Zwift, Smart trainers, power trainers, thumbsup, Zwifting, FTP, Watopia and workouts – what does all this mean? Continue reading “Zwift or Swiffer? They can both clean the floor with you.”
A while back I wrote an article on the Ottolock. Ever growing in popularity – the theft deterrent product gets some upgrades and refinements for V2. The changes are subtle improvements and shows how the company is committed to improving and refining an already great solution. Continue reading “Rugged security – the Ottolock Improved V2”
Finding space efficient ways to store your bike, yet in an accessible manner is no joke. We moved to a new place, thats where it all started. From house to condo life – Bloody hell, where to put these bikes? how to put these bikes? Continue reading “Rack it up : Bike storage 101”
Mellow start with breath taking views from the Rowena Loops, followed by killer landscapes from the Eagle Caves overlooking The Dalles, Columbia and Washington range, then the kicker backed by a solid 4mile 1500ft gravel climb with ribbons of sweet flowing pea gravel gravel decent back to the finish. All in all pretty stellar. Continue reading “Ride This : Mosier Eagle Caves”
Pretty psyched for a change of season I ordered up some new gear. I needed some new colder weather stuff and wanted to try something different from Ornot, a smaller San Fransisco company that has been around four years now. Continue reading “You could be shivering, ornot.”
Light and Motion is a California based company that has been manufacturing lights for 28 yrs. Founded in 1989 by a pair of Stanford graduates who started the company from a passion of SCUBA diving and underwater photography, the products are designed, assembled and tested in Monterey and what they cannot make themselves they outsource to USA suppliers and a small percentage to specialists overseas then brought back to California – think similar to Apple’s strategy. With a strong line of lights for water sports, running and hiking, L&M also serves the cyclists with products from urban to ultra high power mountain biking models.
Last week I headed to Interbike Vegas 2017, where cycling industry veterans gathered to show off the latest trends and technology in cycling. The first two days of Interbike was Outdoor Demo, where cycling industry pro’s get to view and ride new bicycles, followed by three days of tradeshow. With three exhibition halls full of gear, Interbike gives you a glimpse of the future. Continue reading “Interbike 2017 – Trend & New Products”
For those still on mechanical groups we all know how the cable condition really matters for smooth shifts. Well, have you considered the state of the cable guide at the bottom bracket? Often an overlooked area, this cable guide has a large amount of surface area and can hold dirt and sticky bidon leftovers from when it seeped down your seat tube that cause extra friction and poor shifts. It’s a good idea to clean this plastic guide once in a while to get your butter smooth shifts back and here’s a quick tip that can make cleaning it much easier and much much better:
Flip the bike over, remover the rear wheel. Take a knife and slot the cable guide, (cutting to remove the retention tab that crosses the channel- photo shows mine cut already) this means you can then relax the inner wires and clean the plastic cable guide with a rag or sponge to remove crud without pulling apart your whole groupo. While relaxing the cables, you can also clean the cable too. Bingo, dirt and grunge gone, optimal shifting back. Weather you run regular cables or super teflon coated – a clean helps everything.
After slotting the guide, the above photo shows how I relaxed the rear derailleur cable (normally in guide channel to the left) and moved it out of the plastic guide so I could clean the area. To relax the wire, make sure the rear derailleur is shifted at the lever into the smallest cog, then with your hand manually move the body of the rear derailleur inward (helps if you don’t have the rear wheel in the bike) – this makes the cable slack and you can move the cable out of the way.
You can do the same thing with the front derailleur, make sure it’s shifted to the small chainwheel, then manually move the derailleur to the large chain wheel position – you will find slack in the cable and be able to move it out of the plastic guide. The front derailleur will give less cable slack than the rear depending on setup and brand of mechanical, so you may need a small tip of screwdriver handy to help move the cable out of the guide as you push on the derailleur (At least on mine I did)
Bingo – easy clean cables. Butter shifts all in a few minutes.
PS: look at those amazing welds on that Moots.
The rain season is right around the corner and a good set of fenders turns the off season from a bleak lackluster time into a no problem season of palatable and sometimes fun base rides. Continue reading “PDW Full fenders in full swing”