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5 Good, Unbreakable Bike Locks for 2018: Lightweight Options & Tips

A cable lock is asking for trouble.

What is the Best, Strongest Bike Lock for Theft-Proof Security? 5 Reviews

Bicycle theft is epidemic. In my city, I spend more time worrying about my bike getting stolen than my car. It’s true!

The ugly truth is that bike theft is common and very hard to manage. If your bike gets lifted, chances are you won’t be seeing it again.

The best precaution against a theft is to be smart, and to buy a good lock. The best bike bike locks are secure, virtually unbreakable and simple to use.

Unfortunately, I mostly see two types on the street these days: flimsy cables and cheap U-locks.

You might as well put a big bow on it it.

So what IS the best bike lock for keeping your ride secure? I’m writing this article to review a handful of good, strong bicycle locks, and to explain how to most effectively use them. For each item, I’ll offer some pros and cons, and hopefully help you track down some great brands to look into.

So let’s take a look at what’s out there for 2018, shall we?

Waterproof Essentials: Best Rain Gear Clothing for Cyclists

Man cycling in the rain.

Finding the best cycling rain gear: what works, what doesn’t?

I live in the Vancouver area. It is a beautiful city with picturesque mountain views and the mildest climate in Canada. Sadly, it has one significant downside: rain.

You might think that would deter many cyclists who prefer to commute by bicycle. Not so! Vancouver is shaping up to be the next Amsterdam with bicycle lanes and co-op programs.

The truth is, a well-equipped rider can ride in wet weather in moderate comfort. A few good pieces of cycling rain gear will keep you dry and warm on that blustery ride to the office.

That being said, the word ‘waterproof’ is thrown around a bit too liberally in the bike apparel world. Finding something that actually works is imperative, or you’ll end up right back behind the steering wheel.

But what do you actually need?

In this article, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best rain gear and clothing for bicycle riders. I will list 4 essential pieces to keep your ride dry.

My purpose is twofold: I want to help you get properly equipped so you’ll arrive happy and dry, and I also want to give a few shout-outs to good brands that really work.

Interested? Keep on reading.

5 of the Best, Affordable Fat Tire Bikes | Ride Reviews

Fat Bike on Beach

Five Fat Bike Reviews: Cheap options for riding snow & sand

Nothing on two wheels draws looks like a fat bike! They are truly compelling.

With their oversized tires and impressive traction, these bicycles can ride virtually anywhere. And they look incredible.

Since you’re probably reading this for the fat bike reviews, I don’t really need to spend too much time explaining the appeal.

Why ride a fat bike? I think the real question is why not!

Whether you’re riding on snow, mud, slick rock, sand or even ice, these monster rides give you unprecedented traction. And they’re more responsive and fun than you might think.

Unfortunately, they also tend to be expensive. So for this article, I want to focus on five cheap fat bikes that review nicely and will serve you well.

For each bicycle, I’ll go over the features, capabilities, pros and cons, along with a short verdict on what it’s best suited for. Hopefully this info will get you rolling in no time.

Ready for some reviews of inexpensive fat tire bikes? Let’s get started!

Updated! Bike models come and go. Thanks for your patience!

Montague Crosstown Review: Can a Full-Sized Folding Bicycle Compete?

Review of Montague's Crosstown

Crosstown Reviewed: A good quality, full-sized, folding hybrid bike

I, like many other people around the world, often curse at my bicycle. I do it when the chain falls off. I do it when I get a flat.

But more than anything else, I curse whenever I have to haul my full-sized bicycle through the heavy, swinging door of my cramped bicycle room.

The door invariably slams shut the moment I let go. If I don’t yank my bike out of the way in time, crunch. I mean, who designs these things?

Frankly, I love commuting by bike, and I wouldn’t give it up. But wouldn’t it be so much easier if a bike could fold up?

Well guess what? They do. Full-sized, full-featured road, mountain and commuter bicycles that fold up exist, and they’re a lot better than you might expect.

Montague is a bicycle company with a full lineup of cleverly designed folding bikes, all featuring full-sized frames. They’re stylish, they feature modern components, and they fold up small enough to fit in the trunk of your car, or the back of your closet.

Intrigued? So was I. So I set out to review the Montague Crosstown commuter bicycle. Spoiler alert: it’s probably the best full-sized, folding commuter bicycle I’ve ever come across.

8 of the Best Hybrid Bikes Under $500 | Commute Frugally

Affordable Hybrid Bikes Under $500

Finding a road worthy, top quality hybrid bike for under 500 bucks

Ah, the hybrid bike. It’s probably the best thing to happen to the cycling industry in 50 years. Nothing targets the casual / commuter rider quite like it.

And that’s for good reason. Hybrid bicycles (theoretically) offer a wonderful balance of capability.

Road, grass, trails, what’s your pleasure? The hybrid bike handles them all with ease. Right?

Err… not exactly.

While there are some phenomenally great entrants into this category, they’re not all made equal.

The best hybrid bikes under $500 are a good blend of two styles of riding, capable (but not brilliant) at both styles. The worst hybrids out there aren’t really good at any type of riding.

So how does one find a stud in amongst all the duds?

I will be offering a few reviews of some affordable, top quality hybrid bikes below the $500 price point, explaining why each one made the cut, and what kind of riding it’s best suited towards.

Furthermore, I’ll offer a few tips on how to shop for them, and how to better understand hybrids and their various denominations.

