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4 Reasons Why I Ride Flats On My Mountain Bike

SRAM vs. Shimano, Fox vs. Rockshox, aluminum vs. carbon, these are all things we mountain bikers find to disagree about. One topic though that I hear come up maybe even more than all of these is clips vs. flats. I can’t tell you how many YouTube videos I’ve seen doing clips vs flats time trials, power tests and conversion stories. I’m not going to share anything scientific here. I’m not even going to try to convince you that flats are best. In this piece I simply want to share the advantages that I have found to riding flats over the years. One word though before I get into things. When I am talking about riding with flats, I am not talking about tennis shoes and plastic demo pedals. I am talking about investing in a good pair of bike specific flats like the FiveTen Freerider.¬†And also investing in a decent pair of flat pedals with metal, adjustable pins, such as the¬†Imrider Polyamide Flat Pedal. Bike Sharing My wife and I are fortunate to be about …

Converting a Regular Wheel to Tubeless in 7 Easy Steps

Photos by Micah Stenson Converting your wheels to tubeless can be intimidating but the advantages are many. You’ll end up with a better feeling, lighter and more supple tire that is more resistant to punctures. My 6 year old recently asked if we could convert the tires on his Specialized Riprock to tubeless. I said we’d give it a shot. Here’s the process that we followed: Gather Your Supplies You’ll need a few items to get rolling with a tubeless conversion. Here’s a parts list of what you’ll need. 1. Remove Wheels From The Bike It may sound obvious but removing the wheels from the bike is mandatory for this operation since we will be removing the existing tubes and rim strips. 2. Remove the Tubes and Rim Strips First deflate the tubes and then removed tires from the rims. A good pair of tire levers, such as Pedro’s tire levers may come in handy here. 3. Prepare and Apply Gorilla Tape Your Gorilla Tape may or may not come in the right width for …