Monday, June 30, 2008

Nike+ and Gym Equipment

Well it is happening and keeping all the info into a place is happening Nike+, Nike and Apple seem to really understand the consumers that use their equipment. Not all have Polar watches. So what do to powerhouses do, use their muscles and get the gym equipment manufactures to get involved. 24 Hour Fitness has teamed up and coming in July.

Friday, June 27, 2008

XRtainment Zone

I am all for the Wii fit and anything that will get kids and adults off the coach and doing something physical. Making working out fun has seen a rise in the last couple year. Monkey Bar Gym has done a great job of getting ride of the gym equipment and letting you use your surroundings to get a real workout. So when XRtainment surfaced what more can a kid or adult have to say workout and have fun doing it. With Funding from Robert Wood Johnson and some cool interactive workout machines this could be a huge success.

XRtainment Services
XRtainment Zone will provide its members with a wholesome environment that provides exercise, entertainment, fitness and nutrition counseling, seminars, year round family activities, and healthy snacks and drinks, among others. Most importantly, we will provide a fun and exciting opportunity for our members to form lasting, healthy lifestyle habits at affordable prices. A few of the things our members can look forward to are:
  • Superior Service - Small size allows more intimate and specialized attention to each member;
  • Emphasis on Family - The family that plays together, stays together;
  • XRtainment Games - The latest in video and computer technology;
  • Innovative Wellness Techniques – Tailored individual fitness programs, classes and seminars to treat the multiple causes of lifestyle related illnesses that currently plague modern families and society at large;
  • Dedicated Management Team - Committed to our mission and to our members;
  • Affiliations with Local Universities and Graduate Schools - Providing employees with superior knowledge and skill to assist in fitness and nutrition counseling and studies;
  • Working with Local Healthcare Providers - Creating a referral network for kids and their family members struggling with lifestyle illnesses;
  • Local Ownership - Local family ownership gives local insight and dedication to its community;
  • A Delicious Smoothie Bar; and
  • Safe, Easy and Local access.

Now that's working out!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ibis Mojo Sl, 4.96 pounds!

Are you kidding, 4.96 pounds for a full suspension, it is amazing. Ibis has a blend of carbon and stainless steel sheath. You have to respect the hours and devotion to making it one of the lightest Mountain frames around.
Features of the MojoSL
  • Sub 5 Pound Frame/swingarm/rear shock (size Large)
  • Complete bike weight 21.9 lbs
  • Ultra high modulus fiber enhanced layup
  • Carbon fiber head cups
  • Carbon fiber dropouts with stainless steel sheath
  • Carbon fiber seat tube insert
  • DT Swiss XR Carbon shock and shock hardware
  • 6-4 Ti fasteners and shock pin
  • Special rubber paint (durable, easy to clean)
  • Carbon monocoque frame and swing arm
  • 5.5" (140mm) rear wheel travel
  • DW-Link Suspension
  • Forged and anodized links (now available in designer colors)
  • Easy to service pivots and bearings
The best is how Ibis talks about the Frame and accomplishments, "We’ve managed to squeeze nearly half a pound out of the original Mojo frame. Not only that, we’ve put our high end kit on a diet, and the results would impress even Jenny Craig (for your Euros and others, Jenny Craig is a weight loss program we have here in the USofA).
The MojoSL with the pimp daddy WTF group weighs in at UNDER TWENTY TWO POUNDS. Yes, you’re reading it right, we’ve now got a 5.5” travel All Mountain or XC bike that weighs 22lbs (Euros, that’s 10Kg!). And we’re not putting any stupid parts on there, parts that you’re just going to take off immediately."

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Urban Cycle's helping you come and go!

Getting around in today's time is getting tougher and tougher with gas prices. With bike from Trek coming out with bikes like the Soho 4.0 and at the price that they are offering $1099.00 you can't miss. Oh and that is the top of the line, out of the box $549.00, Style, comfort and utility, with a lightweight and responsive Alpha Black Aluminum frame, all-weather hardware, and efficient starting and stopping performance. Now get ride of the car and get riding, you will save some money and get healthy in the progress.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Michelle Kaufmann Design, SolCycles - Bamboo Bikes

Juniors at Princeton University, Nick Frey, Will Watts, Doug Wolf and Tom Yersak are building bamboo bikes. The bike is light and made with carbon joints to hold it all together. They have a special way that they cure the wood, some sort of heat treatment I am told. The bike that I saw still the beta version was a one speed and was ridged as any carbon frame.

"What started as a homework assignment is morphing into a successful and lucrative business. The four engineers met in mechanical and aerospace engineering classes during their sophomore year and have been friends ever since. They were given an open-ended assignment in MAE 321 to build something, and, partly because Frey is a competitive cyclist, the group chose to build a bicycle. The first bike took about a month to make, but after they mastered the technique, they started making each bike within a matter of days. Shifting from a class project to a full-fledged business, they already have many commissions and are planning to spend the summer building bikes in their professor’s basement.

The bike project, however, is not just a way to make some spare money during college: These four engineers have big plans for their company, which is called Sol Cycles. They have already started talking to an American who lives in Vietnam about outsourcing production there because of the plentiful bamboo, and several companies have already agreed to donate parts.

“We are working with a company called Time Cycle, and they are a very high-end company,” Watts said. “[We are also speaking] with another company that would like to sell their wheels through us.”

Frey, in addition to being one of the creators of the bikes, is also the reigning national time-trial champion for cyclists under age 23. His experience gives the group an advantage as it tries to expand its project: Frey’s position in the cycling world helped the group break into the business. “My connections in the industry and the cycling community have helped me get advice and direction from experienced salespeople and engineers,” Frey explained."
read more at Daily Princetonian

This is one of the most fascinating ideas that has been applied to bike design in quite some time, it also helps they are being green. Keep it simple and affordable and these will sell like hot cakes, I can't wait to either get one of my own or start seeing them in production.

Nice job Guys.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot, Gir's new bike

New bikes are starting to hit the market and many are incorporating traithlon like geometry, take a look and you will see the similarities. A good thing all want to go fast tucking the rear wheel so a shadow is created is priceless. Another thing with Gir is how they documented the making of the bike in a blog. Really smart and lets us see the problems along with the wins of making this new bike along the way. Nice job Gir.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Clothes That Monitor Your Body!

This really does beat the strap which is troublesome and seems to have trouble reading. The best part is the it integrates with the Polar transmitters, so if you have the system just get the shirt. The only draw back is that they have only three styles and a Triathlon one piece would be great. Just put the shirt on check your watch for the pulse and head out to the gym, bike, run or hike.

Special sensors are knit into the fabric of our seamless athletic apparel. The textile sensors maintain contact with the body, sensing the wearer’s heart rate and relaying it to a tiny transmitter.

The transmitter is snapped into a pocket in the front of the garment. It captures the heart rate data and transmits it to a heart rate monitor watch.

The heart rate monitor watch instantly displays the heart rate for the wearer to see.

Perfect addition to anyones training clothing.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

LifeSaver Bottle

Best of the year 2007 Men Journal, that says something, LIFESAVER bottle – Solves Drinking Water Needs of India’s Flood Victims.
This is a great device PERIOD, not unlike the LifeStraw this is a bottle that has the filtration built in, it will remove bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and all other microbiological waterborne pathogens without using chemicals like iodine or chlorine which leave a distinctive foul taste. Soldiers use this device, flood victims are using this, every household should have one of these.
The LifeSaver bottle could not be easier, dip, suck, filter, drink. Image below show how easy the process is.

Now go get one.