How Many Bikes Do Pro Cyclists Travel With? Scicon Has the Answer

18 January, 2016 Bek

Adelaide, Australia reminds me of two certainties in life: leg-cramps on planes, and road season’s kick-off. So what more fitting way to celebrate the pros’ return to asphalt than with infographics and animated gifs–Scicon knows what gets me motivated for the Tour Down Under. Yup, possessed red boxes levitating into […]

How to Remove & Clean Your Bike’s Cassette

22 October, 2015 Bek

Last week, I talked about being lazy. Because there’s nothing quite like getting your bike kinda clean by taking the easy way out–works for me. But in response to popular request, I’m adding another article detailing the “proper” way to clean your drivetrain: removing your cassette to getting it seriously […]

Dealing with Goatheads – How to Avoid Flat Bike Tires

28 September, 2015 Bek

I was on a streak of eight years. Eight years without a flat tire. Until yesterday, when I heard the clack, clack, clack of goathead on asphalt. I pulled over, and checked on the state of my tire–one small spike-laden weed wedged into the top of the right sidewall. It didn’t […]

How To Shift Your Bike’s Gears Without Moving

2 September, 2015 Bek

There’s nothing quite so awesome as hammering on the flats. Pushing a big gear and hitting some high speeds. Feeling awesome. Feeling fast. And then you pull up to a stop sign, and you stop. Because, you know, you’re cool like that. Traffic clears, you proceed. And just because you […]

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 […]

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 […]

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