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 Roll a Bike Tube

30 June, 2015 Bek

Nate: “I’ve been trying to get a couple of tubes into my flat kit, but I can’t seem to get the air out of them enough to get them small. How do I roll a bike tube properly?” This is an often overlooked topic. Plenty of cyclists think it’s a […]

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 […]

Giro Introduces Affordable Savant & Sonnet Helmets with MIPS

28 August, 2014 Bek

Just a day after I spotlighted a few of the safest and coolest road bike helmets, Giro got in touch with me about new additions to their road helmet lines: the Giro Savant and Sonnet with MIPS technology. And if you read my last post on Safe Helmets, you’ll notice […]

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