Pre-Race Mountain Bike Prep

There’s a big race coming up. You’ve spent weeks, or even months, preparing yourself, riding as much as possible, watching what you eat, and even ditching friends and family so you could train. You are ready… or, at least as ready as you will be! The last thing you want is a mechanical to put …

How to Install and Adjust Your Front Derailleur

Hi folks – in this article I am going to tell you how to install, set up, and adjust both 3×10 and 2×10 front derailleurs (though most of this will work for 9spd drivetrains as well). I will also cover the different types of front derailleurs including top clamp, bottom clamp, high direct mount, low …

How to Convert Your Mountain Bike to a Singlespeed

Hopefully my recent post, One Is Enough, convinced some of you to give singlespeed mountain biking a try. The nice thing about singlespeeding is you may be able to do it for cheap by converting a bike you already own for less than $30! You could spend a lot more, but the basic conversion will …

Trailside First Aid: When the Gnar Shreds You and Your Bike

Have you been watching the Tour de France? Are you seeing what those spandex-clad fellas are getting themselves into? Dozens of hungry looking guys with really bad tan lines tossing themselves onto the asphalt at 50 mph with naught but some stretchy fabric and garishly-colored styrofoam beanies to keep their insides inside. They accept the …

DIY: How to Build Your Own Bike Work Stand

A good bike work stand makes cleaning, maintaining, and repairing your bike exponentially easier. Commercial models start at about $150 and a really good one can be as much as $275. But what if you could build a decent stand for a fraction of that? I decided to see if it could be done, and …

How To Clean Your Mountain Bike in 10 Easy Steps

Cleaning your bike after a ride can feel like a buzz kill but it doesn’t have to take forever. Follow these tips and you’ll get the job done quickly without damaging your bike. 1. Get your mountain bike dirty One of the reasons people end up doing more damage than good while washing their mountain …

Review: Squirt Chain Lube

In my first post on Squirt lube, I told you about the main claims it makes: self cleaning and long lasting. I’ve put over 250 miles on it so far in a variety of conditions and feel like I’ve found it’s strengths and weaknesses and have reached a verdict. But before we get to that, …

MTB Testing: Squirt Chain Lube

At the suggestion of my local bike shop employees I’ve decided to try a new chain lube. For the last year or soI’ve happily been using White Lightening’s Wet Ride lube. It’s a very thick, heavy duty wet lube and in my experience a single application will last a couple hundred miles, in any kind …

Topeak D-Torq DX Torque Wrench Review

Yep, it’s that time of year when folks are parking the bike and pulling out winter gear (that is unless you’re blessed with sun all year round – if so then I’m jealous). Luckily I have an indoor bike park nearby and can continue to ride, though clearly it’s not the same as churning dirt. …