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CYCLING PERFORMANCE TIPS

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Bicycle Tires New York NY

Local resource for bicycle tires in New York. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to road bike tires, racing bike tires, city bike tires, mountain bike tires, recumbent tires, bicycle tubes, bicycle pumps, bicycle tools, as well as advice and content on bicycle accessories.

Blade Fencing
245 W 29th St FL G
New York, NY
 
MODELLS SPORTING GOODS
498 7th Ave FL 20
New York, NY
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(212) 661-4242
51 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
Hours
7:00AM - 9:00PM MONDAY - FRIDAY
9:00AM - 8:00PM SATURDAY
10:00AM - 7:00PM SUNDAY

Sports Authority
(212) 929-8971
Avenue of the Americas, 636 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY
Services
Golf Trade-In Program, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Holland & Holland Ltd
10 E 40th St Rm 1910
New York, NY
 
Modell's Sporting Goods
(212) 989-1110
607 Sixth Avenue
New York, NY
Hours
9:00AM - 9:30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00AM - 8:00PM SUNDAY

Bicycle & Hobbies
(212) 563-3373
315 West 38th Street
New York, NY
 
Chelsea Bicycles
(646) 230-7715
130 W 26th St
New York, NY
 
New York Kayak Co Inc
P.O. BOX 2011
New York, NY
 
City Bicycles Inc
(212) 563-3373
315 W 38th St
New York, NY
 

Brakes, Rims, & Wheels

 



Brakes

Brake Pads

After you have been riding in the rain or suboptimal road conditions, you will notice a sound of metal on metal when you brake. Generally this is from grit picked up by the pads. Over time, this additional abrasion can accelerate wearing down of the rim metal itself.

To clean pads, pick out the larger pieces of foreign material with an awl, penknife or the tip of a small screwdriver. While you are at it, check the grooves on the pad. If it has been a few years, consider replacing pads if they have hardened with age.

A smooth rim will also improve braking performance. But you don't want to go overboard and remove the metal itself. A Scotch-Brite pad works well for this purpose. It's a gentle abrasive that won't remove material from the rim but will take off rubber deposits to ensure optimum braking.

Hubs

Sealed Hub Maintenance

To check for maintenance status remove the wheels from the bike. Turn the axles slowly with your fingers - you will feel a slight but smooth hydraulic resistance. If an axle either turns roughly or spins freely with no resistance, you need to do some maintenance. Roughness can indicate damaged bearings, too little resistance means the lubrication is gone, usually because it's been washed out by lots of rainy rides or improper bike-cleaning techniques (using high-pressure sprayers or getting solvent into the bearings).

Rear hubs are a bit more complicated to handle, front hubs are more user friendly. It does help to have the right tools. To regrease a hub, pull off the dust caps or pry them out by carefully wedging an X-Acto blade between each cap and hub. You'll see the plastic seals covering the bearings. Lift these by slipping the blade beneath, being very careful not to bend the seals.

Once you see the bearings, you can add grease if they're just dry, or take the extra step of cleaning them with solvent, drying them, and repacking them if they're gritty. The seals will pop back into place with gentle hand pressure.

Wheels and Rims

It is true that the more weight further from the hub, the harder it is to accelerate a wheel. Total wheel weight is related to the number (and weight) of the spokes, but even more important is the rim itself. So if you have fewer spokes, but need a stronger (read heavier) rim, the over all performance improvement is a negative.

Think about it, if you are considering low-spoke-count wheels, they almost never list the weight of the rims . In...

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Very important: 38%
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A 2-4 times per week: 36%
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