October 27, 2014

FLO Cycling - Smelling Good Naturally - An Interview with Joshua Traboulsee from The Best Deodorant in the World


As athletes we spend a lot of time looking after our bodies.  Training programs, diet, coaching advice, bike fits, etc.  After doing all of that, have you ever thought about what you put "on" your body?  



A few years ago a good friend from university (that's college in Canadian) called to tell us about a health scare he had.  Joshua said he had found two large masses in his upper chest near his armpit.  While doctors wanted to operate, no one knew if it would fix the problem.  Joshua and his wife Margaux took matters into their own hands.  They evaluated all of the products they used and the foods they ate, and decided to rid their life of toxins.  With the issue being so close to Joshua's armpit ,they wanted a deodorant that was toxic free.  Finding a good solution was a real challenge and it led Margaux to create her own deodorant for Joshua.  Now several years later they have an amazing product and a company that is growing like crazy.  



I invite you to read the interview below to learn more about what you are potentially putting on your body and how it may affect you.  I've been using the product now for some time and love it.  Anyone who is interested in the product can get a discount offered by Joshua with the discount code "flo10" at www.TheBestDeodorantInTheWorld.com.  

On to the interview.  


FLO:  Why is your deodorant the “Best Deodorant in the World”? 

Joshua:  Funny thing is, we didn't name it.  Before we were ever a company, our fans began calling it that and it kinda stuck when we became a company.  Since then, we have yet to encounter any other all natural, 100% organic, certified toxin free deodorant that can compare.  We're always looking to improve so we constantly test other products to make sure we truly are the best.  


FLO:  How does you deodorant make a difference in my life?

Joshua:  Using a natural deodorant isn't going to make a difference in anyones life.  The only thing that can actually make a difference is making the conscious decision to start eliminating junk from our diets and life.  Using a natural deodorant is only one part of the equation. 

However, I should share why we created this in the first place.  About 5 years ago I developed two large lumps in my upper right chest near my armpit.  Every doctor we saw just wanted to operate and cut them out.  I was not really a fan of that so we used this as a sign to clean up our lives.  We started eliminated all the toxins from our life... food, personal care, cleaning products etc.  Only problem was I couldn't find a natural alternative for my old spice that would work.  So my beautiful wife Margaux did what any loving wife would do, and started formulating in our kitchen.  It took two years to come up with a perfect blend.  


FLO:  What ingredients are in the deodorant?

Joshua:  Even natural ingredients can be dirty or tainted with GMO's so we've spent a lot of time building relationships with people around the world so that we can ethically source 100% certified organic ingredients. 

Here is why our product stands out:
  • 100% Organic Product
  • 100% Vegan Product
  • Certified Toxin Free
  • Certified Do-No-Harm
  • Certified Non-GMO
  • Ethically Sourced and Harvested 
  • Fair Trade Product
  • Certified Cruelty Free

Ok, so what do we have in this?  All of our ingredients are either fair trade or ethically sourced.  
  • Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Certified Organic Extra Virgin Unrefined Shea Nut Butter
  • Certified Organic Candelilla Wax
  • Certified Organic Unrefined Cocoa Nut Butter
  • Certified Organic Bentonite Clay
  • Certified Organic Arrowroot Powder
  • Certified Organic Pure Hemp Oil
  • Certified Organic Apricot Oil
  • Certified Organic Pure Essential Oils
  • Aluminum Free Baking Soda
  • Magnesium Hydroxide 
  • Activated Coconut Charcoal
  • Love and Passion


FLO:  What do the ingredients in traditional deodorants do to my body?

Joshua:  Deodorant is one of those things that most north americans use Every Single Day YET, the vast majority of us are still unaware of the hidden dangers in these ‘off the shelf’ deodorants.  The worst part is that we continue to use these potentially dangerous chemicals on our underarms to reduce sweat and odor.  I could literally go on for a long time about this so I will share what I feel are the FIVE most important deodorant toxins to avoid.  

