Real World Know-How and Advice from a Woman in the Bike Biz
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on February 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM||comments (1)|
Revolution recently started using Enduro Bearings for servicing road and mountain bikes. Enduro Bearings offer high quality replacement sealed cartridge bearings for bottom brackets and hubs using high quality steel balls and also ceramic bearings.
Visit Enduro Bearings to see more of their products or give us a call or shoot us an e-mail. http://www.endurobearings.com/bicycle.html
Below Enduro also offers needle bearing replacements for your rear shocks DU bushing. Smoother action and more durable. Given how wet our trails have been this is a perfect upgrade.
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on February 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
SURLY STEAMROLLER for Cesar
repair; Huffy EXERsystem
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on February 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM||comments (0)|
Hope everyone is getting a chance to get out and enjoy this mild winter we're having.
Our vacation will be over in a week and a half. Just before we closed. We made some changes to the store and painted. We are excited for the season coming we have some very nice bicycles for road, mountain, hybrid/comfort, and cruiser bicycles also plenty of accessories.
In the mean time if you have any questions shoot us an e-mail.
See you all soon........Revolution
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on January 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM||comments (0)|
From Rodale Press Mountain Bike Magazine
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on January 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM||comments (1)|
The March issue of Mountain Bike Action will be hitting news stands soon. In it you will find........
"The Controversy Rages On 26 vs. 29 or split the difference", referring to 27.5 (650B).
With FOX's annocment that they will produce a 27.5 fork and rumors of a "BIG" bike brand will also be offering 27.5 wheeled bike into their line. Have 27.5 arrived. What will we see for mid-2012 and 2013.
In April of 2010 MBA "Wheels Of Change" they took a neutral approach and didn't pick a favorite wheel size. "It still comes down to rider preference and riding condition.
All that is true.
July 2011 MBA review of the Jamis Dakar XCT 650B2 glowing review. Excerpt from buying advise..."Understand it's a wheel size that may not find widespread acceptance" full review below.
I'm curious to see what MBA have to say in the March issue.
I will a agree it's comes down to rider preference and riding conditions. Having experience with 26, 29, and 27.5. They all have their merits. if I had to choose one bike for where I ride I would then say..........
Wheel Wars: 26" vs 27.5" vs 29" Shootout In March Issue
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM||comments (4)|
The innovation of disc brakes on mountain bikes was a game changer and has been par for the course since 1991 or so. Around 2005 I began spending more time cycling in the Hudson Valley and Catskill region. Hitting the long, fast, steep descents on my road bike with its caliper brakes got me thinking about how many advantages there would be to having disc brakes instead: better modulation, stopping power, and avoiding heat build up on the rims. All the advantages I had become accustomed to from mountain biking. With disc brakes you no longer had to be concerned with over-heating the rims and blowing the tire or squeezing the brakes heavily to gain control. I could see myself actually descending faster and more confidently.
So, in 2007, I decided it had to be done. At the time there was only one builder that I knew of, Carl of Vicious Cycles right here in Hudson Valley, who was building disc-equipped steel and titanium road bikes.
Since I was looking to make this bike out of aluminum, I had to source a custom aluminum frame. I called and spoke to several road frame builders, but the idea was almost too big and complex to grasp- or maybe just too much trouble. Then it dawned on me to contact and consult with Sherwood Gibson of Ventana Mountain Bikes (I already had a mountain bike from Ventana). We hit it off and he understood what I was looking for. After a few brain-storming phone calls the frame was ready to be made. Now I had to find a fork with road bike rake and crown-to-axle measurements. At first I thought I could use carbon, but the idea proved too early and too soon for such a product. So, I decide to go steel and I went to Carl of Vicious Cycles for the custom painted fork.
Wheels are American Classic 29"ers. At the time, they were 25 grams heavier than Mavic's top-end road wheelset. I'm using road tubeless tires. The rest came together nicely. See below for all the specs.
Once I got the bike on the road, it was everything I had hoped and I couldn't see why everyone wasn't jumping on the wagon. Like any new innovation, my bike has received a range of feedback from Wow, to head-scratching to purist disdain, but I still believed that it was just a matter of time before the idea caught on.
At the 2010 Interbike Trade Show, I discovered Volagi. This company claims to be the first producing disc-brake road bikes. I recently ran into Carl and we reminisced about where our inspiration came from and I've asked him to share his own history. That will be in an upcoming post.
Today you'll find that the concept is finally generating some buzz and there are talks that by 2013 disc brake equipped road bikes will be produced by major manufacturers. Then we can all get excited about the overnight innovation that was 6 years in the making.
Ventana EL Martillio (Spanish for "The Hammer" http://ventanausa.com/frame_elmartillo.html
Vicious Cycles Disk Road Fork http://viciouscycles.com/index.php3
American Classic 29"er Disc wheelset http://www.amclassic.com/en/index.php
Hutchinson Fusion Road Tubeless http://www.hutchinsontires.com/en/
Avid BB7 Disc Road
Bicycling Magazine The Big Squeeze, Road Disc Brakes Your brakes may never be the same
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM||comments (0)|
650B or not to 650B
26" wheeled mountain bikes as we know it might become extinct at least at the higher-end. Bigger wheels have proven themselves better for their control going downhill, traction, and bump absorption to name a few things.
29"er mountain bikes have gained momentum in the market place and on the trails. Still some riders with experience on both 26" and 29" mountain bikes toss around the attributes of both. Not all is perfect.
Then there is 27.5"(650B) considered the best of both worlds. The nimbleness of a 26" with the big wheel benefits of a 29"er.
Some industry people I spoke with scoffed at the idea 27.5" wheels will be the next "IT" wheel size icluding the idea 26" wheels will fade out leaving two options 27.5" or 29" for the performance rider. They touted 29"er as the only option for serious riders!
For most of 2011 I have ridden on a 26", Pugsley"Fat Bike, 27.5"-650B, and 29"er.
Now that 2011 is winding down I really enjoyed riding a 27.5" wheeled bike and excited to hear that FOX SHOXs is making a suspension fork along with a few other manufacturers will be offering 27.5" wheeled mountain bikes by 2013.
Bicycle Retailer And Industry News
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 7, 2011 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Looking to do some winter biking! Check out Bern's G2 helmet. This is a great winter helmet for cycling or snow boarding. Adjustable open and close vents keep you warm or cool depending on temps. Optional winter kit available for extra warmth from the elements.
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
FAT BIKES.... if planning to explore un-packed snow trails this winter check out the Surly Nate tire. This knobbie tire will help find harder surfaces to dig into under the snow increasing bite and traction.
|Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
This morning on WGHQ 920am Steve and Samantha share their views with hosts Marge and Gary Bischoff about bike lanes, shopping local, Fred Astaire and the virtues of visiting cemeteries... The conversation starts at minute 37:00 on the MP3.