I discovered a cool use for Wolfram-Alpha the other day, in particular, calculating calories used on a bike ride.
Okay, I know it’s not 100% accurate, especially since it can’t look at such things as gear ratio, terrain, tire drag, etc. However, it’ll still get you in the neighborhood of your calorie usage if you do your best to input as much accurate information as possible.
You can also change the activity type from bicycling, to running, walking, etc.
Not to be outdone by Trek, Specialized is also doing a giveaway promo during the Tour de France. Instead of complete bikes, they’re giving away 21 framesets over the next three weeks.
To enter, however, you have to stop by your authorized Specialized dealer each day to pick up a Rider Card, which has a code number on it. You then log on to Specialized’s website and enter your information, along with the code on the card.
What this means is, if your authorized dealer is a long drive away, or you’re too busy to get there each day to pick up a card, you’re pretty much out of the game. I think this is a pretty stupid way to do a promotion, and maybe they’ll get their shit straight next year and do it right.
Stop whatever you’re doing and don’t enter Trek’s Dream Bigger bike giveaway. Last year, I sorta got screwed out of winning any prizes in Trek’s giant WOW! promo because none of my local bike shops were involved. All the while, my buddy in Ohio practically got the CEO’s first born… or at least a some water bottles and other crap.
If no one enters this year, it raises my chances of not only winning, but of shoving it in all your faces, too.
Starting on July 16th, they begin drawing prizes for 10 days in a row, but you can only win if you get started collecting game plays now. So, don’t click the following link, and absolutely don’t sign up to win. Thanks.
I posted the other day a link to 650B Palace’s list of 650B-compatible 26" mountain bike frames, but that doesn’t help much if your frame isn’t on the list.
Assuming you already have a frame that isn’t listed, and all you want to know is actual measurements for various 650B tires on the market to see if you have clearance, you can check out the shared Google Doc below. The list originally showed up on MTBR.com, but I honestly can’t remember who shared it.
Also, if you’re looking for a 650B-compatible fork, here’s a thread on MTBR.com that will hopefully make it easier for you: