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Make Your Bike Awesome (again)

How to Make Your Bike Awesome (again)

Experience the exhilaration of 'new bike day' without the need for a complete overhaul. While not everyone can splurge on the latest models each year, settling for a lackluster ride isn't the only option. The good news? Your current bike has the potential for a thrilling transformation. With a handful of strategic upgrades, you can reignite the thrill of a 'new bike day' sensation.

Carbon Wheels: Unlock Speed, Comfort and Performance

Carbon Wheels: Unlock Speed, Comfort and Performance

In this blog post, we're going to delve deep into the world of carbon bike wheels, exploring their advantages, benefits, different types, and how to choose the best ones for your specific cycling needs. Whether you ride on the road, the trails, or in triathlons, carbon bike wheels can be a game-changing upgrade!.

The Complete Guide to Tubeless Tires

The Complete Guide to Tubeless Tires

Tubeless bike tires have gained popularity in recent years, offering a host of advantages that can enhance your time on two wheels. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore what tubeless tires are, the pros and cons of upgrading to them, what you need to set them up on your own and why they might be the best choice for your cycling adventures.

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The Ultimate eBike Buyer's Guide

Electric bikes (eBikes) are becoming increasingly popular as a way to get around town, commute to work, or just enjoy a leisurely ride. But with so many different eBikes on the market, it can be tough to know which one is right for you. This guide will help you choose the right eBike by discussing some of the most important factors to consider, such as your budget, riding style, and needs.

The First Timer's Guide to LOTOJA, Image of a person and their gravel bike

The First Timer's Guide to LOTOJA

Well, I finally checked LOTOJA off my list of epics! As a long time bike racer and the sales manager of Mad Dog Cycles, I have met a diverse group of cycling enthusiasts, many of whom have tackled this mammoth ride and race. After hearing so many stories of other’s missing the time limit one year and reaching goals the next and even winning this bucket list event, I finally had to see for myself why it’s worth the price of entry!

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How To: Track Your Bike's Riding Hours

Tracking your bike’s riding hours is important in knowing what maintenance items are likely to be needed on your bike. Just like your car has a recommended maintentce schedule at different mileage intervals, your bike also needs specific care at/around specific riding-hour landmarks. We’ve put together a simple guide to help you find the solution that best fits your style.

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Road Bike Disc Brakes: What’s stopping you from upgrading?

Why should you care? Disc brakes on road bikes are one of the biggest game-changers for road bikers in recent history. What’s so great about them, you ask? Here are four of the main reasons you should upgrade to a bike with disc brakes:

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Bike Helmet Safety "Crash" Course

What is the piece of bike gear that has the most important job? That would be the helmet. According to the National Safety Council, “cyclists who wear a helmet reduce the risk of head injury by 60% and brain injury by 58%.” As you can see, bike helmet safety is key to being a responsible and safe cyclist.

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The Four Basic Rules of Group Road Riding

If you’re new to group rides, it can feel intimidating to ride with a group. You want to be polite, you want to be able to hang, you don’t want to break some unwritten rule that you didn’t even know existed. So, whether you’ve signed up for an event or you’re meeting up with friends of a friend for a Saturday morning ride, here’s the 101 of group riding.

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From Road Riding to Mountain Biking: My First Season on a Mountain Bike

I’m a roadie. Well, actually I’m a cycle commuter and an occasional road biker. But last year my daughter wanted to sign up for the mountain bike team and, never one to give up the opportunity to spend time with my kid or buy a new bike, I decided to try it out.

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Carry Less. Multipurpose More.

You don’t have to be a weight weenie to understand that less is often more. During my first ultra-endurance mountain bike race in 2013, I carried far too much gear. I packed for my fears by throwing extra gear into my loaded bags at the last minute. It resulted in pounds of extra weight and over-stuffed gear bags. I paid for my mistake over a six-day slog along the Colorado Trail. Since that learning experience, and several others, I’ve had a chance to refine my gear, minimizing weight and using gear that can fill several needs.

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Fit Your Bike to You

Why don’t more people ride bikes? There are dozens of reasons, however,  the most common reason I hear is that riding a bike is too hard and/or uncomfortable. Many people will never ride a bike that fits them just right. A bike that is too big, too small or just not adjusted right can lead to some serious discomfort and possible injury. This can all be avoided with a simple fix.