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2016 Barry-Roubaix Team Belgianwerkx Race Report

Posted by on April 25, 2016 in Race Report | 0 comments

2016 Barry-Roubaix Team Belgianwerkx Race Report

A contingent of Team Belgianwerkx riders headed to Hastings, Michigan on April 16, 2016 to tackle the Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race. Hear what five team members had to say about their experience! Alex – 62 mile How many Barry-Roubaix’s have you done? My first Barry-Roubaix (first gravel race) What was the most memorable part of the ride for you? The heat and dust (better answer: changing into my bibs in a truck stop bathroom and showing up 20 minutes before the start because no one in my car planned for the time...

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Stages Power Meter Review

Posted by on March 31, 2016 in Reviews and Tests | 0 comments

Stages Power Meter Review

On the heels of a good 2014 cyclocross season, I decided to make an investment in my training and started working with a coach, Patrick Brock of Bike Science Coaching. One of Patrick’s first suggestions was that if I seriously wanted to improve, that investing in a power meter to really dial in my performance was critical. But which one to choose? My requirements I didn’t want a hub-based power meter so that I could easily swap out my training clincher wheelset for my racing tubulars. I wanted the battery to be easily serviceable. I wanted...

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Tips From the Pits

Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Cyclocross, How-To, Race Report | 0 comments

Tips From the Pits

Our team just concluded it’s season with the gnarliest race we’re been at in a while, JingleCross. The course contained every type of mud imaginable. Some of it was sticky, some of it had gravel, some of it was clay, and some of it was soup! Mud was packing into every imaginable place of the bikes, often causing broken derailleurs and chains. At a cyclocross race, your crew in the pits can often mean the difference between a win and a DNF (not even finishing a race). Since you are allowed to switch bikes in the “pits”,...

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The Sandbaggers

Posted by on September 22, 2015 in Belgianwerkx Updates, Cyclocross | 3 comments

The Sandbaggers

sandbag (v.) 1860, “furnish with sandbags,” from sandbag (n.). Meaning “pretend weakness,” 1970s perhaps is extended from poker-playing sense of “refrain from raising at the first opportunity in hopes of raising more steeply later” (1940), which perhaps is from sandbagger in the sense of “bully or ruffian who uses a sandbag as a weapon to knock his intended victim unconscious” (1882). Hence “to fell or stun with a blow from a sandbag” (1887). Related: Sandbagged; sandbagging. ...

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Ironman Wisconsin 2015 Race Report

Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Race Report | 0 comments

Ironman Wisconsin 2015 Race Report

2015 was my first full season training for triathlon. In 2014 I did an Olympic distance event and was hooked. For 2015 I decided to go for it all and signed up for Ironman Wisconsin. This past season has been quite the learning experience as my first season in the sport. I struggled to learn how to swim. For anyone familiar with swimming, they will know it is all about technique, technique, and more technique. Running and biking are lots of raw fitness and power, but swimming must be built from technique before fitness can truly develop....

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CX Disc Pro – Belgianwerkx Signature Wheel Collection

Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Belgianwerkx Updates, Cyclocross, New products | 0 comments

CX Disc Pro – Belgianwerkx Signature Wheel Collection

For the last few years we have tossed around the idea of creating a web-store for hand-built cyclocross tubular wheels. We never followed through due to the lack of quality alloy rims specifically built for tubular tires and disc brakes. Recently a new rim made it’s debut – and we’re in love. We are finally able to offer a complete wheelset that meets our standard of performance, durability, weight, and value. This wheelset weights only 1550 grams, is strong and stiff enough for any rider, uses commonly available and...

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MTB Tire Review: Continental Mountain King II and X-King

Posted by on July 30, 2015 in Reviews and Tests | 2 comments

MTB Tire Review: Continental Mountain King II and X-King

Last year I retired my old Kenda Small Block Eights, sick of their lack of reliability any time the conditions weren’t ideal. Based on tire guru Nick Moroder’s recommendation, I mounted the Continental Mountain King II up front and the X-King in the rear. Both of these Germany-made tires feature Conti’s Black Chilli compound and ProTection sidewalls – this added puncture protection layer is more resistant to cuts and also makes the tires tubeless ready, which was the only way to go. The Mountain King, with large tread and a width...

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Installing Shimano D-Fly Internally

Posted by on June 28, 2015 in How-To | 6 comments

Installing Shimano D-Fly Internally

Shimano introduced their D-Fly (SM-EWW01) wireless Ant+ Communication device in March. The D-Fly allows wireless data transmission between your Ant+ computer (usually Garmin) and your Di2 bike. It is helpful in showing remaining battery life and current gear selection. Shimano’s official position is that the D-Fly unit must be installed outside of the frame, but we have been getting excellent results installing it inside of the top tube on Carbon bikes. Here’s how we do it: Before: 1. Plug in an appropriate size Di2 E-Tube wire...

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An Important Announcement Regarding our Fitting Policy

Posted by on June 13, 2015 in Belgianwerkx Updates | 1 comment

An Important Announcement Regarding our Fitting Policy

“Anything worth doing is worth doing right.” Since opening a couple years ago we have striven to emulate this philosophy in everything we set out to do. When someone comes to us for a new bike, we take the time to understand their budget, goals, riding style, and expectations. We take every customer through a initial bike and frame sizing, looking for the bike that fits their body and riding style. After we receive and carefully build their new bike, we go through another fitting together to dial in the bike to a comfortable and...

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Giro d’ Grafton – June 20th!

Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Belgianwerkx Updates | 0 comments

Show up for one race, or stay for the day. Criteriums are made up of short laps around a small course. Also, because the races are relatively short, they’re fun for the entire family to watch. Local restaurants, bars, and shops will all be out and taking part in the event. There’s lots to see and even more to do! http://www.bikegrafton.com/

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