Everything You Ever
Wanted to Know about Bicycles and Bicycling
By our two resident bike experts, Crank and Hub.
Would you believe that every day Bicycling Life gets flooded with thousands of
questions about bicycles and bicycling such as "Should I eat a banana before or after
climbing a big hill?" and "How much pressure should I apply when tightening the
rear derailleur cable?"
OK. Then would you believe that every day we receive dozens of questions such as
"Can you send me a list of all the touring routes in California?" and "Who
won the Tour de France in 1903?"
OK. Then would you believe that occasionally we receive a message or two asking
"Which is better, a touring bike or a mountain bike?" and "Can you tell me
where I can buy a generator light?"
Whichever happens to be the case, we have found two self-appointed experts who either
think they know all that needs to be known about cycling or figure they can ask somebody
even smarter before answering your question.
Please do not play "Stump the Chump" with these experts as either A) they are
charging us outrageous fees for their services or B) we don't have a penny to pay them, so
they are likely to pedal off into the sunset if the going gets too rough.
However, if you have a real question about bikes or bicycling, they have agreed to try
to answer it to the best of their ability, although they might use books, the internet, or
friends to help them determine the answer. They both are long-time cyclists with an
impressive knowledge of recreational bicycling.
Click on the link at the top right of this page and ask them your
question, and they will e-mail you a reply. We may also publish your question and the
reply later, but not your full name nor your e-mail address.
Keep in mind these limitations:
1) The answers they will provide will usually be true and apply to most people, but we
can not guarantee that the answers will be appropriate for you, nor that all answers will
2) Your health and safety are your decisions not ours. Health and safety advice that is
correct for most people can be dangerous for some. We recommend that you err on the side
of caution whenever following any health and safety advice.
3) Any advice about products, services, and the like are simply given as a way to help
you solve your problem. We do not receive a commission from anyone, and we are not trying
to sell anything. If something you buy doesn't work, we are not responsible, and the
person that sold it to you is.