Thursday, November 26, 2009

Share the road

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

HOW-TO: 6 Awful Things People Do To Suspension

6 Awful Things People Do To Suspension
Save your suspension by avoiding these mistakes.

"To 'upgrade' his fork on the cheap, one guy went to a farm-supply store, bought screen-door springs and cut them to fit. The fork locked up because the springs were too heavy of a gauge. Even with the preload off, he got a third of an inch sag and a ruined fork because the insides were all torn up."
—Jim Monroe of Cumberland Cycles, Nashville, TN

"Motor oil is way too thick. Put it in a bike fork and you don't get rebound or preload. Your fork becomes a solid cartridge."

"Somebody broke the dropouts and super-glued them back on. He rode it a couple times afterward—fortunately nothing too technical—before he came to our shop. He got lucky."

"One wrench—who no longer works here—was opening an air spring shock and forgot to let the air out first. He put a hole in the ceiling when the top of the shock blew out."
—Dennis Angelo of Open Road Bikes, Jacksonville, FL

"If you read your owner's manual and follow the recommendations, you get 10 times the life and performance out of your fork. Don't expect to ride through sand and over drop-offs and have the fork work well without the recommended maintenance."
—Eric Carter of Bike Source, Overland Park, KS

"On two different Manitou forks, the owners pumped grease into the ports until it squirted out the top seal. There was about 2 pounds of grease in each leg, and when I compressed the fork, goo squirted out of everything."

Friday, November 20, 2009

SECURITY WEEK: Which is your best bet for a bike lock?

Since we showed you how to lock your bike yesterday, today we'll help you find the best option for what to lock it with

The Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit U-lock.  Since they switched to flat keys, this has got to be the single best bike lock ever created...

If you want to know the rest of the rankings as well as the tests involved, check the full article out HERE.  There are also some more tips on keeping your bike from being stolen as well.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

SECURITY WEEK: Tips to prevent bike theft

So, how do you prevent seeing this when you go to hop on your ride?

  1. Buy a U-lock; spend the money and retire your cable lock. Breaking a good U-lock is significantly more difficult than any other type of lock and most crack addicts won't bother.
  2. Lock your bike TO something; Lock your frame. Lock your wheels if they are expensive. And ALWAYS lock your bike. Don't think that just because you're only going to be somewhere for 5 minutes, it's OK to leave it unguarded. Don't lock it to a chain-link fence (these are very easy to snip). Make sure it can't be lifted up and over what it's locked to. Lock it in an area that is visible and has foot traffic - even if this is not where the bike rack is. Of course, the ideal safe place is inside your home or place of work preferably chained to you...
  3. Mark your bike with your driver's license number and record your bike's serial number at home;  Your favorite bike shop may engrave or stamp your driver's licence number on your bike for you. Put it on various parts if they are expensive. You can also put a note inside your seat or head tube. Some thieves also stay away from bikes with a "Marked for Identification" sticker. 
  4. Get it registered; If your local police have a bike registration program, get your serial number registered for easy identification if it's ever recovered.
  5. Park in high traffic areas;  Avoid hidden/low traffic areas that give potential thieves longer to work unnoticed.
  6. Bring it with you;  Ask a store or other business if you can bring your bike inside while stopping there, the worse they can say is no.
  7. Take your front wheel with you;  Many thieves are less likely to go after an incomplete bike. 
  8. When using a car rack, lock the bike to it;  This is a common one, many times bikes are left un-secured on car bike racks.  Just because it's on your car, doesn't mean it will stay there.  Also ensure your bike rack cannot be quickly removed from your car without your permission...
  9. Uglify;  Use an old or 'non-flashy' bike when you're leaving it in the open, even if you have to make your beautiful bike look like a piece of crap.
  10. Don't be predictable;  If you lock your bike overnight in the same place all the time, eventually somebody will notice and come back for it. (I lost one like this)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

SECURITY WEEK: Integrated bike lock

This is a neat custom bike, it integrated the locking mechanisms of a U-Lock into the headset.  The other end goes into the top tube.  Obviously you can't ride like this since it effectively locks the bars, but neat anyway.  My only worry is how easy it would be for a thief to put some serious torque on this thing with your own handle bars...


