Lazer Blade Road Helmet

First Impressions: Lazer Blade Road Helmet Review

First Impressions: Lazer Blade

Lazer Blade Road HelmetBased on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet (currently used by Team LottoNL-Jumbo) the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing departure from the current helmet trend. Where many brands like Giro and Specialized have been pushing out progressively more expensive and higher end models, it’s nice to see a company put serious effort into improving their less expensive options.

 

Coming in at a very affordable £59.99 the new Lazer Blade uses the same Advanced Rollsys Sytem (ARS) as the Z1. We tested this system extensively with the Lazer Genesis helmet in a previous test and found it to be one of the most comfortable and secure fits on the market. The Blade is no exception and with 3 separate size options everyone should find a Blade to fit them.

Weighing a feathery 250g the Lazer Blade is lighter than many helmets more than twice it’s price. Part of this super low weight comes from the 22 vents which control the air flow through the helmet, keeping you cool on even the hottest days.

Lazer Blade Road Helmet

Taking even more technology from Lazer’s higher end helmets, the Blade comes ready to mount a Lazer Aeroshell cover (sold separately), turning your everyday road helmet into a aerodynamic race helmet in seconds. As an additional advantage here at Koo we’ve found the Aeroshell doubles as a brilliant winter cover, keeping the warmth in and the wet out. Finally the Lazer Blade is available it 7 different colour options, guaranteeing there will be a model to fit everyone’s style.

Lazer Blade Road Helmet

Overall the new Blade is a great addition to Lazer’s brilliant helmet range. It has been a long time since we’ve been this excited about an entry level helmet. The trickle down technology and cool style makes this helmet a strong option for anyone looking for a new helmet, regardless of budget. We will be putting the Blade into our long term test program and really put it through its paces this spring. If it is anything like the rest of Lazer’s range (and we reckon it is) then we have a real winner on our hands.

See Koo Bike’s full range of Lazer Blade’s HERE

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Key Points:

Mould based on that of Lazer’s top-end Z1

Uses Lazer’s Advanced Rollsys System (ARS) fit system

250g in a size medium

22 vents

Aero shell available separately

Size: Small 52-56 cm, Medium 55-59 cm, Large 58-61 cm

First Impressions: Lazer Blade Based on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet (currently used by Team LottoNL-Jumbo) the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing departure from the current helmet trend. Where many brands like Giro and Specialized have been pushing out progressively more expensive and higher end models, it's nice to see a company put serious effort into improving their less expensive options.   Coming in at a very affordable £59.99 the new Lazer Blade uses the same Advanced Rollsys Sytem (ARS) as the Z1. We tested this system extensively with the Lazer Genesis helmet in a previous test and found it to be one of the most comfortable and secure fits on the market. The Blade is no exception and with 3 separate size options everyone should find a Blade to fit them. Weighing a feathery 250g the Lazer Blade is lighter than many helmets more than twice it's price. Part of this super low weight comes from the 22 vents which control the air flow through the helmet, keeping you cool on even the hottest days. Taking even more technology from Lazer's higher end helmets, the Blade comes ready to mount a Lazer Aeroshell cover (sold separately), turning your everyday road helmet into a aerodynamic race helmet in seconds. As an additional advantage here at Koo we've found the Aeroshell doubles as a brilliant winter cover, keeping the warmth in and the wet out. Finally the Lazer Blade is available it 7 different colour options, guaranteeing there will be a model to fit everyone's style. Overall the new Blade is a great addition to Lazer's brilliant helmet range. It has been a long time since we've been this excited about an entry level helmet. The trickle down technology and cool style makes this helmet a strong option for anyone looking for a new helmet, regardless of budget. We will be putting the Blade into our long term test program and really put it through its paces this spring. If it is anything like the rest of Lazer's range (and we reckon it is) then we have a real winner on our hands. See Koo Bike's full range of Lazer Blade's HERE Key Points: Mould based on that of Lazer’s top-end Z1 Uses Lazer’s Advanced Rollsys System (ARS) fit system 250g in a size medium 22 vents Aero shell available separately Size: Small 52-56 cm, Medium 55-59 cm, Large 58-61 cm

Review: Lazer Blade Road Helmet

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Based on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing update to Lazer's entry level models. At just £59.99 the Lazer Blade is considerable less expensive than the £200 Z1 yet still uses the same mould and ARS fit system. Weighing a very light 250g and coming in a wide range of sizes and colours, the Lazer Blade is a must have for anyone in the market for a new helmet this year.

User Rating: 4.88 ( 2 votes)
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Top 5 Gym Workouts for Cyclists

Top 5 Gym Workouts for Cyclists

Winter Training Bicycle Class

The winter months can be tough on cyclists, opportunities to get out for a ride start to decrease and many of us find it easy to pack the bike away. All is not lost however! You worked hard this summer and if you’re keen to keep that fitness up well it’s time to pull on the baggie shorts, plug in the music and hit the gym!

