How To Change A Flat Without Tire Levers

1 September, 2015 Bek

There comes a time in every cyclist’s life when he or she feels drawn to free up a little extra pocket or saddlebag space. That determined, focused refusal to carry unnecessary accessories like tire levers. After all, who needs tire levers to change a flat?! Ridiculous. You don’t need no […]

The Trick to Getting Bike Grease Out of Your Jerseys & Shorts

20 August, 2015 Bek

I’m sitting here wearing a white shirt and somewhat expensive workout pants. I’m not bragging about how much I spend on my clothes, I’m telling you that they now sport grease smears and a fancy (very newbie looking), chainring tattoo. It’s never intentional that I wear white on a day […]

How to Avoid Crashing When Rubbing Wheels on a Group Ride

13 July, 2015 Bek

If you’ve been keeping up with the Tour de France, you probably watched Tony Martin hit the asphalt hard. He finished the stage wearing the yellow jersey, but apparently the maillot jaune doesn’t do much to protect one’s collarbone. The crash? Well that was the result of Martin’s front wheel […]

How to Really Build a Budget Bike Repair Toolkit

17 June, 2015 Bek

Over the years, I’ve come across plenty of articles that claim to tell you how to build up your cycling toolkit for cheap. Somehow the word “cheap” stops recurring in the long list of “essential” bike repair bits and pieces. The truth is, there is no real way to build […]

Avoid Mushroom Head with These Cool and Stylish Bike Helmets

21 May, 2015 Bek

You know you’ve fretted over it. Helmets that make your face look like the tiny stem of a portobello under a giant round top cap of EPS foam. Personally, I’ve been on a journey that has taken me away from helmet shaming. But it’s a twisting climb toward coolness that […]

How to Pack for a Long or Short Bike Ride

18 February, 2015 Bek

I happened across the newest video from the fellows at GCN that details exactly what you should pack for a bike ride. And like any good cyclist, I promptly disagreed with their extensive packing list. Call it the difference between Brits and Americans, or just plain bike snobbery, I had […]

The Best Bike Shops in San Luis Obispo County

12 August, 2014 Bek

Need a brand new helmet? Don’t need a brand new helmet, but want to feel more awesome? Go get a brand new helmet! Or bar tape, or kit, or saddle, or . . . OK you get the idea. I started this blog to chronicle cycling and triathlon-ing around San […]

How to Clean White or Light Handlebar Tape with Toothpaste

11 August, 2014 Bek

So you’ve found the sparkly, white handlebar tape that mesmerized you while you were winding it onto your bars has grown dingy and lackluster. Bike snobs everywhere might tell you, “Throw it in the trash can and buy a real color!” Don’t listen to them! If you love white handlebar tape as […]

How to Remove Rust from a Bike Frame

5 August, 2014 Bek

The terribly shot picture to the left documents the beginning of my first real bike build. Between the yellow Italvega frame and whatever it is that’s behind it, sits my powder blue, 80s Schwinn World Sport as it was when I found it about a year ago. Since sort of […]

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