What Is a Mountain Bike Dropout? (Complete Guide)

What Is a Mountain Bike Dropout? (Complete Guide)

“You know your front dropout is loose?” the mechanic asked me when I dropped my mountain bike off for a shifter adjustment. This was back in the days when I didn’t know a bike tube from those rubber floaties you ride down the river. I didn’t know, and I didn’t care....
Freewheel vs Freehub (How Do I Know What I Have?)

Freewheel vs Freehub (How Do I Know What I Have?)

What do you do when you’re riding along and it sounds like someone is eating Doritos inside your rear wheel? Crunch, crunch! If you answered, ‘turn your music up louder’ and keep riding, you’ll probably be replacing your freehub soon. If – like I did recently – you...
A Complete Guide to Bike Axle Thread Sizes

A Complete Guide to Bike Axle Thread Sizes

The different axle choices for my mountain bike have always baffled me. There was a time when I was trying to install my bike’s rear wheel, but I was not sure of the thread size I needed to use. In the end, I decided to go to my local bike shop and have my rear...
How Much Is a Bike Tune Up? (Plus Some DIY Bike Maintenance Tips)

How Much Is a Bike Tune Up? (Plus Some DIY Bike Maintenance Tips)

If you’re a sporting enthusiast (and live in an area with seasonal weather changes), there are certain annual events that help mark the passage of time. Instead of birthdays or New Year’s Eve, the important dates in your year might look like: Ski Tune Time, Snow Tire...
Bike Chain Stays (the Long and Short Guide)

Bike Chain Stays (the Long and Short Guide)

When I got my new mountain bike two years ago, I did my first wheelie. The problem was, I never intended to do a wheelie. I was in the middle of grinding up a steep singletrack and was suddenly riding with the handlebars in the air. I’m not a trick rider or a...