a fraction of the road space taken by cars, bicycles are an effective decongestant for urban traffic problems.

60 Cars Vs 60 Bicycles – the solution to congestion is obvious

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Some 20% of peak hour congestion is made up of parents driving their children to school, with single occupant commuters making up much of the rest. The Ride to School and Ride to Work programs focus on encouraging people to make these journeys by bicycle. National support for these highly success programs, coupled with a significant increase in federal support for bicycle infrastructure development will help give Australians the choice to avoid the gridlocked commute.

Rising Fuel Costs

Since September 2005, the price of fuel has risen dramatically. A growing number of oil experts, including the former energy advisor to the Bush Administration, Matt Simmons, are concerned that the world is approaching or has reached Peak Oil. Peak oil is the point at which global oil production reaches its maximum. Beyond the peak, less and less oil is produced each year.

Surging world demand and supply limitations explain much of the reason why Australians are paying $1.35 per litre, in contrast to the 80 cents per litre enjoyed in 2001. The pain at the pump is set to worsen as China and India attempt to adopt Western levels of motoring and global oil supply tightens.

Cycling is a great way of avoiding the soaring cost of petrol. The recent rise in fuel costs has already caused a dramatic increase in the numbers of bicycle commuters. These increases have been most pronounced in areas with quality bicycle infrastructure.

Minimising Australia’s exposure to a future of high fuel costs is an issue of national importance. Offering more Australians the option to reduce their fuel expenditure by providing appropriate bicycle infrastructure and programs encouraging smarter transport choices is essential.

This great article was sourced from: http://www.vote4cycling.com.au/BENEFITS/?IntCatId=14

Pro Torque Wrench Review

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“Essential bit of kit if you’re a compulsive component swapper”

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The Pro Torque wrench should have a place in your toolbox if you care for your components and your safety.

With so much carbon and lightweight alloy kit on the scene, it has never been so important to tighten things to the correct torque. If the bolts on your components specify a torque value, they must be done up to that value. Not more, not less but that exact tightness. This means investing in a torque wrench and the Pro Torque Wrench from Shimano is a quality tool that you can wager your carbon frame on for its accuracy.

Covering a torque range of 3-15Nm the Pro Torque Wrench takes care of all the small delicate bolts used on stems, seatposts, 2-piece chainsets, etc – basically all the bolts except the big torque stuff like bottom brackets and cranks.

Dialling in the torque is easy: you simply pull the adjuster out and turn until the dial aligns with the desired torque reading. The tool has increments of 0.4Nm in a range of 3-15Nm with an accuracy of ±4%. This is more accurate than the torsion bar wrenches and the cheaper style of torque wrench with the graduated scale along the handle.

Best of all, the kit includes ¼ inch M3, M4, M5, M6 Hex, socket extensions and T25 & T30 sockets which should cover most of the bolts on a bike, although a T20 Torx could be handy for some.

It isn’t cheap and you can pick up a torque wrench for half the money, but you can also pay a lot more. With the Pro torque wrench you’re paying for quality and accuracy, so ask yourself: how much do you value your expensive componentry?

By Jez Loftus, Tech Ed

4 Cyclists from Sydney to Ride on CELL S-2200 Road Bikes 800km to Raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead!

(left to right): Matthew Barton, Muhammed Ismail, Jared Goldthorpe and Omar Kowaider with a CELL S-2200 Road Bike)

4 Cyclists from Sydney to Ride 800km to Raise money for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead!

Matthew Barton, Jared Goldthorpe, Omar Kowaider and Muhmmad Ismail will be covering an approximate distance of 800km in Alberta Canada over 10 days in July!

“We’re hoping to raise $5,000 for the hospital which is a realistic goal,” says Matthew Barton, “All donations will be accepted through “www.everydayhero.com.au”

The 4 Everyday Heroes will cycling from Vancouver to Jasper and setup camp thoughout national parks during their trip.

The trip was organised and funded themselves and the foursome’s biggest concern is not navigating safely over 800km, but bear attacks! They have bear spray to protect them (good luck mates).

“The Children’s Hospital at Westmead do such a phenomenal job in looking after sick children and we just wanted to give back to the hospital,” says Barton, who not only tutors medicine students at the University of Western Sydney, but also treats patients with sleeping disorders at Liverpool Hospital, while working a regular job.

If you wish to make a tax deductable donation to this group of heroes, go to www.everyday hero.com.au, the website will also provide an update on all funds donated and update their journey details.

For more details email thebartox@hotmail.com

Fixie Bike Riders Celebrate Chinese New Gear in Brisbane!

CELL Bikes is proud to sponsor ‘Chinese New Gear’, a multiple stage scenic ride (alley cat) with many prizes up for grabs!

CHINESE NEW GEAR 2010

Event: Chinese New Gear
Type: Multiple Stage Scenic Ride
Prizes: Yes – many prizes up for grabs…!!!

Date: Saturday Feb 27 2010
Time: 7pm
Bring: Helmet, lights, bell, pen, bag

City Bikes & Riders Growing Every Year!

City bikes are becoming the preferred mode of transportation in crowded, traffic jammed city streets.

Driving around the city can test the most patient of people, and waiting for buses and trains can be a pain, along with the continued expense of tickets and passes.

Riding a bike in the city can not only be faster (if cars are gridlocked, you just ride between them), but will definitely give you a bit of exercise and get you there faster than walking!

With City Bikes becoming easier to operate, with virtually maintenance-free internal hub geared bikes, such as the CELL SS-101 w/ Shimano Alfine 8-spd hubs, making life easy to commute.

Join the growing numbers of city bike riders and get fit, save money, and save time!