Bicycle Maintenance and Riding by “Feel”: Know Thy Steed(s)

Fit Recovery

Over the winter I had a new chain put on the Venge.  I also took the steering assembly (head set) apart, had it cut down then cleaned it up, lubed it and put the front end back together.  I also completely cleaned and lubed every component on the bike that could need it….

Saturday two weeks ago I took the Venge out for a spin with my wife and buddy, Phill.  On the way home my saddle didn’t feel right…  It was squishy.  We stopped by the local bike shop to say hi and I looked at my saddle.  This is what I saw:

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No big deal, right?  Well, I’m sitting there wondering what would make the leather rip like that…  Sure enough:

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I was lucky, the shop had the exact make and model (even year) in stock.  I had the new one put on and we were on our…

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SRAM Recalls Zipp Bicycle Quick Releases Due to Crash and Injury Hazards

Be careful everyone.

Recreation Law

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-Bicycle-Quick-Releases/

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Zipp® bicycle quick releases

Hazard: The quick releases can fail to engage in the closed position, posing crash and injury hazards to the rider.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should immediately stop using any bicycles equipped with the recalled quick releases and contact SRAM or their local bicycle dealer for a free replacement quick release.

Consumer Contact: SRAM at 800-346-2928 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Fridays, or visit http://www.sram.com or http://www.zipp.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

Recall Details

Photos available at http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/SRAM-Recalls-Zipp-Bicycle-Quick-Releases/

Units: About 6,400

Description: This recalls involves SRAM’s Zipp stainless steel or titanium quick releases. They were sold as aftermarket components or as part of the 202 DB V2, 303 DB V2, 404 Firestrike V2, 202 Firecrest V3, 303 Firecrest V3, 404 Firecrest…

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To ‘Bit’ or not to ‘Bit’? (Guest Post)

FIT IS A FEMINIST ISSUE

by Ange B

A few weeks or so back I was wondering whether an activity tracker would be a worthwhile purchase. I am generally wary or gadgets and so, when I first heard about these new super-charged pedometers my initial thoughts were that they appeared to be yet another way for people to compete, compare and generally feel they’re not doing ‘enough’.

That was a year ago and at the time I was struggling with both anxiety & fatigue as a result of a mistreated thyroid disorder. Not wanting to set myself up for another failure, I stayed well clear of the gadgets and the hype. A year on (and thankfully, chronic anxiety and fatigue free) I have come around to another line of thinking. Or perhaps, I believe I now possess the tools I need to prevent this little tool taking over my life. These being, an appreciation for…

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Cycling is Not Expensive! Well…

Awesome post. I totally agree. The process you just explained is exactly how I entered the sport, frugally. Also check your local area for shops that sell used gear.

Fit Recovery

I stumbled on a search query a few days ago that led someone to my site that bummed me out a bit:

“Cycling is expensive”

There is no doubt that cycling can be expensive; some avid cyclists can drop $10,000-$20,000 on one bike, let alone all of the necessary equipment that goes with it. Helmet, shorts, jerseys, shoes, pedals, socks, gloves, glasses and maintenance equipment. Then you still have to worry about a rainy day bike and cold weather clothing!

For most of us though, cycling is just a touch more attainable and unless you’re planning on going pro, it’s more about the engine than the bike anyway. Until today I had a fourteen year-old carbon Trek 5200 that I bought used for less than a decent entry-level bike and it was good enough that I could ride with just about anyone. A couple of pairs of cheap cycling shorts…

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Garmin Edge 1000

Learning about new equipment.

Eoin O Broin's Blog

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The garmin edge 1000 is garmin’s top of the range gps cycling computer as I’m sure you know. It was released in early 2014.

In December, I got myself this computer and have been trading it since.

I was sceptical about buying this computer because of the price and the battery life. However in the end I decided on this I over the edge 810.

Some of the features have proved very useful to me. The first is the live track.
When out cycling my parents can keep an eye on where I am, at any time. It gave them the peace in mind knowing that I was okay. There were a few blips where connection failed, however I believe this was down to my phone signal being weak.

Another feature that got a decent amount of use was the virtual partner and segments.
When I purchased this computer, I…

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