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Clipless Pedal Triage

In a couple of days it’ll be July 4th, Independence Day for us Americans, and past the halfway point of this year’s road riding for everyone else. That means that you’ve probably pedaled mega miles by now and are looking forward to some big summer rides coming up. This is a great time to check your clipless pedals system, one of the essential connection points between body and bike. And also among the most overused and under-maintained components by many roadies.

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Rain Ride Recovery

I just got off the phone with my co-worker at SmartEtailing, Will Calkins. I called to apologize. Will works at our main office in Boulder. I work in my home office here in Santa Cruz. When I visited the Boulder office last week, I didn’t bring a bike, so Will let me borrow his Blue. The apology was because I got caught in a downpour the last day there and didn’t have time to give Will’s bike the TLC it needed after the deluge hit. I was late and had to rush to meet the shuttle to the airport on time. Sorry, Will!

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Shifting For Beginners

The idea to cover a few basic shifting tips came to me on last Saturday’s ride. We were climbing a steep hill and one of the riders dropped her chain. When I rode up alongside she was already off her bicycle trying to put the chain back on with a stick. I showed her the easy way to get a chain back on and thought beginner shifting tips would be a good subject to cover. (This article assumes you're still in the majority of roadies with mechanical derailleurs. For the most part, these tips don't apply to electronic shifting, which largely does away with these issues.)

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