It’s Light Season: It’s Time for You to Get Illuminated

It’s Light Season: It’s Time for You to Get Illuminated

I am seeing more cyclists using headlamps (the proper name for a front light), but I am still seeing a lot of riders without lights or inadequate lights. You wouldn’t drive a car without lights so why do so with a bike? The most common “explanation” I hear is that lights are “too expensive”. Have you checked out hospital rates lately? With new lights from long-time providers of bike lights, NiteRider and Light & Motion, expense shouldn’t be an excuse. Prices have dropped for high-lumen lights by more than 60%.…

The Levi Effect: The Untold Story of Levi Leipheimer

The Levi Effect: The Untold Story of Levi Leipheimer

When I was approached to review the movie, “The Levi Effect: The untold story of Levi Leipheimer”, directed by Frank Matson (Race Across the Sky) and brought to us by Bikemonkey, I thought to myself, “…what effect?”…

Bike Review: 2012 Bianchi Sempre

Bike Review: 2012 Bianchi Sempre

New is good. Everyone should get a new bike every few years. And tradition is good. Everyone should have an Italian bike. And colorful is good. Everyone should have a bike in his favorite color. And new components are good. So this year, I got a new red Italian bike. A Bianchi Sempre, to be exact, to which I had mounted the SRAM Red gruppo.…

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.…

GoPro Hero2 Review

GoPro Hero2 Review

I had the opportunity to try out the GoPro Hero2 camera this summer. For those of you who don’t know about the new generation of mini-video cameras, it’s time to get outside and have a look.…

The Secret Race is a Must Read

The Secret Race is a Must Read

The Secret Race by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle is the kind of book you hate and yet can’t put down. Instead of being an entertaining and relaxing read about a sport I love by an athlete I once admired, it is a depressing book by someone whose character and motives, after reading the book, I question.…

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.…

Try Wide, You Won’t Go Back

Try Wide, You Won’t Go Back

Mountain bikes have evolved quite a bit on the past ten years. The brakes, shifting and suspension are in a different league compared with the early 2000’s. But it is not unusual to see someone on a mostly modern bike tooling around with narrow bars. There has been a dramatic change in bar-width over the past decade, and few riders who have made the change are willing to go back to their narrow ways.…

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.…

Road to Valor is Perhaps the Greatest Cycling Story Ever

Road to Valor is Perhaps the Greatest Cycling Story Ever

If you want history, bike racing, suspense, and an almost too-good-to-be-true hero, read Road to Valor. I could have read the 240 pages in a day if I didn’t have so many responsibilities that interfered with my reading time! But don’t just read the book, read the author’s note, the prologue, and especially the epilogue. The McConnon siblings did an excellent job researching the book with 50 pages of footnotes at the end of the book. Essentially the book is about the life of Gino Bartali, the winner of 2 editions of Tour de France and 3 of the Giro de Italia.…