Saturday, February 20, 2010

How to Sell Your Bike

Follow These Tips On How To Sell A Used Bike

Do you have a bike you are interested in selling? Want to make sure you get top dollar for that bike? Where’s the best place to sell a used bike? Here are some easy tips that will make sure you get the most money for your bike.

Selling Tip 1: Make sure the bike is clean and spotless.
This is the first thing a buyer will see and look at. Having a clean bike gives a good first impression of it. It will give a buyer more confidence when looking to purchase your bike. Invest some time cleaning the frame and all the drivetrain parts with a fine tooth brush. I would recommend having a local bike shop do the drivetrain cleaning as it can get pretty messy. They will be able to remove all the dirt and grime stuck in your chain and gears. This will greatly increase the value of your bike.

Selling Tip 2: Replace any broken, damaged or worn out parts.
Nobody likes to buy things that show major signs of wear or damage. Replacing tires, handlebar grips, broken or frayed cables will enhance the overall look of the bike make it more appealing.

Selling Tip 3: Tune it up!
Now that your bike is looking like new, it’s time to make it ride like a new one. If your buyer is local, they will more than likely want to take it for a test spin. Make sure all the gears, brakes, bearings and pivots are in good working order. If your buyer is not local, reassure them the bike has been recently tune up and in proper working condition. A perfectly functioning bike will create more interest to the buyer. If you are not able to make the necessary adjustment on your own, have your local bike shop perform the work that is needed. Click here for my tips on how to tune your bike in 10 minutes!

Selling Tip 4: Advertise on Craiglist and Ebay.
Advertise. There are many places to advertise and sell a used bike. The broader the region you advertise, the better the chances you’ll receive what you are asking for on the price. Start with bike forums or biking community websites. Craigslist and Ebay are also great places to start selling. When advertising, be accurate and descriptive. Provide as many pictures as possible. Show the bike from different angles along with close up photos so the buyer can see and read what they are buying.

Selling Tip 5: Determine its value.
Finally determine its value. Unfortunately there isn’t a “Kelly Blue Book” for used bicycles. The best way to determine its market value is to do some research on the internet. See what other sellers are advertising theirs for. If you can’t find the exact bike, find a similar one around the same year. Ask your local bike shop what they think would be a fair price.

Good luck selling that bike! See you on the trail!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Bike Maintenance Tips

How to Tune Up Your Bike in Ten Minutes
Here are some important yet simple maintenance tips to follow when owning a mountain bike and will only take approximately ten minutes before each ride. Following these step will extend the life of your bike, prevent unnecessary costly repairs and increase the safety of the bike.

10 Minute Tune Up

Check tire air pressure - This needs to be checked before every ride with a pressure gauge. Tires are just like balloons, they lose air and should be inflated to the proper air pressure before every ride. Running too low of air pressure can affect handling and efficiency of the bike. Low pressure can also result in more pinch flats. Recommended tire pressure ranges can be found on the side wall of the tire.

Wipe Down Frame and Shocks, Inspect  - Using a Bike Wash or Frame Polish, wipe down the frame and shock seals. After the frame is clean, you'll be able to inspect it for any signs of cracks or damage. The same goes for the front fork and rear shock if you own a full suspension bike. Also keeping the shock seals clean will increase its performance and life.

Clean and Lubricate the Chain - Part of extending the life of the drivetrain is to keep the chain lubricated during each ride. This will prevent premature wear on the drivetrain parts and keep it running quiet with every pedal stroke. It's important to use chain lubricants sparingly. Applying less lube more often is better than applying more lube less often. Using too much will just result in a big greasy mess on all the drivetrain parts. Always wipe the excess off with a cloth rag after applying.

Check All Nuts and Bolts and Secure Wheels - All that off road riding can rattle things loose. Grab your multi-tool and check for any loose nuts or bolts. This includes checking the quick release skewers on the wheels.

Check Brakes and Shifting - Give the wheels a spin and check to see if the brakes are engaging properly. Check for any unusual rubbing or noise. Next check for proper shifting. Make sure you are able to shift into every gear smoothly. Please have your local bike shop make the necessary adjustment if needed.

