If you’ve spent a while using Shimano or Campagnolo, changing to SRAM can be interesting. Not just for getting used to SRAM’s Double Tap system, but also on how you set SRAM up. We felt it would be a good time to explain to you how to set up SRAM Force and go through the ideas that might seem a little unorthodox if you’re used to the other two big groupset manufacturers.
When the sun starts shining, and the trails start to head towards their prime conditions, it can be tempting to just grab your good bike out of storage and just get out and shred. Your enthusiasm is understandable, but you probably want to take a minute and give your bike a good check over before you go out and get yourself unstuck with a completely preventable problem.
If you overdo it on solvents and jetwash, you could be killing your freehub. What you need is a good mix of care and attention, and your freehub should last a lot longer than if you get overzealous with the cleaning. Forgetting To do any maintenance as well will also kill your freehub, you need to find a nice middle ground.
Without the humble bearing, your bike might not go anywhere, or at least anywhere fast. Bearings are an integral part of your bike, and you probably don’t even spare a thought for them. There are various styles of bearing found on bikes, can you name them?
Cyclocross can be considered to be similar to a duathlon, you’ll need to be able to ride, and you’ll also need to be able to run. You’ll need great bike handling skills to win. The better your bike handling skills, the less time you’ll need to spend running. It is a race that will reward skill and technique as much as it will your athletic prowess.
Making your road bike, or gravel bike, or cyclocross bike is mentioned a lot in media just now. It could easily be seen as a trend, but it does make riding more comfortable, and not having to change tubes in the rain is worth its weight in gold.
The other thing with going tubeless is that people worry about getting set up. With road and gravel tires we have found the setup to be quicker and easier than on mountain bikes. It is definitely a lot easier than on fat bikes.