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Biking

Should You Buy a Used Bike?

I’m a pragmatic guy. I like to save money wherever I can and when I buy something, I squeeze every last bit of use I can out of it. I buy used cars, sometimes used clothes, and I sometimes buy used bikes. I don’t mean collectable bikes here, I mean high end, everyday riders. Over …

Biking

Inspect your Bike Wheels

Nothing lasts forever and bike wheels are no exception. They’re subjected to a lot of stress and flexing, especially the rear wheel. It’s not unusual for a rim to crack, especially around the spoke holes. I noticed that the rear wheel on my vintage Trek 2500 Pro had developed a pretty serious wobble. When I …

Biking

Tri-Flo Bike Lube

When I bought my first good  bike 30 years ago, I had a couple of choices when it came to lubricants – 3 in 1 Household oil, or Tri-Flo Bike Lube. I opted for Tri-Flo and stuck with it. Over the years I’ve tried lots of different lubricants including Phil Wood, Pedros, and Finish Line. They’re all great …

Biking

BLT Bike Light Systems

Go into any bike shop these days and you’ll find a great selection of high quality, light weight, and super powerful bike light systems.  Back in the dark ages, aka the mid 1980′s, about all that was available for cyclists who wanted to ride in the dark were generator powered lights that went out when …