Benefits Of Using A Best Rowing Machine

There are various exercising equipments which are used for body workouts. But most of the equipments concentrate on a particular part of the body which helps to provide shape and maintain them. For instance, there are various methods and equipments which are used to create and maintain the biceps such as alternate hammer curl, incline dumbbell curl, etc.

Benefits Of Using A Best Rowing Machine


But there are very few workout equipments which are used for whole body which also includes rowing machine. There is no age limit for working out with rowing machine. Rowing machine is an exercising machine which provides a motion of rowing a boat in water. Due to this, it helps to give a whole body workout. If you are looking out for a whole body workout then don’t get confused, just go and have a best rowing machine. There are various benefits of using a rowing machine. In this article you would be informed about some of the benefits of using a best rowing machine which will help you to clear all your doubts.

Cardiovascular benefit

Mostly aerobic exercise is considered as one of the best workout which helps to improve lungs, heart and circulation systems of the body. Similarly, a rowing machine helps to improve heart function and circulation systems of the body and it uses carbohydrates to provide energy which is required for exercise. Cardiovascular system which is also known as vascular system is an organ system that permits blood to circulate and transport nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide and various other measures that are very important for our body to prevent us from diseases, stabilize temperature, etc. Due to the complete body workout which is done with the help of rowing machine it helps to improve circulating system and also help to maintain a healthy body.

Weight loss

There are various machines and tips which are being continuously suggested and published by various people for weight loss but in real, very few of them help you to reduce your weight. Due to the improper diet and hormone issues most people end to have more weight and fat than the normal one which they actually need. A best rowing machine will help you to reduce your weight and burn unnecessary calories. According to a study it is proven that if you work efficiently in a rowing machine for 30 minutes then you can burn up around 377 calories which can even be measured as impossible for other exercising equipments. So if your prime objective of workout is to reduce your weight and burn calories then a rowing machine is the best one for you.

Helpful for stress management

We all faces stress in our day to day life for some or other reasons. To overcome that situations and problems we tend to various works like playing, listening musics, spending time with friends, etc. There are also people who workout daily and create a healthy and muscled body due to depression. If you are planning to rescue yourself from stress then rowing machine is present to help you! A best rowing machine helps you to manage your stress level and at the same time it also helps you to create a healthy body.


Rowing a boat can improve your health but it is not possible to row them regularly in water as you don’t live in water. Using a rowing machine is not at all a rocket science. As mentioned earlier, rowing machine can be used by any person and there is no age limit. This claims that it is very easy to use a rowing machine and also very comfortable. If you are too lazy to visit the gym then you can also have an indoor rowing machine which can be used in the comfort of your house. It is very convenient to use and store. As soon as the exercise is complete, you can fold it and place it on a comfortable zone of the house. As it can be folded and stored easily, you can use it whenever you wish to and does not takes a lot of space for placing.

Easy to use

If you have ever visited to a gym you would come to know that most of the machines are very difficult to understand and at the same time hard to use. But rowing machine is directly opposite to it. You can use it easily without even any prior experiment. Before using the machine, just read out the instruction chart and if incase you are confused then you can surf it on the internet and clear yourself.


There are various models of rowing machine which holds various features at affordable prices. If you are believing that high cost models of rowing machine are more beneficial then it is not really true. There are machines which comes under $200 that has various features and benefits.

5 Incredible Spin Bikes Transformations

Spinning is an effective way and also a fun exercise where you can do in the public gym around the sweaty people is not always desirable. The spin bikes are more common for people to do the spinning routine in the comfort of their homes. These are some of the highly recommended gym shoes for men if you need kickass shoes for your gym. The good spin bikes are very expensive but nowadays it is easy to buy with different changes in affordable price. There are different spin bikes are available in many stores in different quality and ranges. These spin bikes are used to maintain your body fit and energetic. While buying this bike you should make sure that you choosing the right bikes to your body and you want to look with a wide assortment of seat positions and handlebar. With the spin bikes, there are different transformations to fit your body.


