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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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Check It Before You Ride It

Tweet As the expression usually goes: Check it before you wreck it. It’s important to be sure your bike is safe each and every time you ride it. Too many of us go days or weeks, regularly riding our bike, but never giving an ounce of thought to its condition or necessary maintenance. Here are [...]
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Front Derailleur Adjustment

Tweet Any bike with multiple chainrings uses a front derailleur to shift between them. In order to get smooth, accurate shifting, and avoid chain rub, it’s important to have your front derailleur properly adjusted. There are a few adjustments that can be made to the derailleur, and with the right tools you can do this [...]
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Adjusting Mechanical Disc Brakes

Tweet Disc brakes have long been the preferred brake design for modern mountain bikes, they’re gaining popularity for cyclocross, and they’re finally available on road bikes. The braking force is applied to a disc that is bolted directly to the hub. They provide more stopping power, and better performance in bad weather than traditional rim [...]
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Bicycle Valve Caps: Are They Important?

Tweet The valve cap… yes, that small piece of plastic that screws onto the valve, apparently useless, that  almost always ends up lost somewhere in the world. The truth is that if your bike uses Schrader valves, the caps really are useful, much more than you think. Their main purpose is to help keep dust [...]
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Go Pro Camera Mount: How To

Tweet You’ve probably seen the portable Go Pro cameras on the market. They’re very easy to mount on a helmet or handlebars to capture riding footage, but we wanted a perspective that would show the bike as well. For this we put together a homemade bracket to mount our Go Pro on the rear axle. [...]
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Hydraulic Road Calipers

Tweet The other day we discussed disc brakes on road bikes, which seems to be the next big thing coming to the world of competitive road cycling. Not everyone is on board though, as they are a bit heavier than traditional road calipers, and to be honest, people are simply resistant to change. So for [...]
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