Gear Reviews specifically for Texas mountain bike trails.
When it comes to lighting for mountain biking, I truly believe you can’t get any better than the lights from Trail LED.
A Little Light with BIG Light
Trail LED is a local Dallas company who has been making high performance LED trail lighting for several years. The current models, the XXX, DS, and Halo, are new designs that set themselves apart through innovative design and mounting systems.
I have received a demo model of the XXX twice now, once for a weeks time and then more recently for roughly the past month. In all I spent more time riding at night with […]
If you enjoy capturing video of your rides, then there are some new cameras coming soon that you may want to check out.
Up until now, GoPro has pretty much owned the action video camera market, but a newcomer in the space may start challenging them for a little piece of the action (yes, pun intended). A new 360-degree video camera by Geonaute was announced at CES back in January and is supposed to be available sometime this year.
I can’t say too much about the Geonaute until it actually hits the market, but I can share my first […]
The most valuable piece of equipment you can have when riding is a good helmet and today we’re looking at one of the very best on the market for under $50.
The Kali Chakra & Chakra Plus
I found out about Kali Protectives at Interbike 2013 as I was looking at several of the helmet manufacturers exhibit booths. Their bold style and tribal art feeling caught my eye and led me to talk with one of their reps. I hadn’t heard of Kali prior, but I was very impressed with the large line of helmets that they produced. Kali offered […]
Why to do it, what equipment you need and most imporantly how to stay motivated while doing it.
Why You Need Indoor Cycling
Reason #1: Weather
No matter where you live, weather is not always on your side. In the northern states you are forced to stop mountain biking outdoors once the snow starts piling up.
Here in Texas we are blessed with unbelievable weather year round for riding. However, we still have plenty of rain and the occasional icemaggedon that prevents us from hitting the trails. During those times instead of sitting on the couch getting fat, jump on the indoor […]
Super handy multitools to keep with you on every ride.
Serfas Bike Multi Tool
One thing that I’m big on is being prepared on every ride. I even get heckled at every cyclocross race because I keep my seat wedge on during the race. I try to always keep my bicycle tool kit handy just in case of a problem. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had a flat, a loose seat or something else on a ride. Having these tools with you gives you a way to quickly fix the problem without ending your ride.
In my seat […]
If you’re anything like me then odds are good that you’ve constantly got an itch to improve your bike. Recently Pedro wrote about Kaizen and Cycling which is the mindset of constant improvement. I think that it is a perfect bridge into todays topic.
What are the Best Mountain Bike Upgrades?
We’re going to be focused on mountain bike upgrades that net the overall greatest improvement in performance. The quick changes that make the biggest difference. I’ve got 4 mountain bike upgrades listed below and the reasons that they are so effective.
A Bike Fit
Maybe not exactly an upgrade, but a performance […]
Today we are going to get down and dirty with some really in depth brake info. Much of this info has been provided by the brake mastermind known as Chris Lorance from Cadence Cyclery.
I’m lucky enough to be great personal friends with the Cadence team and through the past 2 years I have been truly blessed to be able to learn from them and get great information like this. Your local bike shop should be able to provide you with the same info. If you have questions about how a component works, ask the guys at your shop. […]
There is always a lot of debate about what pedals are the best, primarily people torn between the Crankbrothers and Shimano pedals. Wil Bloodworth talked about his recent experience with a new set of mountain bike pedals. Today I wanted to dig in a bit deeper to the most popular options available.
Best Mountain Bike Pedals
So, for those that think outside the ordinary box you may bemoan the fact that I left off Speedplay, Time and a few other brands. To you guys I say “Congratulations! you are one of 10 people in the US that uses those pedals.” I […]
Today Glen Bertagnoli talks a bit about Carbon Fiber and the cost versus benefits of it. Glen has been in the bike industry for over 20 years working and managing shops and now is the bike guru for Sports Authority. He is a local DFW rider and was a regular at the Erwin Park Summer Series in 2013.
Is Carbon Fiber Worth It?
We all know that one of the most popular things to do once we ride our beloved bikes for awhile is to start looking for things to upgrade and save some weight! Wheels, bars, stems, seat posts, […]
This discussion is from local DFW rider Wil Bloodworth on a recent look at the two most popular clipless pedal options.
This is an extremely old topic. Egg beaters vs. SPD vs. whatever. You can easily find discussions on the internet about what style of pedal is best. I’ve been riding the same 26″ Kona Explosif hard-tail since 2004 and, until about a month ago, have been beating up the excellent Shimano SPD pedals shown on the right.
All the cool kids seem to be riding the egg-beater-style pedals so I figured I would give them a go. About a […]