buying local is no sweat Nan Kappeler (center), inventor and businesswoman, emerges from the swim portion of a recent triathlon.
Her transition mat, the Lickety Split awaits with her bike equipment. A red Lickety Split mat helps a triathlete speed through the bike to run transition, helping keep his feet dry and equipmant organized. Show CaptionWhen Huntington Beach triathlete and businesswoman Nan Kappeler pitched a column idea about local sports products, not only did it seem like a great idea, it also reminded me of the local stuff I bought over the years. My triathlon bike? Made by Felt Bicycles USA based in Irvine. My sunglasses? Manufactured in Foothill Ranch by Oakley. My swim suit and goggles? Made by TYR Sport Inc. of Huntington Beach. In this economy, we all benefit when we support our local companies. Here a guide. What:Take anywhere triathlon transition mat and mini stretch pad. It sort of like that old towel you oakley circle glasses might use, but way better. Why:I told Kappeler I didn oakley lens replacement get the point and didn need one more thing to lug around. But after meeting with her and learning the ways of the mat, I realized this nifty florescent green pad (they come in a variety of colors) would help me find my transition spot, would keep my feet clean and would keep me from stretching on the ground or on oil stained pavement after a race or workout. What: Handy dandy energy tablets, individually packed for athletes on the move. Each tablet delivers 250 mg of sodium, 75 mg of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrate and 65 calories. Flavors include fruit punch, lemon lime, orange and grape. Why:They look and act like giant Alka Seltzer tablets. No worries, though. You put these handy tabs in your water bottle and you good to go. I tried the lemon lime during a bike ride and liked the subtle flavor and light, clean taste. The electrolyte blend is comparable to some other products, but these tabs really rock when you on the go. Great for runners who want to pack along extra energy and don want the mess of a busted baggie with energy powder. Who makes:Greg Sellers of Sports Engine in Costa Mesa. Also available in 12 tablet boxes for $17. What:Comfortable water sports shirt that manages to be both surfing/boarding rash guard and insulator during those colder days. Snug or looser shirts available. The company web site explains the material remains dry at the fiber core even when wet, helping with insulation. Why:The shirt feels great dry or wet. Victory oakley splinter President Marc Spitaleri oakley sunglasses offers promises the material is both water repellent and breathable. Great during winter when pools are cold or under a wetsuit. Who makes:Spitaleri in Huntington Beach. Triswim makes specialized shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. Also, the company recently launched TriSlide, a spray designed to reduce chafing and make it easy to slip in and out of wetsuits. The shampoo is a gentle product offering organic Aloe Vera, vitamins E, A and B5. Why:Because if you swim in pools, you start to smell like chlorine, plus your hair gets brittle and might even take on a greenish hue from copper traces in the water. The lotion combats itchy, dry skin caused by chlorine. Who makes:Karen Smidt founded Irvine based SBR Sports Inc. when she discovered the need for specialized products while training as a triathlete.
Where to get:Ladera Cyclery, Chick Sporting Goods or other sports stores; swimming and triathlon stores online. What:Triathlon, road, mountain, cruiser, track, cyclocross. You name the type of bike, Felt probably makes it.
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