Electronic Shock Lockout: The Holy Grail of Suspension Technology?

Mountain bike suspension is a continually improving facet of bicycle technology. Until recently, suspension lockout mechanisms have been a lever located either on the component itself, or mounted on the handlebar operated manually with a cable. However, mountain bike suspension is now being blended with another wonder of technology, electronics, to not only eliminate the cable, but also provide automatic adjustment between locked and open suspension.…

Keep it Clean in Spring

Everyone knows that mountain biking is a dirty sport. At no time is it dirtier than right now, early season in the mountains. Just follow these steps to get your bike ready to be dirty again.…

Disc Brakes for Road Bikes are on the Way

Disc Brakes for Road Bikes are on the Way

Soon road riders will be experiencing all the same advantages of disc brakes that mountain bike riders have for years. These include more powerful braking, more consistent in all conditions wet or dry. Since hydraulic fluid does not compress, modulation (control) of the brakes is also increased. Disc brakes are also a boon to carbon rim makers because they will no longer have to work around the high surface temperatures of the braking surface.…

Do I Need Cycling Specific Shoes?

Cycling shoes are designed to make riding easier. The unique feature of cycling shoes is a very stiff sole. This stiff sole allows the rider to apply power to the pedals without straining the muscles of the foot.…

Seven Steps to a Smoother Riding Bicycle

Seven Steps to a Smoother Riding Bicycle

If your bike is riding well it is not necessary to take it to the shop for a full tune up before every event. It is, however, a good idea to spend a little time checking the bike over to prevent unexpected problems during the ride.…

Store Your Skis with Care

Store Your Skis with Care

As much as I like skiing, I have to admit that sunny weather at the end of February has me thinking of riding my bike. And as soon as start riding, my skate skis will not likely see the light of day until winter comes again.…

29’ers, They’re Not Just for Single-speeding Anymore

29’ers, They’re Not Just for Single-speeding Anymore

Actually, the original 29ers were multi-geared hard tails. It seemed like, however, that the single-speed riders were among the first to really take advantage of the larger wheels. Riding a single-speed is all about carrying momentum, and that is one of the main benefits of the 29 inch wheel. Now, 15 years into their current form, the big wheel is gaining favor among all categories of riders including all-mountain and elite cross-country racers.…

Is Your Bike Ready for an Overhaul?

Is Your Bike Ready for an Overhaul?

The great thing about bicycles is that they can last a long time. Old bikes come into the shop all the time that look like they haven't had a day of maintenance, chains rusty, wheel bearings dry and grips falling off that are being ridden every day. On the opposite end of the spectrum, race bikes are replaced once or twice a year, get washed and tuned after every race and have their cables and chains replaced each week. Now as much as we'd all like to, most of us are not going to get a new bike every year; probably not even every other. There is, however, something we can do to get our trusty steed riding like new again: an overhaul.…

Which Wheel is the Right Size for Mountain Biking?

Which Wheel is the Right Size for Mountain Biking?

In the beginning there was one mountain bike wheel size, 26 inch. In the late 1990's the 29 inch wheel was introduced. It promised to be faster, smoother, more efficient. One thing it did do is start a debate about what is the best wheel size for the mountain bike.…

Fall is the Best Time for Cycling, and Goatheads

Fall is the Best Time for Cycling, and Goatheads

The month of September brings out some of the best things for cycling. Cooler temperatures, fall colors and the occasional dust tamping rain to name a few. It also brings out one of the worst: goathead thorns.…