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I-beam Adapter for Thomson Seat Post

October 7th, 2008 [print] No comments

This looks like an excellent option for riders who are commited to their Thomson posts, but would like to shave some weight with I-beam saddles.  Let’s hope this adapter makes it to market.

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Interbike 2008: SDG USA – Patriot Saddle and I-Beam adapter for Thomson post

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Water Bottle Kit

June 22nd, 2008 [print] No comments

I typically use a CamelBak to carry my tools and water along on rides, but for shorter rides, it isn’t always neccessary.  However, I hate strapping a seat bag onto my bike because it’s too time consuming messing with the straps, and seatbags are usually wedge-shaped, so cramming everything inside can be difficult.

So, for a short evening or morning ride where you may need just a few essentials, and especially if you have multiple bikes and never know which one you may take with you, I thought I’d pass along this tip.

This first thing you need is a spare water bottle, preferably with a large opening; a 24oz. size works just fine.

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Bicycle Interest on the Move

June 22nd, 2008 [print] No comments

I found this article from a local paper discussing how many people and families are turning to bikes for fitness and to save money on gas.  It’s definitely worth a read, but I wonder if it will still hold true in a few months.  It’s easy to have great intentions when the weather is nice and the sun is up during the morning commute, but once fall and winter arrive, will most people just go back to driving?  My guess is, yes.

Another issue with bicycle commuting in my community (and many others) is the vast distance from home to work.  I live exactly 3 miles from my work, with very little hills in between.  However, that’d involve riding along a busy State highway for about a mile.  The alternative route would increase the distance to about 5 miles and be much safer, but mid-West weather is totally unpredictable, and we don’t have many dry mornings that also lead into dry afternoons.  Oh, and the distance between work and home for me is quite small; most people in this town live much further from work, and most aren’t dedicated bike riders.

Will is work?  Maybe, at least for a while.  But I think weather, congested primary and secondary roads, and large distances to ride each morning will keep the trend from growing much.

Photo credits:  Nick King, Columbia Daily Tribune

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The Rigid Fork Rides Again

June 15th, 2008 [print] No comments

I just found this older post from a guy who calls himself Guitar Ted, about the resurgence of the rigid mountain bike fork.  Thought I’d share:

He didn’t really go into a lot of detail as to why it’s once again become the trend to ride a rigid fork, however.  Personally, I always thought it was pretty stupid to ride rough ground without some sort of suspension, but since I’ve been riding a couple rigid forks these last few months (aluminum and carbon), I’m a believer in fat tires and rigid forks.

Yes, it’s bumpier, to say the least.  But with that, I’ve gained a better sense of the ground as I roll over it, no longer wondering where my front tire is.  I descend a little slower, obviously, although I make up for it on the climbs due to zero energy being lot through suspension bobbing.  I can definitely see why so many 29er and 650b riders are ditching the suspension forks in turn for larger-diameter, smoother rolling wheel/tire combos.  For the time being, though, I’m more than happy riding rigid on 26" wheels and 2.3" tires at sub-30psi.

If you haven’t given it a try yet, find an inexpensive steel fork and go for a ride.  It just might change your mind about needing suspension to make up for your riding technique.

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Polylube the Mute Button

March 9th, 2008 [print] No comments

One of the most important things to own for your bike is Park Tool’s Polylube.  Buy it in the tube and it’ll last for years.

With that out of the way, this is my story:

On both of my rides last weekend, I kept hearing a creaking/popping noise with every pedal stroke.  My bike is usually pretty quiet, so this was annoying the crap out of me.  I finally discovered the sound went away when I stood to pedal, which gave me an idea as to what it could be.

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A Pig in Mud

March 1st, 2008 [print] No comments

To paraphrase a post on one of my bike forums, "I don’t care how light a bike is, slap heavy tires on it and it’ll climb like a pig in mud."

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Well, on my first ride of 2008, that’s exactly how I felt today.  Not just because my ridiculously light bike had super fat, heavy tires mounted on it.  Not just because the parks and rec department threw a fresh pile of gravel on top of all the trails.  Not just because it was extremely windy…

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Lucas Brunelle

January 27th, 2008 [print] No comments

I found this guy’s Mexican Highway video (posted below) on YouTube awhile back.  From there, I found his website with a ton of interesting bicycling videos he’s made over the years.  Watch the video below, then check out the rest here.  Other than the Mexican Highway, I’d have to say the one with he and some friends riding on the iced-over Charles River is my favorite.



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Brake Locks

May 12th, 2007 [print] 2 comments

I saw this tip in Mountain Bike Action magazine awhile back and I thought I’d share it:

If you have an old innertube laying around, cut off a small strip of it and slide it over your handlebar to rest on your grip, or somewhere else out of the way (pic 1).  Then when you’re leaning the bike against something and wanting it to stay put, stretch it over to the brake lever to keep contant tension on it so the bike won’t roll away (pic 2).  I tried it the other day when I was re-assembling my wife’s bike and found it worked really great.  It’ll also keep your wheels from spinning in the wind when it’s on your car’s bike rack.

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