  1. The FIRST toxic ingredient that we should all be avoiding in antiperspirants and deodorant is Aluminum.  This METAL is used to help block the sweat from escaping the pores of our body.  First of all, there is nothing wrong with sweating, just smelling.  So maybe try to avoid antiperspirants in the first place.  So just how bad is aluminum for us?  Well, It has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer in women.  There have been several studies conducted that show a link between increasing antiperspirant use and the raising rate of female breast cancer and even prostate cancer in men.  The craziest part is the FDA has not even committed to labeling aluminum a “carcinogen” yet. Apparently there have not been enough studies.
  • The SECOND toxin we all should be aware of is a little thing called “Parabens”.  These sneaky little synthetic preservatives are found in deodorant as well as many body care products.  The scary part about these little toxins is that the CDC recently performed a urine test of 100 random people and discovered that ALL 100 people had been contaminated with parabens. Remember, these were people rubbing things on their skin, not ingesting the product.  It shows us just how quickly these things enter our system and begin causing damage.  The damage Parabens cause can disrupt our hormone balance which leads to children hitting puberty at a much younger age PLUS it increases the risk of hormonal cancers.  Also, Parabens have been linked to birth defects and organ toxicity.  
  • The THIRD toxin to watch for is “Propylene Glycol”.  This bad-boy is a petroleum based material that is used to soften cosmetic products.  It is a product of choice because it is so cheap to obtain. Honestly, how bad can Propylene Glycol be?  Well it has been shown to cause damage to our central nervous system, heart and liver.  To scare you even more, this nasty chemical can be found in a ton of the food we eat, so beware of what you put in your mouth.  
  • Numero FOUR.  An ingredient that is used in cosmetics, fragrances, plastics (toys and such included), body care products, medical stuff and of course deodorant is Phthalates.  These nasty little toxins are typically used to dissolve other ingredients to make a better consistency. PROBLEM is, they have been linked to some pretty serious health issues in men, women and CHILDREN!  You know, things like birth defects.  Also they will create cell mutation and disrupt our hormone receptors.  
  • Number FIVE.  How do most of these off the shelf deodorants kill odor so well?  With this PESTICIDE (yes this is actually classified as a pesticide by the FDA) called Triclosan.  You can find this dirty-bird in everything from deodorant to antiperspirants to soaps to hand wipe and the list goes on.  Oh yes, you should also know that this is also classified a CARCINOGEN by the Environmental Protection Agency.  We’re finally seeing some companies remove this, but not near enough. That should shed some light into why it is so important to use a natural deodorant on your body.

FLO:  For athletes is this stuff going to last?  I don’t want to stink eight hours into an Ironman.

Joshua:   Going natural comes with with its pluses and minuses.  If I am out swimming, biking and running for 8+ hours straight it is not going to hold up unless it is full of unnatural toxins.  However, for anyone exerting themselves to that extreme I can't imagine that your body odor is on the top of your mind.  Pretty sure when you are finished you're not going out to dinner or a gala, I'm thinking that when you're done you are crawling into a hot bath and passing out.  

We have many athletes who use our product and they love it.  Mind you with natural products you may need to reapply depending on where you live, what you do, your diet and other factors.  

For everyone who is realizing they should be moving towards a more natural alternative then you can't go wrong with this.  

Frankly if it was me and I wanted to smell good during my ironman I would just use some toxic junk for the day and go back to using my safe natural deodorant the rest of the time.  


FLO:  How and where do I get your deodorant? 

Joshua:  Over 94% of our customers are online and simply order it from our site - www.TheBestDeodorantInTheWorld.com - while others pick it up from a local store.  Ordering online can save you a ton especially if you order multiple months.  Also, we offer a 'No Questions Asked 90 Day Money Back Guarantee' for all our products.  So there is no risk.  When you head over there you can use this Promo Code which will save you upwards of 60% off your order (depending on what you order) “flo10”.


FLO:  I’ve never used a deodorant like this before.  Can you offer some advice on how to apply it and how much to use?

Joshua:  Think of it like a body butter.  Just put a little on your fingers and rub it in to your pits.  Any excess just rub into your hands, behind your knees, etc.  It is great for your skin so rub it anywhere you want.  
We've had a few people ask for an applicator stick but we found it doesn't do a good job rubbing it in and therefore it doesn't work well.  


FLO:  Why did you start this company?

Joshua:  It was never our intention to start an all natural, organic and toxin free deodorant company, but when people started trying the deodorant Margaux made for me we kinda got forced into this role.  Everyday more and more people asked for it and we couldn't ignore them.  Then the local news did a story on us, then the national news, and before we knew it, we were growing like crazy.  As of late we were contacted by the Golden Globes, Oscars, and MTV Music awards to be featured in a private gift bag for all the Nominees and winners.  

So the short answer is, we started it because I got sick and grew it because we fell in love with the mission and people.  


FLO:  How has business been to date?  

Joshua:  We look at everything we do as a journey.  Everyday poses new challenges and successes. There were times early on that we almost went bankrupt a couple of times due to a couple technical errors where we lost a few thousand customers billing info overnight.  But that is all part of building a legacy and following a dream.  

Because we want to provide nothing but the best in terms of product and service, we know that things will progressively get better every quarter.  Mind you there are always ups and downs and so long as the ups outweigh the downs you will always win.  

