Riding a bike is one of the most fun and exhilarating activities that you can do. It is even an activity, which you can do every day and improve your fitness along the process.
However, take note that riding a bike also has its own risks. This especially holds true if you’re on the road. That said, you need to make sure that your bike is in tip-top shape prior to using it on the road.
Check and understand cycling requirements, as well, to guarantee your safety. Continue reading
Imagine that you enjoying a sound ride in a pleasant weather and suddenly when you apply brakes, it makes a sharp squealing noise. It will be really an embarrassing moment for sure. In order to avoid such an embarrassment, you need to do a simple treatment to your costly bike. Within no time you will be saved from such an embarrassment of hearing such screeching noises of your bike brakes in front of your companions or relatives. Your bike is no doubt your self-respect and its grace is your dignity.
Danelle Kabush is a life-long athlete, a mother, and a mental performance consultant, and like us, she loves to have a nice ride on a good old two-wheeler. She is a pro-XTERRA triathlete and knows just how to survive the toughest of rides.
We can all learn from her and she’s certainly more than willing to share really useful tips. Here are some that will help you train your brain for even the most difficult rides.
A good ride is the result of calculating your routes, planning what you eat, and positive thinking. Now while optimism is all good in this regard, it also helps that you expect to encounter some bad moments throughout your ride.
Prepare yourself for such instances by knowing that the trek can end up a little difficult at some point. This is true especially when you get past three-quarters of the route, and mental and emotional preparedness for this will make it easier for you to get through the bad parts.
If you’re not feeling the ride, you might already be experiencing tiredness – or are simply whining about it. Thus, it is important to learn how to determine if you are one or the other, so you can take the appropriate action.
It helps to have a protocol in place that will provide you with the necessary steps to take when you are starting to feel in a particular manner, or when you’re experiencing a certain change in your heart rate; times when you can tell that the ride is going to hurt. This will take plenty of experience to develop, however, or, according to Kabush, a good coach. You should also learn to not overdo the ride, even if you are feeling really great about it at the onset. It will only get you in a bad mood later in the day.
Do Some Fartlek Riding as a Distraction
Doing fartlek intervals refer to sprinting to a certain landmark close by. This is a concept in running, but this can also be easily applied to biking. Doing this can help a lot if you find your mind unable to keep up with the ride. Thinking how hard the ride is can easily get your mind go downward spiral. Setting short goals can distract you from the amount of distance that you still need to take and will definitely help you keep going.
It is no secret that mountain biking can take a toll on your mind for both the pros and newbies alike. The difference between the two, however, is that pros know when to give up and ride for another day. Kabush, in this regard, has a three-time rule, wherein she tries to overcome a particular trail for up to three times; should she fail the third time, she’d pack up and come back to it at a different time. She claims that she will get so much nervous energy built up after three tries that she might just end up with a decreasing success rate rather than the achievement of her goal.
Riding with a group can help you get rid of some mental stress when riding. The catch is that you will need to engage with the group and capture their positivity in an effort to lift your own spirits.
There will be times when you don’t feel so tough anymore, and this happens even if you already are a hardened biker. During such times, be sure to stay in character and keep all those negative emotions in check – or at least, under the wraps. Keep thinking about what motivates you, even if you have to fantasise about it. After the ride, though, be sure to free yourself and let go of all that accumulated emotion.
Be optimistic at all times. When at your worst, think about how lucky you are to not only be able to get out of your house but also be able to ride your bike. At the very least, you know just how to ride that beast and are able to endure what many other people cannot.
They say you are what you eat, but for bike mechanics, you are how your bike ended up in their shop. These good folks can learn a great deal not only about their customers’ bikes but also about their customers themselves the moment they get inside their shop. Their first hint? A smiling mug.
Facial expressions tell just how well the customer took the fact that their bike got banged up. Visual confirmation of the damage, on the other hand, tells whether or not the damage is limited to the bicycle only; if it looks like it crashed or there’s a mechanical damage, one can tell that both the bike and its rider are in bad condition. The quality of the setup also tells so much about the customer. If it looks a little too sloppy, mechanics would be happy to give their customer a quick lesson on bike use and maintenance.
True enough, initial inspections of the bike tell so much about its owner. Here are some things your bike inadvertently gives away about you during this phase: Continue reading
It’s a grim reality that not all damaged bike tube can be patched back to life. Sometimes, tires get too worn or damaged to even be of any good use at all. Now that does not mean that old bike tubes will go to the junkyard at this point. Given a little bit of ingenuity, however, you can give old tires a new life.
Bike tubes have a lot of use, given the versatility of its material, being very easy to cut and fashioned into different shapes for a variety of purposes. If you want to try it out yourself, here are a few neat ideas that you can certainly use.
