• 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…

  • I Replaced My 11-25 Cassette With an 11-28 and Like It (analysis + tips)

    I Replaced My 11-25 Cassette With an 11-28 and Like It (analysis + tips)

    from rookie’s keyboard, Hello, friends I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine was fine. (I’d use a harsher word, but my anger management therapist a.k.a. me said I should be more positive.) I used the time to replace the old and beaten 11-25 cassette on one of my steel retro road bikes (I own…

  • Never Buy Single Wall Rims – Go Double or Bounce!

    From Rookie’s Keyboard,  Hello, today I am going to “red pill” you about the bleak reality of single-wall rims.  In short, single-wall rims are awful and unless they are your only option for whatever reason, it’s best to avoid them like a supermarket selling food produced in 2019.   Single-wall rims offer two lose-lose situations,…

  • Chainstay Length Can Make or Break a Bicycle (bike geometry lessons for dummies)

    from Rookie’s keyboard, Hello and welcome to the first Bike Geometry Lesson For Dummies(E01) on rookiejournal.com Today, I’m going to educate you on the subject of chainstay length. Don’t worry. You don’t have to be a physics professor to understand the info below. When I got into the cycling game, I didn’t know the difference…

  • Why I Would Never Buy a Hi-Ten Steel Frame (someone had to say the truth)

    From Rookie’s keyboard, Let’s get to the point. Hi-Ten steel frames should be avoided at all cost. And that’s coming from me – a cyclist who’s big fan of steel. The three main reasons are: Did I say that they’re heavy and weak? The term Hi-Ten steel stands for high-tensile steel. Tensile strength is a measurement…

  • I’d Choose Square Taper BBs Over HollowTech Any Day Of The Week (+ one little-known tip)

    From Rookie’s keyboard.. Today, it’s another day for brutal honesty in the cycling world. So, I will just say it: IMO, square taper brackets are truly awesome, and I prefer them over all of the advanced models with external bearings. And that includes Hollowtech, of course. Why? Isn’t a cycling enthusiast like me supposed to…

  • Why I Switched From 28mm To 32mm Tires (deep analysis + one sad story)

    From the desk of Rookie, Hello and welcome to my site 🙂 Today, I am going to tell you about my conversion from 28mm to 32mm tires (on my road bike). 28mm Tires Were Awesome But… I own a steel retro road bike that I bought second-hand in 2021. It came with 32mm Schwalbe tires,…