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.
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."
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…
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.
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.