Transformation in Spin Bikes

In the spin bikes, the magnetic resistance makes changes of incredibly smooth and this one of the hallmark machines have an amazing ride. It has the multiple adjustments in the seat position depends upon your height and handlebars because some people are so taller they feel uncomfortable with that, so at that time they can adjust their seat position to their height. It has the comfortable saddle and pedals have cages and clips so that you can wear your preferred shoes while doing exercise on spin bikes. The spin bike has the function displaying the time, calories burned, distance, power output and heart rate. Now this bikes offers twenty-four different magnetic resistance and it is optimum for everyone those who doing fitness exercise between a novice and the experienced athlete. It also has the features like adjustable seats, digital display, adjustable handlebars water bottle holders, and high-quality of pedals. When changing magnetic resistance there is not jerks or shuddering and this machine is silent and does not make any noise.

Computer Display

Another feature this spine bike has is it has the computer display where you can speed up your bikes and slow down.  The spin bikes use magnetic resistance, you can set the exact resistance using the computer interface and it also enables to check your body level, calories burnt, pedaling rate, etc. It is one of the best investments that you can make towards your fitness goals and health. It also had the art technology and you can track the input data which essential to your training.

Design and Structure

The spin bike has the framework which has the key differentiator to your body fitness and health.  It has the seat adjustability, quality of the flywheel, durability and has adjustable handlebar adjustment to your comfort.


The comfort in this machine has the adjustable, durability. If you feel comfort only you can do your exercise without any trouble so the comfort and accommodation are most important for the spin bikes. Comfortable workout apparel is all that is needed to get started. However, cycling-specific gear can create the class even better. Clip-in bike shoes give the rider more power and leverage. A heart rate monitor will also help to measure and maximize every workout.  Stainless steel seat and handlebar insert resisting corrosion where sweat collects the most in your body. It also has option wireless computer to note your speed and durability. Spin bikes give a perfect workout for your legs with standing, time trailing, sitting climbing positions, etc.


With the different changes on the spin bike, makes your body feels comfort and the price are also at an affordable price. Before choosing the spin bikes refer above description to choose a better bike which will comfort for your fitness and health.

Tour de Vineyards 2014


The Tour de Vineyards has just finished and I it has been a very interesting 5 days. It’s always a pleasure to race in my home town of Nelson and this year has been great. The tour was very well organised and the racing was tough from start to finish.


The tour began with a 9.3km time trial around the Mt. Heslington Circuit on New Year’s Eve. This stage was won convincingly by Jason Christie from the newly revamped Breads of Europe – All About Plumbing Cycling Team. I struggled through this stage, feeling flat from a hard week’s training beforehand. While it would have been nice to start the tour with a better performance I was just keen for some hard racing to help me tune up for the Elite Nationals next weekend and the New Zealand Cycle Classic at the end of January.

January 1st 2014 started with a monster of a storm rolling through Nelson and I was woken up by the thunder very early in the morning! Thankfully the worst of the rain blew through before the start of stage 2 and we had fairly good conditions for most of the race. Stage 2 was at times confusing and frustrating as small groups slipped off the front during the first few laps and I always managed to miss them! During the 4th of 8 laps an organised chase was looking more and more unlikely. I attacked up the final climb at the end of the 4th lap and before long we had a group of four (including yellow jersey Jason Christie) committed to trying to cross the 1:30 gap to the front of the race. Unfortunately we didn’t quite have the legs to close the gap and that’s how we finished four laps later; about 1:30 down on the stage winner Regan Gough.

Now a long way down on GC and with no points in the KOM or Sprint classifications I needed to race aggressively on stage 3 (the Neudorf Circuit) to try and salvage something. I felt great and I worked hard in the opening kilometres of the stage to establish a break and by the top of the first climb 10km into the stage we had a group of 8 with a slim advantage over the peloton. Our group worked well together and we started to gain some time but before long a stomping Jack Bauer managed to cross the gap alone. We kept our heads down and kept riding hard and held a 1-2 minute lead over the first of 2 60km laps.

