Summer is coming – and with it sunshine, long days and exciting bike rides! That also means that new bike clothing is a must – and choosing the right equipment can make all the difference. Many bikers have preferred cycling clothing brands, and we have two favourites in particular: Castelli and Endura.
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Holidays are coming up and people always seem to ask me what I am planning to do. As an extremely unorganized and spontaneous kind of person I flick the question off with a simple and easy answer to stop the interrogation ‘nothing’.
When looking to get into the sport of cycling, I had a lot of fun researching the fancy new and quirky cycling equipment like electronic wireless shifting, super light carbon fibre frames and the best new aerodynamic cycling equipment like helmets and skinsuits.
A question I get all the time as an insider of the bike shop industry is what is the best bike shop. Well that is a hard questions as there are many factors that work together to build the best bike shop. One of my favourite things about bike shops is their shop bike rides. I think if a bike shop doesn't at least have one or two bunch rides they cannot be considered in my list of best bike shops, why you ask? Well I simply love riding and riding with others getting a draft and having a mini race can be one of the most fun types of riding I do, races are fun but they cost money and have a high risk of crashing so the next best thing for me is definitely shop bike rides.
I loved going to bike stores to buy bicycles and in a way it lead to build a lovely bike store for myself. The thing I enjoy most about going to shop for bikes is gazing at all the quirky and innovative new inventions that the bike industry has thought of. But when going to a bike store to shop for bikes it is very important to factor in many different aspects before you make the decision to buy bicycles. My first tip would be to no matter how good the deal is never ever shop for bikes at a department store. Seriously. Don't even consider it. Not even for your grandma, kid or yourself. They are just rubbish. They should be illegal to ride on, they pose a risk to those who ride them and those who are nearby.
E Bikes are a newcomer to the two wheeler market but are steadily growing in popularity. As an example a few years ago, riding around Auckland I found it was extremely rare to see even one EBike on a four hour ride. Nowadays I see E-Bikes everywhere, especially in metropolitan areas such as the CBD. The main advantage to these electronically assisted bikes is that it makes cycling as a form of transport a lot more accessible to those who aren’t as fit as Tour De France cyclists. I love E-Bikes especially for quick lunch runs, you can go twice the speed of a normal bike with half the effort making it a very speedy mode of transport. When looking at buying an EBike I suggest you find the lightest one you can as if the battery runs out you do not want to be riding a 30kg deadweight uphill, trust me it’s not enjoyable. The range of typical E-Bikes are from about 50-120km so the chance of a battery running out is low, but the motor and battery add a lot of weight so take this into consideration when purchasing an E-Bike.
Most cyclists just want to ride there bike and don’t want to have to keep them clean and maintained, myself included. Doing a few simple things can go a long way towards keeping your bike running smoothly and keeping your bike’s parts from wearing out. Below you’ll find my top five tips for keeping your bike running hassle free!
As an employee at a bike shop in Auckland, NZ I am often in a privileged position in which I have access and knowledge of the newest innovations and technology to come out of the weird and wonderful cycling industry. I am going to talk about some of my favourite innovations.
When buying a bicycle, cycle clothing, groupset, cycle shoes and the most of other bike products, you generally know what model and size you should buy but rarely does anyone give much thought to bike pedals or there width. There are a heap of different brands in the bike pedals industry with the likes of Speedplay, Shimano, look, Time, Crank Bro's and Keywin trying to get your money. The sponsoring of Professional Athletes and teams is the method brands get noticed by the general public which leads to a many sales. From my perspective as a person in the bike industry I’m not worried about what Professional riders use but more the actual fit of the bike pedal to rider. Hopefully without boring you with too much detail I’ll show you what pedal system is optimal for you.
Most mountain bikes come without pedals leaving you with another decision to make when you buy a bike. With different disciplines of mountain biking requiring different levels of support and grip from pedals it is important to purchase a pedal that suits your needs.