True story... before I worked for Trek, I owned another brand's popular tri bike which sold for over $5000. The crazy thing is that the bottom bracket virtually stopped spinning with just 500 miles of use. It had a $25 press fit (PF30) bottom bracket with plastic cups and the plastic race that held the bearings disintegrated. I ended up upgrading to a $100 Praxis Bottom Bracket with metal cups. Problem solved.
The point is that the even though a bottom bracket is a key component to your drivetrain it is often skimped on by manufacturers and or not replaced as needed. The end result is added drag with every pedal stroke.
We have had great success upgrading customers to ceramic bottom bracket bearings from Kogel High Quality Bearings. With current Trek models this upgrade cost only $100 for the bearings plus $25 labor. Kogel offers a wide range of high quality bearings including ceramic bottom brackets to fit all bikes with prices ranging from $100 - $190.
Joaquín Herrera, our Estero Service Manager, has taking the lead in this area and introduced our stores to Kogel. He got to know the owner Ard when he worked in a bike shop in El Paso Texas in 2014. Ard went on to form Kogel.
3 Main Advantages of Ceramic Bearings (From Kogel's Website)
Take this Simple Test: Lift your chain off your chainrings and spin your bottom bracket. If it doesn't spin a few revolutions easily (see video below) think of the power and speed you are wasting. It is time to get that bottom bracket replaced and perhaps upgrade to ceramic bearings!
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Check out the cool time lapse video of a Kogel BB Upgrade made by John Halstead a tech in our Estero shop.
Here is one more great example of the power of cycling to help our community.
The Avalon school just 3 miles from the glitz and opulence of Naples Fifth Ave, but the students might as well be light years away.
The average family income of the student’s families is only $14,000. Fortunately, 95% of the students qualify for free breakfast and lunch which they eat at school during the week. The real problem is what happens over the weekend. Kids go hungry. This is the critical gap that the Pan-Florida Challenge fills.
Over the past three years the Pan-Florida Challenge ride has raised money to provide 3 million meals to over 2,500 children across Florida.
The aid is in the form of a “Power Pack”. A nutritious package of meals designed to sustain a child and also help feed their family over the weekend.
I volunteered to help package and hand out Power Packs at the Avalon school in Naples and was it was a moving experience. The school, teachers and kids were awesome! I came away with the feeling that school wasn’t a place they didn’t want to go to, (that was sometimes how I used to feel as a kid) but it was a sanctuary.
One of the counselors showed me a picture of one of the kid’s living conditions. It was a trailer that was damaged by Hurricane Irma. The walls were covered in mold. If the trailer was inspected it would be condemned and then the family would be living on the street.
Meeting the children and seeing their plight made this much more than a charity or a cause, it made it real for me.
The awesome Pan-Florida Challenge Organization has done an excellent job raising money and awareness to feed hungry children right in our backyard and across Florida.
I am proud to say that Trek has supported and sponsored the Pan-Florida Challenge since its inception. Besides handling Trek’s marketing and support for the event I rode and raised money last year. This March 10th and 11th Sue Fleming and I will be leading a team for Trek. We will be riding 200 miles from Naples on the gulf to the Vero Beach on the Atlantic Ocean. We welcome riders on our team and hope to field a contingent from the Segafredo-Trek Tri Club.
Please join our team, or donate to this great cause!