We proudly announce the release of our highly anticipated ROTOR power application. It shows 2INpower’s big data on your mobile device and allows you to analyze your performance, pedal stroke and post-process your ride.
Q-Rings setup made easy
We consequently developed further our unique TORQUE 360 feature, which allows mapping crank rotation in real time. The ROTOR Power application directly gives an OCP recommendation after the ride in the ride summary.
The Q-Rings setup procedure is no longer compromised, as Q-Rings users, bike shops and bike fitters can use the bike with Q-Rings mounted on directly on the street. Being on his personal setup in familiar environment during a ride will result in a spot-on OCP setup.
Connect your ROTOR 2INpower power meter and your heart rate monitor to your mobile devices via Bluetooth®
Track your ride with our three main App functions – RIDE, BASIC TRAINING MODE and TORQUE 360 mode, the later two known from our ROTOR power meter user software.
Show your power meter, heart rate monitor and GPS data in real time on your mobile device screen. The multiple data screens can be modified by the user. At the end of your ride, record your data as a .fit file in order to export for further analysis.
BASIC TRAINING MODE:
Display real time performance data in a timeline to structure your training and plan your intervals. See directly how efficient and balanced you are riding.
TORQUE 360 MODE:
Show your pedal stroke in real time thanks to 2INpower’s strain gauges and accelerometer. Analyse directly your pedal stroke with known parameters such as torque efficiency and pedal smoothness. Being on your bike out on the road will show your natural OCA value where you are applying your maximum force on the pedal.
Q-Rings take advantage of this point and our application is giving a spot-on OCP value for easy Q-Rings orientation.
In addition you can setup and mange your profile in the SERVICE MODE, which also pairs the ROTOR power App to your power meter and heart rate monitor or which set ups your user language.
Manage your rides and training summaries in the HISTORY function.
The ROTOR 2INpower App creates a folder called ROTOR Power on your mobile device from where you can also export your rides, which are stored as .fit and .csv files.
Android 4.4 or later iOS 9.3 or later Bluetooth® 4.0 ROTOR 2INpower power meter
Love it or hate it, all cyclists eventually end up riding in the rain. Fortunately, there are lots of tricks to making the experience of wet weather cycling more enjoyable and safer. Here we offer pro tips about what you should do before, during and after your next rainy ride.
Before your ride
Start with a warm, wicking base layer such as a wool jersey, add intermediate insulating layers if needed and top it all off with a rain jacket. When it comes to jackets and tights, know the difference between water resistant and waterproof. Water resistant clothing tends eventually soak through but is more breathable while less permeable waterproof garments are typically better at keeping the wet out at the cost of not breathing as well.
To keep your extremities dry, don waterproof gloves and cycling socks or shoe covers. For added warmth on the cold, wet days, add chemical hand and toe warmers inside your gloves and shoes. Or use a pair of rechargeable electric heated insoles in your shoes.
Last but not least, something as simple as a pair of the light, but highly portable Rainlegs will help your upper legs stay dry.
See and Be Seen
Poor visibility comes along with wet conditions, so it’s important to do what you can to improve your chances of being seen by passing motorists and other road or trail users. Wear reflective or high visibility clothing, and add lights and reflectors to your bike. You’ll also see better if you use clear or rose tinted lenses in your glasses instead of the dark lenses typical of sunglasses.
Avoid road spray and trail muck coming up and off your wheels by adding front and rear fenders to your bike. Many modern fenders feature clever attachments for easy mounting and removal, which is ideal if you don’t want to permanently install them.
Road Cycling Rain
During your ride
Adjust Your Braking Behavior
Wet conditions mean less traction so you’ll need to allow greater stopping distances and take your corners more slowly. Start to brake sooner and modulate your braking to reduce the chance that your wheels will lock up and subsequently slip out due to broken traction. Also scrub speed before corners rather than braking in them. Finally, don’t brake on slippery surfaces like painted lines on roads and on metal grate and wooden bridges. These become like ice when wet.
When you get wet, you’re more susceptible to getting cold. Hypothermia can quickly become a real issue in cold, wet conditions. So keep moving and avoid prolonged stops because your body naturally produces heat while you exercise.
Avoid Slick Spots and Puddles
Puddles can hide potholes or other road debris that can cause flats and crashes. Pedal around puddles if possible. Likewise, avoid visibly slick spots such as where you see residues of oil or gas on the road.
After your ride
Change into dry clothes as soon as possible after you stop riding. You’ll not only stay warmer but also healthier by eliminating conditions favorable to skin infections. Once changed, don’t let your wet clothes linger; instead rinse them outside using a hose to remove grime then put them directly in the laundry for a more thorough cleaning.
