Ask a Stupid Question #2: How often to wash your kit when commuting, clipless vs. flats, and proper helmet use

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We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. This is the first in a weekly installment where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise. 

This week it’s all about gear. In one way or another, we all use it – but the little details aren’t always so clear.

Chris asks: So… I commute by bike 24 miles a day, too far to commute in clothes so I use a kit (bibs and jersey). The problem is I’m always washing them. Literally all the time so wear and tear in washing. Am I doing this right and wear once and done, or do others wear their bibs more than once before washing. Also I sweat like a maniac. Thanks!!!

That’s a great question, and while it seems like a simple answer, we wanted to be sure. So we reached out to a few clothing companies to ask their opinion, and the responses are fairly unanimous…

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We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. This is the first in a weekly installment where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise.  This week it’s all about gear. In one way […]

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Ask a Stupid Question #1: What is BSA? How do I get a BSA crank in BB30 bottom bracket?

Ask A Stupid Question - ask Bikerumor your bicycle maintenance and tech questions and we'll find the answer

Ask A Stupid Question - ask Bikerumor your bicycle maintenance and tech questions and we'll find the answer

We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. This is the first in a weekly installment where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise. 

Char asks – What the hell does BSA stand for?

In terms of the BSA we often see associated with bicycles, specifically bottom brackets, it originates from the Birmingham Small Arms company. Back in the day when manufacturing was fairly limited to a few large entities, the Birmingham Small Arms Company Limited started out with the manufacture of guns in 1861 and ended up branching out to bicycles in 1880. Bicycle parts soon followed in 1893. While we struggle today with standards for the type of bottom bracket used, back then there weren’t even standards for thread pitch and sizing. Eventually the threading that B.S.A. settled on for their bikes was accepted as B.S.C. or British Standard Cycle, which essentially was absorbed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) sizing.

The short answer to your question is that when you see BSA in terms of a bottom bracket, it refers to a 68 or 73mm shell with 1.370/1.375″ x 24 TPI threads and a left hand thread on the drive side cup. These days, BSA, ISO, and English are used interchangeably to refer to what is now considered to be a standard threaded bottom bracket shell or bottom bracket.

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We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding buddies. This is the first in a weekly installment where we get to the bottom of your questions – serious or otherwise.  Char asks – What the hell does BSA stand for? In […]

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Found: A self-assembling bike, in painstaking stop motion animation

Sure, it isn’t the latest bike tech, but this video work from Polish Youtube & Vimeo user Marcel Kasprowski is mesmerizing. Rarely does even a bike mechanic get to see all the individual elements of a bike laid out on the work bench. And it’s an entertaining ride as drum coaster brake hub internals, headset bearings, and saddle springs make their way into position. Then, to reward us for following along in the rebirth of this classic European cruiser, the adventure continues outside as Kasprowski stop motions over field and forest around his hometown. To get a little more backstory on the hobbyist filmmaker and tinkerer, check out this write up over WybieramRower.org.



Sure, it isn’t the latest bike tech, but this video work from Polish Youtube & Vimeo user Marcel Kasprowski is mesmerizing. Rarely does even a bike mechanic get to see all the individual elements of a bike laid out on the work bench. And it’s an entertaining ride as drum coaster brake hub internals, headset bearings, and saddle […]

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Winter Maintenance: Cleaning, protecting & lubing the most neglected bikes along w/ some semi-pro tips

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If you’re reading this right now, your bike is dirty. Let’s face it, except for those of you that make your bed every morning, wash the dishes after a light healthy breakfast and disinfect your chain after each ride (truth… best friend and former roommate), you probably owe your bike a really good, deep cleaning. When I received the Ultimate Bike Care Kit from Muc-Off, and what has to be the most robust chain cleaning device ever created from Park Tool, I said… “it’s time”.

Knowing I might be judged, I decided anyway that this would be a good time to delve a little into some winter maintenance tips while tending to an embarrassingly overdue cleaning of my bike. Check out the before and after pics as a result of the Muc-Off and Park Tool’s help as well as some handy semi-pro tips and items I threw in for good measure. I’d love to learn more so be sure to add your maintenance tricks and tips in the comments…

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If you’re reading this right now, your bike is dirty. Let’s face it, except for those of you that make your bed every morning, wash the dishes after a light healthy breakfast and disinfect your chain after each ride (truth… best friend and former roommate), you probably owe your bike a really good, deep cleaning. When […]

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Sportful Squadra Avventura helps us all explore better ride storytelling in pictures

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Earlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a few ambassadors with a creative eye to head out on tour, testing the newest gear, getting their brand seen both in the real world and across social media, and capturing the kind of imagery that inspires us to get out and ride (& buy) more.

