Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quote of the week

If you worried about falling off the bike, you’d never get on.

Lance Armstrong

Friday, December 27, 2013

Interesting home made deraileur

Not quite a dura-ace but pretty cool work anyway.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tip Thursdays: Adjustments

Congrats!  You got that beautiful shiny new bike for Christmas!  (or you decided to spend boxing day wrenching on your old faithful bike).  Now you want to make sure you adjust the seat right.

The ideal height for the seat is such that when you are sitting on it and put your foot to the bottom of the pedal stroke, you have a slight bend in the knee.  Not much, you should be able to lock your knee by pushing your heel down.

When riding if you find you are rocking from side to side, try dropping it a bit.
If you feel pain the front of the knee, you probably have the seat too low.
If you feel pain the back of the knee, you probably have the seat too high.

Adjust as needed to get the perfect height for you.

Once you get the height figured out, adjust the tilt.  This is mainly a comfort thing, but keep in mind that if it tilts forward too much you will be supporting your weight on the handle bar, which will cause hand, wrist, and shoulder pain.  If it's tilted too far back you will find pain or numbness in the groin.  Experiment with different angles until you find the one for you.  Women will tend to have seats tilted further down than men.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Quote of the week

No good tailwind goes un-punished


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Tip Thursday: You deserve it

Since Christmas is coming, treat yourself to that new set of gloves or jersey.   Your old ones have been through a long season, it's time for some fresh ones.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

100 years of Le Tour

Came across a great history of some of the people and tech through the last 100 years of Le Tour du France.

I'm not going to re-write their content, or plagarize it so head on over to Gizmodo to see the writeup.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Quote of the week

Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.

H.G. Wells

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tip Thursdays: Under Pressure....

Never use a pressure washer to clean your bike.

It will drive water into places it wouldn't normally get to and wash out the grease.  Instead use a normal garden hose to rinse off the bike.

Don't forget to re-lube everything afterwards!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mondays are painful, why not share the pain?

And this children is why we always scout out the trail before bombing down it full speed.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Quote of the week

If I had attacked one more time I would have dropped myself

Andy schleck

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tip Thursdays: Avoid escalations


I know you want to go rage at them.  Just remember one thing, they have a few thousand pounds of metal weapon at their disposal. 

You will lose that fight

If you do feel you have to confront the motorist, stay calm and reasonable.  If you fly off the handle you are then trusting your life to their mental stability.  Escalating tempers will serve nobody, and it just might get you seriously hurt.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Mondays are painful, why not share the pain?

You know some pain and a story accompanied this wheel...