Clean and Lube Your Bike
It’s much easier to get dirt and road grime off your bike before it dries on. Use a hose, soap and a brush, sponge or cloth for best results. Once you’ve cleaned your bike, don’t just put it away. Be sure first to lube all moving parts like your chain, pedals and any accessible cables. Your bike will then be much more likely to work well for your next ride.
Dry Your Gear
Don’t forget to dry out your small bits such as the contents of your jersey pockets, saddle bags and backpacks. Your helmets and shoes will also hold up better over time if you leave them out to air dry. Removing insoles and stuffing your shoes with old newspaper is a time tested trick for speeding up the drying process.
We are launching our first TV campaign on Eurosport, the number one sports channel in Europe showing the most important sporting events in the world.
The ROTOR campaign started on Eurosport last 5th March and will be broadcast over the next 6 months in 54 countries including Spain, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Denmark and Poland. With this spot, ROTOR will be on screen during the greatest races on the cycling calendar including the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España.
Eurosport is the channel which dedicates more time to cycling with more than 200 days of showings. It is the number one sports channel in Europe, feeding the fans’ passion and connecting them with the most important sporting events in the world. Eurosport’s global audience is 15 million people per week.
For ROTOR, this is a great opportunity to increase brand awareness through a channel which is very fond of cycling. “ROTOR is transforming the way in which it links the road and mountain bike users with its products. This process began a few months ago with the redesign of the website (www.rotorbike.com), where detailed information on all ROTOR products is available. Now, we will continue the process with the TV spot which aims to bring the brand closer to the most demanding of cyclists, who value the most innovative equipment such as our oval chainrings, powermeters or hydraulic groupset”.
Carlos Coloma, bronze medal winner at the last Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, has announced that he will join the Primaflor-Mondraker-ROTOR Team in 2017. After being been part of the MMR Factory Team for three years, the racer starts a new phase in his career with the aim of getting the gold medal in the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.
On the other hand, Mondraker consolidates its strategy of getting the best material for the XC Marathon with his Podium Carbon bicycle equipped with ROTOR components. But, this bike is not only characterized by its huge lightness, it will also be used to take part in the highest-level races.
The main goal of the Primaflor-Mondraker-ROTOR Team is to be at least at the top ten places in the international races, being the 2017 World Cup the best showcase and testing ground for it.
Fran Pérez is the Manager of Primaflor-Mondraker-ROTOR Team, who will have Andrés García Mula and Cristóbal Caparrós as assistants. Coloma will be with other racers such as the Argentinian and current Pan-American champion Catriel Soto, the Brazilian and Olympic champion in Rio Raiza Goulao-Henrique, the Portuguese Mario Costa (six-time champion in Portugal), and Joana Monteiro (seven-time champion in Portugal), the Honduran Milton Ramos, Jesús del Nero (winner of the Ultra-marathon Spanish Open), and Ramón Sagües, among others.
After having changed his team, Carlos Coloma declared, “I know how Primaflor is structured, how it works and its commitment to mountain bike… They showed me the project, and I decided that this was the right place for continuing my career”. The Riojan racer stated that one of his short-term goals would be getting the rainbow jersey in the next UCI Road World Championship, which will take part in Australia next 10th September. “I dreamt of getting it since I was a child, and I will work hard in order to get it. I know it is a complex challenge, but I will do everything I can to rise to the top”, he said.
At the same time, the day of the Team’s presentation our partner Julio Madrigal, ROTOR’s Sports Marketing Manager, stated, “We want to transmit the illusion we have to join this team. We are well known in the field of road, but our target is also to ensure our position in the field of MTB, and for that we needed the best product showcase. And the best way to do it is with Mondraker and Primaflor’s Team, a project in which we will put all our efforts”.
In this video you can see the presentation of Carlos Coloma as racer of the Primaflor-Mondraker-ROTOR Team.
Having a great ride or race on a bike isn’t just about your body performing optimally; it also requires your mind to be healthy and work well. Recent studies attribute 80% of success in sports to physical factors like fitness and skill and 20% to psychological factors.
Read on for tips about what you can do to boost your own performance through psychology.
Build Strong Support
The best riders draw upon a strong support network. Think parents, significant others, coaches, friends, teachers and teammates. A good support crew is always there for you – whether you are doing well or struggling. They are there for you when things are good and when things are bad.
