Tension…

Cables stretch, housings compress, and in today’s era of modern bikes, exact cable tension to both brake and shifting performance are crucial to having a perfectly tuned bicycle.  Mountain bikes have built-in adjusters on shifters and mechanical brake levers.  It used to be there was some redundancy.  The rear derailleur had an adjuster at both […]

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What’s playing…

Almost since day one, actually, since this post, I have ended each post with “what’s playing.”  I have music on pretty much all day so I end blog posts with the song that is playing as I finish writing a post.  I guess readers like this parts because on one post a while back, I […]

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Really trick out your Avid BB7 brakes…

I’m a junkie for tech stuff.  I’m hungry to learn as much as I can about bikes and how to make them work better.  I’ve been getting paid to work on bikes for a quarter century and I still know I have more that I can learn.  With the internet, there is plenty of information […]

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BMC bottles in the wild…

Coming to you from Berlin, Germany, Black Mountain Cycles bottles in the wild.  Some great location shots here.  Thank you, Michael and enjoy!  Those are a couple of very nice bikes you have there.  In front of Berlin’s Reichstag At the Holocaust Memorial with the U.S. Embassy in the background.   At what’s left of […]

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Tom Ritchey…

The guy has done more, ridden more, made more, given more than just about anyone I can think of in the bike industry.  Knowing how much he rides is motivating to get out on the bike. Tom Ritchey’s 40-Year Ride from Jay Bird Films on Vimeo. (What’s playing:  Tom Ritchey’s 40 Year Ride)

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38/26, 38/24 whatever it takes…

As much as I prefer Shimano’s mountain bike components, they sure make it hard to supply a customer with exactly the desired component.  Take the crankset, for example.  Years ago, crank and chainrings were easily modifiable.  Don’t like the stock 26/36/46 ring set up?  Easy, replace the ring you want to change with any by […]

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Recent WITS bikes…

There have been some pretty great bikes passing through the stand recently.  With that, here’s a quick WITS (What’s In The Stand) post for your Tuesday coffee and scone pleasure.   First up is one of the Black Mountain Cycles cross frames that was built into a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed commuter.  The bike turned out great and […]

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Road discs are coming…

Road discs are coming.  Just not on my road frames and I’ll tell you why.  First, yes, road discs are coming.  Are they a good thing?  Sure, for certain applications.  Key phrase there.  Disc brakes make a ton of sense on bikes where your riding has miles and mile of descending with a lot of […]

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