What is a drive train?
The drive train on your bike is the system that moves you forward. Pushing on your pedals turns the chain, which in turn moves your tires forward. There are many moving parts that contribute to it, but that is basically what it boils down to.
As I have quickly learned there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to shift your gears. Proper shifting can lead to a more efficient and enjoyable ride, and can also greatly help to lengthen the lifespan of your drive train.
Proper shifting is an essential skill to any bike riding discipline. Read on to learn the ups and downs of shifting your bikes gears.
After getting two flats in two rides, I wanted to learn how to change my own inner tubes. It will be a very handy skill for trail side repairs, as well as home repairs. Overall this was a fairly simple process, and only required minimal tools. I will be using a very handy video from Park Tool for reference material, as well as adding tips I found useful while doing it myself.
Following up my post from the other day, I found this video of how our rides are manufactured. I really like this show and seeing it making videos about my favorite hobby is pretty cool. Give it a watch here or click below to check it out.
I got this little bike stand a few weeks and so far it has been a very useful addition to my cleaning and maintenance tools.
It is a simple folding design with two geared heads that mesh together to hold the stand in position. It can go either very wide with just enough clearance for the tire above the bottom stand, or very narrow with lots of clearance, although that makes it very unstable. It also folds flat for storage.
So this is going to be my ride for the summer. Since I was a teenager and saw my first Norco bike in a magazine I have always wanted one just like it. It had to be a Norco hardtail with a Rock Shox front fork. Well now that I am an adult I finally have it!
I scoured Kijiji (the Canuck version of Craigslist) until I found just what I was looking for. The bike had been owned by a mom who was going to use it to ride with her kids. Her kids had other ideas, mainly motocross. So it had only been ridden a handful of times and only on paved paths and streets. It was basically brand new.
I will be riding a 2014 Norco Charger 7.3. It has a mixed Shimano drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The fork is a Rock Shox XC 30 TK coil with 100mm of travel.
After my first ride on the trails in North Glenmore Park I am hooked. I can’t wait to ride the hell out of this bike!