Let’s get started!

Cycling Energy Gels & Chews Reviewed: Hype or Best Practice?

Cycling Energy Gel Reviews

Are energy gels for cycling a good way to refuel?

Cycling is a demanding sport and a fantastic workout. Like with any other exercise, refueling your body after your ride is essential for best results. But what about longer rides and races? When your energy level starts to sag, is there anything you can eat or drink to give you a much needed boost?

Energy gels are heralded as a breakthrough for endurance athletes of all disciplines. Gels (or solid chews) provide a quick supply of dense energy in an accessible form, and they’re supposed to be packed with exactly what your body needs on a ride: electrolytes and simple carbohydrates.

These little packs come in a handy flat tube that you can tear open and consume, or paper packets you can rip open.

But do they work? Or perhaps a better question is: are they worth it?

This article seeks to answer that. We’ll look at what they’re made of. You might be surprised at what’s in the average cycling energy gel pack. And what’s not.

Next, we’ll list a few of the best energy gels or chews for bicycling I’ve found, and I’ll review each one briefly. That way if you want to give them a whirl, you’ll be trying one that’s halfway decent.

Are energy gels for cycling the answer to your sagging energy levels after a long race? Read on to find out. 

Cycling with a Six Pack: 3 Great Bicycle Beer Bottle Holders

Bicycling with Beer: Holders & Carriers

Nothing is better than an ice cold beer on a hot summer day, and nothing works up a thirst like a good bike ride. But if you don’t have a car, and your liquor store is miles away, your frosty beverage faces a risky trip home in the backpack.

Let’s face it, bicycles weren’t built for carrying a 6 pack. Your options are limited. You can stuff a six pack awkwardly into a satchel. You can balance a plastic bag precariously over your handlebars.

Or, you can use a handy dandy bike beer holder to carry your frosty beverages on your bike! You’ll get to and from that store in a snap, and you’ll look great doing it too.

Yep, six pack holders for bicycles are a thing, and they’re awesome. I find it’s way easier to justify a few suds after a calorie-burning spin over to my local brewery.

So, in order to facilitate your frosty brew transportation needs, here are a few of the best bicycle beer holders and 6 pack carriers around today.

What are the Top 4 Bikes for Cycle-Commuting to Work?

Finding a Good Urban Commuter Bike

Cycling to work? Here are 4 of the best urban commuter bike styles

Planning to start cycle commuting to work? Good choice! You’ll save money, and you might even arrive faster than by car. Not to mention you’ll skip the need for a cardio workout each day. Commuting to work by bicycle has so many upsides; some employers are even incentivizing it.

However, if you’re planning to start cycling to work, be careful! If you ride the wrong type of bike, your adventures in two-wheeled transportation will be short lived.

And trust me, your rusty old beach cruiser or department store mountain bike just won’t cut it. Especially if you’re riding it five times per week! Don’t believe me? Try it.

If you want to stick with it, it is essential to pick the best possible urban commuter bike for your daily trip to work. Just as you’d invest in your car, you should do the same with your bike. It will pay dividends!

So what’s the best bike for cycle commuting anyway? That’s the question I’ll be tackling in this article. Rather than look at specific models, I think it’s best to look at specific bicycle categories.

So we’ll check out four great bicycle styles that are very nicely suited to your daily commute. And within each style I’ll offer a review of a great commuter bike example to investigate.

What about styles to avoid, common mistakes and red flags? You bet! I’ll cover that too.

Top Three Vintage Retro Style Bicycles To Check Out

Vintage Style Bicycles: What's For Sale?

Affordable Vintage Style Bicycles: What’s for Sale Today?

There is nothing more satisfying that cruising on a beautifully restored vintage style bicycle. A true throwback beauty is classic, timeless and gets tons of looks. The only problem? A genuine vintage or antique bicycle costs a fortune these days!

If you’re a fan of vintage style bikes like me, but you have a limited budget, you are in luck. This style is crazy popular and brands are paying attention, so there are many beautiful rides available in a gorgeous vintage style, and they’re brand new.

Mimicking the lines and features of cycles from days gone by, old style bikes are making a real comeback. It makes sense: people long for a time when life was simple, when carbon fibre and cell phones didn’t exist, and when a bike frame had a classic geometry and minimalist good looks.

Here’s the problem though: because the retro style bicycle frame is so popular, everyone and their dog is jumping on the bandwagon, including manufacturers good and bad.

The difference between a home run and a strike? It’s all in the details!

This article will be taking a close look at a handful of my favourite vintage-style bicycles for sale today. Primarily, I want to point you to a ride that not only looks amazing, but functions beautifully too.

How to Restore a Bicycle | Beautiful Vintage Bike Tips

Restored Vintage Bicycle

The human eye is a remarkable thing. It can pick up on incredibly subtle details, and your brain transforms those signals into snap judgements. In the case of bicycles, the eye can pick out imperfections like a magnet.

Rust, scuffed and scratched paint, shoddy or worn out components: all are identified almost immediately. If you’re here to learn how to restore a vintage bicycle, I have some good news for you: I know how to trick the eye.

Performing a beautiful vintage bicycle restoration isn’t always a trial. You don’t always have to tear it down and start from scratch.

There are a few simple and quick ways to restore your vintage bike and make it look like a million bucks (or at least several hundred). Curious? Keep reading.