• The Symphony of The Rear Bicycle Hub

    The Symphony of The Rear Bicycle Hub

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends This Wednesday I decided to present to you in great detail what powers the distinct sound of a bicycle rear hub (BRH).  Of course, I’m talking about the “buzzing” that comes from the rear wheel when costing. The Source The rear hub noise comes from an assembly of tiny, spring-loaded…

  • One More Annoying Bike Problem Demystified

    One More Annoying Bike Problem Demystified

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will demystify one more bike issue that rookies face from time to time – a cassette/freewheel that wobbles.  The Causes In most cases, that culprit is among the following: The Cassette/Freewheel Isn’t Secured This is the first technical issue that has to be ruled out as it carries…

  • А Genius Bike Hack You’ve Never Heard Before

    А Genius Bike Hack You’ve Never Heard Before

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends It’s time for the first post of the week.  Today, I will reveal one of the most intelligent bike hacks I know. Let me ask you a question, first.  Have you seen bicycles with tennis balls in the spokes? More often than those would be street models such as BMX…

  • Braking…Pivot Points

    Braking…Pivot Points

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, we are going to talk about pivot points and bicycle brakes. There are two types – single pivot (SP) and dual pivot (DP) brakes. SP are caliper rim brakes equipped with brake arms rotating around one (shared) pivot point. You can find them on retro road bikes as well…

  • The Nerdiest Bike Accessory Revealed

    The Nerdiest Bike Accessory Revealed

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to present to you in great detail the dorkiest bike accessory known to mankind.  Can you guess what it is? Wait for it… It’s the DORK disc (DD) also known as – spoke protector, spoke guard, pie plate…rookie ring…etc. What is this in the first place? …

  • Shock Pump = Great Birthday Present

    Shock Pump = Great Birthday Present

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I woke up 2 hours earlier today “by accident” and decided to make myself useful and write a short piece for your favorite site – rookiejournal.com.  Tomorrow, I will go to a birthday party of a fellow cyclist. To be ultra-honest, I don’t like loud gatherings, but friendships must be…

  • One More Reason I Hate Carbon

    One More Reason I Hate Carbon

    from Rookie’s Keyboard Hello, friends A while ago, when I was into bike touring, I saw two road cyclists tinkering with what appeared to be a fancy set of aero bars.  “Be careful,” said one of them while the other was tightening the bars. I’ll admit that at the time, I was a rookie and…

  • The Nightmare Of Bike Messengers – Fixed Gear Slippage

    The Nightmare Of Bike Messengers – Fixed Gear Slippage

    from Rookie’s Keyboard Hello friends, Today, I saw a bike messenger riding a fixed-gear bike with a camouflage frame and fork. He was experiencing some chain tension problems on the side of the road.  This isn’t uncommon, to be honest. The local messengers were often talking about “fixed-gear slippage” a few years ago when I…

  • Integrating a 3x FD In a 2x Drivetrain (High IQ Tactics)

    Integrating a 3x FD In a 2x Drivetrain (High IQ Tactics)

    from Rookie’s Keyboard Hello, friends I’ve been on fire lately. Despite pulling pretty long hours at the courier warehouse where I’ve worked for a while, I have a lot of energy. But honestly, sometimes, we have pretty “low traffic” hours there. Today, I will tell you a little technical secret that the bicycle world doesn’t…

  • “Hacking” Thumb Shifters In The Name of Hybrid Road Bikes

    “Hacking” Thumb Shifters In The Name of Hybrid Road Bikes

    from Rookie’s Keyboard  Hello, friends Today, I am going to tell you some important technical points regarding thumb shifters and the possibility of integrating them into a road bike/drop bar setup.  Why would you want to do that?  Well, the main incentive would be to combine road bars with an MTB mech (derailleurs) and drivetrain.…