Stem Comparison Tool

December 26, 2023 3:45pm by rob
I’ve been riding my gravel bike a lot more than my road bike recently, so when I get on my road bike the bars feel super low. So I decided to raise them. I have been using a 11cm -6 rise Ritchey WCS stem on my road bike, and wanted to compare simply raising the Ritchey 5mm to swapping it out for an 11cm 0 rise Easton EA90 stem. Enter the handy Stem Comparison tool! Below is the comparison. As you can see the reach stayed about about the same, but with the Easton 0-rise stem the bars would be 7mm higher. I made the swap and it feels great! Not quite Grant Peterson approved yet, but getting there!

If you haven’t already, be sure to bookmark this handy tool at!

The Engine Inside

December 21, 2023 12:52pm by rob
If you have some time over the holiday, be sure to check the new film from Red Bull: The Engine Inside. Narrated by Phil Liggett, it tells the story of six individuals around the globe and their very personal relationships with the bicycle.

Lessons Learned From Being Hit By A Car

December 12, 2023 10:37am by rob
Matthew Heitmann, currently Chief Marketing Officer for SIGMA Sports United, and former marketing executive for The Pros Closet, BMC and USA Cycling, got hit by a car the day after Thanksgiving and was almost killed. Read his harrowing account and his eight lessons on LinkedIn. He’s not sure he will ever ride on the road again. Would you?

Be careful out there!

Chain Wax?

December 5, 2023 10:45am by rob
Chain wax has been around forever. Personally I’ve always been an anti-waxer, and I doubt you’ll ever get me to give up my Dumonde Tech. But that isn’t to say I don’t understand the appeal. Plus with companies like Silca offering wax products, it’s got to be legit, and may be worth me re-considering.

If you want an easy way to try it out, our own I Know a Guy Bicycles is offering pre-waxed chains for sale on BikeList! Check them out!

And if you want to learn more, Justin has a few videos on the topic below!

Top Ten Reasons to Buy a Custom Steel Bike

November 30, 2023 12:22pm by rob
I’m loving my new DeSalvo gravel bike. On the first day I made a minor adjustment to the seat height and setback and that was it. It’s totally dialed for me and my riding. This is my fourth custom steel bike in four decades.

But in this day and age, does a custom steel bike still make sense? Here are my top ten reasons why you should buy a custom steel bike!

1. Fit. The top reason to buy any custom bike will always be fit. Maybe you have weird proportions. You’re super tall or super short. Or you’re getting older and those race bikes with crazy low stack heights just don’t work for you.
2. You want something unique. You have very specific ideas that aren’t met by what is out there already. You don’t want the usual Trek or Specialized. You want to be able to pick color.
3. You want rim brakes. Choices for rim brake bikes are almost non-existent these days.
4. You want a deeper connection to the bike. A custom bike is really YOUR bike. It’s not a commodity. It’s not easily replaced.
5. Style. There is something about the clean lines of a quality steel frame.
6. You love the ride of steel. Especially when dialed in for your weight and riding style.
7. Durability. Carbon has come a long way since the 80s and 90s, but it’s still more susceptible to potentially catastrophic damage in even minor mishaps.
8. Affordability. Custom steel might be cheaper than you think. It can be cheaper than off the shelf carbon fiber, and it’s definitely much cheaper than custom ti or carbon.
9. Street cred. Shop rats will swarm your cool ride at the LBS!
10. Fun. The whole process from start to finish is a lot of fun.

Chances are you have a top notch custom builder near you. Shoot them a note or give 'em a call. Support local, MADE IN USA!

Stars and Watercarriers

November 28, 2023 1:44pm by rob
If you haven't seen it--and if you have a bit of downtime this holiday season--be sure to check out the Jørgen Leth film “Stars and Watercarriers," which documents the 1973 Giro d’Italia. See the legends of that era in action: Gimondi, Merckx, Moser, Fuente, De Vlaeminck, and Battaglin. A lot has changed in 50 years! Read a detailed review on PEZ Cycling and you can watch the full movie on Youtube.

Tire Pressure: How Low Can You Go?

November 20, 2023 2:56pm by rob
When I started riding road bikes in the 80s it was simple: you pumped your 23 or 25mm tires up to 100 or 120 psi. And when I started riding mtbs in the 90s, you just pumped your 26 x 2.1 tires up to 40 or 45 psi.

I started riding wider tires on the road in the 2000s, first with the 700 x 33 Rivendell Jack Browns. I was still riding with inner tubes, mind you, but now I was riding my tires at around 60 psi. Which seemed low!

Flash forward to today, I'm riding my tubeless 29 x 2.4 mtb tires at around 24/22 psi and my tubeless 700 x 48 gravel tires at around 28/26 psi.

How low can you go? Good article and video from the folks at GCN. And you can find a nice tire pressure calculator here.

Shop tires on BikeList!

Tanwall or Blackwall?

November 14, 2023 11:01am by rob
I was amused by the recent rant on BikeRadar about tanwall tires. It’s kind of like the letters in vs letters out debate for muscle car guys. I grew up with tanwall tires in the 80s so they aren’t really that special to me. And I admit I kind of resisted them when they started to come back and become a fad a few years ago. I still dig a no-nonsense blackwall tire but I like to mix it up a bit, too–my new DeSalvo gravel bike has tanwall Rene Herse tires. Of course, most of my vintage bikes have tanwalls, although my 1995 Ibis Mojo sports blackwall Maxxis Holly Rollers!

What look do you prefer?

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A Visit to the Marin Museum of Bicycling

November 7, 2023 12:03pm by rob
I was in the SF Bay Area last weekend visiting family and had time to drop into the Marin Museum of Bicycling to meet a friend and check out some bikes. This was my first visit to the museum, which opened eight years ago in Fairfax, California. I was lucky enough to get the full tour from none other than Joe Breeze, who many consider to be the father of the mountain bike.

The museum starts way back in time with the boneshakers, penny farthings and safety bikes, and shows the impact of the Dunlop pneumatic tire on the bike industry. Additionally, there is a fantastic array of vintage road bikes, including a few Bianchis that really caught my eye.

But the heart of the museum is mountain bikes, which were born right there at the foot of Mount Tam. The museum has several of the bikes that were critical to the development of the mountain bike, including Joe’s old Scwhinns, the first Ritchey MountainBikes, Jacquie Phelan’s famous Cunningham racer, and more.

If you have time and are in the SF Bay Area, it is definitely worth a visit!

BikeFarmer: This Guy Gets It

November 1, 2023 2:38pm by rob
I just discovered BikeFarmer today. As a former bike shop mechanic I can say this guy totally gets it. Very refreshing look at bike shops, bike mechanics and the bike industry! Check out his videos below and if you like them, be sure to subscribe!

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