List of new Steel Road Bikes – brands and models

Steel framed road bikes aren’t that common anymore so finding models can be challenging.  This list is all the companies and models I can find making steel framed bikes.  I’m including cyclocross, adventure, gravel, and touring bikes, basically any steel framed drop bar bike.  I’m gonna try to stick to bikes you can get inContinue reading “List of new Steel Road Bikes – brands and models”

Great bicycle inventions – Quick Release Skewer

Most everyone who rides a bike should be familiar with the quick release skewer as it’s used on most bikes.  It is great if you have to change a flat on the road as it limits the number of tools you have to carry.  It is also great if you need to remove a frontContinue reading “Great bicycle inventions – Quick Release Skewer”

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: Pages 1-24 Pages 23+ 1988 Models Vision mountain bike PeakContinue 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”