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Pulling Your Chain – Do Bicycle Chains Really Stretch?

September 2, 2015 6:06 pm

There comes a time when all bicycle mechanics are faced with explaining to a customer why they need a new bicycle chain. The mechanic will explain to the customer that their chain has stretched. The customer, especially if they are a new rider, will look at the mechanic with a look on their face that seems to be saying "You're pulling my chain." How can a steel bicycle chain stretch from the weight of just a single rider? Read on to find out.

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Bikology

Up a “Creek” Without a Pedal

September 1, 2015 8:57 pm

A new or recently overhauled bike can be a joy to ride. There's the wind, the sound of the tires on the pavement, the quiet hum of the gears and not much else. Inevitably though, minor creeks and squeaks will develop. Some riders will choose to ignore the extra noise as most of these sounds really don't indicate a serious issue with the bicycle. Here is why you should not give in to this way of thinking.

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Bikology

Clipped In – Guide For New Clipless Pedal Users

August 31, 2015 10:11 pm

As a new riders discovering leaning about cycling, you eventually come to the point where you are considering clipless pedals. Perhaps you are having trouble keeping up with other club riders and have inquired about ways to improve your performance. If you are not already using clipless pedals, switching to them will result in substantial benefits. Some new riders are reluctant to even try them due to safety concerns, however, properly used clipless pedals can actually add a certain degree of safety.

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Technicalities

Ultimate Raspberry Pi 

August 27, 2015 9:09 pm

There are many projects using sensors and motors that can be done with the Raspberry Pi, but if you just want a nice media center, a few comparisons come to mind. The Apple TV is now selling for about $70. While the Raspberry Pi 2 sells for $35, it's actual cost is going to be over $100. If you compare the feature set of the Apple TV to the most popular media center available on the Pi, it looks like an easy win for the Apple TV, however what really sets the Raspberry Pi apart is how you can customize and add features.

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Bikology

Step Up to the Bar

August 27, 2015 6:19 pm

Bike riders tend to think of bike fit as either improving performance or improving comfort. They seem to think that performance and comfort are at odds with each other, that you are going to have to choose one or the other or at least a compromise between the two, however I do not believe this to be entirely true. To find out why, read on.

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Bikology

PAC Tour, Day Twelve

August 15, 2015 8:17 am

Sharon & Tom vs. The Volcano

We should be getting close to those depths of hell. I was sure we were getting close after riding through all that lava rock. Last night I thought I could see the fires of hell burning somewhere on the other side of Diamond Lake.

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