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New to MTB: Learning to ride Rock Gardens

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New to MTB: Learning to ride Rock Gardens

Continuing our New to MTB series let’s look at learning to ride rock gardens. Rock gardens are typically defined as a series of rock features spaced such that you will be forced to engage them in some way. The techniques that will help you confidently ride in rock gardens will help other places. Learning to keep your eyes ahead is important in any terrain. Becoming comfortable with a bit of momentum will help with rock gardens, single rocks, holes, stumps, etc. Let’s look at the concepts as well as a touch of the science.

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MTB Tire Removal – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

MTB Tire Removal BikeCo Tips and Tricks

MTB Tire Removal – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Enjoy a quick video and write up illustrating MTB Tire Removal in this post of BikeCo Tips & Tricks. Modern sidewalls can make MTB Tire Removal a bit more of a challenge, but with a couple quick tidbits you will make your life notably easier. Continue reading MTB Tire Removal – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

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Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost Hydraulic Reset – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost Hydraulic Reset

Bike Yoke Revive Seatpost Hydraulic Reset

The Bike Yoke Revive seatpost has been extremely popular. With one of the longest options on the market at 185mm the Bike Yoke Revive seatpost also stands out with it’s simple hydraulic reset.

 

If your Bike Yoke Revive adjustable seatpost is “squishy” air has mixed with the hydraulic fluid.

 

To quickly eliminate this follow these steps.

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Pre-Ride Chain Cleaning & Lube – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

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Pre-Ride Chain Cleaning & Lube – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Chain Lube? Yup, it’s that important. Want to read more? Check out another blog post about why it’s important as well as my personal program…

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Eliminate Cable Slap – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

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Eliminate Cable Slap – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Some internal cable routed frames have tubes between cable ports while others are open. One isn’t necessarily right and the other wrong and each can have unique considerations. Open frames may suffer from cable slap which this video and blog will address.

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Headset Adjustment – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Headset Adjustment – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

OK, disclaimer time. Headsets are critical to your safety. If you aren’t sure of your mechanical aptitude find a professional resource.

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Basic Bike Wash – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

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Basic Bike Wash – BikeCo Tips & Tricks

Enjoy a quick video of a Basic Bike Wash to keep your mountain bike looking as well as riding its best.

I love to ride my bike. Frankly, I’m not sure I love maintaining it. But with some basic maintenance everything lasts longer and works better.

This basic bike wash only takes a couple minutes and helps improve drivetrain wear while minimizing potential noise. Especially in areas like Southern California where we have loud, crunchy dirt that loves to get into tight spaces and make your bike annoying…
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Pre Ride Warm Up with Kevin Aiello

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Pre Ride Warm Up with Kevin Aiello

At BikeCo.com we work with some of the fastest racers in MTB. We see what helps separate them from the competition. Take a minute and check out this video of pre ride warm up with Kevin Aiello.

What’s the advantage of this routine? I asked a familiar face here at BikeCo.com and experienced trainer Gina Redican:

Taking 5 to 10 minutes before a ride to warm up and perform dynamic stretches can significantly improve performance on the trail.  Dynamic stretching sends signals to the brain letting it know that your muscles are ready to work.  The benefits include: raising your muscle temperature giving your muscles more power, pliability, range of motion making them more resilient to injury. 

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Late Apex vs Early Apex Cornering

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Late Apex vs Early Apex Cornering

I had a handful of questions on Late Apex vs Early Apex Cornering after the Yeti SB130 review earlier this week. Lets go over some of the advantages of late apex, or “squaring” the corner when pleasure riding your MTB.

The image below illustrates Late Apex vs Early Apex cornering lines. The green line represents the late apex while orange is early apex. Continue reading Late Apex vs Early Apex Cornering