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How to Clean Your Bike After a Mountain Bike Ride
Many of us went through the thought “I’ll never be able to clean that” after an epic-yet-messy mountain bike ride. Sure, you can grab a hose and water everything off, but if you want to take care of your bike for the long run (or ride) we have a couple of tips you can try and common mistakes you should avoid when cleaning up your bike after a ride.
What do you need to clean up your bike after a ride? Is Chain Lubricant necessary? For this cleanup, you won’t need much. Remember, this is an everyday, fast way to wash your bike. If you want to go for a deep cleaning you may want to talk with a specialist that could give you a more accurate procedure depending on the bike you have, the dirt you’ve been riding on, and more. For this process, you’ll only need a soft and a hard brush, a hose, washing liquid, a lint-free cloth or paper towel, and a bike chain lubricant. A bike stand will make the job easier if you have one.
Keep your hose handy and don’t be shy with it, but before you turn it on, find a good washing area. A space with good drainage and away from the wind and dust. Make sure that the water doesn’t splash back onto your bike. And no matter how many times you hear it, you don’t need a pressure washer. That strong pressure can damage your bike and remove grease that is actually protecting your suspension system. Once you find a good spot, rinse your bike with cold water starting from the top and make your way down. These will help clear that soft layer of dust and dirt, allowing you to start the deeper cleaning process.
Rinse. Brush. Repeat.
If you can, switch your water temperature from cold to warm and grab a soft brush. Apply the bike-specific washing liquid to the brush and not to your bike and go through your bike once again from top to bottom. If you have one, take a harder brush and scrub your tires and rim while looking for any damage such as thorns, cuts, torn, etc. Depending on how dirty your bike is, repeat the process, going through your bike frame and components with a soft brush one more time.
Let it Dry
If you had your bike on a stand, take it off and find a sunny spot away from the wind, that will allow any sitting water to dry or drain. A bike stand may come handy not only for drying but also for storing your bike. You can let the bike air dry, but doing it manually will help you to catch up with any remaining soap or dirt and it’s important to dry your chain. Grab a lint-free cloth and dry the excess of water while inspecting one more time your bike (frame, wheels, suspension, etc.) If you want to use your lube, make sure your bike is completely dry. Before you start, run the chain through a dry clean rag to ensure it’s completely dry. Then, apply one drop of lubricant per chain link. In the end, make sure to wipe off any excess.
Remember, this is a quick, superficial way to clean your bike after a ride. We recommend a deep clean every other week. We’re sure you have your own way to wash your bike, what would you add to our process?
- Hollywood Racks
Fat Tire Bikes Are Here - Everything You Need To Know About Fat Tire Bikes
Now that the holidays are over and it’s time to get back to real life, winter feels a lot less magical and has become something that we’re counting down the minutes of. And we’re right there with you, especially with all of the winter storms we’ve been seeing lately. But luckily for all of us, fat tire bikes make that countdown feel a little less pressing.
Before we sing their praises too much, it’s important to look back at the history and see where they came from. Fat tire bikes first entered the scene in 1987, where they were developed simultaneously in Alaska to deal with the ice and snow and in New Mexico for riding on the sand. In Alaska, the first versions were made by combining two tires side by side, and then they were updated to a single low-pressure wheel that was lightweight enough for easy transportation, which is what we saw out of New Mexico.
Today, fat bikes are the only way that most bikers around the country can keep traveling no matter what the weather throws their way. With the large size and low tire pressure, they keep your ride smooth and easy, acting as shock absorbers, while also giving you more balance and control. And the second you take one for a spin on packed snow, you’ll know exactly what you’re talking about. And, even better, they aren’t designed only for winter riding — they can handle every type of terrain, so you don’t have to worry about switching out your tires with each season or when you’re traveling between different climates. They can also be ridden at any speed, whether you’re doing a leisurely trail ride or you’re looking for a more rigorous, fast excursion.
Now when you look at a fat tire bike, you might think that because it’s bulkier, it will be more difficult to transport. But you know that we already have a solution for you. Whether you’re driving your bike to some snowy runs nearby or you’re making a cross-country trip to hit all of your favorite spots, the Sport Rider SE Hitch Bike Rack for Fat Tire Electric Bikes will keep your bikes secure and safe. This fat tire bike rack is heavy duty enough to hold two electric fat tire bikes, but you can also use it for regular fat tire bikes. And when you’re not transporting your bikes, the rack will fold up against your car to keep it out of the way and will tilt down so you can still access your trunk. And while you’re at it, make some bigger adventure plans with one of our bike trail travel guides.
