Thursday, October 31, 2013


If your rim brakes are starting to scare local wildlife and small children, you might need to adjust the toe a bit.

While linear brakes (vbrakes) don't require toe in for performance, a touch of toe in can stop them from howling like a banshee.

Toe in means to have the front part of the pad touch the rim slightly before the back part of the pad.  It is quite easy to do.

First clamp a piece of card stock like from a cereal box between the back part of the pad and the rim by applying the brakes.

While holding the brakes in this position, loosen the bold for your brake pad and then re-tighten it.  Repeat for the other side.

Now your brakes will have a slight toe in and stop attracting whales with their song.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mondays are painful, why not share the pain?

Honey, are we forgetting anything?

Nope, why?

Just have a feeling that I'm forgetting about something important....

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Quote of the week

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

Lance Armstrong

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tip Thursdays: Garage Door vs Roof Bike Rack

If you have both a garage and a roof rack you could be in for some expensive trouble.  If you're one of those people who uses their garage for storage of everything but the car, great!  If not try putting a label or note on the button for the garage door opener reminding you to check to make sure you don't have a bike on the roof.

This simple reminder might help you to prevent plowing your bike into the roof.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Quote of the week

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like


Friday, October 18, 2013

Ricky's Rants: Don't be an idiot with a bike...

Look, just being on a bike does not make you a cyclist.  You can dress the part and go head to toe in spandex, shave your legs, hop on a $10,000 carbon fiber bike that's been exquisitly dialed into perfectly fit you, and you might still be an idiot on a bike....

Some of the symptoms of IOAB Syndrome (Idiot On A Bike) include;

  • Swerving in and out of traffic
  • Riding on sidewalks
  • Blowing stopsigns or red lights
  • Riding the wrong way down a one way road
  • Running other users off of shared use trails and paths
If you find yourself doing these things, you are most likely sufering from IOAB Syndrome and you should be worried because it is often fatal.  Just because you are smaller or slower than a car does not mean the rules don't apply to you.  

IOAB Syndrome is a very dangrous condition for both the infected, as well as those around them.

Here is an example of somebody sufering from IOAB Syndrome, they survived this encounter and hopefully this incicent will help them to overcome their affliction.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tip Thursdays: Tuck and Roll

When crashing a bike, most riders have the instinct to try and catch themselves with their hands as they go down.


When you try to catch yourself you end up landing straight armed driving all the force of the crash into your collar bone, often resulting in a break.  This is why cyclist often break the collar bone.

If you can have the presence of mind to remember this in a crash, try to keep your arms tucked in and let your shoulder absorb the impact with the ground.  You might get some extra road rash, and it's no guarantee that you won't cause other injuries, but you will be less likely to break anything this way.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

For when you're not on the bike...

Occasionally we need to ditch the sweaty jersey and dress respectably.  For those times I present to you the Bike Tie!

Seems to be selling for $37.95 each. I may have to pickup a few of them.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Quote of the week

"Keep the wind at your back, 
and the air in your tires"

One armed Ironman

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tip Thursdays: The weakest link...

When locking your bike, the lock might not be the weakest part of your security.  Always pay attention to what you are locking it to (both on the bike and the rack). 

  • Always run the lock through one of the frame triangles such as the rear stays, or below the crossbar, don't just run it through a wheel alone as that lets the thief remove your wheel and make off with the rest of the bike.
  • If you have quick releases or expensive wheels, make sure you run the lock through them as well.  This might involve you removing the front wheel and placing it at the rear so it can be included in your lock.  Again make sure you catch the actual rim and not just a few spokes.  
  • Make sure you lock to something secure.  Locking to a sturdy post is fine until the thief simply lifts your bike over the top of it.  Similarly that wooden fence might be convenient, but a swift kick to the fence and your bike is gone.

Yep, that should keep it safe!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ricky's Rants: Few musings on weapons (cars + cell phones)

The most dangerous weapon you will ever have in life, is your car...

Why oh why can this not be the very first thing out of any driving instructor's mouth?  Way too many people have become so complacent about driving that they don't stop to realize they are moving around in thousands of pounds of metal flying along at speeds that will require hundreds of feet to stop.

Now before you roll your eyes and assume this is going to be one of those "all drivers are idiots, and all cyclists are perfect" rants, please realized these 2 facts.
  1. Most motorists are safe intelligent drivers who understand the responsibility in their hands when they start the engine.
  2. I am equally peeved by cyclists riding like idiots as motorists driving like idiots (look for a future rant on that subject.)
My ire at this phenomenon of drivers taking the safety of others for granted isn't specific to the danger to cyclists as we are not the only victims of distracted drivers.  Rather we are just one of the many needlessly put at risk by some driver who believes they can manage the complex task of safely piloting an extremely dangerous weapon, while simultaneously using one or both of their hands as well as both of their eyes, and most of their brain, to read/send that text message that just couldn't wait until they got off the road.

As a cyclist who commutes, I spend part of my day waiting at traffic lights watching cars go by.  At the major intersections, I rarely go through a cycle of the lights without seeing at least 2 or 3 drivers going by holding phones to their ear, or at least 1 driver texting behind the wheel.   This terrifies me in a couple of ways.  First, these are just a small subset of the drivers on the road that I am able to see when I stop.  What about those I don't see?  Second, these people are doing this while going through an intersection, arguably one of the times when they should be at their most alert.  How many are putting the phone down for the intersection, only to pick it up again afterwards?

I really do put the lunacy of texting while driving up there with the lunacy of starting to smoke.  I understand that smokers do have an addiction and that is extremely tough to quit.  I have nothing against them for that.  Instead I wonder why with the amount of knowledge we have about the effects of cigarettes, would anybody in their right mind deliberately start smoking?  By the same token, with the obvious dangers to yourself, your passengers and everybody around you, why the hell would you think it's a good idea to send or read that text while driving.  

Texting and driving should be prosecuted to the same extent as taking a rifle and randomly firing it down the street.  The danger is the same, the punishment and enforcement should be as well.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Monday Pain

Mondays are painful, why not share the pain?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Quote of the week

"It never gets easier, you just go faster." 

Greg LeMond

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tip Thursdays: Just in case

Any time you get yourself a new bike (new to you, doesn't matter if it's brand new or previously enjoyed).  Always take a moment to write down the serial number.  I personally keep a spreadsheet in google documents that I can access from anywhere including my phone with all my major serial numbers.

In the unfortunate event of a theft, you want to be able to very quickly find that serial number and provide it to the police and local pawn shops.  The quicker you can get the serial number out there the more likely you will be to catch them when the thief tries to fence the bike.

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