See the full story here

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

SECURITY WEEK: Bike lock with built in dye packs

Just like you see the banks use in the movies with the exploding dye packs, this lock sprays the thief and bike with die making the bike un-sell able, and the thief marked for the police.

See the full story here

Monday, November 16, 2009

SECURITY WEEK: Open some of the best locks with a pen???

This is disturbing....  But apparently you can open most older Kryptonite locks with a bic pen.

Thankfully they've fixed this for the new ones, but it's worth testing to see if your lock is vulnerable to this, so you can get a new one.

See the full story here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

GEAR: Yes you can get a good bike for under $1000

As is frequently the case, bicycling magazine focuses on the ultimate high end rigs, for example, if you check their reviews of dual suspension rides, you'll find a few in price ranges that come close to matching cars, well if you consider Kia to be cars that is...

So it's refreshing to see them put out a list of bikes the rest of us can afford, well at least justify getting credit to buy anyway.

For example,  This Norco for $950

See the full list here

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

GEAR: Instant bike rack


Interesting bike rack being used in some cities,  Basically it attaches to street sign posts and parking meter posts to convert them into bike racks....

See the full story here.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

HOW-TO: Deraileur adjustments

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Have you ever had troubles with your bike switching gears unexpectedly or not shifting correctly? Many people have this problem, but are afraid of attempting to fix it in fear of adding to the problem. Here's how to get your bicycle shifting properly by adjusting the rear derailleur.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

COOL: Interesting new concept bike


It's designed to be an absolute minimalist short hop urban commuter bike, but yet they put the extra weight and complication of a shock.... go figure.

In either case, you can see all the 2x4 for a seat goodness HERE

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

HOW-TO: Bike fenders from used tires...


This is a neat article from Instructables on how to turn an old tire into a new fender.... Love the concept

See the full article

Monday, November 2, 2009

GEAR: Interesting new shock

Cannondale's new Simon system looks like a standard Lefty but the clever electronic internals are anything but standard.

The new system isn't available yet, but it's called the Simon.  It's a version of the Cannondale Lefty (cool in itself), but it's computer controlled.  Basically it has one valve for oil flow, and that opening is computer controlled and can go from full open to fully closed in 6 milliseconds....

See the full article here....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

NEWS: Scottish cyclist smashes record

Scott Napier with his bike in South America

A Scottish cyclist has smashed the world record for cycling solo from the top of Alaska to the bottommost tip of Argentina.
Scott Napier, 24, from Leslie in Fife, cycled about 13,500 miles in just 126 days, passing through 13 countries on the way.
Covering an average of more than 100 miles a day, he beat the previous record of 140 days.
He made the epic journey to raise money for two charities.
Scott started in Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, at the very top of the North American continent, on 22 June and finished in Ushuaia, Argentina - generally regarded as being the most southerly city in the world - on Sunday.
The route in known as the Pan American Highway.
He was expected to return home to Scotland on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

HOW-TO: Tips for finishing your bar tape

day's HOW TO is brought to you by the folks at

Grip Tips
Five unique techniques for putting the final touches on handlebar tape
By Jennifer Sherry

Wrapping a bar takes practice, and there are plenty of step-by-steps out there to guide you through the process. Still, there are functional wraps and there are those that approach the level of fine art. Use this expert advice, and your bar will be riding in style.

