Is Skateboarding Harder Than Biking? (I’ve Done Both!)

Skateboarding and bicycling are basically opposites in several ways. Bikes are efficient and capable, but big and complex. Skateboards are compact and cheap, but slow and a bit unsteady. In fact, they’re so different that “harder” totally depends on what you want to use them for. As a lifelong cyclist who has also dabbled in … Read more

Single-Speed Vs. Geared Bikes (Complete Beginner’s Guide!)

More than any other innovation, gearing transformed bicycles into the useful, versatile machines we know today. Even so, many riders—including yours truly—like to ride with a single gear, at least part of the time. Single speed vs. gears, in brief Single-speed bikes require less maintenance than geared bikes, especially in harsh conditions. They also cost … Read more

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