I believe that we do have an amazing product and I don't say that easily.  I say that because of how much we've invested into it being the best.  Our belief is so strong that we're the only company to offer a 90 Day No Questions Guarantee.  Even if the jar is empty and you're short $6 one month, we will still refund you with no Questions or hassles.  


FLO:  What are the future plans for “The Best Deodorant in the World” as a company?

Joshua:  The future is always bright and we always keep our eyes open for new opportunity.  We have two new products being released in the next few months that have been in the formulation lab for a while.  One is a Body butter which we just released and have made 1,000 units available.  

I hope you enjoyed the interview with Joshua.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.  Be sure to check them out at www.TheBestDeodorantInTheWorld.com, and don't forget to use your "flo10" discount code.

Take care,

Jon

October 20, 2014

FLO Cycling - Order 16 - All the Details


Order 16 - All of the Details!

It's official!  Order 16 will begin Thursday, October 23rd at 10:00am PDT.  We will be selling FLO 30s, 60s, 90s, DISCS and FLO 30 rims. 

Every wheel purchased within the first hour will receive a FREE Silca Valve Extender (FLO 60's and 90's) or a free Continental tube (FLO 30's and DISCS).  Please read the details below for "General Information" and FAQ about Order 16.  We can't thank you enough for your support and patience.   

General Information
  • Order 16 begins October 23, 2014 at 10:00am PDT.  Access the store here.  You will need a store account to checkout.  We recommend creating your account here before the order starts to save time.
  • On October 23, 2014 the "Store" page will feature a countdown timer.  When it hits 00:00:00:00 refresh your page to begin shopping.
  • 700 wheels will be available during Order 16.  
  • We will have FLO 30s, 60s, 90s, DISCS and FLO 30 rims available.  
  • Wheels are estimated to ship by November 5th.  
  • There are currently 949 people signed up for Order 16.    
  • All sales are on a first-come-first-serve basis.  We are working hard to eventually have stock.  For more information, please read this blog article.
  • Orders tend to sell out quickly.  All 2014 Orders have sold out in less then one hour and popular wheels can go in under 5 minutes.  We suggest being online at 9:55am PDT if you are interested in buying wheels.  Please know there is no pressure to buy, we just want to be honest.
  • Order 17 is scheduled to take place in early December 2014 and is estimated to have approximately 700 wheels.
  • You are not guaranteed a wheel when adding it to the cart.  You must check out to confirm your order.  
  • International shipping rates to some countries are quoted very high in our shopping cart.  This is because a bug exists in the USPS.com API.  We are not able to change this.  We recommend checking out and we will issue a refund after we process the order.  Shipping rates never exceed $115 for two wheels though you may see rates as high as $700.  Import tax/duty/VAT is the responsibility of the buyer.  We are sorry for the trouble.  If we could fix it we would.
Questions About Order 16

Q1.  How and where do I place my order?

A1.  The store opens at 10:00am PDT.  On the morning of the order, the store page will have a count down timer on it.  When the count down timer hits 00:00:00:00, refresh your page to access the store and begin shopping!

Note*  You will need to create an account to shop in our online store.  We highly recommend creating an account before next Thursday to save time during Order 16.  You can create your account here.  

Q2.  Do we have live up to date inventory on our site?

A2.  That’s sort of a yes and no question.  When you select the product you will see how many are available under the “Bearings or Bearing/Build” pull down menus (The “Sticker Color” pull down does not show how many wheels are in stock.).  If there is one left and you add it to your cart it does not mean you have secured the wheel.  You must make it all the way through the cart before the wheel is yours.  If someone else has bought the wheel in that amount of time, you will receive an out of stock warning when you hit the confirm order button.

Q3.  My page is really slow.  What should I do?  (We hope this doesn’t happen!)

A3.  We have done all we can to beef up the server to prevent crashing.  That said there are no guarantees.  When you click to add a wheel to your cart it may take a second or two to load.  Please do NOT hit the "Add to Cart" button multiple times.  If you do you will add more then one wheel to your shopping cart.  If there are any technical difficulties during the sale, please be patient, we will be working to correct them as soon as humanly possible.  If you page is slow after hitting “confirm order” PLEASE DO NOT HIT REFRESH or your card may be charged twice.  If you do hit refresh by mistake and are double charged, please let us know and we will be sure to refund your second order.

Q4.  About the Silca Valve Extenders and Continental Tubes?

A4.  A FREE Silca Valve extender will be given for each FLO 60 and 90 and a free tube will be given for each FLO 30 and FLO DISC.  Please see the pictures below. 





