Here at Bike Shop Girl we realized long ago that finding the right saddle is a very personal, unique and often the hardest part of bike riding. This is Part I of our on going Saddle Talk, I welcome all comments, questions and feedback on this subject. Our Intro was a short and sweet piece from about two weeks back, now let’s get talking!
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Over a month ago I talked about basics of riding with a road group. Several people emailed questions in so here is our follow up to answer some of those questions!
Proper technique in lubing your chain will help prolong the life of your drive train also a clean bike is a happy bike!!
1. Pick a lube. There are dozens and dozens of decent lubes out there depending where you ride. I could write a whole post about the different lubes and when/where to use them. For now consult a good riding buddy or a local mechanic. Here in Charlotte I like to use ProLink for everyday riding, in the winter rainy months or when I head up to Asheville in the winter I swap over to a more wax based lube.
There are three comfort zones or places your body touches a bicycle. As long as you can bear the weight of your body okay between those three places without numbness, pain or pinching then you can ride all day long.
Today we will be touching upon the saddle. This is also the hardest thing to explain or go super indepth about in only one article. Think of this as the first of many thoughts on saddles or reviews. Please read through and email about specific questions you have about saddles to continue the discussion.
You’re riding your bike often now and you’re wondering what you need to do to keep it up, right? Maybe not but let’s pretend for the moment that you want to keep your bike ready, out of the bike shop and embracing the greasy ways of working on your own bike.
My first sprint triathlon is this coming Sunday. If un-prepared is part of the training regimen I am right on course for an awesome first tri! Sure I had goals and plans of doing the whole 8 weeks to your first sprint tri but life, work and excuses got in the way. The one small advantage I have is the fact I work with 3 elite-level triathlon who have a bounty of knowledge.
A common question seems to be : What’s in your bicycle bag?
The bag they are referring to could be my seat bag found under most of my saddles, one of my messenger type bags slung over my back on the way to work or the store, or maybe my Camelbak on the way to the local mountain bike trail.
Across the US budgets on summer vacations were tightened down around the waist in fear of what our economy might end up doing. One thing I saw this summer was many people purchased their family various bikes to do things close to home.
Involving your kids with cycling can be a very rewarding thing, if handled with safety and including confidence inspiring drills. I hope to touch base on your basics, safety and how to continue to grow with your children and bike riding.
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!