Let’s consider the example of a supportive parent. Your mom or dad is going to love you, no matter whether you win that Olympic gold medal or finish last in your local championship race. Yes, he or she will celebrate with you if you do make the podium, but they’ll also take care of you when you are sick, injured or just feeling down. And it’s their enduring support that is so important – because they are with you through your tough times, they best appreciate and help you celebrate your good times.
If you really want to accomplish something, set a goal. Write it down and be explicit. Plot your path toward achieving that goal. Break the effort up into small, attainable steps and work on them one by one. There’s nothing like a well-defined goal to give you the motivation needed to accomplish it.
Let’s say, for example, that you struggle to push yourself to train throughout the winter months when it’s cold, dark and often precipitating. Set a goal to do well at a spring or early summer event, and then plan your training to build up for that event. It will be easier to go to the gym or head outside and ride if you have a purpose.
Visualize Your Success
Top pros don’t want until race day to mentally get themselves on the podium. In the months, weeks and days leading up to a big event, they visualize themselves performing well in their target event. They mentally practice what they will think and feel and visualize in their mind what they will do ahead of the big day so that when that day comes, it’s familiar.
For example, imagine you are training for a 20km time trial. Set aside time during training to sit quietly with your eyes closed and mentally run through what you will experience the day of the race. Visualize what you do before, during and after the time trial. What will you eat for breakfast? What will you wear? How will you warm up? What will you think and feel in the race? How will you look and feel on the podium afterward? Imagine yourself preparing well and then pushing through the difficulties of the time trial to get that personal best or to make that podium.
Believe in yourself and what you can do on a bike. Confidence inevitably arises when you work on the factors mentioned above. When you have a good support network, when you’ve set reasonable goals and trained accordingly and when you’ve visualized yourself meeting those goals ahead of time, you’ll feel good about yourself and be much more likely to actually achieve your goals.
Injuries are an inevitable part of cycling – broken collarbones, road rash, concussions, compromised backs, inflamed tendons and fractured arms and legs are among the most common. The road back to recovery and full strength can be longer or shorter depending on the location and type of injury, but cyclists can make their comeback more quickly with strategic approaches to recovery and training.
Before getting back to any type of riding or training, it’s important to get the “all clear” from doctors and to follow their medical advice regarding what is and isn’t ok. For example, with some injuries such as head injuries, training of any sort and/or at high intensities may be prohibited for a period of time. In addition to getting back on the bike, doctors may also recommend complimentary rehabilitative treatments such as physical therapy, massage or yoga.
Cyclists commonly compensate for injuries by changing how they sit on a bike and/or pedal. Lower extremity injuries are especially likely to affect pedal stroke. Think, for example, of a broken leg or ankle – it takes a while to first build back up to weight bearing capacity and then still more time to rebuild lost muscle strength from any muscles that may have atrophied during the healing process. Upper body injuries are less likely to but do still sometimes affect the pedal stroke, especially if the cyclist is unable to lean normally on an injured hand, arm, wrist or shoulder and thus sits askew on the saddle.
Training with ROTOR’s INpower and 2INpower systems and Q-Rings can help. Power meters enable cyclists to detect, measure and correct any imbalances in the pedal stroke throughout the injury recovery process. They can be used on a bike ridden on a trainer or on the open road or trail.
ROTOR’s INpower power meter accurately collects power data using frequent sampling via strain gauges located in the crank axle and comes with user-friendly software for interpreting the data. It’s available in a variety of crank lengths for use on road, mountain and triathlon bikes. 2INpower for road and tri bikes goes a step further with additional strain gauges placed on the right crank arm, thus providing power output data for each leg independently.
Before getting back to any type of riding or training, it’s important to get the “all clear” from doctors and to follow their medical advice regarding what is and isn’t ok.
It’s important not to rush back to training at pre-injury power levels. Be patient and diligent and give the body time to heal properly before gradually increasing the power to previous levels. Cyclists who push themselves before they are fully recovered run the risk of setbacks and having to wait all over again through a new injury recovery process.
Prioritize pain-free pedalling over power. Then start monitoring power for a consistent output throughout the pedal stroke and between left and right legs to encourage proper pedal stroke. Because cycling is a very repetitive motion, it’s important NOT to retrain the muscles and nervous system to adapt to poor pedalling biomechanics that may have resulted from an injury. Reinforcing bad habits leads to lower long term power output and increases the risk of re-injury or the onset of other injuries. Building power back up too quickly can also lead to overuse injuries.
Using ROTOR’s Q-Rings can also facilitate the recovery and retraining process. They help a cyclist generate power more efficiently by maximizing output during the naturally strongest part of the pedal stroke.