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Tony Dupont - Sunday, August 20, 2017
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On the Subject of Lube

Power Cordz - Tuesday, September 20, 2016
One of the questions that we get a lot is on the subject of lubrication. There are a lot of lubes that we can recommend using, but there are a lot that we don't have the experience with to recommend. Most drip lubes are fine but we would suggest staying away from anything aerosol. The issue being whatever chemicals that are in the aerosol might attack the nylon jacket of the cord or the teflon liner of the housing causing early degradation. Aerosol lubes also tend to leave a thinner film on the cord, which wears off fast, leading to more frequent need to re-lubricate. 

Our favorite drip lube is Rock N' Roll cable magic, it is long lasting and very slick with the cordz. Other lubes that work well would be Phil Wood Tenacious Oil, Finish Line Wet Lube, or Shimano Special Grease. 

That Custom Look

Power Cordz - Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Pro Tip #2 That custom look… If you read the blog, you have most likely seen the custom installs that Endurance Boise, and the BYRDS have done on some of their bikes. So I just wanted to share my top 3 tips on how to get a sweet custom look without making the bike look too busy or amateur. What You’ll need: PowerCordz Swift kit in the base color of your choice. Swift beads in the Custom colors of your choice ( #1.) Plan it out

Think about the colors you want to put in there and the overall scheme you are trying to achieve. How many custom segments do you want on the bike? Is the pattern going to be repeating, or once per segment? Where are the custom segments going to be in relation to the paint scheme on the bike? Think about all of these things before you go to order the beads and before you install them. If you plan ahead, and have a cohesive plan, people with notice. If you make it up as you go, people will notice that too.

#2.) Keep it simple There are lots of things that look great when you have 2 dimensions to play with, but don’t translate when you essentially only have 1. Make sure what you are doing will look good as a string of beads. Also, unless you are trying to emulate a known pattern, like a national flag, or World Championship rainbow, try to limit your pattern to one or two colors in addition to your base color. This will stop your bike from looking like a bowl of Fruit Loops. (but now that I think about it, that might look pretty cool on the right frame) #3.) COUNT! This may seem really simple, but I’ve seen it spoil more than a few installs. Figure out your pattern, repeat frequency and lengths, count out the beads and write those numbers down. Use the same numbers for the right and left side, adjust for the different routing around the handlebars and path into the shifter of the brake vs. the shift. For instance, on Shimano 11 speed, you need 3 extra beads added to the brake in order for the BYRDS pattern to line up with the shift. (I go so far as to write it down on our stainless steel bench top in sharpie in the colors I am using) Other than that, have fun, be creative. The reason we sell those small numbers of colored beads is to allow you to play around and make your bike look exactly the way you want it to, making Swift the most customizeable housing system on the market.

WARNING: Swift may be contagious.

Power Cordz - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Not to be outdone by his coach, Spencer from the BYRD Squad put team colored Swift with Yellow Cordz on his road bike. Spencer was saying that he has actually had a lot of issues with the rear brake, most likely due to some of the tight bends and full length housing for the brakes, but after putting the Swift system the lever feel is reduced and the modulation is much better.

The only question is who's next?

What happens to the body fat?

Power Cordz - Friday, July 22, 2016

All of us here at Power Cordz are obsessed with performance. Not only are we proud to make the lightest bicycle control cables in the world, we are also concerned with every other aspect of cycling. Which got us thinking about the most important part of a bike, its rider. When we take in calories, we don't always use all the ones eat. We all know that these unused calories turn into fat, and when you haven't used 3,500 of them, you tack on a pound of fat to your body. But what happens when we tap into these energy reserves on a hard day?

If you were to ask most people what happens when someone losses a pound of fat, the answer is most often that it turns into heat, but that is definitely not the case. The Law of Conservation of Mass, makes it impossible to turn matter (fat) into energy (heat). So what  really happens to it?

When you "burn" a molecule of body fat, it takes 78 molecules of Oxygen and through a fairly complex set of bio-chemical processes, your body turns it into 55 molecules of Carbon Dioxide, and 52 Molecules of water.

That's cool but where does the weight go?

84% of a pound of body is turned into Carbon Dioxide the other

16% is turned into water.

So most of the weight you lose, up to 88% is exhaled, the rest you sweat out.

I'd bet that's not what you were thinking, was it?

-Colin Dlugas

Custom Ride with Custom Housing

Power Cordz - Thursday, July 21, 2016

We found this custom ride over at Endurance Boise. It belongs to the shop owner and head coach of the BYRDS, who we are proud to sponsor. It is a fully custom Focus Mares CX which has been built to be a 4 season shredding machine. It has Shimano Ultegra mechanical shifting and hydraulic brakes. The guys over at Endurance also modified 2 sets of Shimano M8000 XT wheels to fit an 11 speed road cassette. Today they had the road wheels on it with 28mm wide tires which inflate oh so nicely with the wide, 29er rims, but this bike also has a second set of wheels with 38mm tire which make it the ultimate gravel and trail bike.

To finish it off, they used Swift housing, in the BYRDS livery, of course, and Yellow Cordz. While this frame has cable stops in it, the beauty of Swift is that you can still run a full length liner for maximum protection in the nastiest conditions. The only downside is we haven't figured to put Power Cordz on hydraulic brakes, yet...

Twilight Criterium

Power Cordz - Monday, July 18, 2016

Team Endurance put up an impressive performance Saturday at the Twilight Criterium in Boise Idaho. Some highlighter were Thomas being recognized as the youngest rider in the field. He had a solid performance and was still looking fresh as he sprinted to the finish line ahead of most of the pack. He, Chaz and Kyle finished very strong. Kyle had several impressive laps right off of the starting line single-handedly catching a breakaway and eventually dragging the rider back into the main group (which Chaz lead and controlled for much of the race). PowerCordz proudly sponsors the BYRDS. 

Pre: Twilight Criterium 2016

Power Cordz - Friday, July 15, 2016
Power Cordz at Boise Twilight Criterium

3 Power Cordz Junior riders will be racing in the Men's Cat 1, 2, 3 race at this Saturday's 2016 Boise Twilight Criterium. Here's wishing Kyle, Chaz and Thomas, along with the rest BYRDS Cycling the best of luck!

Kyle and Chaz are rocking the sweet, flashy polished Swift beads and black Cordz. While Thomas has the stealth, black Prime system with White Cordz. All 3 bikes were able to drop almost half a pound vs the factory cables and housing!

Beaded Housing

Power Cordz - Thursday, July 14, 2016
Swift Beaded Housings are now available on a per bead basis on our website!

New Site update

Tim Benedict - Saturday, May 21, 2016
Welcome to the updated website! After multiple attempts to update the site by various web-savy individuals, website developer Tim Benedict of Garden Valley, Idaho, someone who joined the powercordz team several years ago, took on the project and made it happen. The menus have been updated, some of the products have been updated, site navigability has been updated, and overall ordering functionality has been improved. We do hope you enjoy the new browsing and ordering experience, and find exactly what you are looking for. If not, feel free to contact us and let us know your questions and/or feedback today.