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Bike Size Chart

What size bike do I need? Many factors determine the right bike size. These factors range from the type of bike you want to your height, riding style, and unique preferences. You’ve probably seen a kid ride an oversized bike or a grownup ride a tiny bike. Maybe you’ve done it yourself. While it’s fun…

Types of Bikes

Types of Bikes

Choosing the best bike today is an art given the numerous bike categories and other variables to consider. A newbie is bound to be confused by the process. However, the most important considerations revolve around the purpose for which you are getting a bike, where you intent to ride the bike and the different types…

Afghan National Cycling Team

Women’s cycling has always been controversial in Afghanistan because of the freedom that bicycles offer. It is precisely this mobility that makes women’s cycling so important. In a country with high illiteracy, poor access to healthcare, lack of employment, and high rates of gender violence, cycling can allow women a means of transportation to attain…

What is a bike’s groupset?

What is a bike’s groupset?

The groupset (sometimes referred to as its “gruppo”) is the collection of all the parts involved in braking, shifting gears, and transferring power from the pedals to the rear wheel (the drivetrain). These components include: Gear/brake levers Brake calipers Front and rear derailleurs Chainset Bottom bracket Chain Cassette  The groupset market is dominated by 3…

What’s the difference between Shimano road groupsets?

What’s the difference between Shimano road groupsets?

Like its main competitors SRAM and Campagnolo, Shimano has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! It’s important to remember that while each groupset name maintains its place in the hierarchy, they are usually updated every few years. So, for instance, when Dura Ace – Shimano’s top-of-the-line…

What’s the difference between Campagnolo road groupsets?

What’s the difference between Campagnolo road groupsets?

Like its main competitors Shimano and SRAM, Campagnolo has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! It’s important to remember that while each groupset name maintains its place in the hierarchy, they are usually updated every few years. So, for instance, the Campagnolo Record of the early 1960s was a 6-speed…

What’s the difference between SRAM road groupsets?

What’s the difference between SRAM road groupsets?

Like its main competitors Shimano and Campagnolo, SRAM has a hierarchy of groupsets with levels offering different weights, number of gears and – of course – prices! Whilst Shimano and Campagnolo have been producing bike components since the 1920s and 30s, SRAM was only founded in 1987. However, although much younder it has become know for pioneering innovations such as…

Is it illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in the UK?

Is it illegal to ride a bike without a helmet in the UK?

No. The Highway Code suggests cyclists should wear approved cycle helmets, but there is no UK law compelling riders to wear them. This is the case with most countries and territories in the World, with the notable exceptions of Australia and New Zealand. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t wear a helmet!

What’s the difference between wet lube and dry lube?

What’s the difference between wet lube and dry lube?

Search online or visit a big bike shop and you’ll be confronted with a bewildering variety of chain lubricants. However, they can can all divided into two types: “Wet” and “Dry”. Wet chain lubes are a similar technology to car motor oils. They aren’t easily washed off in wet riding conditions. They stay wet on the chain…

What is a Touring Bike?

What is a Touring Bike?

Touring bikes are designed to cover long distances in comfort while carrying luggage. For these reasons they have relaxed geometry frame and usually drop-handlebars to allow the rider to adjust hand positions on a long ride.A rack is fitted to allow the attachment of rear panniers, and the forks usually have mounting points for fitting a front rack/panniers….