Get your mountain bike ready for smooth riding this summer with this helpful bike maintenance checklist from Lennard Zinn.
Every professional cycling team needs a headquarters — a place where it stores everything needed to keep 30 riders on the road. At the service course there’s everything you can imagine you’d need, from spare team-bus toilets to bed mattresses and bottles of water to physical therapy supplies. There are shelves full of jam, detergent, and chamois cream. Toothpaste, beer, and bleach. It’s a bit like a bike shop mixed up with a supermarket, without any registers. Take a look.
Wrapping fresh, new tape around your handlebars can make your bike look and feel like new. Here’s how to do it.
On the wall above the entrance to the paintshop in the premises – soon to be vacated – of the Pegoretti works, hangs a large sheet of paper, scrawled with signatures round the central motif: a caricature of the man Dario, sitting on an upturned tin tub, toasting a crab, skewered to the end of a pair of dislocated forks, over a small fire.
Get your bike ready for smooth riding this spring with this helpful bike maintenance checklist from Lennard Zinn.
No two bicycle workshops are quite the same. Some are pristine, super-organized spaces run with a firm hand: everything has a place and everything is in its place. Others look like utter carnage, yet the resident mechanic seems to know where everything lives.
You cannot build a bike from scratch or service it properly without high-quality tools. This excerpt from Bike Mechanic celebrates the tools of the trade and their care.
The rules of the road are left at the start line, and the police wave you on to speeds unheard of in built-up areas. It’s pretty remarkable that there aren’t more accidents. Sometimes it’s a miracle that everyone gets home in one piece — near misses are inevitable.
The wheel change is a pressure situation; practice and a calm approach is essential. It’s the one time that a mechanic can really help his riders during a race. Good changes take a few seconds.
There is one thing that has always been and remains a part of the daily toil — bike washing.
A mistake by the pro team bike mechanic can cost the team the race
There was a time when adjusting a bike needed a lot of tools — even setting up a pair of brakes required hours of patience.
Keep your bike in smooth riding shape with this mid-season checklist of top priority bike maintenance tasks from Lennard Zinn.
“The Elite Bicycle is one of the finer coffee table books we’ve seen in years. The book profiles some of the world’s greatest (and disappearing) bike artisans with shart portraits, incisive photojournalism, and keen essays.” — Outside magazine “This beautiful book is all about the bike — in exquisite, intimate, celebratory detail. This beautiful book […]
It’s TIME (Time Sport International), maker of carbon tubing frames, pedals, handlebars, bar stems, and bottle cages.
Columbus, the Italian manufacturer of cycling tubing
And who’s making these tough, light, finely manufactured hubs in colors for every taste? It’s Chris King.
“Ultimately, what you come away with is something different; it’s the sense that you’ve spent an afternoon at the builder or company’s work space, that you’ve seen the work being done and then been left to wander on your own. You could unleash a dozen cycling photographers on the same set of subjects and very […]