Bicycling for Ladies

This Cycling Savvy eLetter is a little bit of a departure for me. I usually focus on technical aspects of cycling, but when a customer was kind enough to send me this book, I thought this would be an appropriate place to present it. The book is Bicycling for Ladies (The Common Sense of Bicycling). […]

650 Wheels: Pro and Con

With the season upon us, I’ve been hearing from a lot of you who are thinking about purchasing a new bike and wondering about 650 wheels. Like Terry, many other WSDs use this size, front and rear, on their smaller models. In a nutshell: “If the shoe fits, wear it!”. Don’t shun a properly fitting […]

Tips for Buying a Bike

Are you thinking about buying a new bike? I frequently get calls from customers who are a little intimidated about going into a bike shop. Here are some tips that will help you. Which shop? • First, find a shop that specializes in the kind of bike you’re looking for. Some shops sell lots of […]

Fixing a Flat Tire

First, here’s some general information about tires: Since tires are your only contact with the road, it’s important to make sure they’re in good working order. Inspect them regularly for cuts on the tread or sidewall. Small cuts can hold shards of glass or thorns, which can eventually cause a flat tire. Big gashes can […]

Bicycle Frame Geometry

Frame geometry, loosely defined, is all about the lengths and angles of a bicycle frame. It’s important because it determines how the bicycle will perform as well as how it will fit you. Sometimes it’s easy to look at the most obvious aspects of frame geometry (how long is the top tube and what is […]

Correct Bicycle Fit for your Upper Body

One of the perks of my job is being able to escape to the Eastern Shore of Maryland for some sunny riding around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. On a recent trip, I found myself thinking about the “cockpit” of the bicycle, the area that encompasses everything from the saddle to the handlebars. Knowing when a […]

Crazy Chainrings

It must be the mechanical engineer in me — when I started reading about Rotor’s Q-Rings, I was fascinated. To the point that my desk is littered with all kinds of studies and evaluations of this and other renegade chainrings. Not that they’re new — oval and elliptical chainrings pop up all the time. Here’s […]