FLIP IT TO STICK IT "When working with bar tape that has no sticky back, first wrap electrical tape around the bar end once, then flip the roll—don't cut it—so the sticky side is up, and wrap it around so it covers a couple inches. Turn the tape over again so the sticky side is down, and wrap it once more. This creates a very tacky start to a good tape job."—Mike Spilker, High Gear Cyclery;

WHIP IT GOOD "Rather than finish off the wrap with electrical tape, I spend a little extra time to cord-whip it. I make a loop with the cord—I like to use thin, round leather cord that you'd find at a craft store—and hold it with one hand under the bar while I start winding the cord around it. After a couple turns over the loop, it will hold itself in place. Start the cord neatly against the ferrule so you start winding nice and square, and wind back over the tape, which I like to stop about one-quarter-inch short of the ferrule to avoid bulkiness under the cord. When the cord covers about an inch of the tape, put one end through the loop and pull the other end, stopping when it's tucked neatly under the wound cord. Trim the ends of the cord with a sharp knife and apply several coats of clear urethane to waterproof and seal it so it doesn't unravel."— Dave Moulton, ex-framebuilder for Paris Sport, Masi Bicycles and under his own name;

MAKE IT SHINE "I'd heard about shellacking handlebars and kind of laughed. I thought it might make the bar slippery or that it would ruin in the rain. Well, I finally caught the bug and shellacked my cork tape (it's usually done on cloth tape). A few coats made my cork glow—it almost matched my honey-colored Brooks leather saddle. Downside? I put the bike in a hot car and took it to my bike shop to show off. When I removed it, the finish had peeled. Disaster! So much for impressing the shop guys. Then I learned from iBOB, an online bike-lore group (see,that a light rubdown with denatured alcohol revives rumpled shellac. I tried it and it worked great."—Jeff Potter, publisher of Out Your Back-door;

HEAT TREAT IT "End the tape at the bar top and finish it with electrical tape to hold it in place. Use scissors on the finish tape—don't tear it off. Begin and end the finish wrap on the underside, then use a soldering gun or hex-wrench end heated by a cigarette lighter to spot weld the finish tape so it doesn't come loose."— Calvin Jones, director of education, Park Tool;

Thursday, October 22, 2009

NEWS: National report praises city's bike lane

The cycling season is almost over, but a few hardy souls are still on their bikes and the lane in Victoria Park still gets use. The bike lane will be open until the end of the month. Guardian photo

A national organization aimed at promoting the health of Canadians has recognized the City of Charlottetown’s new bike lane as an example of healthful urban planning.  Victoria Park’s designated bicycle lane was profiled in a recently released report by the Healthy Living Issue Group of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network...    


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

GEAR: Virtual Cycling???

Honda Bicycle Simulator.jpg
Japan, the country that brought us Karaoke, the Tamagotchi virtual pet and the Nintendo Wii, has a reputation for putting a technological spin on the kind of activity – singing, raising a pet, or keeping fit – that many of us prefer to carry out in real life, and now Honda’s boffins have turned their attention to cycling.

See the rest of the article HERE

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

HOW-TO: Quick cheap rear shock boot

So, if you ride dual suspension, you've probably noticed that rear shocks have a tendency to sit right in the path of all the mud, water, and grime coming off your back tire.  That being said, you've probably also noticed that most rear shocks don't have boots... you can see where I'm going with this?

This is the result of a shock picking up dirt and grit then working it into the seals.  This sock is now dead and will never hold air again....

Now, when this was replaced, I though to myself, "How do I prevent grinding my shock to pieces again?"

Here is the solution

What you're looking at is the most simple solution to a problem since...well, ever.  Basically all that was required was the following ingredients.

1 old busted tube
2 zip ties
tools for dismantling suspension linkage

All you need to do is cut a piece of the tube that is long enough to cover the moving parts of your shock.  Then zip tie it in place at the top and bottom.  The nature of the tube allows it to form fit, and still stretch and flex without affecting the travel.  The best part is that it's both water and mud proof.

Happy riding...

Monday, October 19, 2009

EVENTS: Saint Andrews Bike Fest

So my father and I decided to make the trip over to Saint Andrews for Bike Fest,

So we packed up the truck, with our tents, blankets, bikes, food, and other essentials...

And started our trip.  It was a 4.5 hour drive to get there, and we managed to get there in the we had to setup the tents by the light from the headlights on the truck, until the battery died....

So after our first night camping (was a bit chilly once you got out of your sleeping bag) we got a pot of water on the go for our morning kraft dinner breakfast. Then on to Bikefest.