Q5.  When will the wheels ship to me?

A5.  Wheels are estimated to ship by November 5th.

Q6.  How much are ceramic bearings?

A6.  Ceramic wheels are an additional $100 per wheel.  Ceramic bearings support our Bike for a Kid Program and have excellent durability.  Learn more about our Bike for a Kid Program.

Q7.  Do you offer Shimano 11 speed hub bodies?

A7.  All of our wheels ship with 9/10/11 speed compatible hub bodies.  The wheels also ship with 10 speed spacers for people running 9 or 10 speed cassettes.

Q8.  What payment methods do you accept?

A8.  We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.  We do not accept PayPal.

We hope that this answers your questions about the upcoming pre-order.  If we have left anything out please let us know.

Thanks again for your patience and support.

Take care,

Jon and Chris

September 27, 2014

FLO Cycling - Getting Started with your FLO Wheels



Getting Started with your FLO Wheels

To help you get started with your new FLO wheels we have put together an Education Video Series that features 12 videos.  We hope you find these videos helpful.  If you have any questions about your new wheels or the videos below, please let us know.  Enjoy every mile on your new FLO wheels.

Take care,

Jon and Chris


How to Install a Rim Strip


How to Install a Silca Valve Extender


How to Install a Clincher Tire


How to Remove a Cassette


How to Install a Cassette

How to Install a Front Wheel


Horizontal vs. Vertical Dropouts


How to Install a Rear Wheel in Vertical Dropouts


How to Install a Rear Wheel in Horizontal Dropouts


How to Install a Freehub


Hub Maintenance


How to True a FLO Wheel

September 24, 2014

FLO Cycling - Aero Wheel Tutorial


We are republishing some of our best blog content.  After nearly 3 years of writing and roughly 150 articles, surely some of our newer fans have missed some of our best stuff.  This week we are going way back to our Aero Wheel Tutorial.  If you've ever wondered why an aero wheel is faster, read on!


Aero Wheel Tutorial
Let’s start by defining some terms…
Yaw Angle
A yaw angle is the angle at which the wind interacts with the wheel.  Take a look at the pictures below.  In Figure A, the wind (blue arrow) is hitting the wheel at 0 degrees.  This is known as 0 degrees of yaw, and what you experience when the wind is blowing straight at you.  In Figure B, the wind is now interacting with the wheel at a 20 degree angle.  This is known as 20 degrees of yaw and the cyclist would a feel a combination of head wind and side wind.   



Figure A
Figure B

Leading Edge
Let’s start with a visual.  Imagine a canoe moving through a calm lake.  The front of the canoe is the first part of the boat to cut through the water.   It is therefore defined as the “leading edge”.  A wheel in the wind is no different.  Remember, air is a fluid just like water.
A wheel can have two leading edges.  The tire at the front of the wheel, and the carbon fiber fairing at the back of the wheel.  When a wheel is at 0 degrees of yaw, the front of the wheel is the only leading edge.  This is because the back of the wheel is “hiding” behind the front of the wheel (see Figure C).  When a yaw angle of greater than 0 degrees is introduced, we now have two leading edges.  Figure D shows the wind at 20 degrees of yaw.  The back of the wheel can no longer “hide” behind the front of the wheel and sees it’s own air.  It is therefore defined as a leading edge. 

Figure C

Figure D

Drag
Drag is defined as the force on an object that resists its motion through a fluid.  Let’s use another water example.  If you stand in waist deep water and try to run forward, the force you feel holding you back is drag.  Air also has drag, just not as much as water.      
Lift
Lift or “side force” is one of the most important forces to consider when designing aerodynamic cycling wheels.  To help you better understand the three main components of lift, let’s shift our focus to the skies and talk about airplanes.
Figure E

The wings of an airplane allow it to fly, but how?  To answer this, let’s look at the forces acting on an airplane (Figure E).  Thrust is the force generated by the engine of the airplane to move it forward.  Drag is the force exerted by the air that resists the forward motion of the airplane.  Let’s ignore these two forces for now. 