The 2nd lap didn’t go quite as smoothly: the peloton closed our lead down to just 30sec and L&M rider Scott Thomas jumped across to us. Shortly after the 2nd ascent of Neudorf Hill Hayden McCormick also bridged the gap. He was very close to the lead on GC and if our group were to stay away to the finish he would most likely be taking home the yellow jersey. I was happy to work hard with him as all I wanted was to win the stage. Fortunately we managed to hold off the chasing group and fight for the stage win. It was a hard uphill sprint and I finished 2nd behind a flying Tom Hubbard (Breads of Europe) with Scott Thomas in 3rd.

The morning of the 3rd of Jan was drizzly again but thankfully the weather cleared just as Stage 4 began in Wakefield. I made the breakaway again and we were lucky to have another strong and fairly cohesive group like the day before. The stage finished at the summit of the Takaka Hill Climb and our goal was to reach the bottom of the hill with as much time as possible over the peloton. We managed to reach the climb with around 5 minutes lead which left us with a good shot of staying away for the finish!

As soon as we hit the climb, Ryan Wills who had been riding strongly all week, attacked and opened up a gap. I found myself in a group of 5 which slowly but surely dwindled down to 2 by a third of the way up the climb. We found a good rhythm and rode hard all the way but it wasn’t enough to bring back a flying Wills. Wills beat us in by about 45 seconds and I finished the day 3rd. I was really pleased with my climb, I’d say it’s the best I’ve ever ridden up there! As an added bonus the time we gained was enough to boost me up to 2nd on GC, just over a minute behind new leader Ryan Wills.

Going into stage 5 my focus was solely on taking that minute back and winning the tour. I felt like I was in with a real chance and the only way to make it happen was to race aggressively from the gun. Stage 5 was the undulating Hill St Circuit in Richmond. For each of the 17km laps I did everything I could to shake Wills and take the tour win. I wasn’t the only one within striking distance who was having a go; Hayden McCormick and a few other also rode very aggressively. But Wills was on a mission and had an answer to every attack… he kept the lead and I had to settle for 2nd. Jack Bauer took the victory on the stage with a very impressive solo effort in the last lap!

The Tour de Vineyards was a successful week and I’m really happy with 2nd place. The win is always the goal but that is my best finish in my home tour and I’m very pleased. Congratulations to Ryan for the win, very impressive! And a big thank you to Tasman Wheelers for putting on a well-organised and enjoyable race!

Now after a very solid week it’s time to back off, recover and get ready for nationals…

Tour of Britain – Stage 1: Grim


Today we started the 2013 Tour of Britain and I am absolutely stoked to be here racing. This has been the goal right from the beginning of the season and I am thrilled to have been selected and to finally be here doing it. If you don’t have a proper mountain bike, you can opt for the best mountain bike under 1000$ which would help you to be a part of this race.


Unfortunately my final week of preparation didn’t really follow the script. I picked up a stomach bug mid-week and it really knocked me around. I recovered quickly thankfully but it’s taking a little while for my energy levels (and stomach) to feel normal. I can only hope that I get better and better as the tour progresses!

Stage 1 began in the peaceful Scottish town of Peebles and wound it’s way around 210km of rolling country to finish up at Drumlanrig Castle. The weather was grim from the word go and a steady headwind around most of the course ensured that we were out there for as long as possible!

This was one of the stages that I had hoped to target as there was a good chance of a bunch kick but unfortunately my body wasn’t playing the game today. I lost contact on a small climb with about ten km to go and any hope of rejoining the group was quickly dashed by a puncture.

Stoked for my Node4 teammate Jimmy Williamson who got up in the finish to slide into the top ten. Fellow kiwis Shane Archbold and Aaron Gate also did an awesome job today with Shane finishing 7th and Gatey taking the lead in the sprint jersey.

