Bikewagon's own Cole Chandler is back with another Maintenance Monday. This week, he teaches us how to remove a rear bike wheel and re-install it. Continue reading
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Whether you are assembling a new bicycle or your chain has succumbed to chain stretch, changing out or installing a chain can be an intimidating, dirty job if you don't know what you are doing. Luckily, the process is very straightforward. Let's dive in!
First, we have to understand the basic nature of a bike chain. It consists of a repeating set of links connected by rivets (also known as pins). Over time, the holes through which the chain rivets pass can elongate due to the strain of powerful pedaling stokes. This is called "chain stretch" and can make your chain slip while shifting or when pedaling powerfully.
To start off this next post in the series Kids Who Rip, I first have to introduce the legendary mountain bike festival known as Crankworx. Crankworx originated at Whistler Mountain as a week-long series of varying events including, but not limited to, downhill racing on different styles of trails, slopestyle, dual speed and style, enduro racing and the pump track challenge.
With the snow melting and giving way to ribbons of dirt commonly known as "single track," we decided to focus on a few shredders to get people excited about the upcoming mountain bike season. For the first post in this series, Kids Who Rip, let us introduce you to Jackson Goldstone.
In the last few years, tubeless tire setups have become the wheel systems and tires of choice for mountain bikers. While still not nearly as popular as in the MTB world, road and cyclocross setups have also started taking hold in the last year or so.
If you've heard your friends talking about their tubeless setups but haven't yet made the effort to switch, we've put together a few videos to help you understand the process.
Part 1: An overview of tubeless tires
If you're not already doing it, you've probably at least started thinking about riding to work. That's great! With a little preparation, riding your bike to work has all kinds of benefits. And it's a lot more fun than sitting in a car, stuck in a traffic jam!
If you're new to the whole commuting thing or just haven't done it in a while, I've put together our top 10 bike commuting tips to help you get over the learning curve sooner than later.
1. Plan your route.
Narrow, busy roads are no fun when you're on a bike. Big trucks and careless cars zooming by while you try to stay within a 1-foot shoulder can create a lot of anxiety, and for good reason. So before you start, check out a map and run through the options. If bike paths or roads with bike lanes are available, use them, even if they're not the most direct route. A couple of added minutes each day are much less worse than getting hit by a truck, and the commute will be much more enjoyable if you have plenty of space.
Keeping on top of regular bike maintenance is an important task for all riders. Paying proper attention to the wear and tear on your bicycle may seem like a chore at times, but the smooth riding and years of dependable service you will get from a well-tended bicycle is well worth it.
Knowing what bike maintenance tasks should be done when can be confusing to many riders. This tutorial will help to explain the basic procedures that you may want to do and the timing for them.
Be aware that these recommendations will vary depending on the rider; cyclists who ride in wet or muddy conditions should probably service their bikes more regularly, while casual cyclists who ride less frequently can scale back the frequency of basic maintenance. Many of these operations are simple and can be done by novice riders, while others are more complex. If you feel overwhelmed, your local bike shop will be able to provide all the maintenance services described here.
You may have heard or seen the recent news that Bikewagon is joining winter sports retailer L9 Sports. We’re still in the beginning of the marriage, but we can say it’s gonna be great! Over the next few months you’ll start seeing the benefits of our joined forces in more products and great deals for year-round adventures.
In all my years of bike racing, I have never made it a priority to race a 24-hour event. Whether it was the lack of friends or the dislike of not getting sleep, I have just avoided this racing format. Or maybe I was just never given the ideal opportunity to jump in. I recently got this opportunity for a race I had been interested in for a few years now.