MERIDA BIKES – 2020 LINEUP INTRODUCTION

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Merida is a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer that was founded in 1972. Its main purpose was to prove that Taiwanese-built bikes were of better quality than their reputation had previously implied. This is exactly what Merida achieved, starting out by manufacturing bikes for other brands until it was time to launch bikes of its own under the Merida brand name. Merida …

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BUYING GUIDE – APACE TRIATHLON APPAREL

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Apace is a fast-growing sports apparel brands specializing in functional activewear for Running, Cycling and Triathlon. As a brand there is good emphasis on product quality and functionality as they understand that a well designed product is of utmost importance to their customer. Their Triathlon lineup is a new offering keeping in mind the increased level of interest in this …

BUYING GUIDE – WAHOO ELEMNT

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The Wahoo Elemnt series of sensor-based bike computers aim to make your rides more enjoyable by providing you interesting ride statistics along with navigation along the way. Wahoo has a broad range of cycling computers in the elemnt series ranging from their entry-level Elemnt MINI to their range-topping Elemnt Roam. Why do I need a cycling computer? A cycling computer …

ISM PERFORMANCE SADDLES

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We’ve just got our hands on the latest and greatest ISM Performance Saddles. ISM happens to be the current market leader in saddle innovation and technology – they’re also now available at bumsonthesaddle.com. THE ISM STORY ISM (INNOVATIVE SADDLEMAKER) is the brainchild of Steve Toll, an avid cyclist and swimmer living in Tampa, Florida. Following yet another painful bike ride …

BUMSONTHESADDLE GUIDES – CHAIN BUYING GUIDE

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The bicycle chain is probably one of the simplest yet most important components of your drivetrain. Your drivetrain consists of the cassette, chain, front chain wheel, rear derailleur, front derailleur, and shifter. The chain links the front of the drive train to the rear wheel to transmit power. It transmits the power created by you via your pedals to the …

BUMSONTHESADDLE GUIDES – CASSETTE BUYING GUIDE

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The cassette is an important part of the drivetrain that is responsible for rear-wheel drive. A cassette typically has multiple sprockets, each having teeth which mesh with the bicycle chain. Cassettes vary in size and the number of sprockets they have. Sprockets also have a varying number of teeth. Sprockets are also called gears/cogs and help with efficient pedaling on …

CARBON VS ALUMINUM BICYCLES (FRAMES)

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A bicycle’s heart and soul is its frame. It holds everything together and also defines a bike’s character and ride dynamics. To sum it all up, the frame is the most important thing to consider when buying a new bike with multiple options to choose from – designs, geometries, and frame materials. Most bikes are made of Steel, Aluminum, Carbon …

PRODUCT REVIEW – MUC OFF HIGH-PERFORMANCE WATERLESS WASH

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A long trail ride or rainy ride later, you’ll have yourself a properly dirty bike. It not only looks unappealing but probably won’t function to its optimal efficiency when ridden next. So what you’ll do next is rinse it down with a hose and mess up your clothes, the bike, and its surroundings. After that, you have to scrub the …

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PEDAL BUYING GUIDE

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Ever thought about how crucial bicycle pedals really are? They’re a critical part of a drivetrain that most people tend to overlook. Pedals are the platforms that screw onto your crank arms and help you put down power through the chain and to the rear wheel. Properly suited pedals will help you generate maximum power in the most efficient manner …

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BUMSONTHESADDLE BUYING GUIDES – DISC BRAKE PADS

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Are you looking to change your disc brake pads? Organic, Metallic, Semi-metallic – there are a whole bunch of pad-options to decide on. Which pads to use boils down to the kind of riding you do, the riding conditions and are also a personal preference. TYPES OF MOUNTAIN BIKE DISC BRAKE PADS There are two major types of Disc Brake …