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.…

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.…