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Why Ride A Clean Bike

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For each of us cycling plays a different role in our lives, for some it is total immersion in cycling culture, for others it can be simply a convenient form of transport or occasional social outing. Each has a different purpose, and with it, a different set of demands on rider and equipment. Regardless of the bike, they all share one thing in common, none of them are actually designed to be ridden and stored dirty. The mechanical nature of a bicycle is such that it needs a level of regular maintenance, removal of road or trail grime, appropriate bike degreasers, washes and lubes. Unlike most other on or off road machinery, that is designed to resist the elements over...

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Achieving The Ride Goal

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It is always interesting how we manage to get ourselves committed to things well outside of our comfort zone. Often in a moment of over exuberance or an elevated view of our current abilities, the laying down of a challenge can give a very distorted view of what we are capable of. So now to find yourself, with a cycle challenge laid down, with years away from the bike, about to embark on a bike ride further than you drive most weeks. The great news is, half the people doing the event will have matched your blind commitment, you will not be alone, and that’s why it’s so much fun. And on the day, you will find each other on...

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First Group Ride

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New to cycling and about to head out on your first group ride? Here are a few simple tips on what you should do for some basic preparation to make the ride go smoothly. Depending on the group you are riding with, often groups take it on themselves to ensure that everyone who leaves from the meeting place, makes it back. These are sometimes known as “no drop” rides and are a great way to get an opportunity to experience bunch riding for the first time in a friendly and encouraging environment. On the basis of everyone on the day looking out for you, what are some simple things you can do before the ride to ensure you don’t let...

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Using Chamois Cream

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Cyclists love a challenge. Tough terrain, wind, rain, heat, and bone chilling cold all play their part in the make up of a great ride. Unfortunately what makes a ride great can also put us at risk at of chafing and saddle sores, which can be the making of one of your least enjoyable rides. Does everyone use Chamois Cream? Chamois Cream use varies from rider to rider. Some use all the time, some use on days that they are riding further, or in poor weather, or if they are going to sweat more than usual. Our advice is to use it before you need it, especially if you are new to the sport. Saddle sores / boils and chafing...

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Lubing Tips

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In cycling terms, talking lubes with bike riders is like discussing religion and politics at a dinner party or family gathering, we can be set in our ways! So, to get it out there, we love wet lubes. Why? It goes back to what FKB stands for, Father Knows Best. Our fathers, being mechanical people, always had us lubing and greasing everything that tightened or moved. For us lube has only one job, and that is to lube. Products that claim to reflect or not attract dirt, dry and create wax like lubricant to us are a distraction. We want our lubes to one thing exceptionally well, lube. All wet lubes will attract some level of trail or road filth,...

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Wash Tips

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Although cycling is an athletic sport, it is also very much an equipment based sport too, and basic habits in bike care and maintenance are just as much a part of the ride as sweating up a climb. The rule is simple, NEVER ride a dirty bike. A dirty bike has a higher maintenance cost than a clean one and a poorly maintained bike is more likely to leave you sitting road side waiting for a lift home.  So here are the PEDALIT wash tips: RESURRECTION & SPLENDOR are formulated to be safe on all surfaces, ensuring your equipment is protected at all times. We recommend cleaning mountain bikes after every ride and road bikes as required or when exposed to rain and...

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Saddle Sores

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There are things us cyclists can't stop talking about, our bikes, our rides, our newest purchase, our latest diet and a world beating training program. We try not to make friends on airplanes, but the moment we ride next to a stranger in lycra, we are sharing life stories. There appears to be nothing sacred, but there is, chaffing and saddle sores. The silent suffering. A sore backside is all part of the challenge that is cycling, but chaffing and saddle soreness is more than that and certainly not a friend of the cyclist. The good news, if there is any, is that you are certainly not alone, and with care and prevention, it can be managed. Virtually all cyclists...

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FAQ

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How often should I clean my bike? Rather than take an approach based on time, it simply is when your bike needs it, and when does your bike need it? Usually when you have ridden in the wet, any time you ride trails, when dust and road grime have built up, or when your chain has accumulated grit and grime. The cleaner you keep the moving parts of your drive chain, the easier the bike is to ride and the less long term maintenance you will be required to do. And of course, riding a clean bike feels faster. If I wash my bike often is using water OK? Cleaning your bike on a regular basis using water is no problem,...

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Basic Wheel Care

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So you have invested in a new bike and are enjoying riding the trails or roads. Although bikes today are highly strung pieces of equipment, made lighter and faster with highly advanced materials, they are surprisingly robust. By following some simple care guidelines, you can be enjoying many drama free hours of cycling. And the modern day wheel is no better example of how far todays bicycles have come. Once the dark arts of the bicycle, the wheel, todays machine built wheel not only has less spokes, a lighter weight, and less rolling resistance, but are also more robust to the challenges of cycling. Damage to a wheel while out cycling is likely to result in a car ride home....

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Basic Bike Checks

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Basic checks after every wash: If you are not confident with any of these adjustments, make sure you get to the local bike shop before your next ride and have them take a look! As you re-lube your drive chain, run through the gears to ensure they don’t need adjustment. Make sure your highest and lowest gears are free of spokes and the bike frame. Also ensure they are sitting quietly on each sprocket and not trying to change up or down sprockets. Make the small adjustments. If there is a lag or stiff shifters when you change gears up or down, there may be cable tension issues. Have a quick look at your brake pads and ensure they are free...

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