An old tube can be pretty much anything. So long as there are ample amounts of material left in it, you can fashion it into just about any object. One simple and really useful item that you can create with old bike tubes is a purse that you can put your valuables in and secure them., Smaller tubes can be very useful for creating slimmer storage for tools.
Here’s how you can get one done.
Who says recycling can’t be fashionable? Indeed it is, and in the case of used bike tires, you can make yourself a belt that will easily go with your riding gear. For this one, however, you will need a little bit more creativity and aesthetic sense. Naturally, this is most suitable for more serious or experienced craftspeople, especially those with a good sense of fashion and design.
Want to go for it, regardless? Here’s a quick tutorial for a four-piece braid belt:
Need to keep that spare tube neatly tucked inside your pocket or the seat post for easy repairs? Well, old tubes can be used in place of more fragile rubber bands. Simply cut a long, narrow strip off of a used tube and use it to hold your untarnished spare tube in place. The tube’s material will not snap as easily as any elastic band, thus saving you the risk of accidents from suddenly unravelling spare tubes and the potential injuries and embarrassment that may ensue.
Stretching is very important, and we all know that. However, there are just some areas in our legs that are very hard to reach and get mobilised. A floss can easily provide a fix for that problem, but this can be quite expensive. A great alternative to this is one made from used bike tubes. While it can be a little shorter than one that you can buy from the market, it is still good enough and works all the same. All credits to this one goes to Mobility WOD’s Kelly Starrett, and you can check out his YouTube videos if you are looking to learn how to use this tool.
Making one is as easy as following these two steps:
There are so much more things that you can do with all those used bike tubes lying in your garage. Bringing life to all that junk would require some imagination, ingenuity, and a lot of exploration and experimentation. Go ahead, do yourself and nature a favour, and give it a try.
Let us find the solution of a simple and minor problem of your costly bike. This article is concerned with the procedure of cleaning and lubing a sticky freewheel that is gummed up with the old grease and cannot move freely. Of course, you are going to require a greater force for riding such a bike. That may seem to be a minor issue but it really needs to be fixed because it would only get worse day by day.
Do a simple test. Rotate the tyre and note its motion. If the tyre is gummed up, it would slow down quicker than normal. Remove the tyre and hold it from the axle and rotate. It would stop soon. Rotate the free wheel and see how fast it stops. All these simple tests confirm one thing that the tyre is gummed up with grease and needs to be treated. Written below are some simple steps to get rid of such a problem.
Unscrew the freewheel in order to clean the grease. Different freewheels require different types of tools to unscrew them from the wheel. Choose the appropriate tools for your bike to unscrew freewheel.
Once you loosen the screw, spin the freewheel off the tyre. Take the freewheel out. What next you have to do is to take the WD-40 and spray it on the ball bearings of freewheel. Rotate the freewheel continuously with the help of your hands. This rotation will allow the WD-40 to enter deep into the bearings. Old grease and dirt is cleaned off and rotation becomes fast, smooth and resistance free. Keep on spraying WD-40 until the rotation becomes fast enough. Then take a paper towel and wipe out the excess WD-40 because it is a good solvent and is not good for the ball bearings. It is not essentially a good lubricant for the bearings for a longer time. Tap the freewheel for some time on the paper towel so that WD-40 comes out of the cracks. If possible, use compressed air to blow down the cracks so that all of the WD-40 comes out and leaves the surfaces neat and clean. We want to get all of it out of there.
The next step is to lubricate the freewheel. For this purpose, you may use the phil tenacious oil and pour down into the ball bearings and rotate it so that the oil reaches in the deeper parts and all the articulating surfaces are lubricated well. Keep on applying the oil unless it comes out from the other side. Do rotate the freewheel with hand to get the uniform distribution of the lubricant. When you clearly see the oil coming out from the other side, you can be assured of the thorough distribution of oil inside. This method will give your bike a maximum speed and a uniform and smooth ride. After this, using a paper towel, you can wipe out all of the excess oil to get surface clean. Again tap down the freewheel to extract out the oil from the cracks. Now as you know, you have to fix the freewheel on the wheel. Use your tool. Fix the skewer so that it doesn’t slip off. Tighten the freewheel with the tools and remove the tool.
Now it’s the time to mount the wheel on your bike. Take your bike and fix the wheel carefully. Take care of the exact position where the wheel is supposed to be fixed. Tighten the nuts with a force so that they don’t get loose while riding. It may be dangerous for you. Give your wheel a spin. You will surely notice that it spins much smoother now. This is how to fix a sticky freewheel. Now mount on your beloved bike and go for a lovely ride with your friends.
Every problem comes with a solution. All you need is to have the necessary ken to deal with such problems. I hope this article helps you to fix this issue with your bikes.