Austin Tri-Cyclist Blog

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

DZ Nuts - Product Review

Product Review: DZ Nuts Chamois

Dave Zabriskie’s (formerly of Team CSC) “DZnuts” chamois cream and apparel is a new product on the shelves at Austin Tri-Cyclist. As an athlete and an employee I thought I’d use the product so I could give an honest opinion when asked.
My initial feeling about the product was it was just another average chamois cream with a more outrageous label than the competitors. Inside the label the product is a plain, white, non-greasy cream without the overpowering, embarrassing odor that nobody wants seeping out of their cycling shorts.
The packaging provides application instructions to avoid any possible confusion regarding the product. Application is as simple as dropping your lycra to your ankles and lathering either perineal area or the chamois itself with “DZ Nuts”. Here’s the step where you can run into trouble… The product is thinner than most other brands. While just as, if not more affective than other brands, it’s more likely to be absorbed in the chamois. Getting into a rough situation is easily avoided by simply using more cream.
My overall thoughts of the product is it’s good, it works, and leaving it on your coffee table makes for great conversation. Besides the quality of its function, it’s not oily and washes out clean at the end of the day. The down-side of the product is due to having to use more, the price per serving is costlier. After usage on a road bike as well as a TT setup I’m confident in referring people to “protect their junk” the way the one and only Dave Zabriskie does with DZ Nuts.

Bikes of my past

Here is a list I created after seeing Brandon's list: Excluding the first one listed these were over a 5 year period.

Gremlin's Tricycle (this one rocked when I was 4)
Trek 1000 (did an Ironman on this)
Guru Racelite (First step into carbon)
Litespeed Pavia (made me want to leave carbon)
Litespeed Sienna (Ti is fun ride..but overpriced)
Xlab Mach 2 (first Tri bike)
Cervelo Soloist Team (Awesome bike)
Motobecane Super Mirage (70s steel bike)
SR (another early 80s steel bike which broke my collarbone and head)
Cervelo P2C (first fast tri bike)
Cannondale Slice (second fast tri bike which I love)
Cervelo R3-SL (the holy grail of road bikes)

I had 2 MTBs which sucked since I suck at off road stuff

After making this list I have a feeling I may have a bike fetish...


Care to make your list?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Today was my first bike ride in 2 months and it felt good. Well good might be an exaggeration, my legs felt a wee bit tired and powerless. I rode with Ryan and Jason who as could be expected were much faster than I. I did the 20-25 miles on my Cannondale Slice which was a pleasant experience since it was its inaugural outdoor ride. The bike felt great. Rode smooth, stiff BB, and fast in the wind. I am looking forward to getting back in shape after "the incident". Next on the list is a run. This is the one I am not looking forward to. running out of shape = pain.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tri Bike Fitting

Today’s topic is going to be a closer look at proper tri bike fitting. Finally I am going to put that college degree to work. Getting a tri bike to fit properly is simple biomechanics….this isn’t rocket science. The goal is to be comfortable, aero, and powerful. This will be a quick overview on what we can achieve.

Comfortable: Being comfortable doesn’t mean being in a slow position. It means using your certain body structures to support the position desired. If you cannot hold the triathlon position then there is very little to justify getting a tri specific bike.

Arm Angle: Below is a picture of the how the weight of your upper body should be supported. By using your bone structure to support yourself you can let the muscles relax and therefore be comfortable. Body landmarks being used are the acromion process, center of the elbow, and then following the center line of the forearm. The angle should be around 85-95 degrees. If you are at a bigger angle (over 110 degrees) the muscles are forced in tension to support the upper body, this in turn causes discomfort.

Saddle Height: By measuring from the greater trochanter to the knee center to the lateral maleolus. The pedal stroke should follow the line from the pedal-bottom bracket-center of the saddle. This generally puts the pedal stroke at about 6:25-6:30. The angle one wants to achieve is somewhere between 143-155 degrees. Generally if you saddle is too high you will experience pain in the back of you knee due to an overstretch of the hamstrings.

Hip Angle: This is measured by drawing a line through the midline of the torso and another line from the center of the bottom bracket going though the greater trochanter. The hip angle will fall between 95-105 degrees. If this angle is too small as you will find with people that ride a road bike with aerobars there is a loss of power and the overstretching causes lower back pain.

So ends this first lesson in tri bike fitting. I will go deeper into this subject in future posts.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Buy American

With everyone running around yelling economic crisis we thought it would be a good time to promote good ol' American made bikes. So here are some Cannondale bikes that not only are MADE IN THE USA but at a discounted price. Double sweet.

Synapse 5 (full carbon frame) - $1795 was $2200
Synapse 6 (full carbon frame) - $1295 was $1700
Six13 3 (half carbon frame) - $1495 was $1800
Six13 5 (half n half) - $1450 was $1700
Six13 6 (half n half) - $1095 was $1395
Slice 5 (full carbon tri bike) - $2395 was $3495

Others are also available, this is just a taste of the good stuff.

Monday, December 1, 2008

December Sale

December Sale

Time to clean out the closet with all the 2008 inventory to get ready for the '09.

Zoot Shoes are only $90

2008 Wheels - 20%-30% OFF
Zipp, Reynolds, American Classic, Mavic, Shimano, Easton

ATC Club Gear - 20% OFF

Hats, Jerseys, Shirts and more

And of course ALL 2008 BIKES ON SALE - up to 30% OFF
Cervelo, Cannondale, Fuji, Argon 18

So if you need anything now is a great time to buy (just like the stock market)