186km around the Lake District tomorrow with some challenging climbs and similar weather to today. I’ll be heading to bed tonight hoping to wake up feeling more normal!

Impress Your Friends With These Muscle Building Tips

It’s not surprising that looking great is a goal for everybody, but the average person doesn’t do what it takes to get one. You, though, are so determined to get your body in shape that you’ve searched out information, which is a great first step! Keep reading to figure out how to build muscle as soon as today.

Focus your weight-training regimen on squats, deadlifts, and bench press. These three exercises are the core of a solid muscle-building regimen. They have proven to increase strength, increase muscle mass, and improve your overall conditioning. Try to work these exercises into your workout.

Make sure you understand the best exercises for increasing muscle mass. Different exercises work on different results; some are better for toning while others are better for bulk.

Eating meat regularly can help with muscle-building. Try to eat at least one gram of protein-rich meat for every pound that is on your body.

Building muscle is a long term process, so it’s important for you to keep yourself motivated. You may even give yourself rewards that are beneficial for your muscle building. As an example, obtaining a massage can not only improve the blood flow to your muscles, which will help increase your blood flow and benefits muscle growth.

If you are going to use creatine supplements to assist with your muscle gain, you should use caution, especially if you use this substance long-term. These supplements should not be used if you have any sort of kidney issues. Creatine can also lead to heart arrhythmia, muscle cramps and muscle compartment syndrome. Teenagers could be at even more likely to have problems.Be sure that you keep your doctor before starting use.

After reading this guide, you will find out that muscle building and looking good is not as hard as you thought it was. It takes some work on your part, but the knowledge you’ve gained here will ensure that it will be simple and easy for you to begin to build muscle and feel your best.

2014 – Budget Forklifts


I am very excited to begin the new year by announcing my new team for this season: Team Budget Forklifts! After the dream year that the team had in 2013 I feel very fortunate to now be a part of such a successful and well drilled outfit. The team dominated the NRS series in Australia and notched up some solid international results. The single kiwi on the 2013 team (my good mate Sam Horgan) performed incredibly, winning the Melbourne-Warnambool, Tour of the Great South Coast and more. There are now 5 NZ riders on the team: Wes Gough, Sam Horgan, Michael Vink, Myron Simpson and me.


My time with the team kicked off with a training camp on the Gold Coast in December. It was a good chance to meet all the riders, management and sponsors and start to soak up the culture and spirit of the team. There was even some time for a spot of training on our new Cervelo rocket ships: S5 road bikes and P5 time trial bikes. These bikes are mind-blowingly fast: cutting-edge aerodynamics, stiffness and light weight. What more could you ask for in a bike?!

I’m home in Nelson at the moment visiting my family for the first time in way too long and racing the Tour de Vineyards while I’m here. It’s always good fun racing at home on the roads where I used to train and catching up with familiar faces from my cycling club Tasman Wheelers.

Next up is the Elite National Championships in Christchurch and preparations seem to be on track so far. Looking forward to donning the yellow and black for the time trial on the 10th of January and racing alongside the rest of the kiwi division of the Budget Forklifts Team for the road race on the 12th of January!

Foods You Can Eat To Help Build Muscle

Being healthy is a lifestyle choice, lean muscles are choices that you make. Here are some excellent tips for building muscle and improve your life! Read the following article to get tips on how to build muscles to your satisfaction.

Focus your weight-training regimen on squats, the deadlift, and the bench press. These exercises are the foundation of a good body. They have proven to increase strength, build strength, and improve the effectiveness of future workouts. Try to fit some form of these exercises into your workout routine.

Make sure to research the best exercises to increase muscle mass.Different exercises achieve different things; some may work on muscle building or toning.

