At first glance, you may think a bike tire is a bike tire. They are round. They are rubber. They help get you down the road. But the reality is that tires utilize some of the most advanced technology in the cycling industry. Unique rubber compounds, strategic tread patterns and the recent push toward tubeless technology are just part of the diverse and complex tire story. But before we dive into the complex details, it helps to understand some of the basics.
Even if you’re not mechanically inclined and prefer to let the pros tune your bike and handle major repairs, it’s still worth keeping a few basic tools on hand just in case. With a little know-how and desire, you can keep your bike performing at its peak.
Both complex and critical, the rear derailleur is arguably the most important component on a bicycle. When working properly, shifting gears is a smooth and seamless. But when out of tune, the rear derailleur becomes the bane of a cyclist’s existence.
For vehicles with a trailer hitch installed, a hitch rack is one of the most stable and affordable bike rack solutions. To help you determine the best option for your vehicle, here’s a look at the types of hitches and hitch racks.