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Revolution Bike Fest – Nov 4-6

Revolution Bike Fest is more than just a bike festival.  Revolution is a celebration of the bike and its transformative power in people’s lives.  And it’s different for everyone.  For some it’s the fitness aspect, for others, the camaraderie.  For us, we are STOKED on bringing people from all walks of life to celebrate cycling and all of the amazing elements that surround it.  From bikes to music, gear to food, and everything in between, we have created a festival weekend that celebrates a fun and active life lived outdoors.  Whether you are a diehard cyclist who can’t get enough of riding, or are just becoming interested in cycling, Revolution is for you.

 

This event is all about FUN, family and friends.  Ok… and maybe just a little bit of bike time.  Or a lot.  It’s up to you.  Take off on awesome rides in the most iconic places throughout the Orange County area (we will be bussing you out to all of the coolest rides) or hang out and relax with some grooving live tunes, amazing for, and ice cold beer.   Meet new people and experience all the best that the world of cycling has to offer.  November 4th – 6th near Irvine in sunny Orange County, California.

 

A Festival

First and foremost, Revolution Bike Fest is a festival.  There are NO number plates at revolution and this is not a race.  That means camping, a carnival atmosphere, tons of activities, and more than ample helpings of fun filled adventure.   Some of the biggest brands in the cycling world, as well as our local bike shops are coming out to give you a ridiculously cool experience and to provide an easy entry into the world of cycling.

Celebrating the Bike Lifestyle

Cycling isn’t just all about the bike.  It’s about the lifestyle and people that surround it.  What better way to earn your food and beer than to burn a few extra calories on two wheels with some of the funnest (yes this is a word) people on the planet!  Whether you want to get aero or hit the trails in pursuit of a killer ride with others, we got you.  If you want to chill and relax with some awesome food while learning about cycling stuff, outdoor gear or finding your new favorite brew, it’s at Revolution.  If you want to spend a day hanging on the pump track or slalom course, Revolution Bike Fest is your one stop shop.

Rides and Demos

Revolution Bike Fest is set up for you to experience as many of the best rides in Orange County as you can cram into your weekend.  Whether its a road or mountain adventure that you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

Some of the biggest bike manufactures in the industry are coming out to Revolution to make sure your experience is the best.  If you don’t have a bike currently, don’t worry, there will be plenty of demos for you to snag and see what all the buzz is about.  We can tell you from experience, it’s AWESOME!  If you do have a bike, but you have had your eye on a new one for a while, grab a demo bike and hit the trails or the road.

 

Camping

Want to be fully immersed in the Revolution Bike Fest happenings?  Camping is the best way to do it, so we will be offering a limited number of tent camping, bike packing, and RV spaces at Revolution t just footsteps or pedal strokes away from the action.  Spend some quality time in nature and unplug from the trappings of day to day life.  These will sell out fast so we recommend that you book them early.

 

Family Friendly Activities

We know that not all of our guests are coming to Revolution to bike.  That’s why there are so many cool activities that are geared for families.  Ladies.  Want to hit the trails and get some “me” time?  Have your significant other take the kids down to the Sponsor Village for some face painting and other cool activities.  Dudes.  Want to hit a road ride with buddies?  Have the kids go down to the Sponsor Village and hop on some of our cool education tracks to learn some key skills to improve their trail prowess.  Or have the entire family head out on a ride together.  It is all open to you at Revolution.

 

Live Music

Revolution has awesome live acts coming out so you can get your groove on in the evening.  Our main stage will have plenty of room for dancing and having a killer good time.

 

Food and Drink

We are brining out some of the tastiest local eats and the most refreshing local brews to Revolution for your apres bike activities.  Food trucks and other local cuisine providers will be onsite to keep you feed.  AND, we are featuring several local breweries so you can sample some of the best craft beers that Southern California has to offer.  Hang out in the beer gardens post ride or hang and enjoy your beautiful day outside.

 

Tons of Fun

Above all else, at Revolution Bike Fest, the name of the game is fun.  Come on out and experience everything Revolution has to offer!

 

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10-point maintenance check for your road bike

Good advice from bikeradar.com

The bits that many people overlook

Despite road bikes being a relatively simple mechanical device, many cyclists focus on just one or two areas when it comes to maintenance check. They might be fastidious about keeping their bike clean and well lubed, or making sure their gears and brakes work properly, but many other maintenance tasks are often abandoned until something breaks or fails.

 

Headset

Even seemingly well-maintained bikes often hide spoiled headset bearings. They sit inside your head tube and are likely to suffer the torture test of your sweat dripping with every hot day of riding, and are likely to corrode.

To prevent this, remove your stem and drop the fork out of the frame. This is easiest with the bike on the ground. Newer frames will have sealed bearings, which just need a thin coat of grease on the surfaces. Put it all back together and torque to spec.

If you’ve let it go too far and the bearings feel rough, you must now try to source the right replacement headset bearing (that’s a whole different article).

This is also a perfect time to inspect your fork steerer for any signs of stress or damage. Be sure to check close to where the bearing races contact and where the stem clamps.

 

Gear cables

Gear cables can get kinked and fray, leaving you on the road without shifting. This is especially true for older 9- and 10-speed Shimano groups where the gear cable is external. These cables are constantly bent in the shifter and become weak over time.

