Bike Check for early season races (gravel Grinders)

Some ideas to make sure your bike is 100% ready to hold onto all that fitness you built this past winter indoors.

What did I forget ?  Any requests for the next Bike Skills project episode ?


Paris to Ancaster / Gravel Grinder - 1 Week Out Tips

My friends over at Paris to Ancaster wanted to know my thoughts about a week out from this big early season gravel grinder race.

Don't Overdue it with training this weekend.

Build confidence with some key experiences (hard start, clipping in , hard hill after an hour or two of riding, riding with people, riding race bike)

Test your food, gear, bike and be ready to do work next weekend. Have a plan for each weather situation

prepare well and it is just about pedaling and having a great time.


Coffee with Evan Guthrie - Bike Skills Project

Evan Guthrie  ( twitter and his website ) Stopped by the winter Bike Skills Project Head Quarters  and agreed to humor me with some discussion on racing, school and training. Some neat tips on tactics and coffee in this 7.5min clip.

Highlights :

Working man's peak at 2min,
Tactics at 4:30 ,
training for tactics 6min,
coffee at 6:36 .


Learn a Nose Stoppie/Rear Wheel Hop to Understand Log Hop- Ep129 - Bike Skills Project

Be Careful with this one but I think it is a big help in slow speed skills/balance and also is a good way to understand the mechanics of clearing obstacles


Bike fit Hacks to enhance control & safety

back at it as folks to hold the camera become more plentiful and more stories of how these videos have helped the 6 viewers enjoy cycling more. (thanks for your thoughts, ideas, feedback, stories and effort) 

Please keep the questions and comments coming here, on youtube , twitter (https://twitter.com/peterglassford) or facebook (smart athlete) 


Why You Need Tubeless Tires on your MTB - Ep 128

I remember when Tubeless Tires and Disc Brakes came onto the scene. My friend Ryan got a Gary Fisher X-Calibar equipped with both. I remember being so jealous of the stopping power these new brakes and the decreased flats/increased traction  that the tubeless tires provided. Neither technology was perfect at the time (~2002?) but within a few years everyone was racing with at least one of the new technologies if not both.

So the question is, 10+ years later why is everyone not using Tubeless tires on their MTB ? We will leave the road, cross and fat tire sno bike arguments for today but in MTB I can not see a valid argument. I know of a few high level racers (Alban the 2012 Leadville Winner and Marathon Super Hero) who still use tubes at certain times and have done testing on rolling resistance etc. These are the exceptions to the rule and examples like today's Bike Skills Project episode give a perfect reason why most, if not all, people would be well served to invest in tubeless tires. 

Tubeless tires allow lower pressure (better rolling efficiency over bumps), fewer flats,better traction and improved cornering.

Common reasons not to switch and = possible arguments/fixes :
1) It takes too long to switch between tires  = If you have switched tires in the last month see #2, otherwise I am not sure this is a valid argument due to infrequency of the inconvenience . By that I mean the benefits would far outweigh the cost.

2) I switch tires regularly and it really takes a long time = seating tires is a skill , eased by an air compressor but it rarely should take more then 20min for a set of tires to be switched out
             *see one of the many mechanical editions of bike skills project to up your game

3) What if I flat ?  = you won't flat as much and when you do it is exactly the same  procedure, except you need to unscrew a nut to take the valve out .

4) Won't they roll slower ? = I have heard some arguments about the sealant and lack of tube-tire friction but these always seem to be trumped by the increase in smoothness of ride (i.e. decreased vertical motion = less energy expended)

5) Expensive = If you patch your tires (easy) they can last so long and many 'normal' users will go months without any change of tires/sealant . Tire prices, sealant prices, valve prices, wheel prices are all quite low now that the technology is 10+ years past point of being very good.

Do you use tubeless Why or Why Not ? (post to comments!)

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