If you have been in the shop lately and happened to hear or been a part of a discussion with me on SRAM’s revolutionary idea of a single chain ring drive train, you likely got more than an earful. It’s exciting, simple, and very cost effective and I tend to get really worked up about the benefits and features that a lack of front derailleur has. I am admittedly a SRAM guy, and preface my passionate discussion of all things SRAM by making that clear before going off the rails about how much I love the 1X (pronounced “One-By”) system. That being said, the idea of ditching your front derailleur is brilliant for just about everyone. No really, unless you’re a hardcore bike racer, it’s a darn near perfect system and it has an amazing amount of upside to it. The 1X arrangement has been a mainstay in the mountain bike world for several years now and has revolutionized mountain bike drive systems. It’s a very hot topic right now in the cycling world, and more cyclists, triathletes, and occasional riders are making the switch. Should you make the switch? Read on and lets discuss the idea from a practical, mathematical, and cost standpoint.
Given the myriad of options in bicycle components available today it can be a pretty daunting task to try and make sense of all the groups and systems for your road or tri bike. I often am asked to help clients choose which group would be the best option for their rig, and sometimes it’s not an easy answer. Which components are the best? What is the best value? Lightest? Fastest? Most reliable?
Carbon Composite Race Wheels
Whether it be speed or distance, human bicycle racing performance has always been enhanced by the quality of the equipment used by the athletes. The thrill of competition has driven bicycle manufacturers to continually push the performance limits of the equipment they design. From advances in frame design to the addition of better quality and lighter components, cycling equipment has constantly evolved to be lighter, more aerodynamic, and of superior quality.
Usually due to a lack of maintenance or regular cable replacement, a broken cable can be a big problem, especially if you’re stuck at the bottom of a climb! However, you don’t have to let a broken, frayed, or damaged cable or housing get the best of you. Cables will commonly break where they are most bent, usually at the shifter or under the bottom bracket. However, worn out cable housings can also fail and collapse if they are worn or corroded. This repair will lock your derailleur into one gear and is a bit more advanced; your multi-tool will really come in handy.
The experience you will have with your bike is totally unique, and I am sure the list of stories of unbelievable rides has created a distinctive persona for your two-wheeled friend. Whether it be Waldo, Roovy, Buttercup, or Gary, the personality your bike has developed is a product of the experience you create when riding. So, when it comes to getting it serviced it can sometimes be hard to replace or update the worn components that have given you so many delightful miles. Whatever the persona your ride has developed, it is unfortunately just machine and like all machines, it will need some new parts at some point. So, when will it need these new parts you ask? No worries, below is a guide for you to follow to help you judge how long the commonly wearing parts should last and when you should replace them.
After dipping your toes into the Triathlon scene on a borrowed bike, mountain bike, or hybrid you are probably still reeling in excitement from your first race! You trained hard and fully embraced your inner Tri Geek to reach the finish line at your first event and you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a machine worthy of your new speediness. After talking with some of your new tri-friends and looking around the transition area at the myriad of Tri and Road bikes you may be a bit lost trying to figure out which bike to get?
Bang for your Bucks!
Remember when your Grandma would send you a birthday card with a 20 spot in it and you couldn’t wait to get to the toy store and fine a shiny new toy to tease your sibling with? You dreamed about the sweet new action figure or sparkly dress up shoes that your 20 greenbacks would get you! Let’s face it; you endured too many sloppy kisses and cheek pinches to not get your money’s worth. You wanted to get the best possible toy you could for your hard earned $20 from Grandma. So, fast forward to today and you may find yourself in the same situation with your bike. You have some extra coin to spend and you’re ready to drop some weight and purchase a bit of speed. You’re stuck wondering where the best place to put your money is going to be and your goal is to find the best bang for your bucks.
We have all been there at least once on our cycling career. You have just picked up your new bike and you’re taking it out for your first long ride only to discover that the saddle that felt comfy at the bike shop now feels like a wooden two-by-four! Or, how about this common scenario? You’re 30 miles into a 60 mile ride, and the once comfy and perfectly broken in saddle you have grown so accustomed to has suddenly turned into sand-paper covered concrete!
As one of the most advanced and increasingly popular materials, Carbon fiber composite has revolutionized the bike industry. Carbon composite frames and components have created a dynamic shift in the way bicycles are designed and built. By replacing heavier and less aerodynamic materials, carbon composites have proven to be uniquely advantageous.
A clean bike is a happy and efficient bike. Keeping your bike clean will not only help it ride better but will also make it last longer. You can lose as much as 10% of your power due to a dirty and rusty chain. Your clean chain, cassette, and chain rings will wear longer, and you will enjoy cleaner, crisper shifting. Follow these easy steps for keeping your bike clean and sparkly. Before you get started you will need to get together a couple of things. You will need: