Microshift R10 Rear Derailleur Review

If you are looking for a nice 10-speed rear derailleur for a build or to replace an old Shimano derailleur, the R10 is a great option.  I used the Microshift 10 speed group on my Surly build and it has worked great all summer.  Check it out: Features Forged and CNC machined construction Lightweight AluminumContinue reading “Microshift R10 Rear Derailleur Review”

1966 Schwinn Racer Deluxe 3-speed Bicycle

The Racer is a real classic Chicago Schwinn cruiser bicycle.  It is considered a lightweight touring model with a budget price by Schwinn.  Diamond steel frame with tubular rims, fenders, and foam-cushioned saddle.  These came in two sizes, 19” or 21” with the option of coaster brake, 2-speed, or 3-speed.  3-speed was the only versionContinue reading “1966 Schwinn Racer Deluxe 3-speed Bicycle”

Bryton Sport Mount Review

I decided I wanted a nicer looking out-front mount for my Surly Cross Check and went with the Bryton Sport Mount.  Have a look at it: Installing It was pretty easy to mount as it just has 2 screws.  You just have to remove the screws and hold the mount on the bars while youContinue reading “Bryton Sport Mount Review”

Schwinn Varsity Guide and History

When I was a kid in the 80s, the Schwinn Varsity was the most popular 10 speed bike around.  And that’s what we always called road bikes, 10 speeds.  It was one of the best-selling models for Schwinn and has a long history.  It was never a top-of-the-line bike, but it was affordable, durable, andContinue reading “Schwinn Varsity Guide and History”

Beginners guide to faster bike riding on a budget

Here are some great tips for faster cycling: Ride in a more aero position  Try to ride in a lower and more aero position, aerodynamics greatly effects your speed.  This will be easier with a drop bar bike, but you should be able to do it with any bike.  Don’t go so low that yourContinue reading “Beginners guide to faster bike riding on a budget”

Best bikes for a bad back

If you suffer from back pain, you might still be able to enjoy cycling.  If your current bike makes your back sore, you can make adjustments to the fit.  There are also different types of bikes that are easier on the back.  Unless you have a specific injury that damaged your back, you could alsoContinue reading “Best bikes for a bad back”

Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes Review

I’ve really been enjoying riding with my Ride Concepts Livewire flat pedal mountain bike shoes.  Initially I thought I was gonna clip in, but then decided to go the flat pedal route.  I’m not that confident anymore I can clip out fast enough mountain biking.  I think they look good, check them out: Features RubberContinue reading “Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Mountain Bike Shoes Review”

Shimano Road Derailleur Ranking Hierarchy Old and New Tiers

Shimano has been making road bike derailleurs for a very long time now, so long that there is some confusion about the hierarchy of their vintage components.  I’m going to try to cover all the old derailleurs I know of and give them a tier ranking of entry level, mid-level, or upper level.  I’ll beContinue reading “Shimano Road Derailleur Ranking Hierarchy Old and New Tiers”

Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Review

I installed Tektro CR720 brakes on my Surly Cross Check build and they work quite well.  They are considered cyclocross brakes by Tektro, and you can see why looking at them: They have very strong braking, probably from the all the leverage from being so wide.  They are also easy to clean as you haveContinue reading “Tektro CR720 Cantilever Brake Review”