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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Show Your Support for Women’s Cycling: Buy into Project X

2 August, 2014 Bek

When I was riding for my collegiate cycling team, we were invited to a road riding camp limited to Wheelwomen. Three pro cyclists, Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, Amber Neben, and Jessica Phillips Van Garderen, gave up their time to help us newbies learn the ropes. They led rides, offered clinics on nutrition and […]

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