Category: Equipment

Are you getting frequent flats on your bicycle?

I’ve seen all types of flats and the sometimes crazy reasons that cause them. I’ve even seen a flat caused by a bullet. Most flats are obvious, some are not, and sometimes you get stuck in the “frequent flat” routine. Let me first start by saying that under inflated tires are often the cause of […]

Thursday November 29th, 2012 in Bike Maintenance, Education, Equipment, Flat Tires, How To | 1 Comment »

The sad shape of the occasional cyclist’s bicycle

Having attended a small kids focused community bicycle event earlier today, I must express my disbelief at the sad shape of most of the bicycles at the event. The environment takes a heavy toll on disused bicycles. UV and heat degrade all the rubber, plastic and paint. As they’re haphazardly moved from place to place […]

Build a Bike or Buy a Bike?

This is a question that gets asked quite a bit on the internet and in bike shops. There’s nothing wrong with building a bike, just know that it will almost ALWAYS be more expensive than buying a bike. I learned this first hand yesterday when I put together a spreadsheet for a mountain touring 29er […]

Thursday January 19th, 2012 in Bike Building, Bike Manufacturers, Equipment | No Comments »

Cygolite Hotshot 2 watt rechargeable rear bicycle light

It’s not often I talk about specific products in a review style manner. This one however, deserves some attention. We got Cygolite’s Hotshot rechargeable rear light in the shop and it’s fantastic. First of all, rechargeable. I’ve been rocking rechargeable front lights for 5+ years now. No more batteries! Second, standard Mini USB type B […]

Friday January 6th, 2012 in Commuting, Equipment, Safety Equipment | No Comments »

Building a cheap commuter bike

Commuting by bike has increased in recent years, and so has bike manufacturer offerings in the “commuter bike” category. If commuting by bike is something you’re interested in, you can get into it much cheaper than rushing out and buying a $600+ dollar commuter bike. How? Find a quality late 80′s to mid 90′s rigid […]

Walking shoes aren’t made for biking…

Since November I’ve been working part time as a Freewheelin’ Bike Guide for Humana Healthcare. They have a bike sharing program with 18 bikes set up at their community center in northeast Mesa. I teach a required 1 hour safety session based on LAB curriculum, hand out and fit free helmets and also lead group […]