How to Install a Wheel in Vertical Dropouts

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How to Install a Rear Wheel in Vertical Dropouts:

You’ll need a wheel and quick release skewer. Start by removing the old wheel from your bike. It will come off easier if you move the chain to the smallest gear on the bike. You may also need to loosen the brakes.

Chain Position

Loosen the quick release. The wheel should start to fall out right away. Once it is loose, grab the rear derailleur, and pull it towards you. This causes slack on the chain and you can pull the wheel out easily.

Pull Rear Derailleur Back

To put the wheel back on, pull the rear derailleur back, and feed the new wheel into the chain so it is on the smallest gear. Make sure the wheel is seated properly in the frame, and begin tightening. Start to tighten the skewer. Once you feel tension, clamp it down.

An Explanation of Attached and Detached Air to a Wheel

What does it mean when someone says that air is attached to a wheel?

First thing we’ll talk about is a yaw angle. If you think about a wheel on a bicycle, and the wind is coming directly at you, that means you are experiencing zero degrees of yaw, and in that case, people say that the air is attached to the wheel.

Attached Air

If you increase that yaw angle by turning it, the wind hits the wheel at an angle, and the wheel is detached.

Detached Air

With water as an example, you can see that attached means the water holds to the rim at all times. This is attached. Detached means the water is not attached to the surface. This same logic applies with air.

GP Gloves by Troy Lee Designs Review

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Troy Lee Designs gloves are all researched, designed and meticulously tested before they make their way on to the hands of great athletes around the world. Our acute attention to detail paired with a fearless sense of style and design make for a superior quality product.

With a vast selection of colors, construction and levels of protection, there is a perfect fit for every individual Most Protection 2-way stretch spandex body with Airprene on knuckles Lightly padded single layer Clarino® synthetic leather palm Biofoam protection on top of hand Soft sonic-welded TPR on fingers Silicone applique on fingers and palm for improved grip Velcro® backed TPR wrist closure

Thule Pack and Pedal Trunk Bag Review

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Thule Rack Bag

This is the Thule Pack n Pedal Trunk Bag for bike racks. Its in a nice dark grey black material. This handy trunk bag is going to provide 11 liters of storage space for your gear. It uses simple hook and loop attachments to allow for quick and easy installation on any bike rack. The roll-top closure and welded seams provide for waterproof protection for your gear, and the roll-top also doubles as a convenient carrying handle. Now this bag is designed to perfectly fit between two Thule pannier model bags, mounted on either side of your bike rack.

6 Inches Wide

Bell Super Bike Helmet Review

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Bell Super MTB Helmet

Bell Super Helmet

Constructed for enduro racers, epic riders and trail enthusiasts, the Bell Super combines gravity and cross-country technologies to create the ideal all-mountain helmet. Lower rear coverage puts more protection at the back of the head. 25 channeled openings, plus Velocity Flow overbrow ports effectively circulate air for dry comfort. Integrated camera mount delivers solid performance while capturing your ride and innovative eyewear/goggle management system makes it easy to see what's ahead. SpeedDial fit system is extremely comfortable and guarantees a super-secure fit.

Helmet Interior

  • Fusion In-Mold Microshell is the result of an in-molding process which bonds the helmet's Microshell to its EPS foam layer for a sturdier, more solid helmet
  • Extended Microshell coverage in the back adds even more protection
  • Internal Reinforcement is a fortified composite skeleton which allows for bigger vents, more advanced styling and lighter weight, while still meeting stringent safety standards
  • 25 large channeled vents bring cool air in through the front, allowing it to pass over your head and then flushes warm air out of the rear ports -- so YOU stay cool and your HEAD stays cool
  • Overbrow Ventilation intakes work with the moto-proven Velocity Flow Ventilation system to actively cool air over the head via 4 ports on the brow of the helmet
  • Woven with real silver fibers, X-Static Padding is a quick-drying and antimicrobial material which inhibits growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi while keeping you cooler than standard pads
  • Integrated camera mount seamlessly affixes a GoPro camera in the perfect spot without the need for messy double-stick tape or zip-ties
  • GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System accommodates goggles and eyewear, and works with the visor installed or without
  • SpeedDial fit system provides unmatched levels of comfort while drastically reducing the tendency for open face helmets to lift off the head
  • Cam-Lock levers adjust the straps around the ears
  • Lightweight buckle
  • Lightweight webbing included
  • Registered graphics
  • Certified CPSC, CE EN1078

WTB EXI Wolf Mountain Bike Tire Review

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WTB Exiwolf Mountain Bike Tire

EXI Wolf MTB Tire

The WTB Exiwolf TCS Mountain Tire takes the fast-rolling agility of an XC race tire and combines it with the consistent traction of a substantial trail tire for impressive performance on any terrain, in any condition. Deep tread pattern with loads of working edges and spiky, soil-piercing side knobs increase control on the climbs, in the corners and when braking. Stable, predictable and tubeless compatible, the WTB Exiwolf gives a lively ride and easily tackles loose, wet and rocky terrain. Exclusively available at Performance Bicycle.

