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What is Cassette Wear? And Other Questions, Answered

One of the misunderstood concepts of regular bicycle maintenance is cassette wear. Typically, one might go through 5 chains for every quality, name-brand cassette – or about 10,000 miles. But there are also stories of Campagnolo Record cassettes lasting a decade or more, and other stories of people riding hard in sandy areas having to replace a discount-brand ...

A do-gooder riding across California with a rather large camera

His name is Erik Mathy, he is a Bicycle Times contributor and awesome human. He says it best… I am currently riding my bicycle, cameras in hand, 1200 miles along the old Butterfield Overland Mail Route (BOMR) to Tucson. Back in the late 1800’s, the BOMR was the main conduit for communications between St. Louis ...

A Heart-Shaped Ride around America

Here’s something that hasn’t happened before. Texan Kirk Gillock has finished a 4,250-mile solo cycling tour around America in the shape of a large heart. The purpose of Gillock’s “Heart for America” campaign is to help heal some of the division our country is feeling right now. He believes that it takes both sides, the left ...

Check out these Child Bike Messengers from the Library of Congress

I’ve been poking around the “Free To Use” section of the Library of Congress website and it’s pretty cool. Lots of old photos, which are available for use and enjoyment, royalty free. So I started looking for bicycle-related shots for this bicycle-related site and found tons of interesting stuff. Like this… The Title reads… Curtin Hines. Western Union ...

Two-Wheeled Musings: Disconnect to Connect

By Paul de Valera Every Thursday I ride with a couple guys that I would describe as normal white dudes. They have nice bikes, motorcycles, dune buggies, marriages, mortgages, children etc. All the things in life I want nothing to do with. I can see we are worlds apart as they snap bong loads and ...

Ride Slow, Take Photos

By Erik Mathy. Erik carries an entire 4×5 view camera on his bicycle journeys. Let’s check out some of his recent work…Ed. Above: The Ferry Building, San Francisco. With giant polar bear. The San Francisco Bay Area is a funny place. I’ve been riding up to the top of Hawk Hill, which overlooks the Golden ...

Sponsored Story: Civia Cycles asks: Where do we start with ebikes?

Hello Bicycle Times readers! Welcome to this sponsored post. Yes, this content is provided by Civia Cycles, and written by Matt Pacocha. Matt has some good ideas about E-bikes. Take a moment to check it out, and help us pay the bills!… Ed. E-bikes are everywhere. Or they will be soon, here’s why. I live at 9,000 feet. ...

I Bike therefore I Vote

Note: Today is the last day to register to vote in some states! -Ed. The League Of American Cyclists did a recent survey, and while it is encouraging that 97% of the survey-takers plan to vote, I’m gonna go ahead and share this so we can get another bunch of folks thinking about the upcoming midterm ...

Review: Urban Arrow Family

By Neil Schirmer The Fam As parents of two developmentally disabled children, my wife Deana and I struggle to wrangle everyone together for family activities. We’ve always tried to find ways to get our kids riding, and despite his visual impairment, that has been relatively easy with our son, Ryan. First, we used a Burley ...

Take a break and listen to Luka Bloom sing about biking

Let’s take a moment out of this busy Humpday and listen to Luka Bloom, the Irish folk singer, as he sings a song about bikes that will chill you out. It’s called “The Ride” What’s your favorite bicycle-related tune? PS: The guy with the big stick means you no harm. Think I’’ll go for a ride Take the ...

Ride Like A Mongolian with Grant Peterson

By Grant Peterson When Genghis Khan and the other 800-year old Mongolians rode horses in battle, they were isolated enough from the gallop to shoot arrows with half a chance of hitting foes. Good form and good shot, Genghis!  For a thousand years, Mongolians have been the smoothest riders in the world, the most at ...

Youth Bike Summit comes to New York

We believe in the capacity of youth to lead. We believe in the power of the bicycle as a catalyst for positive social change. We believe in the importance of a diverse, multi-cultural and equitable movement. We believe when youth ride bikes, our communities are healthier and more sustainable. We believe that sharing & learning ...

Bama Time! Thoughts on trikes and a FrankenSurly

And now, for your amusement, our roving sentinel of sanity ponders life, tricycle love, and a Surly you’ll never be able to buy. -Ed. By Chris “Bama” Milucky The steel-ular seat of my tricycle always felt cold under my jorts-clad butt cheeks. I didn’t learn how to ride a bike until I was at 6 or ...

How Cycling Gave Me Hope During the AIDS Crisis

By Evan Bachner My husband, Ed, and I have always been cyclists. I’m not a racer (Ed rides much faster than I do), and I’m not a top rider in any category – I’m just a civilian rider who’s always loved biking long distances. My love for cycling took on much greater significance in the ...

Cool Tools From the Days of Yore

By Paul de Valera Not to say a disparaging word about any contemporary bike shop,  but it is just my perception that “back in the day” there was more of an inclination for repairing things rather than just being a glorified parts swapper. Sure, bikes have become more complicated with a myriad of component and frame materials ...

Pedaling Toward Simplicity

By Lettie Stratton Cycling can be a meditative and spiritual experience. Nothing leads me to a space of quiet contemplation and reflection more reliably than focusing on the whir of wheels on pavement and the steady rhythm of pedals repeatedly rotating around a crank. The intermittent squeaks of an unsatisfactorily greased chain and the occasional ...

ENTER TO WIN THE GRAVEL EXPERIENCE RAFFLE FUNDRAISER

You found the best fundraiser in 2018.  The Gravel Experience Raffle .   All things gravel, all things awesome! All proceeds from this raffle will go directly to World Bicycle Relief, People for Bikes, The International Scholastic Cycling Association (Idaho Chapter), and Club Ride’s local trail association The Wood River Bicycle Coalition. One lucky winner will win a custom ...

Racing in the Delaware Valley, Looping the Past into the Present

By Jessie Bird “Racing: A Need for Speed”- an emotion that we’ve all felt and the title of a recent exhibit at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA. This exhibit followed the evolution of this need for speed from footraces to horse races to bicycle racing to motor racing, with a special insight into local Bucks ...

Strider Bikes unveils a Carbon Balance Bike

Looks like the engineers over at  Strider Bikes  decided to have a little fun with their newest addition to the Strider 12 lineup, the carbon  Strider 12 ST-R  Balance Bike.   The 12 ST-R features a full carbon fiber frame, fork, wheels, handlebar, and seatpost, along with a Cane Creek AER headset, a custom forged alloy stem, Schwalbe Big Apple Tires ...

Into the Wind- Cycling across South America

By: Mark Greiz You ask me why I pedal to far away places; I smile and close my eyes, Words can’t describe the reason why; The blue water glistens, the birds fly high. January 29th, 2018. Although it was the height of summer, it was a cold and windy day in Punta Arenas, Chile’s southernmost ...