Are Folding Bikes Any Good? (Simple Answers!)

Folding bikes are good for almost any non-competitive riding on reasonably smooth ground. And they’re perfect if your trip involves transit or cramped storage. However, small wheels mean a slightly harsher ride, After owning and riding one daily, I’d say they’re more versatile than most people realize! But are they ideal for every situation and … Read more

Think Twice About Buying A Bike On Amazon (& Where Else To Look)

The inventory of most local bike shops pales in comparison to what you see on Amazon. Every common style, from a gazillion brands, often with free shipping to boot. That’s awfully nice, especially amid a worldwide bike shortage that should linger at least through 2022. But convenience doesn’t mean quality, and ease of purchase doesn’t … Read more

Why Won’t My Bicycle Shift Gears? (Common Issues Explained!)

Whoever said “it’s as easy as riding a bike” clearly never dealt with one that just wouldn’t shift. It’s extremely frustrating, but fortunately, it’s usually simple to fix. We’ll take a quick look at how shifting should work, then at what might be getting in the way. Here’s why your bicycle won’t shift gears Usually, … Read more

Are Electric Scooters Waterproof? (What Every Rider Needs To Know)

The water resistance of electric scooters is a little more complicated than you might think. At the risk of sounding like an equivocating lawyer…”What do you mean by waterproof? Does it count if it’s just not not waterproof? And define ‘water’!” In all seriousness, there’s some nuance worth understanding before you venture out into the … Read more

Why Is My Electric Scooter Going Slow? (5 Things To Check Now!)

It’s frustrating when you could swear your electric scooter’s slower than before, yet nothing is visibly wrong. But what might be going on, and more importantly, what can you do about it? Electric scooters most often go slow because of a low battery or an accidental switch into eco/beginner mode. However, flat tires, mechanical brake/hub … Read more

How To Turn Your Road Bike Into A Commuter (Complete Guide)

It’s certainly possible to commute on a road bike. It may be ideal for a very long commute (e.g., 10-15 miles or more). After all, road bikes are great for fast riding and/or long distance, where efficiency trumps all. But they achieve that efficiency through aggressive geometry and a stripped-down build, which costs a lot … Read more

Every Type Of Bike Shifter (Explained For Beginners)

On a bicycle, shifting gears is simply a matter of retracting or releasing derailleur cables. But you might be surprised how many ways there are to accomplish that simple task! Today, the most common types of shifters are: Trigger Twist/grip Integrated brake-shifter levers (a.k.a. “brifters”) Bar-end, downtube, stem, and thumb levers The first three only … Read more