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Specialized Turbo Electric Bike from Ridley’s Cycle


Who needs an electric bike? In conclusion – anyone can benefit from it!
Bikeage has ridden all over the world in all kinds of conditions. I also know what it’s like sitting in a car, in traffic, wondering how I could be spending better time – but my 40km/25 mile plus commute (one way) is sometimes just too long – and the wind is too windy, and the thought of 200W+ for 1.5 hrs after a long day…ugh…I decided to try an electric bike. (spoiler alert – this one has come home with me!)
Ridley’s Okotoks has the Specialized Turbo in stock. I couldn’t resist taking one for a spin with SRM installed. The data is interesting for sure. Here I compare 3 commutes using SRM histogram – basically showing how much time is spent at power(green)/speed(purple)/cadence(blue), with 3 different bikes, bottom being the best normal case – light tailwind, aero race bike, vs two electric models.
In the middle graph, see how the motor (speed) is cutting out at 32 kph. A fit cyclist can ride 30+kph (20+mph). In the bottom graph, the spread of the speed line is pretty wide and uniform around the 32 kph. In the top graph, you get to maintain that speed over 32 kph thanks to the motor. Conclusion – you still work as hard as you want, but go a lot faster. Remember – No wind, No hills!
This is a Pedelec. In all cases, you still have to work – for sure it’s not a free ride! Stop by Ridley’s Okotoks and check it out.


Here’s another case for e-biking – mixed abilities riding together. The Turbo rider is spending time around 100W, while the normal cyclist is working a lot harder. The Canadian Specialized Turbo (32 kph) is the perfect equalizer for spouses that want to ride together, or any new cyclist that wants to learn from an experienced cyclist on training rides. It’s cheaper than a mid-range tandem and serves more purposes. It looks great too!
Turbo effort is on the left, pedal bike on the right.
This is a popular Strava segment showing the difference in output, same speed (Turbo had wrong tire calibration, will fix that later in software):

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SRM PowerControl 8 Pre-orders Available Soon

Pre-orders are almost shipping. Watch for product testing soon. Click here to order.
SRM has remained faithful to the PC8, which provides a device that is consistently focused on the needs of athletes and waives gimmicks. In addition to the known values such as power, heart rate, speed, etc. – the Training Peaks metrics such TSS® (Training Stress Score®), NP® (Normalized Power®) and IF® (Intensity Factor®) are stored and displayed.
Of course, the PC8 also has GPS and light sensor backlight, which can be turned off in order to prolong battery life (10-45 hours).
The memory capacity is about 4,000 hours of training. A built-in motion sensor turns the PC8 on automatically.
The freely configurable display has increased, so the PC8 has grown slightly. The shell is made of anodized aluminum, which is available in three different colors: red, black and titanium and can be personalized.
The charging and data transfer works via magnetic plug.

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Power Perspective – Solvang Double Century

Bikeage believes in the value of good data: Performance Intelligence. Here’s a comparison of 3 Double Centuries recorded with SRM True Training Precision. What’s the value of a good PowerMeter? The value is many years of data, comparable like apples to apples. 4 different SRM PowerMeters were used in the making of this story. Each one’s calibration was confirmed with the same masses, at home. The value is no dropped data or missing files. No auto-stops or pressing start buttons.
3 Doubles
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2014 Solvang Double Century

It was an interesting coincidence that the Solvang Double Century was organized for March 22, second last day of the Bikeage Base Camp. Could a snow-bound Canadian cyclist earn enough fitness to manage a respectable double century in March? The plans were made and a group of seven formed to have a go. Only 4 riders finally arrived in the Santa Ynez Valley, but with a well-laid plan and extra support from artist chef Nichole, the stage was set for the attempt.
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Bikeage Base Camp ’14

March 15-23, Solvang (CA) 4 cyclists, 1 chef aim to do it right in Solvang.
After 4 cold Alberta months with no rideable weather or roads, it was time to break the cycle and claim some road miles. Added incentive was the Solvang Double Century on March 22. Was it possible to get enough fitness to ride 200 miles after a winter training indoors plus one week of outside riding? Bikeage (Jason) decides to try, and Gordie, Peter, and cp enroll to support the cause.
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