Category: Bikes

Inexpensive online bike components and how to install them.

Most Bikers know how to get inexpensive bike components online for less than the local shop sells them. There’s a lot confusion and a little panic in the industry about it.

I see parts online at a lower cost than Most shops can get wholesale. There are some suppliers that are really hurting the shops ability to sell parts at a reasonable price to you. It’s a common point of conversation in the bike industry. Unfortunately it has caused what I hope is a small percentage of shop folks, to be a little salty about it.

Here’s the thing, you may be able to get bike parts online at a better price, but getting those components installed correctly and truly working properly can be a challenge for the average cyclist.

If your local shop is on there game, they should welcome you and be glad you chose them to install the parts for you. Qualified shops will have a labor charge that’s designed to help cover there expenses. Qualified shops have certified mechanics that make it fast and easy to make them work correctly. They have the right tools, and they have done the job hundreds of times. They know you can get that part for less then they can, and would probably do the same if it was their car, computer, or appliance.

Let’s all just be honest with ourselves, we want a deal, and we want to save money. Things often look easier than they are and we will need to seek professionals. We know it, they know it. Let’s all just own own it and stop acting like its an assault on our personal ethics to seek help or install a part that we didn’t make a margin on.

We are all just people who need our stuff to work, and want to enjoy our bikes.

Go to your local bike shop, have an honest conversation and get to know each other. If they treat you like you are robbing them, maybe the other shop in town is the one to talk to.

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How to look Sexy in a Bicycle Helmet

Its time to talk about an important Question, Can you look sexy in a bike helmet?

Well, you cant be sexy if your dead.  So Yes, you can be sexy in a bicycle helmet.  🙂
The facts are 67% of people who have died do to a cycling accident were not wearing a helmet. Wearing a Helmet reduces head injuries by 88%. So if you don’t want to die or deal with a head injury you should be wearing a helmet every time you ride. Many Bicycle industry Professionals are of the opinion that it might be a sign of a head injury to not wear a helmet.

Here’s the key points for choosing a Bicycle helmet.
1. Price doesn’t effect the governmental safety standard requirements, that said make sure your helmet has one of CPSC, ASTM, ANSI, or SNELL certifications stickers in it. The only safety feature that can be bought is MIPS, it exceeds the safety standards so they can charge more for it. What is MIPS? MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection. Simply, MIPS helps when there is a twisting type impact and can help reduce injuries better under those circumstances. most good helmet models have a with and without MIPS options, that range from $15-$25 more for the with MIPS option. See the links below for more information.

2. Fit, get the fit right, and if you can’t get a helmet to fit, try another.
The front of the helmet should be no more than 1 or 2 fingers above your eye brows and should fit with minimal movement from left to right or front to back. I usually say, “it should feel like it will stay on your head well with out the chin strap clipped, but it should be clipped”.
The straps should form a V that goes behind and below your ear, the tip of the V should be just in front of your ear, and the clip should allow no more than 1 to 2 fingers to be inserted below your chin. The videos are very helpful for seeing how it should look.
It should be comfortable. probably not like that first image below…

3. When to replace a helmet.
If you crash, replace your helmet. If you Drop it on a hard surface, Replace Your helmet.
If there is any visible damage or discoloration of the foam, Replace the helmet.
After a major impact the foam of your helmet weakens. Even if you can’t see cracks or dents in the helmet, it can cause your helmet to break apart if you crash.
If there’s any doubt, Replace the helmet.
Before you buy a new helmet, check with your helmet’s manufacturer. Some companies have a crash replacement program or may replace the helmet for less than the cost of a new one.

4. Other considerations like Look, Weight, Airflow, lights, Cameras, Visors etc. These things are what your buying when you spend more on a helmet. everyone has their preferences on these add-on options. Who am I to tell you what you want. Just know your helmet should match you riding type and style. most people will tell you that visors are for Mountain biking and non visors are for road, but do what you want, your already a sexy beast, You just do you.

Links and videos: 
http://mipsprotection.com/mips-faq/
https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety
https://www.helmets.org/nhtsafit.pdf

Videos for those that learn visually.

Basic Information

Helmet type compairisons

Safety Standards info:

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Salvation for humanity – Ride a bike

If you don’t own or ride a bike You should watch this.  🙂

Most of the health problems that we suffer from can be helped by riding a bike.

Those same health problems are aggravated by not riding a bike.

Mark Makes some great points its worth a watch.

I ride because it makes me feel good and for all those reasons.

enso bike wheel - cycle in the zone
Enso bike wheel – cycle in the zone.

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