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Talk of Triathlons

If you live in United States and bicycle, there is a high chance you know about triathlons.  Maybe you’ve participated in one, have a friend who has or have been asked to do the bike portion of the triathlon. This week we will talk about the basics to know of triathlons, motivation to continue your training and finally what to be prepared for in your…

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Women in the Bike Industry, Who is to Blame?

There is a hot debate going on at Bike Hugger.  Two articles are to be mentioned : The first is “Women as Outcast’s in Cycling Industry.”  The author goes on to tell about how it was very difficult for his wife to find a bike that truly fit her, even after trying several different types of bikes and bike shops.  He ends his story with…

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Kids Bike Sales are Rising

According to an industry magazine, Bicycle Retailer, the biggest increase of imported bikes, from China, were kids’ that were up by 48% over last year.  This is a great step forward, and something that I see daily in the bike shop.   More families have been buying into the hobby of the cycling instead of the adults viewing it as a sport that needs to be…

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Keep Your Tools in Style

If you are like me, you use various bikes for different reasons.  We’ve already talked about my obsession with my basket but I also use panniers and a messenger bag.  Because of this I am always moving my tools between bags or bikes.  Most of my daily bikes have a designated seat bag under the saddle but for my daily commuter I need something that…

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Bike Commuting with Children

Over at CommuteByBike.com I posted an article this morning about the various ways to carry your smaller child on a bike.   It is a good article to read for the basics of child bike seats, trailers and the Xtracycle.  Many commentors have added their own ways of carrying children which I hope to touch on soon. How do you ride with your smaller children? Do…

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Clipless Pedal Advantages and Disadvantages

We recently talked about the different types of pedals, and left the conversation with the question “Do I Need Clipless Pedals?” Advantages of Clipless Pedals There are three main advantages that I tell every customer thinking of getting a pair of shoes and clipless pedals. You will be more efficient and faster on the bike. You are able to use the whole pedal stroke, not…

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Happy Mother’s Day

I wanted to wish all my readers, that are also mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day. This site has been a source of inspiration in my life and many different mothers along the way can be thanked for that. . Photo credit : http://www.kamranweb.com/blog/happy-mothers-day/

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Naked, Without My Basket

Two months ago I started commuting daily with the most fashionable basket possible, Basil Blossom Basket. At first I felt like a nerd, I have a pannier on one side of my rear rack and then this large, in charge, basket up front.  The more I used it, the more I fell in love.

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Different Types of Pedals

There are a variety of pedal types out in bike land these days.  The three top types of pedals are the following : Platform Pedals These are the pedals you have been using since the big wheel.  The are flat, sometimes with small grip pegs sticking out.  These do not require any special shoes, are the easiest to use and are also the least effecient…

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