Assuming you have external cable routing (likely given the age of these shifters), shift the relevant derailleur onto the largest cog. Now, with the chain holding the derailleur in this position, stop moving the cranks and click the shifter all the way down the opposite way — this will release all tension from the cable and allow you to pull it free from its guides. Poke the cable out of the shifter and check for any signs of fraying or kinks — replace if dubious.

If there is no kink to be found, drip some dry chain lube on that inner cable and work it through the housing segments.

 

Pedals

So many cyclists will repair or service nearly everything yet ignore their pedals — even moving old, clapped-out pedals across to a brand new bike.

Watch for loosening bearings and of course worn cleats. Many pedals can be tightened or serviced to keep them spinning smoothly, but a worn cleat surface on the pedal body cannot be fixed, and the off-axis movement this causes can lead to knee pain and other issues. For example, older Look Keo pedals without a metal contact surface would wear in this manner.

 

 

Freehubs

Despite the common belief that a good freewheeling noise is a sign of quality, most freehubs shouldn’t sound like a Harley. If your hub has gotten noisier over time, it’s likely that it’s dry or dirty and needs some attention.

With the right instructions and tools (usually Allen keys and/or cone spanners, and sometimes a bench vice) this isn’t a hard or long job. Just be sure to read up on the process for your hub before starting, and be careful not to drop small parts.

Many quality brands will specify their own lubes. To ensure you don’t get chain droop or drops, it’s usually best to stick with the recommended lube. If in doubt, go with a thin grease or thick oil, standard grease will often cause drag and sticking.

 

Chain

Keeping your chain clean and well lubed is certainly crucial, but don’t forget to measure for wear every so often.

To give an extreme example, many pro teams replace their chains every 1,000km, so that over three seasons they very rarely wear out cassettes or chainrings. Of course it doesn’t make sense for everyday riders to change their chains this often, but it does give you an idea that if you replace your chain often enough, you’ll get plenty of life out of the rest of your drivetrain.

There are plenty of chain checkers on the market and they all work in roughly the same way, providing a rough guide on when to replace a chain. Personally, I use either a Park CC-3.2 or a Feedback Sports Digital Chain Gauge (it’s highly accurate but quite expensive).

 

 

Derailleur hanger

It’s easy to bend the soft alloy derailleur hangers on modern road bikes and so, if your shifting is not perfect, check whether your derailleur hanger is straight.

If your bike ever falls derailleur-side down (whether you’re on it or not at the time), you should always check that the derailleur hasn’t been hit or knocked out of line. Otherwise you could be pulling the chain out of your spokes before you know it.

If you’re keen to do it yourself, the Park Tool DAG-2 is one of the most affordable and trusted hanger tools on the market. Brands such as X-Tool and LifeLine make cheaper versions too.

 

Tires

Checking your tires between rides may pre-empt the dreaded roadside puncture.

Look for cuts or tears in the tread and sidewalls. If your tire is getting flat in the center, then it’s probably worn. Any protruding glass or wire must be removed, and if the tire is punctured through the casing, consider replacing it.

Personally, I have a maximum three flats per tire rule; after that the tire gets chucked.

 

Brake pads

Brake pads have wear indicators, so it’s easy to see if they have life left in them, but are they wearing evenly and still contacting the rim square?

If not, you can use a coarse file to get a little more life out of unevenly worn pads. Once you’ve squared them off, readjust the pads so that they contact the rim correctly.

On a similar note, your levers should have a light feel and not need excessive force to pull the brake. If they do, consider replacing your brake cables and giving the caliper a service.

 

Loose and rattling parts

Rattles and creaks can be avoided and while some can be a pain to find, most of the time it’s the simplest of things causing them.

To start, check for loose bottle cage bolts and jingling items in your saddle bag. It’s astonishing how often bikes have a slightly loose bottle cage.

Other common causes of rattling are loose cassettes, hubs or headsets. Rattling shifters is another, but can be harder to fix depending on the model, make or issue.

Chainring bolts can work themselves loose and easily disguise themselves as a creaking bottom bracket or pedal.

Tools for chainring bolts vary. Some brands need a 6mm and/or 5mm hex wrench, others now use Torx-30 and need a chainring bolt tool on the back — the Park Tool CNW-2 is a cheap and effective option.

 

 

Bar tape

Too many cyclists ride with ripped, torn or old and compressed bar tape. It’s cheap to replace and, like new tires, brings new life to any bike.

Another important reason to replace your bar tape occasionally is it gives you a chance to safety check your handlebar for cracks or corrosion.

Before you replace the tape, consider doing new cables too — they are tucked beneath it and replacing the bar tape is just as time-consuming as replacing cable.

 

Good advice from bikeradar.com

Tour de Fever Ride – July 10th 2016

Fun ride with SAG stop from Sierra Madre to East Fork and Back. SAG provided at the turn around. Show up early for coffee, croisants and waiver/instructions. There will be a longer option going up the back side of GMR for anyone who wants to continue in self-support style.

The route is the same as the last 2 years editions… it’s an out and back route that starts with easy, neutral roll out at a conversational NO_DROP pace. Once we get to the bridge and begin to climb Hwy 39 it’s game on and we ride for glory to the SAG stop and turn around. Click on the link to view the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14900278

 

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More Than Stories – Golden Saddle

Here’s a really nice feature video of local independent bike shop Golden Saddle.