Bicycle Times

HIA Velo: Back to Work

By Nick Legan Have a look at your bicycle. A close look. The likelihood is high that your frame, fork and most of its components were made overseas—not in the United States. That “Made in Taiwan” sticker, or one similar to it, adorns most bicycles sold in America. HIA Velo, in Little Rock, Arkansas, is ...

Join us this weekend at the Philly Bike Expo!

We’re headed to the Philly Bike Expo this coming weekend! The 2017 Philly Bike Expo is taking place November 4-5 at the PA Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. Come by the show and check out over 150 exhibitors, including Bicycle Times/Dirt Rag. We’ll have swag and merchandise for sale at our booth, including a selection of t-shirts, stainless pints, ...

League of American Bicyclists releases Bicycle Friendly State ranking

The League of American Bicyclists recently announced its 2017 Bicycle Friendly State ranking. This is the ninth iteration of the Bicycle Friendly State ranking (since 2008) and the first since 2015. From the League:  According to Ken McLeod, Policy Director for the League, “2016 proved an ideal time to re-examine and improve the Bicycle Friendly ...

Video: REI presents “Leave It Better”

On April 26, 2017, Seth Orme and Abby Taylor set out on a cross-country bike tour to pick up trash. Beginning on Cumberland Island, Georgia, and ending in Seattle, they zigzagged across the U.S., cleaning up scenic areas and inspiring others to “leave it better” as part of the third ‘Packing It Out’ tour.

Review: Timber Quick Release bell

Using a small bell to make bears aware of your presence in the backcountry is an established practice. Alerting other human trail users with the same bell on busy multi-use trails is a pretty swell idea as well. It is simple to attach a bear bell to the average bikepacking rig. It is much less ...

Win a prize package from Knog

Knog has teamed up with us to give one lucky winner a  light set and apparel prize package. Enter to win below! PWR Commuter is a 450 lumen LED front bike light that can also be used as a power bank. Includes the option to program your brightness and runtime (through ModeMaker app), or use remaining ...

Check out ‘LE RIDE’ film screenings across the country on November 9

LE RIDE follows Phil Keoghan and his friend Ben Cornell as they attempt to recreate the original route of the 1928 Tour de France. Averaging 240 kilometers a day for 26 days, Phil and Ben traverse the unforgiving mountains of the Pyrenees and the Alps, on original vintage steel 1928 racing bikes with no gears and ...

Review: Knog Oi bell

Knog’s tagline for the Oi is: “Bike bells that don’t look like bike bells.” Pretty accurate, if you ask me. Instead of a dome, the Oi has a curved chunk of metal mounted, via springs, to a plastic clamp that gets beat upon by a plastic striker. The are two sizes: small to fit 22.2 mm ...

Bedrock Bags: Building careers, stitch by stitch

Words and photos by Ben Brashear “That machine there, it’s a bar-tacker and it’ll blast 42 stitches per second through anything,” says Andrew Wracher, co-owner and proprietor of Bedrock Bikepacking Bags . He takes a moment to pause and run his hand through his silver and black hair. “We’ve named it the Honey Badger.” He laughs and holds ...

The Youth Bike Summit from the eyes of the youth

From Taylor Kuyk-White of the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Program : Since the Youth Bike Summit (and our work in positive youth development through bicycles at the Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling Program) is all about nurturing youth voice, independence, and leadership, I left this project completely in the hands of the youth who enthusiastically volunteered for the opportunity. Special kudos ...

Review: Park Tool Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand PCS-4-2

By Katherine Fuller The Deluxe Home Mechanic Repair Stand is a nice step up on Park Tool ’s entry-level offering, and I’m happy to have it in the workshop. Functional stands are much more civilized, and this one happens to come with a limited lifetime warranty. Rubber end caps on the feet are adjustable (they have varying ...

A weekend of adventure at Adventure Fest 2017

If you look up the word adventure in Webster’s Dictionary the definition reads an undertaking usually involving danger or unknown risk, or an exciting or remarkable experience. Adventure can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, adventure has to be remote, pushing the limits of the human capacity ...

How To: Clean your bike properly

Regardless of the time of year and riding conditions, every bike needs a good cleaning every now and then. We reached out to some experts for their advice on what to do, and what not to do. People give all kinds of advice about what kind of products you can use—dish soap, automobile soap, etc. ...

The convergence of the cycling and outdoor industries

By Jeffrey Stern It’s been coming for a long time. Actually, it’s been happening for a long time, the industry is just finally taking notice and giving it the attention it deserves. Found on the seldom used, often abandoned trails and backcountry roads littered across the globe, where more and more hearts seem to be ...

Review: Shimano SH-CT80 shoes

I’ve long been on the search for a pair of clipless shoes that work well on the bike and provide enough comfort to wear all day. Also high on the want list was a pair of shoes that didn’t look too bikey. I’m happy to report the CT80s are pretty close to perfect for my ...

Review: NiteRider Lumina 950 OLED Boost and Solas 100

Ed. Note: Since the time of this review, the 950 has been replaced with a 1100 lumen version with the same features and price.  The Lumina OLED 950 Boost is NiteRider’s flagship road and commuter headlight, offering five steady light levels and four daylight flash modes all packed within a sleek, lightweight IP64 rated shell. ...

Win a Cycliq front and rear camera

Cycliq  has partnered with us to give one winner a Fly6[v] Rear-Facing Bike Camera with 30 Lumen Tail Light and a Fly12 Front-Facing Bike Camera with 400 Lumen Light. Enter to win below. Cycliq’s HD bike cameras and safety lights – the Fly6 and Fly12 – are a cycling advancement. Packed with innovative safety features, they ...

Cycling: The ultimate social sport

By Jeffrey Stern Traveling at high, but comfortable speeds while watching the world move by in that absorb-it-all slow motion kind of feel, and holding a conversation with a group of your best friends sounds like a my daily cycling dream. It’s a dream that us enthusiasts live out everyday, or at least try too. ...

Nuts and Bolts: A guide to bottom brackets

Words by Adam Newman, illustrations by Andrew Roberts A generation ago, there were only one common type of bottom brackets. They were square taper. And they were good. Yes, there were some variations, and people were trying hard to forget about cottered cranks, but the interface from crankarm to axle remained largely unchanged for decades. ...

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