Affordable Modern Steel Road Bike Options Budget

Steel road bikes are no longer the norm in the world, aluminum and carbon have taken over.  It’s sort of a shame because steel bikes provide a really comfortable ride, steel is real!  I found my love of steel riding vintage bikes and realized I love the feel.  Aluminum tends to be a much harsherContinue reading “Affordable Modern Steel Road Bike Options Budget”

1988 Raleigh Bicycle Catalog Scans

Here are some scans of the 1988 catalog from Raleigh bikes. Lotta neat bikes in there. Catalog including front and back covers is 44 pages. Lots of useful specs if you are trying to make a bike full stock. Great look back in history. Enjoy: 1988 Models Vision mountain bike Peak mountain bike Chill mountainContinue reading “1988 Raleigh Bicycle Catalog Scans”

Bicycle Definition – The good one

FAB Definition of Bicycle – a glorious two-wheeled, pedal-propelled steed of love.  Also called a bike, it has handlebars for steering, a saddle for your butt, and pedals for pedaling.  Not only is it a great green form of transportation, but it is also a great source of exercise and can be a social toolContinue reading “Bicycle Definition – The good one”

Laying your bike down on the drive side meme

At some point you will likely have to lay your bicycle down.  Either when you put it in the car or truck, or because you have no kickstand and nothing to lean it on.  When you lay your bike down, never lay it on the drive side.  This is the side that the chain isContinue reading “Laying your bike down on the drive side meme”

Frame parts explained – Anatomy of a bicycle

The frame is the core of every bike and brings everything together.  While frames may have a different shape, they all have the same parts. Head Tube The head tube is the short tube at the front of the frame.  It is used to connect the handlebars/stem and the fork.  A headset is used insideContinue reading “Frame parts explained – Anatomy of a bicycle”

Mountain Bike History and innovations

Mountain biking is the sport of riding bicycles off-road.  I believe it was the actions of people in the 70s that really lead to us having the bike category of mountain bike.  During the 70s riders in California and Colorado began modifying old cruiser style bikes for off-roading.  They would modify ballooned tire bikes withContinue reading “Mountain Bike History and innovations”

Wisconsin Bicycle Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors

Check out all the great bike related companies in Wisconsin past and present: Trek – The largest USA bicycle company, headquartered in Waterloo, WI.  1 Up USA – maker of bike racks in Dickeyville, WI.  USA made. Badger Cycle Works – based in Appleton, WI.  They offer the Fattywompus fat bike. Fyxation Bicycle Company –Continue reading “Wisconsin Bicycle Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors”

Best Entry Level Road Bike 2022 Motobecane Super Mirage SL Review Bikes Direct

Bikes Direct is loaded with tons of options so I thought it would be fun to make some recommendations from their site.  My first recommendation is the Motobecane Super Mirage SL for a good entry level road bike.  It comes in burnt orange and dark silver, have a look: What I like: Disc brakes 2X8Continue reading “Best Entry Level Road Bike 2022 Motobecane Super Mirage SL Review Bikes Direct”

Favorite Christmas Tree Ornament Road Bike

I was looking at the tree and thought I should go ahead and share my favorite ornament: Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s a road bike and it’s yellow, kinda like my 74 Schwinn Le Tour…  This is made by Old World Christmas Creations from glass.  They use a technique that was developed in the 1800’s.  MoltenContinue reading “Favorite Christmas Tree Ornament Road Bike”

Surly Cross Check Frameset Drop Bar Bike Build

I’m in search of the perfect bike and am hoping it will be the Surly Cross Check.  I really like the ride and look of vintage bikes, but I prefer the shifting and drivetrain of newer bikes.  Hopefully I can combine these with this Surly frame.  I’ve heard lots of good things about Surly andContinue reading “Surly Cross Check Frameset Drop Bar Bike Build”