Having a hard time finding that perfect gift for that perfect mountain biking someone?
When searching for a gift to give to that special mountain biker in your life, where do you start? They probably already have all the obvious things when it comes to gear, tools clothing and bike parts so the art lies in finding that one item they didn’t know they needed until they had it. If it seems to you that they already have the basics covered, yet really want to surprise them with a mountain bike related gift, then maybe this short list of items will provide some ideas. Here are 5 things that might be able to excite the mountain biker that already seems to have it all. Continue reading →
The prevailing conflict of drive train maintenance has always been between keeping things lubricated and keeping things clean.
You see, the best lubricants have traditionally made for the messiest chains, and the products that promise to keep your components the cleanest tend to be the worst at actually lubricating them. Or at least that has been my experience so far. Continue reading →
Got a pile of used bikes building up in the backyard that you don’t know what to do with? Maybe some of these grand works of bicycle art will inspire the hidden artist lurking alongside your inner bike hoarder. Continue reading →
British Columbia is home to thousands of trails built by mountain bikers – for mountain bikers. And almost every one of those trails was given a name by its builder. What’s in a name? Well, I really don’t know, but I would say that it’s an important part of the trail somehow, adding something subtle to your experience of it. Trail names also tell you something about the trail builders that name them, which sometimes gets me to wondering what a deviant bunch mountain bikers are as a species. Continue reading →
One week ago I rode my favourite singletrack loop on a bed of sunlit golden larch needles. This week, I rode it on Old Man Winter’s snotsicled beard!
It’s a little sad to see the beginning of the end of the riding season up here, but I must admit some of my funnest rides of the year happen during these first snowfalls. And while the winter months may force my bike to rest a little, it won’t lull it all the way to sleep. There is, after all, plenty of riding to be had even in these long, deep white winters so long as you know where to find it!
Bike Separation Anxiety (BSA) is that feeling every cyclist has when they are forced, for whatever reason, to be out of sight of their precious bike. For example, those times when we’ve left our lock at home, but need to run into a store, or we’ve stopped to pick up a friend for a ride and just left our bike sitting in his backyard while he gets ready. What if there was a way to ease some of this anxiety? A way to know for sure that our bike is right where we left it, without having to get up to look at it every three seconds? Continue reading →
Presumably, some hunters shot and cleaned an animal and left the remains on or near a popular mountain biking and hiking trail within 200m of a road and a Provincial park. Well, I guess it’s no big deal. They made us a sign!
Finding the best Spoke Length Calculator for Wheel Building
The most important step when building a bicycle wheel is determining the correct spoke length to use.
Whether you’re a professional bike mechanic or just an adventurous tinkerer looking to build your own bike wheels, finding out how to measure a hub and rim, and learning to calculate spoke length is crucial to building a wheel that is strong and reliable.
If you get this part right, the rest of a wheel build is easy. Get it wrong, and all you’ll have is a real mess! Continue reading →
Ever wondered what a cross-section of a road drop bar would look like? Well, wonder no more! This was an interesting case of highway bike rack failure. I’ve seen a few such incidences where bikes were bounced or dragged down roads at speed, but this was certainly unique.
Believe it or not, there was not a single mark or scratch on any other part of the bike, just the handlebar being ground to a razor sharp edge. The end of the drop and the bottom of the brake and shift levers are spears!
If I were this rider, I would feel really lucky because it could have been a much more expensive mishap for this mid priced carbon road bike. Only the bars and rear controls are going to cost any real money.