Whether you’re a serious cyclist looking to kick-start next season or just a recreational rider wanting to keep their fitness up, getting off the bike and into the gym is a great idea. Here’s some of our favorite workouts to get you started.

  1. Back Squat

A core strength exercise which works both posterior chain and legs. It can be used to build strength and endurance.

Rep range: 1-4 Max Strength, 4-8 Strength-Power, 8-20 Hypertrophy, 20 onward Endurance

  1. Walking Lunge

A key unilateral strength exercise. As cycling is a single leg exercise, single leg strength exercises are crucial. The walking lunge recreates the pedaling motion and engages the main cycling muscles.

Rep range: 10 walking lunges with Dumbbells with a weight from 1-20Kg’s.

  1. Explosive Step-Ups

Power is another crucial part of cycling. A good strength power exercise is explosive step ups onto a small step. Raise the leading leg onto the step before explosively driving upwards. As this is an explosive exercise it should as explosively as possible whilst maintaining a neutral spine.

Rep range: 5 to 10 step-ups onto a 30 to 60cm step depending on height.

  1. The Plank

Good core stability and anti-rotational exercise. Maintaining core stability whilst cycling is crucial as it allows for maximum power transition through the body and prevents ‘hip role’. As aero dynamics are increasingly important maintaining an aero dynamic position can lead to a gain in performance.

Rep range: Hold plank position for between 1 to 5 minutes.

  1. Contrast Training

Alternating between strength training and 30s sprint on a turbo can lead to large increase in sprint power. This can be worked into any strength regime. After completing a strength set take 2-3mins rest before doing a 30s sprint on the turbo or stationary bike. This leads to increased neurological gains and patterning and can lead to increase in sprint power. Most importantly a spinning workout will remind your muscles what you’re training for, cycling!

As with any high intensity activity, a key part of any workout is proper nutrition. Staying hydrated and fueled will not only allow you to work harder but also ensure your boy has the fuel it needs to repair itself post exercise. Take a look at our excellent nutrition products from brands like CNP, Powerbar, High5 and Science In Sport to get the maximum out of every workout.

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Saracen Aerial 14x 2012 Review

After seeing the new range of Saracen bikes at Madisons Ice Bike show earlier this year I was really impressed with some of the models displayed, as always usual low end stuff was there, similar to most of the major brands offerings but what particularly stood out were the full suspension Ariel, Myst and The DH bikes. Obviously most of us will be aware of the recent successes of the DH team in the world cup, bagging all but the Mens elite cat. At fort William (If I remember right).

 

Displayed as frame only, hanging in a gilded picture frame, lit with spotlights were the Aerial 14x and its bigger bro the 16x. Stealth black frames and glittering gold linkage looked great from the off, closer inspection reveals a tapered head tube, beefy asymmetric back end with 15mm bolt through, Fox RP23 kasima shock hanging from a simple dual rocker link the TRL linkage, similar I thought to the Santa Cruz APP platform which is a well proven design.

Firstly lets get something straight, Saracen bikes in the 90’s were very good indeed I remember the kili flyer as something I wanted so badly, possibly after a stumpy or pro flex! That was a long while ago and the sport has changed so much but after the Saracen brands unbelievable dive-bomb over the last 15 years I am glad to see them being back as a real bike manufacturer, never did I think I would buy one…but buy one I have! The stealthy Aerial 14x 19’’ frame only.

 

It arrived and I eagerly opened the box and was pleased to find it came complete with a tapered headset, seat clamp and both 9mm QR and 12mm bolt through dropouts, gold ones at that!

 

Built up with parts from my hardtail, it all went together easily. The supplied headset was a basic FSA lose ball which I changed for a Hope Tapered reducer headset, I have always found these to be totally reliable and with my standard 1’’8th Pike forks it works well.

 

Basic run through of spec is as follows: Single ring 34t with E13 LG1 guide, SLX cranks, XT cassette, XO mech and shifter, Hope hoops, 50mm straight line stem, low rise Syncros carbon bar, Formula RX brakes 180/160mm, KS 150mm dropper post and as mentioned my old faithful PIKE airs (which I really should update but still work so well) so I would call it a reasonably aggressive XC/AM140mm build, not the lightest at 32lbs but usable and reliable.

First ride as always in the car park! initial thoughts: I’m to big for a 19’’, bars to low, long and hard to manual, shock to soft. Back to the shop for adjustments. Bars raised and rolled back a touch which instantly felt better. I’m very tall at 6’6’’ and weigh around 14 stone I’m running just over 200 psi in rear shock which I’m finding works well for me, giving me a full range of travel with only the very occasional bottom out on the bigger stuff. Back to car park and I’m happier on it this time.

 

Off to the woods, a spot I have been riding for a long time, on many bikes. Whenever I get a demo bike from work, the last being a carbon Santa Cruz Nomad this Is where I go first. Steep and fast single-track with lots of switch backs and flowing off the brakes sections mixed in with some slow off camber root infested slippery fun. Long flat path following a river turns uphill with a lung busting series of diagonal climbs over the same kind of slippery terrain that is much more fun on the way down!

