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Enduro Bearings @ Revolution

Posted by revolutionbicycles on February 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments 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.                                

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.

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Posted by revolutionbicycles on February 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)


repair; Huffy EXERsystem

What's Happening At REVOLUTION

Posted by revolutionbicycles on February 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM Comments 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.

  • Freshen up your bike and get it Tuned Up ahead of Spring. We'll wipe down the frame and wheels, air up the tires, oil the chain, inflate the tires, adjust the gears and brakes. We'll get it ready to ride so all you have to do is ride.
  • Check out our DEMO page to see what we have availible. Currently a TREK SUPERFLY 100 carbon 17.5". SURLY PUGSLEY will soon be availible again.
  • For the mountain bikers looking for a bike this year and wondering what to buy 29", 26", 27.5", Pugsley 26x3.8 stop in and chat with us we ride all the above.
  • Disc Brakes for road bikes rumors have it, it's coming. Interested come talk to us. I built my first custom "Disc Road Bike" in 2007.
  • The Hudson Valley and Catskills are full of beautiful country roads and quaint towns. Check out our line of comfort and hybrid bicycles. These bicycles are comfortable and enjoyable. Go for a bike ride, visit a farmers market, have a picnic. We will help you get on the right bicycle.
  • Looking something for the kids. We have the best selection of the hottest brand BMX bikes(Total Street Cred) and also skateboards. Saugerties Village have a skate park located at Cantine Fields.
  • For the latest inventory of "Vintage Bicycles" check here on the website or stop in!

In the mean time if you have any questions shoot us an e-mail.

See you all soon........Revolution


In Mountain Bike Action magazine 26 vs. 29 vs. 27.5

Posted by revolutionbicycles on January 23, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments 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

Disc-Brake Road Bikes: An overnight innovation, 6 years in the making...

Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 16, 2011 at 8:45 PM Comments 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"  :D

Vicious Cycles Disk Road Fork                                    

American Classic 29"er Disc wheelset                         

Hutchinson Fusion Road Tubeless                             

Avid BB7 Disc Road


Bicycling Magazine The Big Squeeze, Road Disc Brakes Your brakes may never be the same

650B or not to 650B

Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)


650B or not to 650B


650B middle wheel

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 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 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.

Revolution On the Air as Guests of Kingston Community Radio Morning Show

Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments 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.

Download the MP3 Here