Category Archives: How To

Adjusting the Rear Derailleur

How-to: Rear Derailleur

There are many times when your drivetrain will start making weird noises or just not shift as smooth as you would like, but adjusting the rear derailleur has always been a bit intimidating. There are many factors involved that will cause this to happen. With how tight the tolerances are in 9, 10 and even 11 speed drivetrains, it doesn't take much to cause shifting issues. Extreme changes in temperature, cable stretch, dirt, water, etc. all play a role. So knowing how to quickly adjust for that, especially on the trail, can mean the difference between an awesome ride or a very frustrating one.

Washing Your Bike

Very often bikes come to me to be tuned and they are totally dirty. Washing your bike is essential - to keep things working as expected.When washing your bike, this is the time to pay attention to all your components and make sure they are tight, no cracks or anything is broken or warn and needing replaced. Speaking of tight, you need to know how your bike is put together, take your time and get intimate with all your components - so that when something does start to get lose - and they will - you'll be able top catch it before any damage can occur.

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What makes a snapshot a photograph?

What makes a snapshot a photograph? While I’m not always a fan of sticking strictly to the rules of photography I don’t believe that you should be allowed to break them if you don’t know how to apply them. So here are 5 basic rules that you should keep in the back of your mind the next time you pull out your camera. Try them one at a time, or mix a couple together to see the different results.

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DIY Energy Bars!

A competitive cyclist’s relationship with food can be summed up in one word: intense. Our love of food runs deep and plays a role in almost every aspect of cycling. A hearty meal is the reward for a long day in the saddle.

Even my recovery rides revolve around food, with restaurants being frequent destinations—taco stands in Tucson, falafal joints in New York City, barbecue in North Carolina, and coffee shops everywhere else. I recently ate pizza at 9,000 feet up on top of Mt. Lemmon.

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Converting to Tubeless

I ran into an issue recently with the new +Borealis Bikes Carbondale Rims and converting them to tubeless. I have seen this before - so I thought this would be a good post for those that run across the same issue. The rims have a fairly deep concave inner surface and that made it very difficult to get the 25mm Stan's NoTubes tape to seat correctly without any wrinkles.

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