Well, this is an idea that I can really get behind. As a cyclist open to pretty much anything on two wheels, seeing others take off on adventures really gets my wheels turning, literally and figuratively. The Adventure Squad has already shared their first few trips, but now they are giving back with a How-To feature on telling your own story through the photos you take. Embedded photojournalist Justin Balog offers some good tips to get us all started, and plenty of beautiful shots to handle the inspiration…

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Earlier this year clothing maker Sportful sent a group of cycling photographers, storytellers, and adventurers out into the world by bike. The collective, dubbed Squadra Avventura, was tasked with exploring the roads & trails less travelled and sharing their stories. We’re seeing this approach more and more in the cycling industry, as brands get a […]

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Strava wants you to be more social, takes Club functionality mobile

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In their continuing trend of bring more functionality to their mobile app platform, Strava has just announced an update that finally takes their ride & run Club features and puts them in the palm of your hand. Making Clubs mobile friendly means athletes can actually use the feature on the go as a way to meet other cyclists, stay inspired by each other’s activities, share routes, and probably most importantly organize, manage, and track group activities or events all from their app on your smartphone…

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In their continuing trend of bring more functionality to their mobile app platform, Strava has just announced an update that finally takes their ride & run Club features and puts them in the palm of your hand. Making Clubs mobile friendly means athletes can actually use the feature on the go as a way to meet other cyclists, […]

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Wooden Widget helps you build wooden bikes and trailers at home

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We’ve seen a number of different wooden bikes over the years from things like DIY bamboo kit bikes to sculpted, laminated bikes to super refined hardwood/carbon and bamboo/carbon composite solutions, but this bike looks to try to be even more accessible. Wooden Widget’s ethos is to provide various modes of transportation that can be easily fabricated at home out of wood by any moderately skilled wood worker with easy and affordable tools. Of course no home-made transportation company’s catalog would be complete without a bicycle, but Wooden Widget takes it even further with some other creative and useful applications…

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We’ve seen a number of different wooden bikes over the years from things like DIY bamboo kit bikes to sculpted, laminated bikes to super refined hardwood/carbon and bamboo/carbon composite solutions, but this bike looks to try to be even more accessible. Wooden Widget’s ethos is to provide various modes of transportation that can be easily fabricated at […]

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Updates on the reset-on-the-fly BikeYoke Revive dropper seatpost

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends to build up over time, bringing the post back to as-new performance without having to even pull it out of your frame.

Well, at the show we got a chance to play with one first hand to see just how quickly it really was to work. The push button version was pretty tough on your hand, so BikeYoke has solved that minor concern and has updated the design with a single 4mm bolt that will make it even easier to use on the trail. We have even more details on the updated dropper and BikeYoke has put together some detailed videos that explain really well how it works. Check them out and how to get in on the preorder deal to be riding one at the start of 2017…

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We got a preview of BikeYoke’s innovative solution to the hydraulic issues that plague a big portion of the dropper seatpost crowd when they introduced their new Revive post design just before Eurobike. Its reset valve built-in to the head makes it fast and simple to get the air out of the hydraulic cylinder that tends […]

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Bikerumor 2016/17 Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide – FREE Download!!!

Bikerumor 2016-17 Cyclocross Buyers Guide free PDF download

It’s here – our first ever Bikerumor Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide! Packed with more than 90 pages and hundreds of bikes, tires, wheels, components, gear and more! Plus interviews with Brian “Sally” Fornes, former Raleigh PM of ‘cross; multi-time U.S. National Champ Jeremy Powers on how to train and race; Nine time British national champ Helen Wyman on tire selection; and much, much more. This is YOUR new reference for everything cyclocross, and it’s 100% free! Click here to download the PDF (zipped file, 4.8MB) and get all the info you need to prep and upgrade for this coming cyclocross season!



It’s here – our first ever Bikerumor Cyclocross Buyer’s Guide! Packed with more than 90 pages and hundreds of bikes, tires, wheels, components, gear and more! Plus interviews with Brian “Sally” Fornes, former Raleigh PM of ‘cross; multi-time U.S. National Champ Jeremy Powers on how to train and race; Nine time British national champ Helen Wyman […]

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