Summer is Gone but Cyclocross is Here!

What is cyclocross? Cyclocross, or ‘cross, is a mixture of running, log hopping, and road racing on a variety of surfaces including dirt, pavement, and grass all on a modified road bike with knobby tires. Besides being the fastest growing category of bicycle racing, it is also the most leg burning fun you can have on a bicycle in less than one hour.…

Use a Gear Chart to Customize Your Gears and Shifting Pattern

This month I will explain how to use a gear chart to determine the total gear range on the bike and compare individual gear sizes. In addition, we will learn how to select a shifting pattern based on our available gear sizes in order to use those gears efficiently.…

Silence Those Disc Brakes

Silence Those Disc Brakes

One of my companions did find one thing to complain about though, his disc brakes. Apparently they are always making some sort of noise. When the brakes are disengaged they go “ching, ching, ching,” and when they are engaged, they often make a high pitched squealing sound. These would be the two most common complaints that riders have about disc brakes.…

Do Your Homework Before Purchasing a New Bicycle

Last month I had the opportunity to work a booth at the annual Sports-Am Bike Swap. This colorful event brings together many bike sellers with even more potential bike buyers. After speaking with several shoppers, and observing many more, I came to the conclusion that having so many choices under one roof may be a little overwhelming for the inexperienced shopper.…

Is Your Repair Kit Ready for Summer?

Is Your Repair Kit Ready for Summer?

The most important parts of any repair kit is a spare tube, patch kit, pump and tire levers. A punctured tube is the most common repair performed on the road or trail.…