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This is the time when people are jumping on planes and heading to Europe or Asia or anywhere warm to do some cycling. A while back, I wrote a document on how to pack a bike for air travel, then later, I wrote a piece on how to rebuild it at the other end.  Here are the 2 for your reference. Most of us think we know how its done, but you might find a handy hint in some of this.Packing Your bike for Air travel In a Cardboard Bike Box Most Boxes are about 130 cm x 75 cm...

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The way I see it, Pista Bikes can't survive doing the Service Deal they provide.

Every bike comes with TWO YEARS Free Service. That's not just a service every year, like some of the other shops do - they do a service every 3 months for free.

It's the Maintenance Service where they do the gears, the brakes, clean and lube the drive train, torque all the bolts and it usually costs $85.

So you get 8 of them, which would normally cost over $600 and the bike might only cost $700! So how can they survive?

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Cyclothymia   The Highs and Lows of Cycling   In my many years, I have never experienced an activity (outside of marriage) that has brought me to the extremes of emotion that cycling has delivered. I have soared above the clouds, hurtling along an exotic road with close comrades in a perfect pattern, focused on the work, yet revelling in each other’s company. The deep personal satisfaction of conquering a peak, or a mountain range, or a country - even a continent with just your legs, determination and a piece of carbon – it swells your chest in an intensity...

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TECH TIP Tyres and Pressure In the last 3 years there has been a significant change in the understanding of tyres and pressure. Till then we used thin rims (19mm), thin tyres (23mm) and high pressures (110 to 120 psi) Through scientific research and testing, it was found that a wider rim (23 - 25mm) and a wider tyre (25mm) created a different shape contacting the road to provide low rolling resistance but improved grip and longer tyre life. The key to all this working is lower tyre pressure, 80 - 90 psi is the range. Now that Winter is here we have more...

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Bike Cleaning, Brake Pads, Braking Surface, Maintenance, Tech Tip, Wheels -

TECH TIP As we ride along on wet roads during winter, our bikes pick up a lot of dirt and grit that gets into our drive train and gives us the grinding sounds that we know takes away the bike's efficiency. We know we need to clean our chain regularly to prevent wear, but how many of us do the same for our brake pads? The squeals and grinds we hear when we brake are actually potentially more serious problems waiting to happen. A small bit of grit on a brake pad can gouge a bit of your braking track on...

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