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The Bike Guy

What’s in your saddle bag?

Small in stature, a properly stocked saddle bag can play a big role in many situations. What you need in your bag is up to you – here’s what I keep in my saddle bag from fi’zi:k: Lezyne multi-tool – Includes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8mm Allen keys; Philips-head, T25 Torx bits; 3 spoke… Continue Reading What’s in your saddle bag? Continue Reading What’s in your saddle bag?
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Bike size is just one factor

Since last spring, our daughter has been riding a 24″ youth road bicycle from Farrier Bicycle Works. While on paper the bike should have fit her, we noticed she was having difficulty during rides – specifically, the stand over the bike was too high, causing her significant pain when she banged into the top tube. After some… Continue Reading Bike size is just one factor Continue Reading Bike size is just one factor
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Preparing for the Midnight Marathon Ride

For the second year, my wife, friends and I joined over 1,000 local cyclists in the “Midnight Marathon Ride,” following the Boston Marathon route from Hopkinton into Boston. While the weather at this year’s event was perfect, cool but not cold without a hint of precipitation, owe still needed to properly prepare for riding in… Continue Reading Preparing for the Midnight Marathon Ride Continue Reading Preparing for the Midnight Marathon Ride
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Give your old bike new life

Love your bike? While your old friend may have seen better days, that doesn’t mean it needs to be retired. It may just need some TLC. For example, just leaving the Studio is a 90’s era Merckx Titanium, brought “up to speed” with a little TLC, as well as new parts including Camagnolo’s Athena Silver… Continue Reading Give your old bike new life Continue Reading Give your old bike new life
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Trolling the local trails

My wife and I have been on the hunt for great places to ride the fat bikes, recently checking out three local parks – Ashland State Park; Hopkinton State Park and Rocky Narrows in Sherborn. At both parks in Ashland and Hopkinton, the trails were fairly narrow, packed by foot by local walkers. While Ashland’s… Continue Reading Trolling the local trails Continue Reading Trolling the local trails
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How does a fat bike handle?

It’s a question we get pretty regularly – how does the fat bike handle in the snow? As you can see from this weekend’s sledding adventures, the bikes (both from Framed) were able to grip the slope, allowing us to stay in control on a hill where our kids were picking up some speed! It’s… Continue Reading How does a fat bike handle? Continue Reading How does a fat bike handle?
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Riding her new Fat Bike

With Ashland State Park close to our home, we had the perfect place for my wife to test ride her new 2015 Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike. It was a beautiful day, and the park was filled with walkers – many of whom commented on, or asked questions, about the bike. Despite one incident (as… Continue Reading Riding her new Fat Bike Continue Reading Riding her new Fat Bike
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Saddle Height For Kids

I constantly see kids riding with their saddle’s too low.  As a reminder, bike seats are called saddles since they are straddled and not meant to carry all your weight which is actually shared by your arms and legs.  However, the part that holds the saddle is still called a seat post. Smaller kids riding… Continue Reading Saddle Height For Kids Continue Reading Saddle Height For Kids
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The Artistry of the Frame

I’ve seen a bunch of videos on framebuilders, but this one struck a chord within a short video showing the expertise, equipment and craft that goes into a frame. Supporting your local framebuilder for a work of art is always special. FROM STEEL: The Making of a Soulcraft from michael evans on Vimeo.   Continue Reading The Artistry of the Frame
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Cycling Shorts – Bibs or Not?

If you’re in the market for cycling shorts, you may have seen that there are two types to choose from – regular and bibs.  I know there are many riders out there who ride regular shorts and keep wondering if they should try bibs. As you may know, bib shorts simply add suspenders to a… Continue Reading Cycling Shorts – Bibs or Not? Continue Reading Cycling Shorts – Bibs or Not?
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