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Bicycle Tire Tools: It’s all about the leverage

Crank Brothers Speedier Lever

I hear from lots of women whose hands just aren’t strong enough to cope with tight fitting tires. It’s scary to think you might get stuck with a flat tire and not be able to get it off the rim.

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Hamstrings and Cyclists

Before a customer purchases a bike from me, I ask her to complete a questionnaire that covers everything from measurements of herself and her current bike, her cycling aspirations and her flexibility. If you’ve followed the evolution of fitting techniques,

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Designing a bike around a 24″ wheel

Bicycle with 24" wheel

Recently I was contacted by a customer who was concerned that my bikes using a 24” front wheel/700c rear wheel design were flawed. Wouldn’t the design put pressure on the neck and shoulders because the 24” bicycle wheel made the

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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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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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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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Steel Bike Weighing 9.6 lbs More Than Titanium BIke Climbs Just As Well!

Bicycle Quarterly

Did I get your attention with that headline? It was inspired by an article I read in the most recent issue of Bicycle Quarterly, a fantastic, niche magazine published by Jan Heine. In this issue, Jan tested a titanium bike

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Worn Bicycle Chain and Cassette

Checking for chain wear

Question of the week: “This past May I bought a hybrid bike. Now, at 2300 miles, I already need a new cassette. The bike shop said it’s all the miles I put in. How many miles can a cassette take?”

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Lugged Frame or TIG-ed frame?

A head tube lug

By default, the bicycles shown on my site are TIG welded. Even though you may see this kind of construction almost exclusively these days on both steel and aluminum frames, you may not have know what it’s called. Here’s a

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A Reader Asks: “How narrow a tire should I use to get a benefit from lower rolling resistance?”

Tire Contact Patch

Tires are one of the most fascinating aspects of the bicycle. They can make or break the comfort and efficiency of the ride. Common sense used to have it that the narrower the tire was and the higher the pressure

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