5th edition of Zinn & The Art of Road Bike Maintenance gets at old and new tech

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Lennard Zinn’s maintenance books have been the gold standard for home mechanics for many years, and we’ve seen a number of shop rats who got their start thumbing through the pages. All in all his guides are the most popular resource worldwide for bicycle repair and maintenance, from basic tire and tube changes to complicated drivetrain overhauls. Now a new version of the Road Bike book is out, bringing together all the classic road tech solutions with plenty of new standards as well, all with simple one color illustrations that make it easy to follow from the workshop…

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Wood Bike Building Zen with Boo Bikes

Wood Bike Building Zen with Boo Bikes
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A few weeks back Boo Bicycles put together the transcript of an interview with one of their co-founders, the master woodworker behind some of the early ideas of combining wood craftsmanship, bamboo, and bicycles to take a new approach to bike building. James Wolf tells a pretty good story, and covers everything from swords and traditional Japanese wood joinery, to the Zen of creating things with your hands from natural materials. Hop past the break for a deeper look at bamboo and bike building Zen…

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How To: Zinn and the Art of (Modern) Road Bike Maintenance with New 5th Edition

How To: Zinn and the Art of (Modern) Road Bike Maintenance with New 5th Edition

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If you’re going to work on your car, you would probably consult something like a Haynes manual for the more difficult repairs. Having a detailed, specific guide to your vehicle is a huge help and a cheap way to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. There isn’t really a Haynes manual for individual bikes. There is however, Zinn and the Art of Road or Mountain Bike Maintenance. For years, Lennard Zinn has put together the best selling maintenance guide for all of your rides.

Clearly, bicycles have changed significantly over the past years, which means how you work on them has changed as well. It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of plugging your bike into a laptop for diagnostics seemed comical. In the 5th Edition of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, Lennard adds a number of modern repair resources along with all of the past knowledge to make a hefty reference with nearly 500 pages and 700 illustrations.

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Lindsey Voreis & the crew of “Ladies AllRide” riding clinics on NBC’s World of Adventure Sports SUNDAY!

Lindsey Voreis & the crew of “Ladies AllRide” riding clinics on NBC’s World of Adventure Sports SUNDAY!

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Lindsey Voreis and the crew from Ladies All-Ride get together for a rad, well-earned adventure after a busy season of thrashing across country inspiring women of all skill-sets on how to improve their riding and conquer their fears. They’re headed to Zion National Park and Gooseberry Mesa and you can see it for yourself tomorrow (Sunday December 20th), on NBC!

Head past the break to catch the schedule and check out a video about what these ladies are doing to take our sport to the next level…..

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Hitchhike like a Nederlander with Yellow Backsie

Hitchhike like a Nederlander with Yellow Backsie
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If you’ve ever been to Amsterdam, or really just read about the city on any bike-related site, it will be clear to you that this is a city overrun by bikes. While many cities around the world talk about trying to encourage more people to get around by bike, Amsterdam is a the place where this has been taken to the extreme. It’s said that there are actually more bikes in the city than people, and with so many people cycling it has  actually made it sometimes harder to get around town on foot, especially for out-of-towners. So local bike tour and rental company Yellow Bike has come up with a new campaign called Yellow Backie, where you can hitch a free ride with anyone riding around town with a yellow rack on their bike, and it seems like it is taking off. Hop on, and across the break for a closer look and a video about how to get in on the fun…

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The Big One – Getting Back On the Bike After a Brachial Plexus Injury

The Big One – Getting Back On the Bike After a Brachial Plexus Injury

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Like so many injuries, it happened when I least expected it. I had spent the whole week riding some of the most difficult trails on the mountain, and here I was laying in the dirt on a trail I could usually ride with my eyes closed. The crash itself wasn’t that spectacular either, probably something I’ve done a thousand times. One thing was certain though, this wasn’t an ordinary crash – this was the big one.

Whether we like to admit it or not, mountain biking (or any type of cycling for that matter) includes inherent danger. Most of the time the rewards outweigh the risks, but if you ride long enough, you’ll probably have a “big one” as well. In 18 years of mountain biking including downhill racing, dirt jumping, and trials/street riding, I had avoided any type of major injury.

This time I wasn’t so lucky. It had been raining all morning. Dusty trails were now true hero dirt. And as I entered into the berm everything was fine, until the berm gave way in a cloud of dust beneath my front tire. The bike went right, and I went straight. From there it’s a little blurry…

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How Our #BikeStartup Just Raised One Million Dollars

How Our #BikeStartup Just Raised One Million Dollars

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#BIKESTARTUP is a scrappy, in-the-trenches guide designed to turn your idea into a full-fledged bike business. We’ve covered customer research, prototypingmanufacturing, and raising money without investors. Now let’s talk real money.

The last six months on the fundraising warpath was one of the most emotionally challenging experiences of my life. If you can start and grow a business at a speed that makes you happy, then don’t raise money. There are many fundraising options, like Kickstarter, that don’t require investors. But if you’re ambitious (read: impatient) and organic growth is not fast enough, then fundraising is the startup steroid you need.

When I say raising money I’m not talking about borrowing $20K from your friend’s rich dad. I’m talking about finding experienced, professional early-stage angel investors and venture capitalists (VCs), who will inject funding into your company and expect a big return. And believe me, this looks nothing like an episode of Shark Tank.

Here’s what we did to raise money…

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Just In: Syntace 6-bolt Disc Brake Rotor Shim Kit

Just In: Syntace 6-bolt Disc Brake Rotor Shim Kit

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After grumpily complaining to myself about rotor alignment for the past couple weeks, a friend and the master wheel builder behind Light Wolf in Dresden reminded me that Syntace had my back, at least when it comes to 6-bolt hubs. Testing different cyclocross tires and wheelsets means a lot of swapping back and forth this season, and we’ve been reminded very quickly of the high tolerances required to keep disc brakes running smoothly and quietly, and of the wide variation from one hubset to the next. While there is a standard that defines where the rotor is supposed to sit in relation to the end of the axle, there is enough variation that almost every time we swap a wheelset I end up adjusting calipers. Conventional wisdom in cross has been to use the same hubs (and previously the same rims) on all wheels, but that is one luxury I don’t get while I am reviewing wheels for our readers. So to break down some of the hassle, hop past the break and see how Syntace’s shims can help center up braking across multiple wheelsets…

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Reader How-To: Making a Super Light Tubeless Rim Strip for Fat Bikes

Reader How-To: Making a Super Light Tubeless Rim Strip for Fat Bikes

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During a discussion on fat bike rim weights recently, the question of tubeless conversions came up. When it comes to a fat bike, the ability to ditch the tube offers a chance to lose some weight as well, but just how much does that tubeless conversion weigh? Depending on the rim and tire set up, tubeless conversions can range from a layer of super light tubeless tape to rim strips and layers of not so light Gorilla tape especially when cut out rims are involved.

For Rolf Moberg, the possibility of shaving 200-300g from the weight of his wheels had him searching for alternatives. In the end, the resulting home made rim strip has a claimed weight of just 15-20g. That’s quite a reduction, if you’re willing to put in the work…

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