Monthly Archives: January 2013

Saddle Height — What’s Right?

Correct Amount of Bend in Knee

Finding the correct saddle height for your bike is critical for a good fit and healthy knees. Here are some popular methods. You’ll need to know your barefoot inseam for the first two. To calculate it, put a thin book

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Bike Buying Tips – What You Need to Know

Service Area

Are you thinking about buying a new bike? I frequently get calls from customers who are a little intimidated about going into a bike shop. Here are some bike buying tips that will help you. Which shop? First, find a

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Dressing for Cold Weather Cycling

Dressing for Cold Weather Cycling

Dressing for cold weather cycling is a challenge. Warm weather outfitting is comparatively easy. Shorts, for sure, leaving only the top — will it be a tank or a sleeveless or short sleeved jersey? But when the temperatures dip, choosing

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Book Review: Wonder Wheels by Eileen Sheridan

Eileen Sheridan

In 1956, British cyclist Eileen Sheridan published her autobiography, Wonder Wheels. She was just over thirty years old, but she had already broken 21 records of the Womens’ Road Records Association for place-to-place and long distance rides. Imagine riding 874

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The January Thaw

The fields of summer

The annual January Thaw is upon us. A time for rejoicing by all cyclists. It’s kind of like an oasis in the desert … only at much lower temperatures. Over the weekend I started chopping ice out of my driveway

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Triaxial tension in a lugged steel bicycle frame.

Forces on a rod

It’s an unexpected marvel of nature: the weakest chain in the link can hold its own with the stronger links. But this blog isn’t about chains; it’s about a lugged steel bicycle frame. In an earlier blog, I described the

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Looking at the history of bicycles, redux

Pete Fryer

Since my last post about the history of bicycles, a friend sent this photo of Rory O’Reilly’s kilo bike from the 1984 Olympics. Note the drilled out seatpost and the secondary set of very narrow seatstays. Look closely and you’ll

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Product Review: Rapha Women’s Cycling Apparel

Rapha Long Sleeve Jersey

Branding is the name of the game and Rapha has mastered it. Through evocative photos, videos and rides, they’ve created an epic world for the cyclist who wears their brand. Apparel sales feed the coffers that create the vicarious world

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Looking at the history of bicycles

1989 Team Time Trial

It’s the beginning of the New Year, a good time to look back at the history of bicycles…well, two of them. You probably know Greg LeMond had his own line of bicycles. But did you know one of them was

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Cycling fatigue getting to you? It’s all in your head.

Nap Time

  The Nov. 29 issue of Cycling Weekly [1] reports on a study which examined the characteristics of male and female cycling fatigue during hard riding (sorry, they didn’t cite their source). The study examined both common physical cycling fatigue

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