Sandman Bikes an Introduction

Sandman Bikes an Introduction

in Cycling, Featured, News and Media by Carl H. Martens

Fat bikes have been a large trend in the bicycle industry recently. But specialists like Sandman Bikes have been tinkering about these bikes for far over ten years. Built on this experience, Sandman Bikes offers a full line-up of fat bikes to serve all preferences and needs. Now the brand is looking to expand its network of dealers globally. 

Bike Repair Stands: How to Buy One You Can Live With

Bike Repair Stands: How to Buy One You Can Live With

in Cycling by Carl H. Martens

A lot of bike enthusiasts are learning that a solid bike repair stand, some good-quality tools and a little know-how quickly pay for themselves by eliminating maintenance and basic repairs at the shop. If you’re thinking about joining those ranks, here are some tips on choosing a bike repair stand that’s right for you. 

Bike Doctor Will See You Now

Bike Doctor Will See You Now

in Cycling by Carl H. Martens

“There’s an app for that.” Seems like you hear that all the time, right? Well, now there’s a bike maintenance app that you won’t want to be without. Bike Doctor, from our friends over at London Cyclist, has a polished, professional look that’s matched by its functionality and ease of use. Seriously, when was the last time you packed a repair manual for a day trek? But if you have your phone, you have all the know-how you need to deal with a mechanical issue. 

1upUSA Heavy Duty Double Bicycle Quik Rack 2″ Hitch Carrier Review

1upUSA Heavy Duty Double Bicycle Quik Rack 2″ Hitch Carrier Review

in Cycling, Featured by Carl H. Martens

Manufacturing product in southwestern Wisconsin, roughly just ten miles north of Dubuque, IA is 1upUSA.  Calling the town of Dickeyville home, they are bringing fame to this little town.  Well known for their trainers and rollers, 1upUSA also makes some of the best bicycle racks.  The 1upUSA Heavy Duty Double Bicycle Quik Rack 2″ Hitch Carrier ($609) is just that…one of the best bicycle racks on the market.  Read on to find out why. 

Trail Bike Tire Setups: A Question of Balance

Trail Bike Tire Setups: A Question of Balance

in Cycling by Carl H. Martens

Choosing tires for your trail bike comes down to a question of balance. Ideally, you want a setup that gives you the solid grip of a downhill mountain bike tire with the low rolling resistance of a cross-country…the stability you need for downhill riding and the lightweight efficiency for uphill climbing. You get the picture. Now, to get the setup, remember that: 

Before you get serious about biking…

Before you get serious about biking…

in Cycling by Carl H. Martens

…or even if you already are, there are a few biking basics that are all too easy to overlook and that can save you some serious money, not to mention injuries.  Check out the five biking tips for beginners (and experienced riders) below. 

DIY: Chainstay Guard

DIY: Chainstay Guard

in Cycling by Carl H. Martens

Although not a huge deal for aluminum frames, if you have a steel frame you’ll want to avoid chipping paint to protect it from rust and chipping your carbon frame is baaaad.  Aluminum isn’t going to dent as easily from chain slap and it can handle exposure to the elements just fine. Nonetheless, we like to protect the chainstays on all our bikes using a chainstay guard.  An added benefit from using a chainstay guard is that they dampen the much annoying sound of the chain hitting the frame when you go over a bump. Considering how many bumps you go over on an mtb trail this is very important. You have this problem more with hardtails. 

Buy and Sell Bikes, Gear and Parts on Facebook

Buy and Sell Bikes, Gear and Parts on Facebook

in Cycling, News and Media by Carl H. Martens

There are plenty of ways to go about buying and selling bikes, gear, parts, and accessories…craigslist, mtbr, pinkbike as well as other websites and forums, so why Facebook? 

Stooge Cycles Progressive 29er is a Bike Designed for Fun

Stooge Cycles Progressive 29er is a Bike Designed for Fun

in Cycling, Featured by Carl H. Martens

But what else would you expect from a company named after Iggy Pop and the Stooges?

In the words of Stooge Cycles founder Andy Stevenson of Shropshire, England, to ride the Progressive 29er

“is to be transported back to simpler times in a way you certainly don’t remember. You can forget about air pressure and rebound damping, through-axles and dropper posts, and instead concentrate on railing some sweet natural singletrack on a steed that screams ‘ride me’.”

dare2b Caliber II Jacket Review

dare2b Caliber II Jacket Review

in Apparel, Cycling by Don Martens

I recently received a Caliber II Jacket from Dare 2b For the past two months I have worn the jacket while cycling. I am accumulating miles in preparation to join on RAGBRAI, the great bicycle ride across Iowa. This jacket priced around $80 has quickly become a staple of my cycling gear and is an excellent choice for the money spent. 

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