We want to hear why you love your fat tire bikes and where you love to ride them most! Comment and let us know what you think, and then find us on Facebook and Instagram, and see more biking tips and travel inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
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Why We Love Cargo Bikes and You Should Too
When it comes to biking, we all dream of the day when we can use our bikes for virtually everything, whether we’re running errands, picking the kids up from school, or cruising to plans on the other side of town. And that’s why we love cargo bikes. Cargo bikes give you the freedom to carry as much as you need to — kids included — while letting you incorporate biking into some of the moments when you’d otherwise have to drive. By allowing you the ease that a car gives you of carrying whatever you need, you can make your life a little more environmentally conscious while also bringing your favorite activity into your day-to-day life.
For the most efficient travel, electric bikes are the perfect solution. We know that there are hundreds of different bikes out there, but one of our favorite go-to spots for our bike needs is Seattle-based Rad Power Bikes. And don’t be concerned that you’ll end up stranded after filling up your RadWagon with everything you need. With an estimated 25 to 45 miles per gallon (not to mention, the ability to hold up to 350 pounds), we mean it when we say that this bike can really hold up as your main form of transportation.
If you are looking for something a little more rugged — or for the ultimate in storage capacity in the case of front-loader cargo bikes — Yuba has quickly become another one of our top choices. Of course, they do have electric options, but the classic front-load cargo bike is one of our favorites for when you really have a lot to haul.
Of course, once you add a cargo bike to your lineup, you might worry that it will only be accessible when you’re at home — a lot of storage space doesn’t seem to lend itself to easy transport of the bike itself. But then again, you know what we’re about, so you probably have an idea of our solution. Cargo bike racks, of course (not that you really needed us to remind you)! If you want to carry two electric cargo bikes on a road trip, the Sport Rider SE hitch bike rack will do the trick. It will also work for two standard bikes, but has extra heavy-duty wheel holders and a reinforced frame to keep even your heavier bikes (up to 80 pounds each) safe and secure. If your bike family includes a tricycle, the Sport Rider SE Hitch Bike Rack For E-Bikes and E-Trikes is for you. Holding up to 180 pounds (a 100lb trike bike and an 80lb bike), this E-bike rack also has locking frame hooks to make sure that your bikes stay safe no matter how long your journey is. And better yet, both of these racks easily fold up so that they aren’t in the way when you’re not using them,
We know that every cargo-bike rider has their own special reasons why they love them, so we want to hear from you! Comment with your favorite features and what your cargo bike can do! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
Biking gift list for early holiday shopping
Halloween may have just passed us by, but according to the rules of Target stores and radio stations everywhere, the holidays are officially here. And while some people may still wait another month and a half before they even start thinking about gift shopping, we are all for the early birds who think ahead (and avoid that stressful rush to the mall for the most overwhelming experience of your life). So here’s to you early shoppers — may we be you, may we support you, and may we help you find the best bike-themed gifts for all of the riders in your life.
The families looking for fun
Family friends are the best, but when it comes to holiday gifting, they always leave us stumped. Do we have to buy something different for everyone? And more importantly, do we have to pretend like we know what kids these days are interested in? Well, wonder no longer, because this is exactly why our new go-to family gift is the Destination Bike Rack. This lightweight bike hitch rack is super easy to install and use, making it perfect for even the most novice bikers. It holds up to 4 bikes, so you can feel like a real-life Santa for hand-delivering the best memories to the families in your life (or at least, that’s what we like to tell ourselves).
Some of our favorite people are the RVers in our lives, and we want to make sure to gift them accordingly. Maybe it’s because we wish we were them and maybe because we want them to bring us on their next trip, who’s to say. But either way, with the RV Rider bike rack, you can make sure that every vacation they take will be the best one yet. This bike rack holds up to 2 E-bikes and connects to any RV motorhome, 5th-wheel or, flat-towed vehicle.
