Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley When you work as a quality control engineer for a company that specializes in making cranksets, as I do - you get a lot of front derailleur adjustment practice. It comes from testing new product and also from maintaining bikes built elsewhere and already on the road. I’ve been seeing two issues with modern Shimano “braze-on” front … [Read more...] about Are You Making These Two Common Mistakes Adjusting Shimano Front Derailleurs?
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Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley This week’s technical topic is in response to a reader named Paul’s question. He read our review of the Silca Pista floor pump, which has a bleed valve built into the chuck… (a pressure release button). He asked, “Just to clarify, in regards to the Presta bleed valve on the Pista’s pump head, if I was to say, pump my tires to 120 … [Read more...] about Tools for Fine-Tuning Tire Pressure
By Stan Purdum I noticed three things almost simultaneously about the mountain bicycle leaning against the earthen bank: It was a Cannondale, it was an adult-sized bike and it had a sign on it reading “FREE.” I’m primarily a road cyclist and have all the bikes I need for that pursuit, but I’ve been looking for a mountain bike to use on the 70-mile-long Delaware and … [Read more...] about Another Sort of Bicycle Adventure
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA Here are several questions I get asked quite often related to bike fitting. 1) "Should I get a bike fit when I get… " a. New Shoes? If you are getting the same shoes and the bike fitter marked your cleats, and the cleats are in the correct position, then probably not. But, if these are different shoes, then YES. Different shoes have different … [Read more...] about Ask the Bike Fitter: Common Bike Fit Questions
By Sheri Rosenbaum I find it interesting to learn how certain businesses come about. The Headsweats story is like many…it came about from a need. Headsweats was founded in 1998 by shoe industry veteran and obsessed cyclist, Alan Romick. Frustrated by heavy sweat blindness, migrating sunscreen, and odd sunburn pattern on his head through his helmet, he set out to develop … [Read more...] about Headsweats Super Duty Shorty Cycling Cap and Ultra Band Review
by Lars Hundley A few weeks ago, I came across a Facebook post about a product called Halo Sport that looked like a set of headphones that was purported to increase athletic performance and improve endurance. When I clicked through out of curiosity to read more about it, I saw that it had been used by USA Cycling, former pro cyclist Andrew Talansky, the US Ski Team, as well … [Read more...] about Can This Set of Headphones Make You a Faster Cyclist? Interview with Halo Neuroscience
Looking for a fast and light hybrid bike with flat bars instead of a road bike with drop bars? Some people prefer a flat bar set up that's more upright and that feels more like a mountain bike, but still want the speed of a road bike. That's where hybrids come in. Here are some of the top hybrid bikes for 2019. These bikes are sleek and fast like a road bike, but with flat … [Read more...] about Best Hybrid Bikes for 2019: These Flat Bar Road Bikes Are Fast
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Our Holiday Gift Guide last week featured some sweet tools, a floor and mini pump, a multi-tool and a repair stand. Because you can’t have enough bicycle tools, it got me thinking of some lesser-known yet highly useful items budding mechanics might want to ask for - or that you might want to surprise your grease monkey with. So, I’m … [Read more...] about 5 Bike Tool Gift Ideas for Cyclists
Trying to decide which brand of power meter you want to use with your bicycle? Here's a comprehensive list of all the power meter manufacturers and brands we could come up with, so that you can compare them all. Did we leave any power meter companies out of our list? If so, please leave a comment and tell us so that we can update it and make sure we include every single power … [Read more...] about List of Bike Power Meter Brands
By Sheri Rosenbaum Pearl Izumi Web Site Also comes in version for men: https://www.pearlizumi.com/US/en/Shop/Ride/Mountain/Men's/ Hot Plenty of pockets for storage Women’s cut and stretch fabric provides a great fit Relaxed fit allows for layering Drop tail hem keeps you covered and warm Casual design great for on or off the bike … [Read more...] about Pearl Izumi Versa Softshell Hoodie Review
There are plenty of phrases related to cycling that come from the French language that are unfamiliar to non-cyclists or cyclists who are new to the sport. One term that comes up is bidon. What is a bidon? Quite simply, it's a water bottle. Historically in cycling, a bidon was a metal bottle with an opening that you sealed with a cork. It was mounted on the handlebars until … [Read more...] about What is a Bidon in Cycling?
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Great comments came in about our buyer’s guide to Multi-Tools last week. Thank you! I liked the feedback from regular contributor Kerry Irons so much that I decided to do a short feature on them this week. I think you’ll like what Kerry shares, too. I’m going over his advice line by line and adding a few comments and a how-to for what I … [Read more...] about Make Your Own Take-along Bike Spoke Wrench
The holidays are here already, so you might be thinking about gift ideas for your favorite road cyclist -- or perhaps gift ideas for yourself to suggest to friends and family this year. Here's our collection of cool cycling gear that we think a roadie could appreciate. We rounded up gift choices to consider in the categories of apparel, tools, and general gear for road riders. … [Read more...] about Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Gift Ideas for Road Cyclists
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley Looking for the best full featured multi tool to carry on bike rides so you can make repairs on the road? As you can see in our first photo, the concept of a single take-along tool to let you fix just about anything that can go wrong mechanically goes back to the early days of cycling - the 1880s - if you can believe it. At that time it … [Read more...] about Best Cycling Multi Tools to Carry for Emergency Bike Repairs
By Sheri Rosenbaum Hot! Aero design cuts through the wind MIPS – Multi-directional Impact Protection System Well ventilated Comfortable and light weight Rear Boa® System dial allows for one handed adjustments on the go AgiON antimicrobial pads wick moisture and eliminates odors Crash Replacement Guarantee Not! Travel bag is not ventilated … [Read more...] about Bontrager Ballista Helmet with MIPS Review