So our Saturday had an interesting start... While riding around waiting for the start of the first group ride, I was fooling around on a skateboard ramp with my bike, and wiped out... resulting in a bit of road rash and some bruises (my ego included)  to start the day.  Then as we're waiting around for our ride to start, we look around and discover it's gone without us!  Not being people to miss out on the ride, we took off trying to find them, but apparently went in the completely wrong direction.  But all was not lost, we had one of these...

So we picked some random trails and went for a ride,  at one point we came across the beginner ride and stopped to chat, unfortunately for one kid on the ride, he wasn't paying attention to said stop so the transcript sounded something like this...  "LOOKOUT!"  "screeech..."  "crash"   He was fine, and hopefully he learned his lesson.

After the morning ride we had some lunch and headed out with the advanced ride in the afternoon, I wasn't that confident about being able to keep up the faster pace, but though it was worth the try.  I made it 15 minutes into the ride.  But it wasn't me this time, it was the bike...

This is the result of my rear deraileur casing getting caught into the cassette.  I didn't think that was possible, but there you are.. So I limped back to the starting point and Steve from Bikes and Beans fixed me up.

We headed out later with the intermediate ride, unfortunately being stuck in a fairly difficult gear to climb back to the start earlier had about killed my legs, so I only lasted about an 3/4 of an hour into this ride before pealing off and calling it a day.

Sunday morning we woke up, and enjoyed another box of wake up and warm up Kraft Dinner, packed up the site, and discovered the battery was dead again... This time waiting an hour and trying again didn't help.  So we got some help from some other cyclists to push and jump start the car, and headed back to Bikefest.  We headed out with the morning intermediate ride, and got to check out some pretty decent single track.  The trails were a lot boggier than I was used to (brookevale is quite hard pack)  and my semi slicks were not too happy, but it was nice to get out and get dirty.  We checked out a bunch of the local trails in town, I managed to bash my left knee into the stem drawing blood, then not wanting to be left out, I crashed into a stump later and cut + bruised my right knee to match.  And as I'm fond of saying, any ride ending with some shed blood, has been a good ride.  Not sure the guy who broke his collar bone on the advanced ride Saturday will agree, but he's a mountain biker, I'm sure he'll at least understand.

So after our morning ride Sunday, it was back to the campground for a nice hot shower, complete with squirrels running around the shower room, before making the drive back.

It's now Monday, and I'm having trouble thinking of any muscles that are not pulled and aching today... Guess that's a good sign :)

Friday, October 16, 2009

CPEI: Canadian Cycling Association Annual General Meeting

Canadian Cycling Association Annual General Meeting
Fri, October 23rd, 2009 — Sun, October 25th, 2009

The Canadian Cycling Association (CCA) will be holding their AGM, banquet and awards here on PEI from October 23-25.

Host:  Canadian Cycling Association
  Type:  Meeting —
Location:  Rodd Charlottetown Hotel

Thursday, October 15, 2009

HUMOR: Bicycling rites of passage

Falling in puppy love, graduating high school, the birth of your child–nothing compared with your first case of road rash and these 108 other momentous occasions in the life of a cyclist.

01. Realizing that the hill isn’t in the way; it is the way. 
02. You go from one pair of shorts to a dedicated drawerful. 
03. Being unable to sleep the night after you first shave your legs, because of the tingle of bedsheets against your skin. 
04.When "thanks for the ride" goes from something you overhear to part of your lexicon. 
05. You see someone at the beach tanned low on the quads and biceps, and give him a nod of recognition. 
06. Bonking so bad you don’t think you’ll be able to make it home. 
07. Discovering how a convenience-store Coke can resurrect the dead. 
08. Starting and finishing a ride—the same one—in pouring rain. 
09. When you hang out at the bike shop and no one expects you to buy anything. 
10. When your bike computer registers triple digits for one ride.

See the full list HERE

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HUMOR: Spandex isn't always right...


PROJECTS: Modernizing an old Peugeot road bike - Episode 1

So this project started with an old (assuming early to mid 80's) Peugeot that was just laying around my fathers shop collecting dust.