Now your bike is safe and ready to hit the trail! Remember to practice these steps before each ride and you will greatly increase the life and fun factor of the bike.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New World Disorder 10: Dust And Bones DVD Review


Freeride Enterainment brings you the final chapter in the epic saga known as New World Disorder on DVD. Get yourself pumped up for your next ride with this must see video! Featuring the top moutain bikers, dirt jumpers and slopestylers from all around the world riding in the most unique locations. See riders such as Graham Agassiz, Darren Berrecloth, Gee Atherton, Brandon Semenuk and many more rip through the trails and take the term "defying gravity" to a whole new level. This DVD has everything from big mountain downhill runs to back-flip-360-double-tail-whips and all that crazy fancy s%$!. This is definitely one of the best mountain bike DVDs we have seen to date. Go to your local bike shop pick up your copy today. You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Types of Bicycle Trainers

How To Train With Your Bike Indoors

Too cold and wet to go for a bike ride outdoors? Well there's a solution. You can ride your bike in the comfort of you own home with a Bicycle Trainer. Bicycle Trainers allows you to simply convert your mountain or road bike into a stationary bicycle. Bicycle Trainers lock your bike into a stationary position while your rear wheel spins on a roller as you pedal. They offer numerous benefits. It's a great way to train when the weather outdoors isn't on your side. If your coming home late from the office and don't feel like taking your chances riding your bike in the dark, stick your bike on a trainer and go for that ride. You can even take a bike trainer with you on race day and warm up your legs before the start of your mountain bike or road bike race. This is a great tool to have if you are a cycling enthusiast.

Types of Bicycle Trainers

What's the best Bicycle Trainer to own? What are the differences? Today, trainers come with several different features and accessories. We will stick to the basics and compare the three different styles of bicycle trainers on the market today. I promise to keep it simple:

Best: Fluid Trainers - These are the quietest of the three. They offer the smoothest resistance with each pedal stroke and simulate riding on the road the best. Very, Very quiet and you'll be able to concentrate on your training rather than the noise of the roller.

Better: Mag (Magnetic) Trainer - Great balance of price and quality. This trainer uses a large magnet to create its resistance. Although not as quiet as a Fluid Trainer, a magnetic trainer is great to have for those cold and rainy days.

Good: Fan Trainer - This is the loudest of the three because it uses a small fan to create resistance. This will do the job for someone that needs a back up plan. Advantage? Price.

Visit your local bicycle shop to find out which bicycle trainer would work best for you and your needs.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Best Cold Weather Cycling Gear

What To Wear When Biking In Cold Weather

The weather here in Southern California has been cold these past couple of months making road biking and mountain biking a difficult task. So what's the best way to keep yourself warm during this time of year? There are several products and techniques that will allow you to continue enjoying that cycling experience even during the coldest weather. Let's get to the items you'll want to have during this season starting from head to toe.

Cold Weather Cycling Gear Featuring Specialized Products:

  1.  Insulated or fleece lined head band or full face mask (if needed). This will keep your head and ears warm.
  2.  Base layers under the jersey(available in sleeveless, short sleeve, and long sleeve)
  3.  Long sleeve jersey
  4.  Arm warmers 
  5.  Cold Weather Gloves
  6.  Long cycling pants/tights/knickers
  7.  Leg warmers/ Knee warmers. These slide just under your biking shorts.
  8.  Wool cycling socks
  9.  Toe covers or full shoe covers.
All these items are great to have because it allows you to "layer" your clothing. During your bike ride, you can simply add and remove the layers of clothes to adjust to your body temperature and weather conditions to ensure the most comfortable ride.
You can find all the featured cold weather cycling gear at Specialized.com

Sunday, January 17, 2010

GARMIN REBATE OFFER

Get a $50 mail-in rebate offer for Garmin Edge 605 and 705!

The Garmin mail-in rebate is being offered between the period of January 1, 2010 through March 31, 2010 subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the rebate coupon.
Click here for the rebate form

GARMIN 605
Add maps and find motivation with Edge 605. This GPS-enabled cycle computer comes loaded with everything you need to make the most out of your ride. Get cycle computer data and mapping detail, all from one compact, easy-to-use device. You can even store, analyze and share your stats for the world to see with Garmin’s online training community. With a color display and ultra-cool training features, Edge 605 has it all.
See more about the GARMIN 605 here.
 


GARMIN 705
Trainer. Navigator. Edge 705 pushes you to do your best, then shows you the way back. This GPS-enabled cycle computer knows no limits. Get heart rate, cadence, turn-by-turn directions, power data (from ANT+™-enabled third-party power meters) — the works. Even share your data with other Edge 705 buddies after your ride. All wireless with a color display, this is no ordinary cycle computer.
See more about the GARMIN 705 here.

Grease Monkey Wipes

Have you ever watched Shark Tank on NBC? We caught an episode featuring Grease Monkey Wipes, a new spin to sanitary on-the-go wet wipes. Grease Monkey Wipes are individually packaged citrus degreaser wipes ideal for bike enthusiasts who find themselves in need of a heavy duty cleaning wipe after changing out a flat tire, chain or anything that gets their hands greasy. Pretty simple yet cool concept...makes us wonder why we didn't think of it first?