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The Wagon: Bikewagon Community College & Blog

  • Road Bicycle Tires: The Basics

    Bikewagon - BWCC

    Most beginning cyclists don't think too much about tires; they are basically just a rubber hoop that helps you grip the road, right? That might have been correct 30 years ago, but in the modern world, road bike tires come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, designed to provide very high performance in certain situations. This guide will help you make an informed decision about purchasing the right tires for your bike and your style of riding.

    Tire Size

    The first decision you will have to make about a tire is the size. This has to be matched with two things: the diameter and width of your wheel rims. You will also have to make sure that whatever wheel/tire combo you select can fit in the frame of your bike. A too-big wheel on a frame designed for narrower designs can cause problems.

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  • 5 Reasons to Keep Cycling Through the Rain and Snow

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    Take a look at any graph showing cycling popularity throughout the year. You'll see a huge drop-off during the winter season. That's no big surprise; riding in the rain or snow is just not as comfortable and fun as riding on a nice summer's day.

    But there are some huge benefits to riding through the whole year, including the cold, wet season. This article will go over these benefits, and hopefully will inspire you to keep on riding your bike no matter what the weather is like. So grab your rain jacket, waterproof panniers, warm gloves, and everything else you need be prepared. Here goes.

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  • Get Inspired: Danny MacAskill on the Isle of Skye

    It's easy to lose inspiration, especially in the wintertime when many of our favorite roads and trails are impassable to biking-kind. That's why we're choosing this season to debut a new feature: we'll occasionally be highlighting a particularly awesome bike video from somewhere around the world.

    In this video that was released just a few weeks back, the exceptional Danny MacAskill rides an incredible array of cliffs, boulders, spires, and slopes on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. MacAskill is a trials rider who is world renowned for stunning bike-handling and incredible trick riding.


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  • Merry Christmas from Bikewagon!

    Some coaxing and coaching was needed, but in the end we all had fun creating this little holiday greeting for you. We hope you enjoy it!


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  • 12 Things All Cyclists Are (or Should Be) Thankful for

    It's that time of year when we take a break from obsessing over our bike and spend some time counting our blessings (by eating and watching football). So, as cyclists of all varieties, here is our list of things we're thankful for:

    1. Freshly paved roads

    Fresh paved road
    Just hearing that phrase makes us go, "Aaahhhh."
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  • Selling Your Old Bicycle: Tips and tricks

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    Selling an old bike is always a sad experience. An old bike is like an old friend: you've been through a lot together, and it always carried you well. But all things come to an end, and now it may be time to move on.

    Maybe you've outgrown an old bike -- in size or in riding style -- or you've upgraded your ride to the latest and greatest new bike. Whatever the reason, there comes a time when you need to sell your old bike. This guide will walk you through the process or preparing an old bike for sale, getting it on the market, and closing the deal.

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  • Rico's Rants: Earn your turns!

    Rico's Rants

    I am slowly becoming that grumpy old-timer. During this past summer, I found myself getting a little angry with the younger MTB crowd who tend to shuttle or ride a ski lift to the top of the mountain to then ride down it instead of pushing or actually riding that 30-pound bike to the top. You see, I enjoy both aspects of a mountain bike ride (the up and the down), and I, should we say, "earn my turns."

    In fact, on many occasions I found myself mumbling "earn your turns" under my breath to these guys and girls. It started out very soft and low so that only I could hear, but by the end of the summer, I was letting these rascals know that they should earn their turns quite loudly.

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  • Spokes and Spoke Wrenches: The basics

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    Sooner or later, every cyclist will have need of a spoke wrench. Spoke wrenches, sometimes called spoke keys, are small tools that are used to install, remove or tighten the small attachment that holds each spoke in place where it meets the rim of the wheel.

    Before we can really explain what a spoke wrench does, you have to understand the basics of how a spoked wheel functions.

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  • What to Wear: Commuter clothing for cyclists

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    If you want to commute to work, you face a few challenges: potholes, traffic, flat tires and angry drivers, just to name a few. But one of the most common issues faced by commuters is the problem of sweaty and mud-splattered clothing -- a big problem if you work in an office or other formal environment.

    Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to improve the clothing situation for riders. It all starts with having the right stuff -- the clothing that can be used for riding and allows you to keep your clean change of clothes safely stowed in a backpack or pannier bag.

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  • Bike Touring: Part 3 - Camping

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    This article is the third in a series of pieces about bike touring - multi-day bike trips that can cover a lot of terrain. The first article in the series went over the basics of planning and packing for a tour, and the second article went over considerations when you are actually on the road.

    This third article in the series will review what to do at the end of the day -- the basics of camping on a cycling tour. If you are new to camping, this guide will help you get situated and prepared for cooking, cleaning, setting up shelter, and sleeping outdoors. For experienced campers, this article may have a few helpful tips that you hadn't considered. Read on and see what you can learn!

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