About Alpha Ninja
Former pro racer, current roadie with an edge, Alpha Ninja once rode 100km without a saddle just to deliver a patch kit to a stranded cyclist. Alpha Ninja's identity is our secret--once they take off the cowl and cut out the Batman voice, we'll figure out who they are. Until then they're our resident vigilante in the fight against bike snobbery--kicking skinny tires and taking names.

Is This The Future Of Hub Design? – Rotor Releases RVOLVER

25 August, 2017 Alpha Ninja

You know that hub you’ve got laced to your wheels right now? It’s now officially lame thanks to Rotor’s newest release: RVOLVER™. Why, you ask? Basically RVOLVER™ works by disengaging the ratchet ring from the hub’s radial and angular pawls when you stop pedaling. In English, that means there’s a […]

How Often Do I Need to Grease Speedplay Pedals?

10 August, 2016 Alpha Ninja

Stephen: I have a pair of Speedplay Zero pedals, and I heard from a friend that I should put grease in them. How do I grease them? How often do I need to grease them? Oh, and what type of grease should I use? Hey Stephen. You’ve remind me of an […]

What Do The Mountain Categories Mean in The Tour de France?

12 July, 2016 Alpha Ninja

Tim: Hey Alpha Ninja! What are all the categorizations of the mountains in the Tour de France? I keep seeing numbers thrown around, but I don’t quite understand what they mean. Hey Tim: Welcome to the world’s most confusing question. OK, not that the basic classifications are confusing, but when […]

How Should Cycling Jerseys Fit?

6 May, 2016 Alpha Ninja

Matt: “I’m making the jump from workout shirts to a bike jersey, but I don’t know what size to buy. How should cycling jerseys fit? Do you have any recommendations for brands?” Cool. I like your question, Matt. Because it shows a couple of things: you’ve got guts, and you […]

How Not To Be A Jerk Cyclist

26 April, 2016 Alpha Ninja

Editor’s Note: You may notice a slight change in voice here. We’re happy to introduce our newest contributing writer at SLO Cyclist: The Alpha Ninja. Former racer. All-around generous human being. Razor sharp tan lines. The Alpha Ninja hopes to be here for the long haul. The following was the […]

Ask Alpha Ninja – Cycling Questions Submissions

10 November, 2014 Alpha Ninja

Heck, there’s a lot to know about this sport! Tire widths, standard versus compact, seat post setbacks, and the all-important question that everyone asks at some point: what do I wear under my bib shorts? In the interest of combatting the snobbery in our sport and creating a safe space […]

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