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Folding Gravel Bike: Disc Brakes and Drop Bar Levers

Tweet After installing the headset and fork, and preparing the wheelset, I’m now going to install the disc brakes. I have a set of Hayes CX Pro mechanical brakes and 160mm rotors. Most disc brakes are made to install on post mount frames with bolt holes 74mm from center to center, with the option to [...]
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Folding Gravel Bike Build: Part 2

Tweet The next step in building the 700c folding gravel bike. Starting with a Montague FIT Custom folding frame, I’ve installed the headset and fork (read about that here). Now I’m going to prepare the wheelset. For this build, I’m using Whisky Parts Co. carbon rims laced to SRAM X9 disc compatible hubs. With new [...]
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Folding Gravel Bike Build: Part 1

Tweet The gravel bike. A 700c road style frame with fast rolling knobbies that can take you just about anywhere; dirt roads, gravel roads, singletrack, you name it. When you want to follow those fire roads and escape into the wilderness, the gravel bike is the choice for your adventure ride. The Montague FIT Custom is [...]
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The Importance of New Clipless Cleats

Tweet There are several designs for clipless pedals out there, but they all work in a similar way. A cleat which is specifically designed to lock into your pedal system is attached to the underside of your cycling shoe. Since you inevitably walk on your cleat sometimes, they tend to wear out a lot faster [...]
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Cyclists

Tweet A reminder to all you sons, daughters, and husbands out there: Sunday May 11th is Mother’s Day! “Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends—but only one mother in [...]
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“Ohh, Look at You and Your Pink Bike…”

Tweet Since my office is located in Cambridge, MA  and I live on the South Shore in Hingham, my commute is fairly long. Actually, it is quite long.  My first couple of weeks of work I took the Commuter Rail to South Station, hopped on the Red Line to Central Square, and walked another 15 [...]
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A Guide to Bicycle Helmets

Tweet Just the mention of the word helmet can start a spirited debate even among fellow cyclists. Some think you’re a fool to ever ride without one. Some think the requirement to wear a helmet creates a culture of victim blaming in accidents. Someone gets run over and your hear “well he wasn’t wearing a [...]
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Keep Your Feet Warm: Winter Cycling

Tweet The biggest challenge to riding in the winter is keeping your extremities warm. We looked at some options for your hands last week, now let’s talk about protecting those toes. It Starts With Socks It’s the first thing you put on your foot. When you’re riding in cold weather, you need to choose a [...]
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Repurposed Bike Parts: Getting Creative

Tweet There are a lot of parts on a bicycle that need to be replaced regularly; tires, tubes, chains, brake cables, you name it. When old parts are swapped out for shiny new replacements, they often end up in a scrap heap or a bin in your basement never to be seen again, but it [...]
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Keep Your Hands Warm: Winter Cycling

Tweet Putting on a pair of gloves when it’s cold out isn’t rocket science, but when the temperature drops to single digits, keeping your digits warm can be a challenge. With the colds spells in New England recently, we’ve been testing a few products meant for the coldest conditions. Lobster Claw Gloves The classic mitten [...]
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