How To Change A Flat

Posted on Aug 7, 2013 in News | 0 comments

How To Change A Flat

Anyone who’s trudged home in cleats can tell you: You need to know how to change your own flats. This simple skill can save you hours of frustration and plenty of calls for help.

With these easy instructions (and some practice in your garage), you’ll be rolling again before you can say, “Uhhh… sweetie? Can you come get me?”

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How to Replace Your Bicycle Chain

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 in News | 0 comments

How to Replace Your Bicycle Chain

A worn chain can cause a host of drivetrain problems: poor shifting, increased chance of mid-ride breakage, and extreme wear on your cassette and chainrings. But avoiding these problems is easy enough—follow these steps to replace your chain like a pro.

Know When to Say Goodbye:

The easiest way is to grab a chain-checker tool at your local bike shop. This device will measure exactly how far your chain has worn, and give you a solid idea of whether you need to replace. Alternatively, you can use the “ruler method.” Using a tape measure or ruler, place the end of one inch at the end of one link. Look twelve complete links down the chain—on a new chain, this rivet will also line up directly with an inch mark. If the rivet is 1/16” past the inch mark, you should replace the chain, but don’t need to replace the sprockets. If it’s 1/8” or more, you’ll probably need to replace both.

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Don’t Forget These Must-Haves on Your Next Ride

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 in News | 1 comment

Don’t Forget These Must-Haves on Your Next Ride

When it comes to your daily ride, there are a few things you shouldn’t leave home without. These four items are small enough to fit in your jersey pocket, but can have a huge impact on your ride.

1. Flat Repair Kit. Flat tires are by far the most common issue on the average ride. Carry tire levers, a spare tube, and a way to pump it up- this simple kit can mean the difference between trudging home in your cleats and finishing your ride strong.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Bike Handlebar Sizes

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 in News | 0 comments

A Comprehensive Guide to Bike Handlebar Sizes

Few bicycle components are as integral to the comfort of your ride as handlebars and for this reason, they’re often one of the first parts to be replaced when cyclists decide to customize their bikes. But with such a daunting array of different diameters, widths, drops, and rises how do you know what’s the right choice for you?

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The Most Extreme Urban Downhill We’ve Ever Seen

Posted on May 28, 2013 in News | 3 comments

The Most Extreme Urban Downhill We’ve Ever Seen

Downhill mountain biking has been around for some time, but the explosion of extreme sporting events over the past 20 years has taken downhill to another level entirely. Today, downhill racecourses run through dense urban areas, offering steep ramps, insane jumps and plenty of near misses. Perhaps no course is more hair-raising than the one that premiered last year in Taxco, Mexico.

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4 Inexpensive (and Awesome) Bike Handlebars

Posted on May 20, 2013 in News | 0 comments

4 Inexpensive (and Awesome) Bike Handlebars

Outside of the saddle, there’s no component that affects comfort-level of a bicycle more than the handlebars. For this reason, it’s crucial to thoroughly consider your needs when choosing which set is right for you.

The type of riding you’re doing (mountain, road, touring, etc.), the average length of your ride, and your preferred riding posture should all be factors in choosing the right handlebar for you.

Here are a few options to make your next ride more comfortable without breaking the bank:

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How to Clean Your Bike

Posted on May 10, 2013 in News | Comments Off on How to Clean Your Bike

How to Clean Your Bike

Riding a grimy bike doesn’t just look bad—it accelerates wear on your components, making your trips to the mechanic much more costly. With these tips, your trusty ride will be sparkling and riding smoothly.

The Set-up:

Get yourself a clear space to set up. The backyard is best, but for city-dwellers or in case of poor weather, an indoor spot will work just as well. The shower? It’s possible—just make sure you clean up all the grease and dirt before your significant other steps in. Otherwise, the kitchen can do in a pinch—but spread an old shower curtain on the floor underneath the bike to catch all the runoff water, degreaser, and mud.

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