Once you've identified the essential tools you should take with you on every bike ride, and built a small tool kit to keep things running smoothly, it's time to look at assembling the right tools and materials to keep your bike in good shape without having to take it to the shop every time you need a small adjustment.
A lot of that comes with knowledge, but you can find loads of free information on simple adjustments online, and especially on YouTube. The trick is to make sure you have the right tool to tackle whatever you're learning.
Prepare your gut turning muscles. Watch the whole thing, but especially at around 0:38 where he just casually leaps across what looks like a 20-foot gap:
More craziness to inspire you (and hopefully not get you killed) is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jamesmedias
Ok, fine here's one more, where he's climbing the Eiffel Tower:
Bikes, by their design, have moving parts. And as we know, anything with moving parts requires a little care and maintenance from time to time. If you, your friends, or your kids enjoy riding (and you should!), it's important to keep all those parts in good running order to keep everyone fast, make riding as easy as possible, and to stay safe on those roads.
A bicycle is an amazing machine. Easy to ride, but full of all sorts of moving parts that work together smoothly when everything is aligned, just so. As an active cyclist, I advocate for making friends with your local shop - they'll likely give you basic adjustments for free. But there's plenty of tune-ups you can do at home to keep things running smoothly, and save the trip.
So, as riding season seems to finally be poking its head in and cyclists of all types are getting prepped to ride regularly, here are five easy tune-ups you can do to get your bike ready for spring.
Ice-fishing is a big part of winter culture in Minnesota where I grew up, and essentially a good excuse for adults to build a fort and hangout. There's something heartening and cozy yet simultaneously adventurous about being in a little shack on the ice, usually fairly warm, but knowing all the while that the harsh elements are waiting just outside, whooshing on the walls.
I’m from about as North as American North gets, so understanding (much less appreciating) NASCAR was never been thing for me or really anyone I knew growing up. But I've been getting to know more fans of car racing, and seeing movies like Rush have slowly beenteaching me to appreciate the skills, mechanical inventiveness, and the energy that comes from a finely executed race.
We love biking, and I'm guessing a lot of you do as well. Over 800,000 Americans currently commute to work via bicycle and that number just keeps climbing as people are realizing the physical, emotional, and environmental benefits.
In a little old neighborhood in Paris, nestled between two apartment buildings, lies this perspective-bending basketball court, straight out of a geometric abstract artist's fever dream. The court is named after the Rue Duperre on which it stands and was created as a dual project between French fashion company Pigalle and Nike in 2009.
As summer gives us just a few more weeks of dependable warmth, I’ve been hitting the water as much as life will allow. But soon enough it will be much too cold for getting wet and so here’s a project to get on now so when spring comes back around, we’ll be ready to once again enjoy a day on the water.
The 102nd Tour de France begin this week, and so far, this have been pretty interesting. (There was a quite intense crash on Stage 3 yesterday. where they actually stopped the race. See more here.)
To honor the event, National Geographic dove into their archives to find the best images of the power of bikes, and the variety of ways they've been used for the last 100 years.
For many design-oriented men, the best part of the Super Bowl is the commercials themselves. So I figured it was about time to highlight what is perhaps the "manliest" ad I've ever seen. Rugged and heartfelt, it'll make you itch to build things with your hands.
No matter which team you rooting for this weekend, or whether you care about football or the Super Bowl at all, I think we can all agree on one thing: nacho are amazing. They get our vote for the ultimate TV-centric party food; whether watching the game or French La Nouvelle Vague cinema, they beat out wings (but just by a hair), cause you can do most of the prep work ahead of time, and they don't involve big, messy pots of scalding hot oil while trying to cook for a crowd. Deep-frying doesn't mix with beer consumption very well, either...
From the Roman Colosseum to the new Levi's Stadium, sporting arenas with all of their sights, smells, and local flavors, are a major part of the sports experience. Ballpark Blueprints LTD creates these original artistic renderings in an attempt to capture the beauty of sports stadiums.
Rigsketball - noun - ˈ[rigːs.kɪt.bɔːl] - "a band basketball tournament played on a regulation basketball hoop that's bolted to [a tour] van."
Where I live, it's working on its way towards 100° today. It doesn't tend to get or stay that hot, so hardly anyone, including me, has air conditioning, and folks just tough it out on these rare days when the temps really crank.
The gathering of nations for the 2014 World Cup has many, as often only international sports competitions actually can, learning about the cultural traditions of other nations.
Popular Mechanics takes on accidental death, and how to avoid it. Interestingly, the majority of the tips don't presume mountain isolation or post-apocalyptic bug outs, but a variety of outdoor activities, from mowing the lawn to attending a baseball game to drinking too much water.
ManMade reader and filmmaker Alessandro Rodrigues got together with his buddy to create "Against the Grain," a film documenting the process of making a wooden surfboard from scratch.
In 1980, the U.S. men's ice hockey team was made up of a collection of amateur and collegiate athletes hardly known for its hockey prowess in any region south of the Great Lakes. In a medal round match against the Soviet Union - an ice hockey powerhouse and then Cold War-era antagonist - the U.S. team managed to beat the CCCP in what became known as the "Miracle on Ice," and the moment that Sports Illustrated dubbed the Top Sports Moment of the entire 20th century.