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....