The leisurely speed demons
Electric bikes are the perfect option for your loved ones who want to go as fast as possible, while also taking it easy on the ride. And when it comes to finding the perfect gift for the electric biker, what better way than to make it easy for them to bring their prized bike with them wherever they go. The Sport Rider SE Hitch Bike Rack will quickly become their favorite gift of the season — it holds up to 2 electric bikes or standard bikes, and can even fold up when they aren’t using it and fold down so they can access their trunk.
For the Jeep-driving, thrill-seeking biker in your life, we have the answer. You know your favorite people are already going pretty hard with the off-roading, so let them take their adventure to the next level by bringing their bikes where no measly car has gone before with the SR1 strap-on spare tire bike rack or the SR2 bold-on spare tire bike rack. The SR1 bike rack is easier and faster to install, while the SR2 bike rack is a little more heavy-duty, but both racks work with any car that has a spare tire and hold up to 2 bikes so they can even take you with them next time.
The all-around adventurers
When you want to make sure that your favorite people can take on any adventures that come their way, the F2 Over-the-Top Trunk Bike Rack is an easy choice. You can pick if you want the 2-bike rack or the 3-bike rack, and it’s super lightweight and easy to install, so you don’t have to worry about adding any stress to holiday biking (and biking the rest of the year, too).
It doesn’t matter if you’re treating yourself this holiday season or you’re checking off your holiday gift list for everyone else in your life, we want to hear what other gift ideas you have! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.
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5 Best Fall RV Campground with Bike Trails
Fall is officially here, although it may not feel like it yet. And while some may argue that summer is the prime season for vacationing, there’s something so special about loading up the bikes and cruising through the changing leaves and not worrying about overheating while you’re at it. Earlier this summer we shared our 5 favorite RV trips for bringing your bikes with, but now we’ve done the hard work to find the best RV campgrounds with bike trails within the park. This way you can cruise all day and then end up right back at home base, ready for a bonfire, smores, and ghost stories (hey, it is almost Halloween). So pack up your cycles on your RV with our RV bike rack, pick a destination, and get ready for autumn adventures.
Desert Trails RV Park, Tuscon, AZ
If you’re leaving out of Southern California, this is perfect for a longer weekend trip since it’ll take most of the day to drive there, but it’s more than worth it. The bike trails start right at the edge of the park and lead into Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park where you’ll find a ton of great mountain biking trails across all skill levels. And not to mention fall is the perfect time to make your way down, since as the name suggests, you probably wouldn’t want to spend a full summer day baking in the sun.
L.L. Stub Steward State Park, Buxton, OR
L.L. Stub Steward State Park is one of our favorites since it’s only 34 miles from Portland, so you can add on an extra stop (and pick up a few treats from Voodoo Doughnut while you’re at it). This campground will have you nestled in the most stunning scenery, and with 38 miles of mountain biking trails, you’ll have no trouble filling your time. If you’re wanting to add on some other activities to your trip lineup, they also have an 18-hole disc golf course, which is a great way to convince your non-biking friends to make the journey with you.
Coachland RV Park, Truckee, CA
Don’t be fooled by the California address — if you’re leaving from Southern California, this will also be a full day of driving. Which means the gorgeous new terrain that you’re looking for and a great way to get out of your hectic routine. The park itself is home to some tamer bike trails that are safe for bikers of any level, but you can easily make your way over to nearby Lake Tahoe and hit the legendary Flume Ride Trail.
Angel Fire RV Resort, Angel Fire, NM
This is the longest trip on our list, so try to plan it when you have a few extra days for driving. And we also would recommend making a stop in Arizona to break up the journey — in fact, you can spend a night at Desert Trails, which is less than two hours out of the way. There’s no way that we were about to leave this off of our list, though, since it’s one of the nicest RV resorts we’ve ever seen. But more importantly, Angel Fire Bike Park is the largest bike park in the Rocky Mountains. We’re talking over 60 miles of trails and 2,000 vertical feet, all served by lifts.
Zion West RV Park, Leeds, UT
Make your way to the gorgeous red hills without having to spend days on the road by visiting Zion West RV Park. The full-service RV park has direct access to trails that lead out of the park and into the surrounding parks for an endless amount of bike trails. Plus, if you want to add on some more sightseeing, you’ll be able to add Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon as stops on your drive.
We’ve only covered the tip of the iceberg with this list, so we want to hear from you! Comment with your favorite RV campgrounds for biking or let us know what spots you’ve been meaning to visit! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter.