Monday, September 29, 2014

Get Ready For Cyclocross Season - 5 Great Tips

Have More Fun This Cyclocross Season by Being Prepared
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Start Fresh

Replace cables and housing at the time of tune-up, even if you don’t think it’s necessary. Dirt works its way inside housing lines, making shifting and braking gritty and slow. If you ride in sloppy conditions, ask your shop if it’s possible to fully enclose cables in one uninterrupted length of housing. 

Respect Your Rims

After every race and wet ride, or every 100 miles, clean your rims. For caked-on crud, scrub with soapy water and rinse using a light shower setting. To remove grimy buildup, wipe with a dry rag and rubbing alcohol. If the ride was exceptionally wet, remove wheels and buff brake-pad surfaces with an emery cloth.

Tread Lightly: Set Your Tire Pressure

A general inflation rule: With one thumb across the rear tire, and the palm of your other hand on top of it, push down with your body weight. If your thumb hits the rim, add air until it doesn’t touch. For soft conditions, run your front tire 5 to 7 psi less than the rear. On hardpack, increase both tires by 5 to 10 psi. 

Pick the Right Bar Tape

How much elbow grease you’ll need to clean your bar tape depends on whether you prefer comfort or convenience. Padded tape reduces vibration but stains easily. Tacky tape gets dingy and is less padded, but it’s grippy when wet and cleans up better. Leather tape is pricey, but looks sharp and is easy to clean.

Lube What Moves: Chain and Derailleurs

In addition to your chain, which you should lubricate after every dusty or muddy ride, place a drop of oil on each pivot point on both derailleurs and the contact point between the brake arms and spring (if they’re squeaking or not releasing from the rim). Always apply lube on a clean bike and wipe off excess. 
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

2015 Raleigh RX Pro Cyclocross Bike Doubles as a Commuter

2015 Raleigh RX Pro - A Great Addition to the RX Line!

For 2015 Raleigh have added the RX Pro to their range. It's a aluminium frame with butted tubing and a tapered head tube with a carbon fibre fork. They've gone with a 15mm bolt-thru front axle, regular quick release rear axle. As well as ideal for racing, it's versatile for the daily commute with rack and mudguard eyelets. It comes with a SRAM Rival 22 hydraulic disc brake groupset.

Unlike a pure cyclocross race bike, the RX Pro comes with rack and mudguard eyelets so you can press it into service as a commuter or an all-rounder if you like.

  • Frame: RX butted hydrorformed aluminium alloy
  • Fork: Raleigh C5 Carbon Fork 15mm thru axle
  • Cranks: SRAM Rival 22 46/36t
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM PF30
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM Rival 22
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Rival 2
  • Shifters: SRAM Rival 22
  • Cassette: SRAM 1130 11-28
  • Chain: SRAM 1130
  • Wheelset: New Cole Rollen CX
  • Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph 700x 33mm
  • Brakes: SRAM RIVAL HRD
  • Brake Levers: SRAM Rival 22
  • Handlebar: RSP+
  • Headset: FSA Orbit C40 No 42
  • Stem: RSP+ alloy aheadset
  • Saddle: Selle Royal Seta S1
  • Seatpost: RSP+ alloy micro adjust
  • Seatclamp: RSP alloy 

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  • Friday, September 19, 2014

    [VIDEO] 2015 Raleigh Road Bikes

    Sweet Video of 2015 Raleigh Road Bike Range

    Check out our post on the Maverick Here:

    Check out the Revenio Range here:

    and the Militis Range here:

    Be on the lookout for our first 2015 Raleigh Bike Review COMING SOON

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    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    New 2015 Osprey Packs Shown Off At Interbike

    Osprey Gear Has Brand New Designs And More of Everything You Love.

    Osprey Syncro 3
    Credit: Courtesy Osprey

    This sub-1 pound pack has everything you need for comfort and proper hydration when commuting or trail riding, with nothing extra. A ventilated back keeps you cool and supports your load along with redesigned contoured straps. The pack holds a 2.5-liter reservoir, with enough room for a jacket, multitool, and tube, and snack in the front organizer pocket. The internal zip pocket keeps track of your car key. Commuting? Slip your helmet onto the carry clip when you get to work.


