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Tech Tuesday: MTB Bike Component Levels Explained

…eak your wallet (Comparable to SLX) X5 – Found on mid level, what I would consider the lowest end for off road worthy parts. 9 speed (Comparable to Deore) X4 – An entry level, found normally on hybrids or mountain bikes not intended to be ridden off road. Perfectly fine if not abused or ridden off road. X3 – Normally found on kids bikes or very entry level bikes. Will need more maintenance and parts will wear out more quickly…

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Preview : 2011 Trek Bikes Lexa Road Line

If you are here to view the 2012 Trek Lexa line up,  please click here. July through September is an exciting time of the year for the bike industry.  July is one of the busiest months across the US for retailers, and right around the corner the next seasons product is budding to be released. One of the first releases out on the wire are the new Trek Bikes line of women’s road bikes called Lexa. Trek Lexa $689.99 Compared to the Trek 1.1…

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2011 Raleigh Capri Womens Road Bikes

In August of 2011 we did a full review of Raleigh Capri 4.0, view it over yonder. Aluminum hydroframed with carbon fork, change the spec and you have three different levels of Raleigh’s new womens road line.   There are some thoughts I walk away with after looking through the line.  First off, I don’t understand the geometry and will look more into it with Raleigh.  I wish they would bring the smaller 45cm through the whole sizes, es…

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Cell Phone Ban : Do you feel better on the road?

Across the country the use of cellphones while driving is being cracked down on. Depending on your area it could be as simple as “no texting” or as strict as no cell phone use, unless on work duty. The statistics for accidents and deaths due to use of cellphones are very high, to be honest it is one of the biggest fears I have as a cyclist on the road. What are your local governments doing and how does it make you feel? Locally, we…

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Basics of Road Group Rides : Follow Up

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! Sweeper Refined : A sweeper is someone that knows the route you are taking and will be in the back with whoever is the last rider.  They will never let that last rider fall too far behind or get lost.  It is also their job to be a cheerleader in the back and also the one that tends…

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30 Days of Biking

#30DaysofBiking Day 1: A Simple Road Ride

During April there was a little event called 30 Days of Biking.  The goal was to get your butt on a bike during the 30 days of April.  A wrench was thrown into my gears during April quickly and I didn’t get nearly all the 30 days (or half of it.)  I’m making my own version of 30 Days of Biking in May, everyday a bike ride, everyday a new adventure. Starting the 30 days of biking off with an easy spin.  19.93 miles, a normal loop fro…

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Road Rides on the Horizon

On this site, for some reason, I don’t talk enough about bike rides. About the act of riding my bike. The bliss, the happiness and the emotions or pain it puts through my body. That’s why we all do this right? It isn’t about the new bike, or the fancy gadgets. It is about the feeling we have inside of us when we ride that new bike for the first time, when you dig in to that wide sweeping turn and accelerate through the corner….

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War with the Industry: We are the Problem

…osse and football have fields with bleachers wrapped around The Sport We Love Causes Chaos We fight to share the road, should we be fighting to have our own roads, greenways and trails instead? Is sharing roads with 4,000 lb cars the smartest thing to do?  Do bike lanes, only inches, from 55 mph roads make sense? Do we belong on roads over 35 mph as road cyclist or commuters? I sit here writing this while watching the latest stage of the Tour de…

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