It is vital to warm up before you start your muscles with stretching exercises to avoid injuries.As you strengthen your muscles, they are more stressed and prone to injury. Warming up prior to exerting them is a key factor in avoiding injury. Prior to lifting, exercise lightly for about 10 minutes, followed by three or four warm-up light and intermediate sets.

Eating meat can help your muscles grow. Try to eat about 1 gram of protein-rich meat for every pound on your body.

Do not overlook the importance of carbohydrates in your muscle-building diet. Carbs are absolutely critical to provide you the energy you require for working out, and if you are short on them, your body converts your stored protein for energy instead.

Building muscle needs a true commitment that lasts a while, so it’s important for you to keep yourself motivated. You can even set rewards that are directly related to muscle gaining efforts. For example, reward yourself with a massage, and will help you recover on your days off.

It takes hard work and dedication to build muscle. If you have these things, you will be prepared to stick with your routine and give everything you have to reach your goal. Take the advice provided here for muscle building, and you will begin to achieve your goals and look the way you want to.

Tour of Britain – Stage 2: Down and Out


When I woke up yesterday morning I was hopeful that I would be better than day 1. Sadly I was wrong.

As we got underway I still didn’t feel flash but I put in a lot of effort in the first half hour to get a Node4 jersey into the day’s breakaway. It was a tough battle in a blustery headwind until finally one stuck with Mike Northey making the group. Soon after, the rain that had been promised began to fall and the temperature plummeted with it.


My day started to unravel when I was brought down in a big crash about 2 hours in. As bodies and bikes hit the road in front of me I spied a small gap and went for it. I thought I’d made it through unscathed when a flying bike dropped down in front of me and cleaned out my front wheel. I hit the ground hard…

I picked myself up and quickly assessed the damage to myself (nothing broken thankfully) and my bike (broken shifter and buckled wheel). I rolled along as best I could until the team car got up to me and I swapped onto a spare bike. After a quick chase it was business at usual, rolling along through the Lake District in the rain.

As we began to hit the bigger hills of the stage I really started to suffer. When the pace went up I had nothing left to give and I found myself slipping backwards through the group on the climbs. After spending some quality time in the convoy and giving it absolutely everything to stay in the race I finally lost contact.

I was absolutely gutted but still held onto a glimmer of hope that I could make it to the finish inside the time limit. This didn’t last long as I was becoming colder and colder and felt so weak I had almost completely stopped. I knew my tour was over; ruined by a very poorly timed stomach bug which had sapped my strength in the crucial final week before the race.

I’m out of the tour now and my UK season is finished. It would have been great to finish with a strong performance in the Tour of Britain, especially as this race has been my focus for the entire season; but, you can’t control everything and sometimes things don’t go to plan no matter how well prepared you are!

Good luck to my team Node 4 Giordana for the next 6 days of racing. I wish I was still racing with the boys but I’m sure they will do a great job and I’ll be watching! For me it’s time to take a bit of time off and look ahead to what’s next…

The Secrets To Building Muscles And Looking Great

There is plenty of information out there as to the proper way to build muscle. If you are working on building muscles in your body, learn what it is that your body needs to do first. This article will give you the information you may need in order to get started.

Vegetables are building muscle as any other nutrient. Vegetables provide nutrients that you cannot find in proteins and carbohydrates generally lack. An added plus is that these are also high in fiber. Fiber is like a catalyst that helps your body to use the protein more effectively.

A common mistake people fail to use proper technique when lifting weights because they are too focused on speed rather than technique. Performing an exercise with care and deliberation, and will increase the effectiveness of your workout.

Make sure you understand the best exercises for increasing muscle mass. Different exercises target different things; some are better for toning while others are better for bulk.

You would want to consume the amount necessary to pack on one pound each week. Research ways to bump up your calories, and if after about two weeks you have not gained any weight, then consider muscle building supplements.

Don’t forget carbohydrates when trying to build muscle. Carbs are absolutely critical to provide you the energy you require for working out, and if you are short on them, your body converts your stored protein for energy instead.