Step one was to make it ridable.  So the basics were setup, brakes, shifters, tires.

Right now, the only thing that's been done is adding of some new bar tape and an old set of mountain SPD's to make it ridable.  The rims are old steel 27 inch rims that weigh more than my entire mountain bike and it's still only a 10 speed friction shifting bike.

The next step during this project will be the re-finishing of the frame.  Over the winter I will be stripping it down, and repainting the frame.  Once that's done, I'll be re-applying the decals.  For these I had a guy I work with play with photoshop and get them digitized so I can re-print them for after the paint.

Once the frame has been taken care of, the next step will be wheels,  I'm going to test fit a 700c wheel to see if I can make the brakes work with the smaller rim.  This will massively increase the availability of new wheels for this thing, 27's are getting hard to find these days.

The next update will detail the frame restoration.

Friday, October 9, 2009

HUMOR: How not to ride

So I'm gonna start posting with something a little embarassing for myself. While testing out a homemade helmet cam at Brookvale I had a few great crashes.. here's a taste of what to expect when you ride singletrack.

RIG OF THE WEEK: 99 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC

The name is a mouthful, and the only thing it currently has in common with the one that came from the factory is the frame, but I don't care! Yes, I choose my own ride for the first RIG OF THE WEEK.

I always dreamed of having this bike when I was younger and first started getting into cycling, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to buy the frame and rear shock, I jumped at it. I sold my previous steed to Rory, and with the proceeds from that, started to spec it out, nothing major, just what I could afford, it's running a complete Deore group, the front shock is a Judy Air, and the original rear shock was a Fox Foat RC. Sadly the location of the rear shock meant it was in the direct path of road grime and mud. I used this bike for a commuter for a while and the grit from the road eventually worked it's way into the seals and blew out the shock, now I run a Rock Shox that took some special work to make it fit but it works like a dream.

If you would like to submit your "rig" for a future ROTW, email a picture, description, and story to

CPEI: Tip to Tip for Africa even on this weekend.

Tip To Tip For Africa

Sat, October 10th, 2009 — Mon, October 12th, 2009

A three day biking adventure, “Tip to Tip for Africa 2009″ will follow the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island. All meals and accommodation for the three days and two nights are included as well as great Island entertainment!


Recreational — Trail


Ted Grant at 566-2976
Marilyn McKay at 566-2043

Thursday, October 8, 2009

RACING: They actually let Landis ride again....

Floyd Landis to ride in New Zealand's Tour of Southland next month
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Floyd Landis is planning to ride in New Zealand's Tour of Southland cycling race next month.
Race director Bruce Ross said Thursday that Landis would ride for the team in the six-day, nine-stage tour which begins Nov. 2 on New Zealand's South Island.
Landis won the 2006 Tour de France but was disqualified and banned for two years after testing positive for synthetic testosterone. He returned to cycling at the Tour of California in February.
Ross said there had been opposition in some circles to the American's inclusion in the New Zealand race, which is sanctioned by cycling's world body, the UCI.
"I'll be treating his entry like every other entry," Ross said. "I realize there's a background. He's served his time. He's another entry in the Tour of Southland, a very exciting one, (and) it's great that he wants to come here."

EVENTS: Bike Fest at Saint Andrews by the Sea

St. Andrews is a beautiful seaside resort town, located in the southwestern corner of New Brunswick.

The town’s relaxed pace can be linked to the rhythm of powerful tides that rise and fall as much as 28 feet daily. It is here, within the town, that you will find over 20 kms of beautifully groomed single track. Epic riders will be happy to know that hundreds of kilometers of trails exist outside our town limits.
St. Andrews Bike Fest, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of St. Andrewsfeatures guided rides for all skill levels, prizes, exhibits, vendors, live music, food and activities for the entire family in a resort town by the sea.
This is fun on a bike for all recreational riders of all ages, interests and abilities. Coincidentally, it takes place the same weekend as the Indulge Festival, New Brunswick’s Premiere Celebration of Food and Drink.

Click Here for more information

HUMOR: Just one of the many interesting things you can see while on a bike ride