Tread for All-Terrain Riding

  • Designed for all-terrain riding
  • Tall side knobs for excellent grip and control
  • Closely spaced center knob for fast-rolling performance
  • Aggressive tread pattern sheds mud quickly and excels in wet conditions

Mountain Bike Tire Review: Kenda Nevegal DCT Folding Tire


Kenga DCT Folding Tire

Consistently voted a winner by Mountain Bike Action Magazine, the Kenda Nevegal DCT SCT Mountain Tire is the ultimate XC performer in all conditions. Dual Tread Compound improves wear resistance, enhances overall grip, boosts traction in the climbs and gives you faster center-line acceleration, all while shaving grams over traditional tires. It's perfect for loose to hardpack terrain and compatible with fluid-based tubeless conversion systems. Designed with the expertise and experience of John Tomac, the greatest and most successful mountain biker of all time.

Dual Tread Compound

  • Tomac Signature Series all-condition, loose to hardpack cross-country tire
  • Dual Tread Compound puts Kenda's L3R PRO compound (60 shore A durometer) in the center and STICK-E compound (50 shore A durometer) on the outside knobs for greater tread life, cornering control and grip
  • Deep, aggressive knobs penetrate and hold fast to loose ground in wet or dry conditions
  • Lightweight, single-ply casing for speed and durability
  • SCT modifies existing Kenda tire technologies for compatibility with fluid based tubeless conversion systems
  • Suitable for front or rear use

Measuring Hub Bearing Replacements

To find hub replacement bearings, start by looking at the old hub bearings. Use the numbers printed on the seal to source your replacement. Find another bearing with the same numbers. Just make note of what type of bearing it is.

Check Hub Seal for ID

When measuring for new bearings, there are 3 dimensions you need: axel diameter (where the bearing rests on the axel), hub bore diameter (where the bearing sits in the hub), and the hub’s bore depth.

Measuring Axel Diameter

Start by measuring entire depth of hub bore, then measure width of any seal or end caps that sit into the hub bore. The width of the bearing is the difference between those two measurements.

Vredestein Fortezza Senso All Weather Road Tire Review


Many said it couldn't be done, but Vredestein has actually managed to improve on their flagship Fotezza Tricomp. The impressive new Fortezza Senso All Weather model draws on many proven features, and incorporates some brand-spanking-new technology, delivering an unreal blend of speed, traction and durability— plus even better wet weather performance.

Senso All Weather Tire

Like its predecessor, the Senso features the popular TriComp tread, a design which places a longer wearing compound in the center, and a slightly softer compound in the shoulders. The result is a race tire that balances low rolling resistance with predictable handling in tight corners. But in this updated model, Vredestein has introduced what they call AWS, a new rubber technology lifted straight from their automotive line. By adding this feature to both rubber compounds, they've been able to dramatically improve wet weather grip without a negative effect on speed in dry conditions, making the Senso a go-to choice for any riding season.

As with all their top tires, Vredestein's Curve Control System® furthers cornering performance while boosting wear resistance, and the Sportex Protection Layer® keeps out sharp objects without adding too much weight.

23 mm Road Tire

The Fortezza Senso is available in 700c x 23mm or 25mm sizes (23-622 or 25-622 ISO) and various colors. This version features a 120 TPI casing, and a 'Superlite' 210 TPI version is available separately. Actual weight: 225 grams (700c x 23mm). The recommended inflation pressure printed on the sidewall is 115-175 PSI, but for most applications we would not recommend running this tire at any pressure over 120 PSI.

Vredestein Fortezza Senso SuperLite Road Tire Review


With top end, race day performance in mind, Vredestein delivers their Fortezza Senso All Weather SuperLite Road Tire.

Just as with previous versions of their top of the line tires, Vredestein makes these with their proven TriComp rubber compound, which uses three different densities of rubber to maximize grip and minimize rolling resistance. The All Weather SuperLite also takes advantage of Vredestein's experience with automotive tires by borrowing their AWS rubber technology for increased wet weather traction. For improved durability and ride quality, this race tire also incorporates the Curve Control System®.

Senso Superlite Road Tire

What distinguishes this tire from its siblings in the Senso All Weather line though is the 220 TPI casing used. The result is an ultralight tire that affords great suppleness and comfort for all race day conditions. Despite its racing pedigree, the SuperLite also provides protection from punctures thanks to a polyamide layer embedded in its highly flexible casing.

23 mm Width

23 mm Tire Width

The Fortezza Senso All Weather SuperLite is available in 700c x 23mm (23-622 ISO) and various colors. 195 gram claimed weight. The recommended inflation pressure printed on the sidewall is 115-175 PSI, but for most applications we would not recommend running this tire at any pressure over 120 PSI.