Happy Holidays from Bike Nashbar

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Thanks so much for making it a great year you guys, and we look forward to more thrills, chills and spills with you in 2015.

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Video Recap – Road Bike Party 3

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The guys over at Global Cycling Network are at it again, with another installment of their Road Bike Party video series. With a new star in Sam Pilgrim and a new location in San Diego, they’ve proven that carbon road bikes can do some pretty amazing things in the right hands! Take a look at the action below, but, as they say, don’t try this at home (or anywhere, really).

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Last Minute Holiday Bike Gifts For Cyclists

Worried about what to get the cyclist in your life? Here are 8 great ideas for bike gifts to give them a very happy holiday.

Order by 12/22 with 2nd Business Day shipping or 12/23 with Overnight shipping to have your gift by Christmas.

1. Bike Tools

Every cyclist always needs more tools. Bikes have many parts, and many of those parts require specific pieces of hardware to adjust, cut, crimp, torque, and true.

Even if you think the cyclist in your life has a workshop full of tools, odds are there is still something they need—or would appreciate having a spare.

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The Nashbar Premium tool kit makes an excellent gift

 

2. Bike Inner Tubes

Cyclists can never have enough inner tubes. Even if your cyclist rides tubeless (if you’ve heard lots of swearing coming from the garage when they’re trying to put on a new set of tires, that probably means they ride tubeless), it’s always great to have tubes on hand in case of flats, to give to a buddy, or because they have a bunch of other uses as well.

 

No cyclist can ever have enough tubes

No cyclist can ever have enough tubes

3. Bike Socks

Nothing put a personal touch on a cyclist’s kit like some fresh socks. Whether you want to go old school pro with some shorter white ones, new school cool with some tall black socks, or unique individual with some bright and colorful ones, socks always make a perfect stocking stuffer.

 

Socks, like these wool ones from Nashbar, are an ideal stocking stuffer

Socks, like these wool ones from Nashbar, are an ideal stocking stuffer

4. Bike Helmet

Even if your cyclist hasn’t crashed (that you know of) in a couple years, odds are they wouldn’t say “no” to a new lid. Bike helmet design has come a long way recently, and new models are lighter, more aerodynamic, and cooler (in both senses of the word) than ever before.

 

New bike helmets are faster, lighter, and cooler

New bike helmets are faster, lighter, and cooler

5. Bike Shorts

Shorts are usually something that cyclists tend to keep far past the time when they should be retired. Nobody wants to ride behind a cyclist in a pair of worn out old shorts—due to their tendency to become see through with age. Do your cyclist and his buddies a favor, and give him some fresh lycra.

 

Odds are the cyclist in your life needs some new shorts. His riding buddies probably agree.

Odds are the cyclist in your life needs some new shorts. His riding buddies probably agree.

6. Ahrens Bottle Opener

Turn the cyclist in your life into the life of the party with the Ahrens Bottle Opener. Yes, that is a bottle opener that mounts on a bike. And yes, it will be the coolest gift they receive this year.

 

Your one way ticket to coolest gift award

Your one way ticket to coolest gift award

7. Sports Camera

Cyclists are at heart vain creatures, with an urge to display their feats of strength for the broader world to appreciate. Sometimes sharing a ride on Strava just isn’t enough. Sometimes the world needs to see the feats of strength. That’s what action cameras are for.

Also, they’re excellent for staying safer on the road, since almost everything that happens is captured on video.

 

The Garmin Virb is an excellent way for your cyclist to prove their feats of strenght

The Garmin Virb is an excellent way for your cyclist to prove their feats of strength

8. New Bike Water Bottles

Odds are your cyclist’s water bottles are filthy, germy mess. They may very well think they are clean, but unless they’ve been removing the…you know what—let’s just leave it at they need new bottles.

Some nice, clean, new water bottles are an excellent small gift idea

Some nice, clean, new water bottles are an excellent small gift idea

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Fast Fixes: How To Adjust Your Rear Derailleur in 30 Seconds or Less

The rear derailleur is a source of most bike problems

The rear derailleur is a source of most bike problems

If you’ve noticed your bike isn’t shifting as smoothly as it used to, or that the bicycle chain is making a loud clattering sound while you’re pedaling, it’s probably because your one of your bike parts, namely your rear derailleur (the part that changes the rear gears) is out of adjustment.

This can happen for a couple of reasons, but the usual culprit is that the cable that connects it to the shifter has stretched with time and is too loose, making it tough to shift into an easier gear.

The good news is that this is a bike repair problem that’s easy to tackle.

Step 1.

