When is a good time to let go of your bike?

Earlier today I found myself, intentionally, fixing two bicycles for a family friend. Fixing other people’s bikes has two great benefits: Firstly, you learn more about bicycles and usually your friends have rides that are a bit worn out – you’ll have much to dismantle. Second, you can make some money to cover your lost… Continue reading When is a good time to let go of your bike?

Cyclocross on a budget: Focus Mares Rush Ltd

Ritchey and Shimano parts - the basics

Cyclocross (or CX for short) bikes are very trendy at this moment – even my ultimate commuter will be built on a cyclocross frame, but what’s all the fuss with them? We take a look at German manufacturer Focus and their Mares Rush model, the kind of bike people will buy. But to understand what… Continue reading Cyclocross on a budget: Focus Mares Rush Ltd

On a budget: XLC bicycle tool kit review

It looks just like all the other tool kits

Hey, it’s a box of tools! I have never owned this many bicycle specific tools and since I will be building the Ultimate Commuter from frame up – I will be needing them. I read a few reviews and they have all been full of misery, but for the tools you have for your money,… Continue reading On a budget: XLC bicycle tool kit review

On a budget: Shimano SH-M063 SPD bicycle shoes

We already spoke about shoes in our post about, well, biking with the right shoes – and this time we’re taking a look on budget biking shoes that connect to the clipless Shimano PD-M520 pedals we talked about yesterday: The entry-level Shimano SH-M063 shoes. The shoes themselves are very simple: They have a hard sole,… Continue reading On a budget: Shimano SH-M063 SPD bicycle shoes