Try changing your workout routine. As with any workout routine, it could become boring, which can prevent you from working out. Make sure that you do different pieces of equipment at the gym or taking advantage of different exercise classes.

As was discussed earlier, it’s critical you provide your body with what it requires to properly transform your physique. Building muscle can be done several ways; make sure you understand the best way to increase your muscle tissue. The advice that was given to you will put you on the right path to reach your desired goal.

The Ascent

The Hardest Hill Climbs in the South Return Sunday, July 20, 2014!


Stay tuned to the The Ascent Facebook page for more event info. These are some of the best models which you can consider if you are planning to buy a mountain bike.

9.25 miles of smooth pavement.

3,200′ of climbing.

Average pitch 6.3%, maximum pitch 21.6%.

There will also be a 3.7 mile/1,300′ run starting at Noon, and awards for the best combined time.

Unlike other hill climbs, your friends and family can watch from anywhere along the route, including the finish. Once again, the Blue Ridge Mountain Club will be hosting our legendary post-race party and FREE BBQ at the Watson Gap Pavillion!

To get directions, see the course profile, read the rules, and check out last year’s results, click on the links, or move your mouse to the menu and hover over “The Ascent” and a pull down menu will appear.

Tour of Southland Wrap


The 2012 Tour of Southland was a very successful week of bike racing and a great way to finish the season! There’s really no need to to go into too much detail about the race… every stage was important. We had to race full gas every day but it was all worth it!

After my 2nd place in stage 1 things got even better for our Node 4 – Subaru Team. Mike and Matt made the key break of stage 2, a huge 15 rider group who stayed clear of the rest of the field. Mike out-climbed all of his breakaway companions to take a huge victory on Bluff Hill. He took the yellow jersey and we moved into the lead in the teams classification.


Stages 3 and 4 were hectic for us. Defending the yellow jersey took a bit of adjustment and we took a while to get into a rhythm. The wind wreaked havoc on the field in the short stage from Riverton to Tuatapere but we had numbers in the front group with Mike and kept him out of trouble. Stage 4 was much more controlled and once the break had gone we settled into a solid tempo with a bit of help from the Barry Stewart – GMC Coaching Team. We navigated Blackmount and all the crosswind sections with the whole team in the front group, keeping Mike protected all the way. Coming into the final few kilometres the focus turned to the finish and I had a crack at the sprint. It was an extremely messy finish but I got through unscathed for 3rd place. Awesome sprint by Clinton Avery to take the win!

The queen stage from Te Anau to Crown Range was always going to be a tough day for the team in yellow. It took an agonisingly long time for the break to form and every time a suitable group formed a few more people always tried to sneak across. It was important for us not to let a group up the road that was too strong as we’d just have to chase them all day! Once a not-too-dangerous group had finally formed we let the gap grow and settled in for a long day.

Matt and the two Jameses (Moss and Sampson) rode the front for 140km, most of that into a block headwind up towards the lake. They were riding so strong that they regularly had to ease up to keep the gap to the break from getting too small! As we approached Queenstown the Calder Stewart Team put a few of their boys on the front in an effort to finish off the break and set Hayden Roulston up for the finish up the Crown Range but a poorly timed puncture cost Roly a shot at the win. American Carter Jones of the Bissell Team took the win and enough time to move into the yellow jersey, bumping Mike into second.

It was a setback but we were happy to still be so close with all of the hills out of the way. We were confident that a bit of wind in the last couple of days would help our cause!!

To our delight we awoke to a gale on the morning of stage 6 from Invercargill to Gore. Within 5km the peloton was splitting in the gusty wind and the front group was less than 20 guys very early in the race. A well-timed attack from Roulston, Clinton Avery and Fraser Gough caused a split and Carter Jones was left to close the gap himself. I looked around for Mike who gave me the nod and I hit out across the gap to join the leaders. I burnt a few matches getting across but once there our advantage steadily increased.

