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Accessories

  • Cycling Sunglasses 101


    Bikewagon - BWCC

    Cycling glasses can be found on many cyclists, for good reason. They serve as much in function as they do for fashion. We'll outline some of the functional aspects here; fashion is purely up to you.

    Protection for your eyes

    Top-frame cycling glasses

    Cycling eyewear's primary function is to protect the eyes both from impact with road/trail debris and from the sun. They are generally impact resistant and made of quite sturdy plastic in order to defend your eyes against things like pebbles, sand, sticks, or anything else your tire or the tire in front of you kicks up. Cycling glasses also help keep water out of your eyes in the rain and bugs out when those little buggers are everywhere.

    For protection from the sun, there are different shades of lenses that you can choose from to tailor the level of light being emitted to your eye. Some lenses are photochromic so that they darken as more UV light hits the lens, giving them a range of light filtration within the one lens.

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  • Cycling Computers 101


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    Most of us had the experience of learning how to ride a bike at a young age and racing down the street at top speed, imaging how fast we were going. Well, for riders who want to gather speed and other information about their ride, a cycle computer (or cyclometer) is just the ticket. Cycling computers are small devices that normally mount on the handlebars of the bike and use various sensors to measure -- at the very least -- speed, trip distance, trip length and time. Some advanced cycling computers provide advanced features as well.

    This guide will explain the basic functionality of cycling computers, go over the features and price range on the market, and share some tips about how to use a cycle computer.

    Setting up the sensors

    Speed sensor

    Most cycling computers operate by means of a pair of sensors. The first sensor is a small, passive device that screws onto the spokes of your bike wheel. The second sensor is a slightly larger device, sometimes battery powered, which mounts onto the fork or rear stays of your bike.

    These sensors should be lined up, so that when you ride your bike, the sensor on the wheel rotates directly past the sensor on the frame. When programmed with the diameter of your wheel, this allows the cycling computer to calculate your speed based on the RPMs of the wheel.

    The cycle computer itself is a small device, usually rectangular, which mounts on the top of the handlebars and connects to the sensors most often via a wireless connection. A small liquid crystal display allows the cycle computer to display information at a glance. Cycling computers usually feature a single button that is used to toggle through the different functions, set clocks and set preference for imperial or metric measurements.

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  • Bike Pumps 101

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    A bike pump is an essential tool for keeping your bike in good shape. Fully intact tires can lose 10 PSI a week, even in storage. Properly inflated tires not only provide a more comfortable ride, they also resist flats better, handle maneuvers more easily, extend the lifespan of your tires, and are safer to use.

    For these reasons, we recommend that every rider keep a pump on hand. But bike pumps aren't as simple as you might believe. Before you purchase a pump, there are a few things you need to consider. This guide will go over the basics of pump designs and their various pros and cons.

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  • Bike Bags Guide


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    If you want to carry gear or groceries on your bike, having the right kind of bag is very important. This article will explore some of the different types of cycling bags on the market and the best way to use each of them.

    When considering cycling bags, you will want to look at a variety of features. Consider the durability of the bag, water resistance, adjustability to various size loads, ease of access to the bag contents, balancing the weight of your bicycle, and the ability to grab your bags quickly when you want to leave the bike behind.

    Backpacks


    Cycling backpack

    Riding a bike with a backpack is only ok for short distances, for several reasons. First, a backpack puts your center of gravity higher than normal, which makes balancing and maneuvering slightly more difficult. Second, most backpacks aren’t designed to be used for cycling and put stress on the bent spine of the rider. Riding with a pack is only recommended for short rides with a low cargo weight.

    There are cycling-specific backpacks and messenger bags available that are designed to increase the comfort of the rider. Many of these models are waterproof and very durable as well.

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  • Bike Light Basics


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    Jump to it!     Bike taillights/rear safety lights | Front safety lights | Bike headlights | Emergency lights


    Whether you are an early-morning commuter, a nighttime mountain biker, an all-weather racer or just a casual rider, proper lighting on your bicycle is very important for safety. Unfortunately, many cyclists are hurt every year because they were riding without proper lights.

    Many of these accidents could be prevented by using inexpensive, widely available bike lights, and that’s why we recommend that every rider keep a set of bike lights with them on every ride -- you never know when you are going to get caught out after dark.

    This article will go over the most common styles of lights available today, the pluses and minuses of each variety, and the factors that cyclists should consider when making their choices.

    Bike taillights / rear safety lights


    Bike taillight

    The first and most basic style of light on the market is the rear safety light. Like the brake lights on a car, these rear lights are always red in color, and are most often used in a bright flashing mode to attract the attention of drivers approaching your bike from behind.

    Different bike taillights have different mounting options. Some are designed to clip onto the back of a rear rack, while others clamp onto your seat tube. Some riders choose to mount their rear lights on their backpack or even the rear side of their helmet, or to use several rear lights on different locations. Many riders take their lights with them when they lock their bike up in public, while others don’t worry about the (generally low) possibility of losing these cheap lights.

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  • Essential Bike Accessories


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    So, you’ve got a new bike and you’re ready to ride, right? Not so fast. Before you hit the road or the trail, it is important to learn about some of the cycling essentials -- small pieces of gear that make all the difference in the world.

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