Jim’s Tech Talk Jim Langley Last week, RBR reader Will Haltiwanger provided a clever cleat hack for making Shimano SPD clipless pedals easier to enter and exit (thanks again Will!). Here’s the article if you missed it - and please note that the hack is intended for beginners learning to use clipless pedals, not experienced clipless users: Will’s Shimano SPD Pedals Cleat … [Read more...] about More Thoughts on Clipless Pedals and Making Them Easier to Use
Sometimes our quick tips are so deceptively simple that you just shake your head and mumble to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Such is the case with this tip originally sent to us by Steve Shepherd. Here’s what he wrote: “I carry a small cotton ball in my seat bag. If I have a flat, I can sweep the inside of the tire with the cotton ball to see if a piece of … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Carry a Cotton Ball!
Question: Over time, the synthetic materials used for cycling jerseys and base layers seem to retain a sweaty smell. In my case, at least, it can be pretty potent. It has only one advantage -- no one will draft on me! How can I get my clothes to smell fresh again? -- Steve H. RBR Replies: Synthetic fibers are a great advance in cycling clothing. Depending on the type … [Read more...] about How Can I Stop My Cycling Clothes from Stinking?
By Kevin Kolodziejski Whether you race or not, whether you ride 10,000 miles a year or four-tenths of that in two, one thing’s for sure. It’s part of your cycling DNA. It’s the continual craving (except on recovery rides) to go just that little bit faster. What’s not so certain is how you cater to the craving. While I can only assume it doesn’t include … [Read more...] about Cycling Aerodynamics: Going Aero Without Going Broke
Cold winter rain is tough on bikes and riders. The roads are slick, visibility is low and after the ride your reward for getting soaked is a big bike-cleaning project. No wonder most cyclists hate to ride in the rain. The biggest obstacle is getting out the door in the first place. It's warm and dry inside; cold, wet and nasty on the road. The couch is much more appealing. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Bicycling in the Cold Rain