From there we settled in to a long day out the front of the bike race. It was a good situation for us, as our group could put Jones’ Bissell team under plenty of pressure while Mike and my other teammates could conserve energy for later in the stage. I made sure to eat and drink plenty so that the day’s work wouldn’t go to waste in the final kilometres. Fraser dropped back in a hard crosswind section with around 25km to go and Clinton lost contact about 10km to go after breaking a spoke leaving just Roly and me to fight for the stage. It came down to a sprint and Roly got the jump on me early but I gave it everything and came back around. We crossed the line right beside each other, neither of us knowing who had taken it. After a nervous wait they announced that I’d won the stage by 2/100ths of a second. I was pretty bloody stoked!

Mike and the other boys also had a great day, attacking constantly in the last 30km until Mike managed to get a good gap over the yellow jersey and a lot of the other GC contenders. Mike snatched back around 30 seconds to finish the day only 4 seconds behind Jones. The tour was definitely not over!

The final day of the tour started with a 13km ITT in abysmal conditions. It was hailing consistently and the temperature was hovering at a balmy 4 degrees C. For me personally this was the worst stage of the tour. I wanted to do a good time but I was fairly tired from the previous day and it just didn’t go too well! I lost a whole minute to the winner Michael Vink to finish 23rd… ouch. Mike on the other hand put in another solid performance to take 5th on the stage and stay in contention for the tour win, conceding around 15 seconds to Jones.

We piled into a motel room for the hour and a half between the TT and the final stage and laid down a plan. It was our last chance to attack and get Mike the 19 seconds he needed to win the tour. The stage was aggressive from the gun and like the day before a front group of around 20 established itself in the first few kilometres. The wind and hail were still hanging around making every twist and turn a possible opportunity to attack. Calder Stewart used the conditions to their advantage, riding hard in the gutter to whittle down the numbers and wear down the other riders.

Near the midpoint of the stage in a sheltered section of road Matt slipped away in a group of 3 which quickly opened up a decent advantage. Before long we were back into the crosswind and Calder Stewart once again rode the front to put pressure on the rest of the group. Roulston and Vink picked their moment and attacked, quickly opening a gap over Jones and his last remaining teammate who were left to chase. We waited to see if they would bring the pair back  but the gap grew and it was now or never for us to attack. I hit out hard with Mike on my wheel and took him as far across the gap as I could. I blew to bits but he was more than strong enough to finish off the job himself and he made it across.

The three then caught the breakaway and Matt worked hard to help them stamp out an advantage quickly. I slotted back into the yellow jersey group and watched Mike ride away up the road, a very satisfying sight! Provided nothing disastrous happened to Mike it was looking likely he would ride into yellow. Their advantage conitinued to grow while a few teams got together to chase and they finished with nearly 4 minutes over our group… Mike had won the Tour of Southland!

It was an extremely satisfying result and I’m proud of my mate Mike for taking the win. He is a brilliant rider and he deserves it! Our Node 4 – Subaru team also took out the Teams Classification to top off an amazing week. It was a pleasure to ride with these guys and I’m  lucky to have been given a spot on the Southland team at such late notice!

Big thanks to Node 4 and Subaru for the support! And thank you to Marina, Steve, Ian and Bill for all the work during the week, we couldn’t done it without you guys! Last but not least, thanks to my personal sponsors Felt Bikes, Lazer Helmets, BBB and Maxxis. Your support is incredible and I really appreciate it!

