Behind the scenes at BikeShopGirl I have been working hard at a new layout, which you should be seeing by the time this post, and also getting organized from a very busy bike season.
Here are some of the articles I have on the burner, the reason I am leaking some of the information a head of time is in case you have feedback or questions on any of the topics!
- Presta vs Shrader Valves
- Off Season Planning with a special guest
- Types of pumps
- Essentials for night riding
- How to change a flat tire
Let’s Talk Saddles : Types of Saddles
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!
Building a Flat Kit
A flat kit is all those emergency tools or parts that you need if you get a flat, but also if by chance you break a chain or something like that. We call it a flat kit but think of it as an emergency kit.
Preventative Maintenance : Lube Your Chain
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.
Burley Trailer Recall
Burley Design, in conjunction with the CPSC, has announced a voluntary product recall of all 2009 d’Lite ST and Solo ST trailers.
In order to determine if you have an affected trailer, please read the documents below.
Consumer Handout for Burley 2009 ST Recall.pdf
Consumer FAQs for Burley 2009 ST Recall.pdf
Consumer Rework Instructions for Burley 2009 ST Recall.pdf
Let’s Talk Saddles : Intro
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.
Carey’s Cycling Chronicles
Thanks to racing, being neutral support or being roped into mechanical support for 12 and 24 hour mountain bike racers I have had the ability to meet some awesome people in my travels. Two of those people, Zeke and Carey, are riding their bikes across the Rockies.
Wednesday Round Up
Cyclelicious reports on 3 different recalls for the day from Felt Bikes, Burley Trailers and Nirve Bikes.
Velo Orange has photos of their prototype mixte’s that will be available early 2010.
The Safe Routes to School Conference started today in Portland. Follow BikePortland on twitter for more updates.
Chic Cyclist gives her impression of the bike share program in Paris called Velib.