Blogs

  • Group Rides 101

    Posted May 7, 2017 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Thinking of joining a group ride or just want a refresher on group ride etiquette and safety? Group rides are a great way to improve your fitness and speed as well as make new friends. If you are training for a century, a bike camping trip or would like to start racing, this is a great way...

  • Product Review: Brompton H2L Folding Bike "B-Romp"

    Posted February 26, 2017 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Here's a picture of us together. Photo by John Ladner   Article and Photos By Sarah Dandelles Unless Noted   You’ll have to excuse me if I seem out of sorts. It’s not the weather, or the 2016 effect. It’s that I’m coming out of an intense, month-l...

  • Sweet Mountain Biking in Oaxaca City, Mexico

    Posted February 26, 2017 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Ronit Bezalel   If you’re looking to escape Chicago’s winter, consider a cycling adventure in Oaxaca City, Mexico.  While Oaxaca is known for its culinary treats and culture - the region is also a hub for some sweet mountain biking. Just two hours out of town, you’...

  • Book Review: Fuel Your Ride

    Posted February 26, 2017 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Review by Elizabeth McKinley   Fuel Your Ride: Complete Performance Nutrition for Cyclists By Molly Hurford with Nanci Guest, MSc, RD, CSCS 240 pp. Rodale Books   As someone currently training to race 200 miles of Kansas gravel in June, reading this book could not have come...

  • Comfort Is King

    Posted February 15, 2017 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Photo of Major Taylor Cycling Club in Chicago Article Shared From The Chainlink Chicago   Happy New Year!  How many of us made a New Years resolution to ride more?  Some of us may have even made that resolution in a drunken stupor.  However we resolve to spend more time on t...

  • Product Review: North St. Belmont Backpack

    Posted December 13, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

      Most of us seem to be on the look out for the “perfect” bag to fit nearly every need. Sure, on days when I'm going to the grocery store, or carrying larger items, it's nice to have a pair of full-sized panniers on the rack of my touring bike. But I don’t always want to ri...

  • Product Review: PowerPod Power Meter

    Posted December 13, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

      When I first started actually training for riding, everyone said to get a power meter. It was the holy grail of cool gear, and the science to back up why using one made training more effective was sound. I loved the idea and was about to get one until I realized the cost involved - a typic...

  • Memphis Transit 101 Guide

    Posted December 2, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Have you taken transit in Memphis?  Non-riders and new riders be surprised how quickly, easily, and stress-free you can reach common destinations by bus or trolley.  Leave your car or bike at home, save money, and spend your time tweeting, reading, and relaxing instead of driving in traf...

  • Don't Be a Bike Ninja - Remember Your Lights!

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Now that it's getting dark much earlier, your afternoon commute turns into a night ride.   Even now - one month out - we're starting to ride in low-light situations shortly after we leave work. Sure, you can still see the road just fine. But to cars, you might be turning into stealthy creatur...

  • Long-Term Product Review: DZR Minna Clipless Urban Cycling Shoe

    Posted November 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner   While many of us occasionally like to ride mountain bikes, do centuries, or even sometimes race, the vast majority of our bike time is likely spent commuting to work, running errands, or riding somewhere to meet friends and hang out.   And while riding for transport...

  • Product Review - Beestmode: Training in Polka (Dots, that is).

    Posted November 3, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Jennah Dunham   All riders have their on the bike and off the bike personas. Let’s name it, sometimes, us cyclists cannot even recognize each other without helmet, kit and bike in tow. The way in which I blend my on and off the bike worlds is through the pieces I sport while in the s...

  • Trip Report: Oregon - When the Cols are Calling

    Posted November 3, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Jasmin Welter   I have had a special relationship with mountains since a very early age. Many of my childhood memories center around hiking and climbing trips to the Alps in Austria and Switzerland, where I got to enjoy panoramic views many people only know from postcards. &nb...

  • Tennessee Bicycle Laws and Memphis Bicycle Ordinances

    Posted September 15, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner Whether you are just starting out as a cyclist or have been riding for years, it’s important to know your local bike laws. Bike laws are meant to keep you safe around cars and pedestrians. Memphis cyclists must follow two sets of bicycle laws: The State of Tennessee The&n...

  • Biking 101

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    by Brett Ratner If you’re reading this, you’re probably curious about bicycling as a way to: Stay in shape Save on gasoline and car maintenance Reduce your carbon footprint Breeze past traffic congestion during rush hour Always find parking Have fun! Maybe you rode bikes ba...

  • Biking 101 - Pitfalls and How to Stay Safe

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner Cycling is a very safe and healthy activity, especially once you’ve gained some experience. One problem new riders may face is that they don’t know what they don’t know. In other words, there are easily-avoidable dangers out there. It’s best you don’...

  • Biking 101 - What Can I Do to Not Feel Scared?

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

      Riding in the Street Seems Scary Sometimes. What Can I Do to Not Feel Scared? by Brett Ratner   As you gain experience, riding your bike in traffic will becomes second nature, and even seem fun. But when you haven’t ridden in awhile, jumping straight into a rush hour might be ...

  • Biking 101 - How Do I Make Sure My Bike Fits?

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner As mentioned earlier, a properly fitting bike will make a huge difference in how comfortable you are when you ride. And fit doesn’t just mean the correct size frame. It also means the saddle is set to a height that gives you the right leg extension, and handlebars that provi...

  • Biking 101 - What Accessories Do I Need?

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner   Like any other activity, there’s no end to the amount you can spend on fancy do-dads for your bike. Fortunately, you can get where you need to go (and have fun doing it) with only a few pieces of equipment. Here’s our list of essentials: Spare tube Tire lev...

  • Biking 101 - How Do I Take Care of My Bike?

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner Like a car, a bike requires some periodic maintenance. Fortunately, even if you ride every single day, it will be nowhere near as expensive to maintain a bike as it is a car. Most bike shops will recommend a periodic “tune-up,” which is just a catch-all phrase for in...

  • Biking 101 - What Type of Bike Should I Get?

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    Biking 101 - What Type of Bike Should I Get? by Brett Ratner If the bike fits you, it’s comfortable, and you enjoy riding it, you have the correct bike. There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s what works best for you and the type of riding you want to do. Finding the right bike i...

  • Biking 101 - Where Am I Supposed to Ride?

    Posted September 14, 2016 by Yasmeen Schuller

    By Brett Ratner One of the most common misconceptions about bikes is where they belong. Many experienced cyclists, at one point in time, have had a motorist roll down their window and mistakenly say “you need to be on the sidewalk.” No, the sidewalk is for walking (otherwise it would ...