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Book Review: the Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding

Kevin Ryan’s The Illustrated Guide to Snowboarding offers one of the most useful guides to snowboarding for people from any level, whether beginners wanting to learn more about the sport and get their techniques sharpened, up to instructors and professionals seeking to further hone their skills on the slope.

Reader reviews and feedback on this book showed that it has a lot of useful drills featured that helped them improve their game immensely after repeated practise. The drills are written in a step by step fashion that seems ambiguous at first, but makes complete sense once you actually try them out. Furthermore, the book’s coverage is all-encompassing, including tips for beginning, to intermediate, to advanced skill levels.

The approach taken by the author is both humorous and scientific, employing small drawn illustrations to show drills and techniques. While there are few actual pictures involved, these hand drawn illustrations are funny to look at and yet maintain a good degree of accuracy in portraying the skills and techniques being demonstrated. The author uses a lot of jokes and quips interspersed with facts and the illustrations are likewise a mix of serious, factual ones and cute, cartoony renderings of snowboarding stuff.

Most professional instructors in snowboarding who read this book found new drills and skills they could teach their classes inside the beginner sections, so this book’s coverage is quite extensive. Furthermore, the author knows that certain skills can ONLY be conveyed though actual practice and demonstration, so he goes out of his way to state when certain skills are best acquired through a snowboarding instructor.

One of the sections that a lot of readers will probably find useful is the chapter on snowboard care and maintenance. Where most how-to books devote footnotes or at best, a few pages to the care and maintenance of equipment, Kevin Ryan actually goes out of his way to write an in depth full chapter on tips for taking proper care of your snowboard.

There is even a section on the ergonomics of skateboarding, covering the proper way to carry and ride a board to minimize the physical strain on the snowboarder. This also includes explanations on the physics and mechanics of snowboarding. While not exactly necessary for most people, this chapter is useful for people who are more technically inclined, like say, industrial designers who might be out to design a new type of snowboard.

Unlike some instructional books, this book does not seek to replace the need for an instructor, but instead seeks to augment and expand on the knowledge gained from working with a good qualified snowboarding instructor. For those who insist on learning everything from a book and doing it themselves, however, the book’s attention to detail and exhaustive explanations of the mechanics of snowboarding are actually enough to let them get by and teach themselves through practice and repetition.

This book is 336 pages long, and it’s first edition was published by the renowned book company McGraw-Hill back in 1998. Despite being published 8 years ago, to this day it remains one of the most popular and sought after instructional books for snowboarders. No matter what your skill level, it’s guaranteed that you will benefit from reading this book that is already considered a classic “encyclopedia” in the sport by avid snowboarding enthusiasts.

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Lets Discuss In Brief About Fulcrum

Toyota has Scion, Honda has Acura, Nissan has Infiniti, and Campagnolo has Fulcrum.  That’s right folks, Fulcrum is a division of Campy.  Why?  Why not!  If you had a cycling company and you knew how to make a superior set of wheels, but you also knew the riders were playing matchy match with their components most likely wouldn’t put Campy wheels on a primarily Shimano bike, wouldn’t you make a new company?  We would!  So if you were wondering how Fulcrum came up from nowhere and got worldwide attention on the pro circuit, it’s because Campy used their connections to get up and running, and into the heat of the race.  Yes sir, that’s why the 2004 and 2005 pro teams actually used the Fulcrum wheels without years of being on the market.  Pretty smart move if you ask us.
The launch of Fulcrum in July of 2004 was a testimony of passion for the sport of cycling.  At the front of the company were three aerospace engineers who had applied their specialized knowledge of aerospace technology to the advancement of their favorite sport.   Since the beginning, Fulcrum Wheels have proven their superiority on the road.   They are designed and developed with underlying elements of Campagnolo, technological advancements of the aerospace industry and they have a pleasantly youthful Fulcrum twist.  
With revolutionary concepts in wheel development and design, Fulcrum Wheels boast a perfectly balance wheel.  To get that perfect balance they have patents!  That’s why there are trademarks all over this article.  Fulcrum was big on trademarks and patents like Dynamic BalanceTM,  2:1 Two-to-oneTM, and the MoMagTM system.  
When you push your pedals, the rotational force on the sprocket produces slack in the freewheel spokes and a loss of rim tension.  This results in unwanted flex of the whole wheel and an inevitable loss of energy.  Fulcrum has solved this common cycling dilemma with its 2:1 Two-to-One™ Spoke Ratio system.  The 2:1 Two-to-One™ system supports the Dynamic BalanceTM by doubling the spokes in the critical areas.  The Dynamic BalanceTM system boasts flawlessly balanced dynamics of rotation, with the credit given to the careful distribution of the rotating masses.   The MoMagTM system supports the other two quite well.  It actually stemmed from Campy.    The MoMagTM system feeds each nipple into the rim through the valve hole, the process is guided perfectly into place with a magnet.  Thus the Mag in the name MoMagTM.   These three systems work separately or in conjunction with one another and they are what makes Fulcrum the advanced company that it is today.
Another concept in the design of Fulcrum Wheels are the aluminum hammer head spokes which have a unique aerodynamic profile comprised of a variable truncated-cone cross-section.  The rims on the Fulcrum Wheels are CNC machined which help to relieve the rim area of pointless load points.  CNC machining allows the wheels to have no spoke holes on the inner groove which eliminates the need for rim tape and provides maximum torsional stiffness.  Yeah, these are some serious wheels.
Fulcrum Wheels come in several models.  Numbered relatively consecutively, for continuity we suppose. Although you will notice they left out the even numbers.  The Racing Zeros are excellent for racing.  They provide superior acceleration, are very light, have rockin’ aerodynamics and roll like you’re riding on air.  Plus, they are super sharp looking.  The Racing 1’s are great for racing as well as daily rides.  They are fast, stiff, smooth as well as very compliant and comfortable. They are sure to dramatically improve the handling and look of your bike.  As was mentioned earlier, Fulcrum skipped over all the even numbers and went right to the Racing 3’s.  Racing 3 wheels are intermediate hoops.  They are very durable, quiet riding and longer lasting than most wheels on the market.  They are also notably faster.  You will notice that you will gain speed quicker and will be able to hold it easily.   They are also quite high on the bling scale.  For the real heavy duty rides, or for consistent training, go for the Racing 5 model.  They are durable, quiet and very long lasting.  The Racing 5 Evolution wheels boast the Dynamic Balance system with two, oversized (silver) spokes to offset the rim joint for a perfectly balanced wheel.  They are said to be stiff, smooth, true, and durable.  They aren’t the lightest wheel in the Fulcrum line, but they aren’t THAT heavy either.  The Racing 7’s are more of a beginner’s wheel.  They are strong, stiff, a decent weight and come in racing red.  At the very top of the line are Fulcrum’s Racing Light Wheels.  These wheels are Fulcrum’s version of Campy’s Hyperon but without the carbon bodied hugs.  The Racing Light’s are on a entirely different level and have earned the status as well as the price.  They are one of the best all round wheels you will ever ride on.  Very fast, very strong and yes, you can climb in a cog or two lower than normal. Phenomenal for climbing but also great on the flats.

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