On the downhill part of my ride, I felt in control of the bike very quickly and found myself pushing it, really enjoying the fast flowing switchback section, being able to carry speed, ride on the back wheel and accelerate well, although still hard to manual or get the front end up when in the air, I would put that mostly down to it being a bit short in the top tube for my height. Small bump sensitivity in this situation is hard to measure but the roots and 4/5’’ rocks are dealt with comfortably, slackish head-angle makes it feel confident and fun. On the flat, with my dropped post mid way it felt balanced and easy to ride, I could see myself covering some enduro miles. Climbing I was surprised at the level of grip and pedal efficiency, with the pro pedal on its most aggressive setting I found myself climbing well, even on the loser sections, my particular gear setup defiantly holds me back when the going gets properly steep but at least the high ratio helps generate grip and keep speed up. After a couple of laps in a couple of hours I was back at the car, doing the old post ride look over and feeling pleased and surprised at how the bike had performed.

 

I have now owned the 14x for 2 months ridden it a fair bit and got myself used to the ride. It continues to amaze me how much these relatively short travel trail orientated bikes handle almost everything you could put a big bike through whilst still being fast on the sprints and easy to ride uphill or all day on.

If you are after this sort of machine, are into the stealth black look and with its limited size range. 2 models 17/19’’ I would say maximum height really 6’3’’ it’s a definite contender for your money. Saracen are back and you should reconsider how you feel about them!

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Nutrition

Think About Nutrition

Before we start, we would like to offer all our lovely customers 15% off all our sports nutrition products! Simply get on the mailing list here (if you are not already on it) and we will be releasing a coupon this week. If you have never tried them or if you just need to stock up your supplies take advantage of this great offer!
A great idea is to go for the sample packs allowing you to try a variety of products designed to work together, giving you extra performance and helping your body to recovery quicker so you can train harder and more often.

 

Why use sports nutrition, what its all about?

Sports nutrition addresses the specific nutritional needs of exercise to help you prepare, perform and recover effectively.

Whatever your target, from a gentle gym schedule to becoming a professional athlete, your body needs to be fuelled and looked after properly.  Motivating yourself to get up and exercise day after day can be difficult enough, but without the correct recovery, diet and nutrients the body will get run down and be more susceptible to illness, infection and fatigue.

 

Energy

The predominant source of energy in the body is as stored glycogen. This comes from carbohydrates eaten and drunk in your everyday diet, but for high intensity and endurance exercise this source of carbohydrates isn’t always enough to get you through.
A healthy male can store 500g of glycogen – or 2000 kcal of carbohydrates
A healthy female can store 400g of glycogen – or 1600kcal of carbohydrates
The body can digest around 90g of carbohydrate per hour during exercise
Any exercise burns energy.  30 minutes can burn anything from around 100kcal to 500kcal depending on the intensity of the workout, any exercise has been done prior, and the number of muscle groups working. For example, running for 30 minutes at the end of a triathlon burns calories more quickly than running at the same pace for 30 minutes from a rested state. Energy drinks, bars and gels can be used as a quick energy source to replace the calories you’re using during exercise.

 

 

Endurance Exercise

Endurance events such as Ironman triathlons require a specific nutritional plan to balance out the energy sources you will be burning during your exercise and the calories you can take on board. You can find sample nutritional strategies under the “Nutrition for your event“” section of our website.

 

Hydration

One of the biggest misconceptions regarding hydration is that drinking  water alone will keep you hydrated. In reality, as you sweat, your body loses electrolyte salts which are essential to control the transfer of water inside the body.
A 2% loss in body mass through sweat can result in a 10% loss in performance
There are two major factors that affect how readily fluid will be absorbed. First is the rate at which the fluid drains from the stomach. SiS Go Electrolyte is an isotonic drink, and mixed at 6%-8% carbohydrate solution is the quickest way to get fluids through the stomach. Second is the rate of absorption in the intestine which is controlled by electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium. Both Go Electrolyte and Go Hydro are finely balanced to offer as high a rate of hydration as possible.
Pre-exercise nutrition tips:
Eat a nutritious meal/snack of carbohydrates and protein 90 minutes before exercising.
Take a proven energy product 30 minutes before exercise.
With busy lifestyles and travel in addition to family and work commitments there is a significant challenge to having the right foods at the right time in order to prepare properly for the task ahead.  Portable convenient nutritional solutions will help you to optimise your nutritional preparation in order for you to achieve your goals.

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Wednesday Weights!

Sorry weve had a few weeks off – here is your next installment of Wednesday Weights, where all you have to do is guess the weight of the product we weigh! The closest guess wins a prize. This week, a £5 Koo voucher will be won by one lucky person! The competition will close on Tuesday next week to give you the whole Easter Weekend to have a think, and we will reveal the winner and actual weight. Guesses should be to the closest 0.01grams.

Please post all answers on our Facebook page, where this competition will be posted.

This week you have to guess the weight of a very nice Zipp Carbon SL Speed seatpost 330mm and a bicycle bell…. good luck!

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