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Frame Mounted Rack for all Bikes

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Cyclists with fancy bikes that don't have eyelets for a rack now have choices. earlier they could only use seatpost racks. The other day I saw a truly universal frame mounted rack by Thule. It attaches to any bike with seat stays, which gives more support than a seatpost mounted rack. Take a look at the below photo's.

Create a Super Rack for Bicycle Touring

In my young 20's I took my first tour across the country. Within days of my departure I knew my bike was not setup properly for such an en-devour. I used panniers to carry stuff and they acted like a sail in the wind. I could feel myself slowing down every time a gust of [...]

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Kids on folding bikes

Late in 2014 we introduced our belt drive mini model. In early 2015 we decided to go out to a park to do a photo shoot with our new models. My seven year old daughter asked if she could ride the 16" wheel mini and I said no, I thought she was not ready. However [...]

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Double shifting on Tours

Cyclists normally shift one gear at a time, most have never heard of double shifting. So what is it, and how does it help?Double shifting refers to shifting on the front chainring and the rear derailleur simultaneously. Most cassette clusters are too spread out for loaded touring. While touring my knees felt stress every time [...]

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Touring on a Bicycle: Trigger or Grip shifters

There are three major types of shifters in the market today, and two non-standard choices. I will look at all five with respect to bicycle touring.1. Grip shifters - These force you to rotate your hand in order to shift. There will be additional stress on the wrist, and it will most likely create discomfort [...]

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Swimming with the Sharks 2

Back in 2015 I traveled to Houston, TX for a Shark Tank open curtain call. Unfortunately, it didn't work out. Then in the summer of 2016 they had an open curtain call one hour from my home in Raleigh, NC. I rounded up the family, and we took four bikes to try out.  The event was [...]

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Rear Derailleur Spring Quick fix

Once the spring fails there will be alot of chain slack, and shifting will be very problematic. It took me about 5 years until I blew out my first spring in a rear derailleur. After it failed I took it to a bike shop and they told me there was nothing they could do except to [...]

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406mm vs 451mm tires on folding bicycles

I recently saw some ads for Allen folding bicycles. They claimed their use of bigger 451mm 20" wheels was superior to the standard 406mm. Let's go through their rational:1. They claim the 451mm wheels are faster. Actually smaller wheels are more efficient up to 16mph, and then the efficiency is roughly the same. Bigger wheels have [...]

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Use your Bike to get into Great Shape and get paid!

Each day I go to the gym I see personal trainers motivating people to work out hard. The clients get results but it can get expensive to pay someone to constantly motivate you. Anyone can train on their own, which is free. However it's not fun being alone and some people need a motivator to [...]

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Distinguishing quality Brake Levers and Adjusting their position

Brake levers operate the same way. The quality is normally based on the hinge on the lever. If it has any play in the vertical plane it is low end. Additionally if the bushing seems inadequate then it would also be low end. However if the bushing seems nice and it has a tight tolerance then [...]

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