For Road Bikes: Look for the barrel adjuster on the rear derailleur

For road and cyclocross bikes, the barrel adjuster is on the derailleur itself

For road and cyclocross bikes, the barrel adjuster is on the derailleur itself

For Mountain Bikes: Look for the barrel adjuster on the shifter lever

For mountain bikes, it is on the shifter

For mountain bikes, it is on the shifter

Step 2.

Turn the barrel adjuster counter-clockwise (when looking at the derailleur from the rear) to tighten the cable tension. A pitfall to avoid is thinking of it as “lefty loosey, righty tighty”– in this case loosening the barrel adjuster actually increases tension on the derailleur cable.

*(If your bike is having trouble shifting on to the smaller cogs, the process is the same, but you just turn the barrel adjuster clockwise instead. This also applies if you have a Rapid Rise, or low-normal MTB derailleur)

Turn the barrel adjust counter clockwise to tighten the cable tension

Turn the barrel adjust counter clockwise to tighten the cable tension

Step 3:

Turn the cranks and attempt to shift the gears up and down the cassette

Turn the cranks and shift the gears to test out your adjustment

Turn the cranks and shift the gears to test out your adjustment

Step 4:

Continue making quarter turn adjustments until the gears shift smoothly and quietly.

You've now tuned your rear derailleur. Good job, gang.

You’ve now tuned your rear derailleur. Good job, gang.

That didn’t work?

  1. If your bike is very noisy or not shifting properly when it’s in the middle of the cassette, it’s probably because your rear derailleur hanger (where the derailleur bolts on) is bent or needs to be replaced. Take your bike to a shop and have them realign it for you. It should take about 2 minutes.
  2. If your bike refuses to shift into the highest or lowest cog regardless of cable tension, your high and low limit screws may be improperly set. Try backing the appropriate one out while turning the pedals and see if the derailleur shifts.
  3. If you recently crashed, look for damage to the derailleur mechanism. If that’s the case, it’s time for a new derailleur.
  4. Look for rusty or frayed cables, which means it’s time for new cables
  5. Look for tight bends or kinks in the cable housing leading into the derailleur. If it looks like a very tight loop, you need some slightly longer housing.
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Black Friday Top Picks

Behold. Black Friday 2015 is upon us. You might still be feeling glutted with turkey and possibly too much time with extended family, but Bike Nashbar is bursting with Black Friday good cheer. So good, in fact, that we decided to do some preparatory pre-shopping– just so we know what to get. If any loved ones out there are reading (and you know who you are), please read this list and remember that we’ve been very good about sorting the recyclables from the trash this year. And since the wheels are kind of a stretch, we might just go ahead and treat ourselves to any early Christmas present…

But we digress. Whether you’re shopping for a loved one who loves two wheels, or just looking for a little “Happy Holidays to me” kind of deal, you’ll find plenty over at the site to make you (or your loved one) happy this Black Friday (and beyond).

Here’s a few ideas to get you (and our special someone) started.

1. Giro Air Attack Helmet

This is one of our favorite helmets ever. Yes, it looks a little…unusual, but it totally lives up to the hype. As an added bonus, it’s one of the best winter helmets ever, thanks to the added coverage—making it something you can truly use year round.

 

Fast in the summer and comfortable in the winter

Fast in the summer and comfortable in the winter

2. Cateye Strada Double Wireless Computer

Going fast is great, but do you know how fast you’re actually going? Even if you’re more into the journey than in how fast you got there, having a cycling computer is a great addition to your bike, since it provides info like mileage, time, and average speed.

 

Fully wireless and packed with features

Fully wireless and packed with features

3. Reynolds Assault SLG Disc Carbon Tubular

If you’re into cyclocross– or looking for an incredible upgrade for your bike, then these are a must have. These are flat out some of the best wheels we’ve ever ridden, on or off the road. They’re perfect for your disc brake cross rig, or a disc brake road bike. They’re stiff, fast, durable, and fully compatible with most road disc brake systems out there.

 

48mm deep and ready for racin'

48mm deep and ready for racin’

4. Nashbar AT29 mountain Bike

Hitting the trails is one of the best ways to have fun on a bike during the fall and winter months (or actually just any time), and the Nashbar AT29 mountain bike is a great way to discover what those trails are all about. This durable, capable, well spec’ed bike is an incredible value that makes it easy to discover the thrills, spills, and joys of mountain biking.

 

A great value and a great bike

A great value and a great bike

5. Primal Wear Holiday Sweater Jersey

Ok, we just can’t resist this one. Even though we rank looking handsome on the bike about equal to being fast on the bike, the Ugly Holiday Sweater Jersey is just too awesome to let go. It injects some holiday cheer into your rides—which can be an awesome mood booster on those cold, dark rides.

You can't put a price on looking fine and festive

You can’t put a price on looking fine and festive

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