    (Article and Pictures from

    Osprey’s 2015 lineup wants to make sure the kids are staying just as well hydrated as the parents. The Moki (right) is a small hydration pack designed to fit the much small torso of kids. They won’t be carrying only their water though. It has room for them to carry food, which can be kept organized by interior pockets.

    The Zealot (second from the left) is offered in a singular 15L size this year – compared to the 10L and 16L sizes last year – after finding it to be the optimal in-between size for all-mountain riders. It’ll be available in atomic orange or carbide grey. The Escapist, now in it’s second year, is deigned with overnight bikepackers in mind. It will be offered in 18L, 25L and 32L size options, and will be available in black, indigo blue, cayenne red. The sleeping bag storage area will now be expanded to being on both the 25L and 32L options.


    The Synro line will be available in 15L, 10L and 3L sizes. We’re certainly most excited about the 3L option. Most of our rides are two hours or less, requiring nothing more than some water, CO2 inflator and tube. The Syncro 3 makes it easy with a lightweight pack that doesn’t weigh us down unnecessarily. It’ll be available in blue racer, velocity green, meteorite grey.

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    Friday, September 12, 2014

    Photos of the New KHS Sled Enduro MTB

    More Details to come... 2015 KHS Sled Enduro

    (pictures from

    Check out the new KHS Enduro sled. 160mm of travel, slack head angel, and 27.5 (650b to them).

    Specs and Pricing coming soon! 

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    Friday, September 5, 2014

    2015 – KHS – 4 Season Fat Bike Line Up

    KHS introduced their 2015 line of fat bikes at Eurobike. KHS calls their family of fat bikes the 4 season. 

    (article posted by Gomez of


    2015 KHS 4 Season Fat Bikes

    - compared to 2014 models all frames are changed, lighter with new geometry;
    - KHS 4Season 5000 has been manufactured with new MSD Carbon™ KHS proprietary technology;
    - models 4S 500, 4S 1000 and 4S 3000 have head tube angle of 68.5° (difference -1.5° vs 2014 models), KHS 4Season 5000 Carbon have hta of 69.5°;
    - chainstay lenght: now 475mm (+8mm) for 4S 500, 4S 1000 and 4S 3000 models, 468mm for new carbon model KHS 4Season 5000;
    - KHS 4S 3000 and KHS 4Season 5000 feature 15x150mm front hub and 12x190mm rear hub
    - all models have drilled rims: 80mm for 4S 500 and 4 S1000 with 4″ max tire size, 100mm
    for 4S 3000 and 4S 5000 with 4.8″ max tire size;
    - forks: full CrMo steel straight blade for 4S 500 and 4 S1000, alluminium alloy straight blade QR15mm for 4S 3000, KHS high modulus full carbon QR15mm for 4S 5000 model;
    - KHS 4S 3000 and KHS 4Season 5000 have tapered steerer tube for possible upgrade with suspension fork.

    4 Season 5000 Carbon


    KHS 4Season 5000 with fork and carbon frame
    - total weight: 31.68lbs
    - carbon frame: 1250+/-50g
    - carbon fork: 580+/- 20g
    - complete spec’s - 4 Season 5000 Spec’s
    - price: Usd $2999 MSRP

    4 Season 3000


    KHS 4Season 3000 
    - KHS 4Season 3000, Usd 1999 MSRP
    - KHS 4Season 3000: 35.35lbs
    - Complete Spec’s - KHS 4 Season 3000 Spec’s

    4 Season 1000


    KHS 4 Season 1000
    - KHS 4Season 1000, Usd 1299 MSRP
    - KHS 4Season 1000: 36.41
    - Complete Spec’s - KHS 4 Season 1000 Sec’s

    4 Season 500


    - KHS 4Season 500, Usd 999 MSRP
    - KHS 4Season 500: 36.96 lbs
    - complete spec’s - 4 Season 500 Spec’s 

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    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Ride With Us and Help Your Community! - ASSAULT ON HOG HILL BICYCLE RIDE

    Hesed House of Hope is a non-profit shelter for the homeless in the area and operates through the colder months of the year. 

    The funds raised will go towards covering their operating expenses, etc.


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