How to Install and Remove Bike Pedals

How to Install and remove bike pedals

When a real cyclist isn’t saving money to buy a new shiny bike, they’re looking for ways to upgrade their existing bike. And because pedals contribute a lot to the overall riding experience, they’re one of the parts bike owners replace most often. Whether you’re replacing broken bike pedals, servicing the ball bearings, or doing … Read more

How to Clip in and Out of SPD Pedals

how to clip in and out of spd pedals

Being able to clip into and out of clipless bike pedals such as SPDs is a learned skill. And it’s an important skill. There are many riding situations where knowing how to clip in and out of SPD pedals helps a lot. A good example is when you want to bail or ditch your bike … Read more

Clipless Bike Pedals

Clipless bike pedals

If one area of cycling draws confusion like a magnet, it is clipless bike pedals. First off, clipless bike pedals aren’t exactly clipless. These pedals have a kind of clip called a cleat. Then there are all kinds of pedal-and-cleat systems. In this post, I explain four of the most common pedal/cleat systems used in … Read more

How to Choose Mountain Bike Pedals

How to Choose Mountain Bike Pedals

Your bike’s pedals connect you to the timeless spirit of mountain biking. But with bazillions of MTB pedal companies releasing new flat and clipless pedals that promise to revolutionize your cadence, it’s easy to get confused. The sheer number of good and not-so-good mountain bike pedals can be overwhelming. I put together How to Choose … Read more

Road Cycling Lingo

Road Cycling Lingo

Mountain bikers speak their own distinct language as do road cycling enthusiasts. If you’re new to road biking, you won’t understand a thing members of your bunch say to one another or to you. In this road cycling lingo guide, I’ll share a few common words and phrases roadies use in their day-to-day conversations. My … Read more

Mountain Bike Slang

Mountain Bike Slang

It’s OK to be clueless about what’s being said by mountain bikers when they talk, at first. But if it’s been weeks and you still need others to explain everything in plain English, this mountain bike slang guide got your back. It’s a detailed A to Z MTB lingo dictionary designed to initiate you into … Read more

Names of Parts of a Bike

parts of a bike

Not knowing the names of parts of a bike is no big deal. Until you’re at your LBS (local bike shop) and you can’t understand the language they’re speaking there. They’re speaking in English, but they might as well be speaking mandarin. Derailleur? Saddle? chainstay dropouts? Chainring? Hub? What are you talking about? Related: Different … Read more

How to Get Over Logs on a Mountain Bike

How to Get Over Logs on a Mountain Bike

Mountain biking entails getting over logs and rocks of all shapes and sizes some of the time. As a mountain bike rider, you can adopt one of two attitudes. You can choose to hate logs and wish someone had cut and removed them out of your trail. Or, you can embrace log hops and learn … Read more

How to Ride Berms on a Mouintain Bike

How to Ride Berms on a Mountain Bike

I know of two habits in life that can turn you into a hopeless addict in no time. One of these habits is crack and the other is shredding berms. Once you learn how to smoothly carry your speed round banked turns, you’ll want to ride your mountain bike forever. But nailing berms isn’t easy. … Read more

How to Get over Fear of Downhill Mountain Biking

How to Get over Fear of Downhill Mountain Biking

Riding down descents on a mountain bike. Catching up speed. Losing control clipped in. Washouts. Flying over the bar. Crashing. Few things are immobilizing as the fear of falling off a MTB at speed or worse, crashing and breaking your bones. There’s never been a mountain biker who’s never felt alone and vulnerable riding fast … Read more