Gravity is the earth’s attractive force that wants to keep the airplane on the ground.  Lift is the force we need to create in order to get the plane off the ground.  To take flight, we need the lift force to be greater than the gravitational force.  Lift is generated by the wing.   A wing has three major components that contribute to the lift force it produces.  Those three components are:

1. The shape of the wing. 
2. The wing’s angle of attack.
3. The velocity or speed of the wing.

The shape controls the way the air (fluid) moves around the wing.  By controlling the airflow, we can create areas of high pressure below the wing, and areas of low pressure above the wing.  Anytime there is a difference in pressure on opposite sides of an object, the high pressure side pushes the object towards the low pressure side.  Think of a balloon.  The more air (pressure) you blow inside of the balloon, the bigger the balloon gets.  This is because the high pressure is pushing the inside of the balloon out.  In order to take flight we have to create a high enough pressure under the wing to lift the plane off of the ground.  
The angle of attack is the angle that the wing moves through the air.  This is the same as the yaw angle of a wheel.  As you increase the angle of attack, you increase the lift force until you reach the critical angle of attack.  The critical angle of attack is the angle that produces the maximum lift.  Think of sticking your hand out of the window of a moving car.  By turning your hand up or down (changing the angle of attack), you can make your hand rise or fall.  If you turn your hand too far in either direction, it no longer moves up or down but instead straight back.  
Finally we have the velocity or speed at which the wing travels through the air.  The simple answer here is, the faster you go, the more lift you create.  
Wheel Design
When designing effective aerodynamic race wheels there are in our opinion to very important points to consider.  The first point is the reduction of drag.  In order to be fast, the wheel must reduce aerodynamic drag as much as possible.  The second point is the ride quality and stability of the wheel.  Anyone who has ridden deep wheels in a strong side wind knows they can be a challenge to control.  Therefore, it is important to design a wheel that has good crosswind stability. 
Side Force (Lift) and Drag
In the world of cycling, Lift is called Side Force.  Figure F shows a wheel at 0 degrees of yaw.  In this case the wheel only experiences drag. Since the wind flows evenly around both sides of the wheel, side force is equal to 0.  
Figure F

Figure G shows a wheel at 20 degrees of yaw.  Thinking back to our airplane example, we have increased the angle of attack.  This produces a higher side force on the side of the wheel facing the wind and produces lift.

Figure G

Let’s now consider the side forces that a standard training wheel experiences.  Because a standard training wheel has very little rim depth, it generates very small side force.  For sake of argument, the drag is more or less equal to the side force.
An aero wheel however, has a much deeper rim profile and an increased surface area.  The increased surface area generates a higher drag force.  An efficient fairing shape will increase the side force.  The key is to design a fairing shape that produces a higher percentage of side force relative to drag.  
Why do we want side force?  Let’s start with vector forces.  When a force pushes on a surface at an angle, a portion of that force pushes the object in the X direction and a portion of that force pushes the object in the Y direction.  Take a look at Figure H
Figure H

Let’s look at the vector components of side force and drag acting on a wheel.  Figure I shows that the Y component of side force actually opposes the Y component of drag.  In theory, if we can generate a side force high enough relative to drag, the Y component of side force will be greater than the Y component of Drag.  When this happens, the wheel will actually be pushing you forward.  This is known as negative drag.

Figure I
Here are two numeric examples.
Standard Box Rim Wheel
Total Drag Force = 100g
Drag Force Y Component = 93.97g
Total Side Force = 100g
Side Force Y-Component = 34.20g
Resultant Drag Force = (Drag Force Y-Component) - (Side Force Y-Component)
Resultant Drag Force = 93.97g - 34.20g
Resultant Drag Force = 59.77g
Aerodynamic Wheel
Total Drag Force = 150g
Drag Force Y Component = 140.95g
Total Side Force = 450g
Side Force Y-Component = 153.90g
Resultant Drag Force = (Drag Force Y-Component) - (Side Force Y-Component)
Resultant Drag Force = 140.95g - 153.95g
Resultant Drag Force = -12.95g
Cross Wind Stability or Yaw Torque
Imagine a seesaw on the playground.  Let’s put a child weighing 50 lbs on one side and a child weighing 70 lbs on the other side.  We all know that the 50 lbs child will quickly rise up in the air.  
In theory the front wheel of a bicycle is the same.  We have the front half of the wheel, the back half of the wheel, and the steering axis.  If we push on the front half of the wheel and leave the back half alone, the wheel will turn around the steering axis in the direction of your push.  Take a look at Figure J.  
Figure J

If we are going to make a wheel that is stable in cross winds, we want the side force on the front half of the wheel to be equal to the side force on the back half of the wheel.  This would be the same as placing a 50 lbs child on both sides of the seesaw.  This will prevent any turning of the wheel.  If the side force on the front of the wheel is greater than the side force on the back of the wheel, any gust of wind will cause the wheel to quickly turn in one direction. 

We hope this tutorial has helped you understand the basics of cycling wheel aerodynamics.  For more great content, please register for our free monthly newsletter at the top of the column on the right.  We send links to all the articles we post during the month.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
All the best,
Chris