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The Wagon: Bikewagon Community College & Blog

  • Charity Bike Rides: Causes Worth Riding For

    Charity ride

    If you’re looking for a great reason to get out and bike, many charitable organizations are now using group bicycle rides as fundraisers for public health research on issues like cancer and diabetes. These rides are a great way to have fun, get some phenomenal exercise, and raise money for a good cause.

    These rides are also an opportunity to engage your community around certain issues. Usually these rides are done with family, friends, community members, and employers “sponsoring” riders by pledging donations to the charity at hand. In order to secure these donations, a rider has to reach out, sharing information about the cause at hand, why it is meaningful to them, and what support they are asking for.

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  • Get the newest wheel size in MTB!

    28.3 MTB wheels

    Here at Bikewagon, we pride ourselves in being the first to bring you the latest innovations to hit the cycling world. Well today, we don't think we’re too bold in saying that we have one of the greatest MTB innovations you'll ever see: the 28.3-inch wheel (or 650d, depending on the manufacturer). This new wheel gives you the climbing power of a 29-inch wheel with the control and precision of a 26-inch wheel, and more of the best of both worlds than the 27.5-inch wheel!

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  • How to track stand on a bike

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    You’ve probably had this experience: you are driving along in the middle of the city, and you come to a stoplight. Suddenly, you notice a bicyclist waiting for the light to turn, but instead of standing over the bike normally, he or she is poised -- balanced on the pedals -- with the bike completely stopped. When you first see it, it seems impossible. But this move, called the “track stand,” is far from impossible. You can learn it yourself! Here’s how.

    The Basics

    Track stands are named after the sport of track racing, where track stands were sometimes used as part of strategy during races. In everyday riding, track stands can be useful for brief stops at stop signs and lights, as they give you a bit of a head start when it’s time to ride again. And, let’s be honest, they just look cool, too.

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  • 4 Desperation Bike Repairs to Get You Home

    Tube with hole

    I've got a flat and no extra tube or patch kit. Can I make it home?

    Ok, so you’ve got a flat but no extra tube or patch kit, although you do have a pump. Here's one advanced trick to get home in a real emergency with no extra tube: First, remove your tube. Then, using a knife or the edge of your chainring, carefully cut your tube right at the site of the puncture.

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  • Bike Repair Stands 101

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    If you've ever had to do any repairs on your bike, you can probably understand the need for a bike repair stand (or work stand). A stand holds your bike off the ground so that you can access the components more easily. It makes the whole repair process much easier than doing the same thing on the ground.

    If you're a serious cyclist and want to do most of your own maintenance, or if you're interested in building your own bike from scratch, you're going to need some sort of stand. This article will go over the reasons to use a repair stand, basic features to look for in solid models, and a few other tips and tricks. Let's get down to business.

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  • 7 Ways to Deal with Dogs Chasing Your Bike

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    One of the nightmares that many cyclists have revolves around aggressive dogs barking, snarling, and chasing you as you ride. Unfortunately, this is a serious concern; it happens to many riders (especially in rural areas) and can be a heart-stopping moment. There a few different strategies to avoid trouble in this situation, and this article will go over these. So read on and learn the best ways to stay safe in the face of dogs, large and small!

    1. The verbal warning

    When a dog sprints out of a nearby yard and begins to approach, a verbal warning can sometimes be the most effective. Use your voice to try to stop it. Be very firm, forceful, and loud; use your most authoritative and dominating voice. A deep, powerful and loud shout of "STOP RIGHT NOW" or "STAY BACK" is a warning that often crosses species barriers and has been used effectively by many cyclists. However, sometimes this method won't work if the dog is too angry to be reasoned with. Read on for more tactics that might work if that is the case.

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  • Seatposts 101: Find the right seatpost for your bike

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    Every bicycle has a seatpost. The seatpost is a tube that connects the frame of the bicycle to the saddle, where the rider sits. Seatposts are useful because they allow for adjustability. In this way, the same frame can accommodate riders of different sizes or can be adjusted for different riding styles or terrain types.

    This article will go over basic information about seatposts, such as different types of posts, how to choose the right one for you, common seatpost issues and more.

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  • What should your bike's tire pressure be?

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    Many newcomers to cycling don't think about inflating their bike tires to the proper pressure. To them, a tire is either flat or not, either bad or good to ride. The reality is much more complex. Just like for an automobile, bicycle tire inflation can have a dramatic effect on efficiency and handling characteristics, and we cyclists can use some of these effects to our benefit. Let's jump in and learn more about tire inflation.

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  • Rico's Rants: Scare yourself!

    Rico's Rants

    We all experience it. That moment when you are about to crack, you're at your wits end. Whether it's the dog ralphing on the new carpet, your car won't start, or just a crappy day at work. We all have these moments.

    As a lifelong cyclist, I have found my favorite coping mechanism. I grab the mountain bike and head for the local single track. Some of you may go for a road ride or take a lift to the top of your favorite DH trail. Whatever your preference it doesn't matter.

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  • The Makings of a Good Floor Pump

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    A good floor pump is an essential piece of equipment for any cyclist. When shopping for a floor pump, there are a few important characteristics to look for.


    Floor pump

    The ability to take a beating and keep on pumping is critical to a floor pump. These things tend to get banged around, since their design is inherently top-heavy and you're applying a lot of force to them.

    The seals that keep a pump functioning properly are especially critical, since inflating a bike tire to 100+ PSI isn't a walk in the park. Without functioning seals, a pump is worthless (although most floor pump seals can be replaced).

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