Pedals, cranks, chainrings, chains, freewheels,
cogs. If you are not putting the power to the road as efficiently as possible,
then you could be tiring sooner than necessary. Chainrings and chains especially
will wear just as a result of normal use and need to be replaced more
often if you off-road a lot, due to dirt and grit getting into the works.
Brakes & Shifters
There are lots of modern brake designs
that are lighter and have more stopping power than the old center-pull
calipers we used to have. For maximum stopping power, try hydraulics.
New shifters can help you hit your gears with less "grinding" and fewer misses.
Over the course of a long ride on a rear derailleur that uses bushed pulley
wheels, you could save the energy needed to lift 100 pounds over your head
by using one with ball bearings instead!
Saddles & Seatposts
One of the most personal aspects of your
bike is expressed in your choice of handlebar and saddle. These are
the places where your body will fatigue fastest if you do not make proper
choices. From the traditional leather Brooks, to lightweight synthetics
and shock-absorbing seatposts, anything is possible.
Many seatpost/seatpost clamps also offer front to back
as well as length adjustment for maximum sizing freedom.
Looking for a particular saddle? After 33 years, we have lots
of miscellaneous saddles to choose from.
Whether you spend long hours in the saddle,
or just want the most comfortable ride around, the type and placement of
your bars is critical to efficiency and very personal for every rider.
Drop style aluminum racing handlebars or steel "bull moose" bars, or specialized
bar extentions for additional hand positions and extended comfort in marathon
conditions, we can set up your bars anyway you like.
Rims, hubs, spokes and tires. It could
be argued that the wheel is the single most important aspect of a bicycle.
Many of the greatest advances in cycling technology have come to wheels,
and you'll certainly want to keep yours in top condition, perhaps even
keeping 2 pairs for different conditions; heavy-duty for training and ultra-light
If that's a bit much for your casual needs, consider 2 pairs of tires instead.
Wheels also take lots of abuse, intentional or not, and will come out-of-true,
out-of-round, and generally loose, and will convert your energy into heat
by friction from internal flexing, rather that putting to the ground where
it belongs. Keep your wheels true and your tires properly inflated
and your rides will be much more enjoyable.
Do you have one of the new suspended bikes?
Perhaps you want a sportier ride. You'll need stiffer shocks for maximum
power transmission. Elastomers will wear as you hit the end of the range of
the sprung elements, and will need to be replaced to prevent permanent
Cables & Housing
Not really one of those things you might
think of in terms of performance or wear, but you can reduce weight, reduce
friction and decrease stretching with a good set of cables and clean, low
friction cable housings.