• Don’t get mad if your derailleur is slapping the largest cassette cog. It’s fixable.

    Don’t get mad if your derailleur is slapping the largest cassette cog. It’s fixable.

    From Rookie’s Keyboard, Hello, friends It’s time for my weekend post (although I am not sure if the entire post will be ready by the end of the weekend).  Today, I am going to talk about a somewhat weird but popular issue that cyclists face – contact between the top pulley of the derailleur and…

  • Let’s talk about V-brakes and Cantis

    Let’s talk about V-brakes and Cantis

    Hello, friends  Today, I will talk about V-brakes and cantilever brakes – the two most popular rim brakes found on cyclocross, entry-level MTBs, touring, and commuting bicycles. Let’s start with the similarities between the two. On top of my head, I can list the following: However, there are MAJOR dissimilarities between the two that every cycling guru must be aware…

  • Can 4 Extra Spokes Really Make That Much of a Difference? (of course)

    Can 4 Extra Spokes Really Make That Much of a Difference? (of course)

    From Rookie’s Keyboard, Hello, friends It’s time for another post. To be honest, I never thought I’d like blogging/online writing as much as I do. I find that it helps me concentrate better.  The topic of today will be spoke count and more specifically 28 and 32-spoke wheels. The difference between the two isn’t huge…

  • Why I Prefer Curved Forks Over Straight

    Why I Prefer Curved Forks Over Straight

    From Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, we are going to talk about curved and straight bicycle forks. I will try to provide you with the most comprehensive comparison of those two “monsters” that you can find online.  And by the end of it, you will know why I prefer the curved version.  So, fellas, let’s…

  • The Battle Of Small Bicycle Rotors (180 vs. 160)

    The Battle Of Small Bicycle Rotors (180 vs. 160)

    From Rookie’s Keyboard Hello, friends  It’s midnight where I am, and I can’t sleep due to “unfavorable” circumstances. But I will use my insomnia to fuel another post for the rookie cyclists out there.  Yesterday, I began reassembling my old MTB and had the painful realization that my disc brake rotors were under their minimal…

  • Why I Bought My Brother a 24″ BMX Instead of 20″ (detailed comparison)

    Why I Bought My Brother a 24″ BMX Instead of 20″ (detailed comparison)

    From Rookie’s Keyboard Hello, friends Yesterday my brother had a birthday, and as you can guess from the title, we got him a 24″ BMX.  The family delegated the present selection to me, and this was the best present I could come up with given the budget, the circumstances, and his desire to develop new…

  • Bike Theory For Dummies: Low and High Flange Hubs

    Bike Theory For Dummies: Low and High Flange Hubs

    From Rookie’s Keyboard, Hello, friends Good news. I have prepared a very special Bike Theory Lesson (BTL) for you. It was inspired by a very nice fixie bike that I saw the other day.  Honestly, I am not the biggest fixie fan on the planet, but I can’t deny that the owner of that particular…

  • How I Fitted A 10-speed Cassette On a Friend’s 8-speed Hub (ezpz)

    How I Fitted A 10-speed Cassette On a Friend’s 8-speed Hub (ezpz)

    Yesterday, a friend texted me asking for bike mechanic knowledge and assistance. He’d bought a 10-speed cassette on sale, but the seller had told him that his hub may be incompatible with his new acquisition (what a fancy word). “What was your previous cassette,” I asked him. “An 8-speed Shimano model,” he responded. “Buy me…

  • Let Me Tell You The Ins and Outs Of Suspension-corrected Forks

    Let Me Tell You The Ins and Outs Of Suspension-corrected Forks

    From Rookie’s Keyboard, Hello, friends It’s Sunday evening where I live. A perfect timing for a simple tutorial, a cold beverage in an aluminum can, and a new tutorial that will help you understand the cycling world a little better.  Today’s topic is an enigma known as “Suspension-Corrected Fork“.  It sounds complicated, but it’s as…

  • Why I Don’t Like 35mm Handlebars (31.8mm crew for life)

    Why I Don’t Like 35mm Handlebars (31.8mm crew for life)

    From Rookie’s keyboard, My mom didn’t raise me to be an opinionless chicken. So, I like to tell it like it is on every occasion. Well, today is one of those days. And I have another confession to make – I don’t like 35mm handlebars. I consider them another pointless product that the bicycle industry…