Worried about changing that flat or cleaning your bike because your hands will get filthy? Have no fear, Grease Monkey Wipes are here! Soon these will be found in my tool box, saddle bag and car first aid kit.
Grease Monkey Wipes are individually packaged degreasing/cleaning wipes that use a natural, non-toxic, citrus based formula to handle heavy duty cleaning including grease and grime. Their compact size and portable nature make them perfectly suited to be carried in a jersey pocket, saddle bag, or bento box. The wipes have several applications in the bike world and can be used to either remove grease/road grime from your hands after you change flat mid-ride, remove grease from your calf, or even degrease your chain
When you mention mountain biking to a lady that hasn’t tried it before.. you will most likely get a look of horror and confusion. The sport, growing but not quick enough, is quickly growing for the ladies in the sport. Across the US there are ladies only mountain bike clubs popping up, allowing you to learn and experience the trails with skill clinics, and other women who will allow you to go as slow as you would like. Mountain biking can sound daunting, trees flying by you, dirt and mud. Add the technical features and rocks, it would scare any self preserving woman!
Here’s a deep confession, I have a bag addiction. Come look in my closest and there are at least 4 messenger bags, 4 bicycle specific back packs, hydration bags and then panniers are end less. Constantly the search is on to find the most stylish, yet functional, bag possible.
In this little cycle blogging arena there are a few people that stand out, make a difference and are worth the read every morning. One of this people is Elden, or better known as Fat Cyclist. Four years ago he started to bring humor and personality to weight loss and every day tribulations. More recently he brought the fight his wife was having with cancer to the public. Showing all those that haven’t had to deal with this horrid disease what they dealt with daily. By bringing all this to the front he also started fundraising for the fight, and teaming up with TwinSix for cycling wear where proceeds went to the fundraiser.
Through the years Fat Cyclist has been a excersice of a man with a heart, and a funny bone. Please take August 23 asWin for Susan Day.
Wear your Fat Cyclist gear, LiveStrong bracelet or clothing, homemade signs, or other item to signify your personal fight against cancer and take a picture of yourself.
Next, upload the picture via twitter and post it on the 23rd with the tag #win4susan
Do you ride SRAM road components? If so please take note!
SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to announce a voluntary recall on its 10 speed PowerLock chain connector. SRAM has determined there is a potential for the PowerLock connector link outer plate to fail.
-SRAM 8 speed chains and PowerLinks are not affected.
-SRAM 9 speed chains and PowerLinks are not affected.
-SRAM 10 speed chains are not affected.
The following steps should be taken by dealers:
1. PowerLock Connector Link – identification and action
- Inspect all new and used bicycles in your store that include a SRAM 10 speed chain.
-Locate the PowerLock connector link on chain.
-Locate letter stamped onto end of PowerLock connector link.
-PowerLock connector links with letters “M” and “N” should be removed from the chain and set aside for shipment back to SRAM.
-Contact SRAM Dealer Service for replacement PowerLock connector links and to arrange for return shipment of affected PowerLock connector links back to SRAM.
-Replace affected PowerLock connector links with new connector links provided at no charge by SRAM.
2. PowerLock Connector Link – removal and replacement
-Replace PowerLock connector link if date stamp is letter “M” or “N.”
-Removed affected PowerLock connector link with chain tool (both pins). Drive the larger diameter end of pin out of link by positioning pin removal tool against small pin diameter. Repeat; second pin.
-Install new PowerLock connector link.
-Fit chain, insert both halves of the PowerLock into the chain ends and bring the ends together on the bottom side of the drivetrain (no tension side).
-Pull chain apart until you feel some resistance.
-Rotate the chain so the PowerLock is positioned on the top side of the drivetrain.
-Pedal forward while holding bike firmly in place until you hear click sound. The PowerLock is now on its place and safely closed.
To learn more about the recall and obtain a return authorization number and replacement Power Lock connector links, please visit your local bicycle dealer to deal with all warranty issues.
There is a great accessory for your bike called a bike computer or cyclometer. Like a cars dashboard it can tell you many things about your speed, average, time and even get into more detailed things like cadence*, heart rate or incline. The computer works on your bike by either a cable running from the computer head unit on your handlebar/stem area down your bike to a sensor that zip ties on. Then a magnet is placed on your wheel, every time the magnet spins past the sensor it sends a transmission to the computer head. It computes how many times per minute or second the magnet goes around, does some math and tells you your speed/distance. The wheel diameter is very important as that is part of the calculation to get the right speed/time so make sure to set your computer head unit for your wheel and tire size. If you change tire sizes, reset the settings.
There are many ways to separate computers, especially if you start getting in to a lot of data capturing. For this article we will start basic, wired or wireless.
Wired Versions :
Entry Level :
Basic featured include speed, time and average speed. Utilizing a cable that runs from your handlebars down to your front fork on the bike. They range from $24-35 and many type or colors are available. The Trek 6i and Cateye Mity 8 are my picks in this category. For this category, go down to your local bike shop and buy what they recommend. This way they are familiar with set up if you need any help at all.
The popular store, Urban Outfitters has seemed to have teamed up with Republic Bike to offer Republic’s popular under $400 singlespeed/fixed gear wheels. What makes this bike popular? The price and the fact you can change almost every part on the bikes color. A good time waster is to press “Random” to see what color options it comes up with for me.
Slowly I am adding more links to the side bar under a few categories. Bicycle Companies, Clothing, Bits & Parts, and then blogs. If you have a company you enjoy, has women in their mind when they design product or have a blog yourself – please let me know!
Our poll last week to answer the question “Do You Wear Cycling Clothing” had a great response and one of the common questions were what can I wear if I don’t want to be caught dead outside in skin tight spandex? There are many clothing options out these days that aren’t skin tight and do a great job of keeping you dry and comfortable but styling.
Technical Shirts :
Many people are familiar with the brand Under Armour, or before that Adidas and Nike had a great following for “technical clothing.” This was clothing that wicked away your sweat but breathed well. There are some technical shirts geared towards riding which have a lower cut back for when you bend over so you aren’t exposing anything and built in basic pockets to hold a gel or key. Budget between $35 – 70 for a good wicking shirt. Be prepared that polyester is a key make up of these shirts and can trap stink.
A couple of my favorites include the Aurora T (pictured right) from Pearl Izumi for around $35. Also, one that I plan on picking up for the fall is the Sugoi Crossroads Henley. Perfect for fall riding, grocery trip hauling or mountain biking when it is chilly.