Cardo Scala Rider G4 headset


We’ll get this out of the way up front: riding a motorcycle on the road is a generally dangerous and frequently challenging thing. Doing so while dto a conialing incall or grooving to some chill tunes is, well, not something we would exactly encourage. So, when we were given the opportunity to test ride Cardo’s latest helmet-friendly Bluetooth headset, the Scala Rider G4, we were a little unsure of just how useful the thing would be for a conscientious, safety-minded rider. We took a pair of the headsets for a spin just the same and were left firmly convinced that that this is a product worth giving up our in-helmet singing careers for. Click on through to read why, and for a demonstration of some supremely impressive noise cancellation.
For our testing, Scala provided a set of two G4 headsets; helpful because one of the primary advances here is boosted range for headset-to-headset communications. Lots of folks ride with other people, but simple discussions about lunch plans, fuel stops, or the appropriateness of a pedestrian’s attire can be difficult when you have 60mph of wind noise to contend with. The G4 filters out all that and allows up to four people to easily chat at a distance of up to a mile — in theory. We couldn’t even get to a half-mile before we lost connection but that was with some trees in the way and, honestly, that’s plenty far for most situations.

That said, person-to-person communication is just the beginning of what this headset can do. It offers Bluetooth pairing to a phone, a media player, and a navigation system simultaneously. (It even has a 3.5mm line-in and can tune in FM stations.) If you’re a smartphone user there’s a good chance you have all that covered by a single device, but if not the G4 will prioritize and make sure that your navigation updates don’t get blocked by any of the many and lengthy guitar solos on Supermassive Black Hole.

The G4 charges over microUSB and is rated for a full 10 hours of talk with a week of standby. Pairing is as easy as with any other headset, just hold the power button down until it starts blinking and then let your device detect it. A few seconds later you’re good to go. Mounting can be a bit more tricky, however. The G4 actually comes in two pieces: a clamp that attaches to your helmet and an easily removable portion with all the electronics inside. This is presumably so you can refill those batteries without taking your helmet to your charging stand, but we also like that you could leave your lid hanging on a footpeg in the parking lot but take the (costly) communicator itself with you.

There are two models of the G4, the version we have with a flexible boom mic and another that has one on a wire. The latter version would be preferred for a full-faced helmet like our Shoei, but the boom worked just fine when we bent it up into the helmet and then ran the speaker wires under the padding. The clamp fits between the padding and the shell of the helmet, but there is also an adhesive mount included if that setup won’t work for you. Overall the process wasn’t that bad, but we do wish the speakers weren’t hard-wired into the clamp — we could see possibly wanting to replace them with ear buds.

When we performed our first call with the G4 we weren’t quite sure what to expect, but we certainly wouldn’t have predicted the person on the other end saying they couldn’t hear the motorcycle, or the wind, or the 18-wheeler engine braking three feet to our right. Riding a motorcycle is a very noisy activity and this headset does an admirable job of killing all that and delivering only your voice through. Sure, speech sounds a bit compressed and having that mic pressed right up to our lips made us a little more mumbly than usual, but it’s impressive nevertheless.

Hearing is surprisingly easy as well. The flat, Velcro-backed speakers are plenty loud and the volume ramps up as the background noise does, enough to hear even through earplugs. In most cases the headset does an admirable job of keeping the volume level appropriate as you speed up or slow down, but intercom conversations were a bit faint at low speeds. Changing the volume is easy enough with gloves on, as is answering calls (you can just say “hello”), but handling all the other features was more of a handful. There are A and B buttons for changing intercom channels and you can press and hold them for things like setting an FM station or connecting to a headset. We found ourselves wishing for a handlebar-mounted control unit that you could hit with your left hand without taking it off the grip.

That was especially true when directly connected to another headset. By default the headset disconnects after 30 seconds of silence and then reconnects you after you speak a word. There are two problems with this, the first one being that the other person never hears the first thing you say. If you yell “Look out, there’s a cow in the road!” they’ll still hear “There’s a cow in the road!” But, if you just shout “Cow!” they’re liable to hear nothing at all before getting a heck of a heifer surprise.

The other problem is that many motorcyclists have come to expect that nobody else can hear them when riding, and so commutes are turned into spoken word recitations or, in our case, impromptu demonstrations of helmet-filling baritone prowess. Voice-activated connections put a serious damper on this behavior, leaving us longing for a handlebar-mounted push-to-talk button.