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Cycling Prep for Winter

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Finally we are feeling cooler weather out here on the West Coast where we've got our 3 (almost) beachfront stores. It's time to start prepping our bikes for winter weather. Many of you are new at cycling so some of these tips might serve as a reminder. Here are some tips for cycling prep for winter.

Before we get into all of that, however, the best way to prep your bike and get expert advice is to visit your bike shop (Ahem Bike Attack has 3 convenient locations in Southern California) and ask your friendly bike mechanic (we've never met an unfriendly one). They'll also have time tested tips and tricks for you.

TIRES

Wider is better. Puncture resistant is also better. In wet and/or icy roads, wider tires have more tread and you'll want all the grip you can get if you're out there training. All-weather tires are great options to switch out those racing tires, you'll go a little harder but it's worth not slipping and injuring yourself needlessly.

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LIGHTS

Why do we have Daylight Savings anymore? That's a discussion for a later...time. Heh. LIGHTS. Ok it's darker out earlier in the day so you want to stay visible. Wearing reflective clothing only works if there's a source of light, you'll need lights on your bike to notify everyone else that you're out there pounding gravel. Remember, head lights AND tail lights are a must.

FENDERS

You need to protect your frame and components from unnecessary damage. Attaching a fender to your rear seatpost to protect your back and undercarriage from anything wet and muddy kicked up from the ground.

CABLES

You should be changing your cables regularly anyway, make sure you've got a fresh set for the winter months, even going so far as to adding cable seals to keep water and mud out. You'll get optimal performance out of your bike if you regularly maintain and keep it clean.

CHAIN

Stainless steel for winter folks. It's just easier, lasts longer, less likely to rust. Also ...lube. Wet chain lube is the way to go- water resistant, lasts long, keeps your cassette and rings in working condition.

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SEAT

What type of saddle do you have? Synthetic? Leather? Use leather dressing to protect your seat, use liberally and frequently. Saddle covers are great as well.

CAR WAX

Yes you're still in cycle country. Coat your bike frame with car wax to protect it from the winter elements. It lasts longer, more durable and will protect your frame. Trouble spots are the bottom bracket and the underside of the downtube. DO NOT put carwax on your brakes or braking surfaces. Do Not.

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If it's wet or icy, you want your brakes in tip top condition. Aluminum braking surfaces are recommended and brake pads for difficult weather should be installed especially for those of you in harsher winter conditions. Disc brakes perfom better in wet conditions than rim brakes.

Bike Attack Saturday Morning Coffee Ride!

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What's an amazing (and productive) way to grab your first cup of coffee Saturday mornings? Join Bike Attack and Friends for our weekly Saturday Morning Coffee Ride!Every Saturday, 8am - 10amWe start at Bike Attack Playa Vista, stop midway in Manhattan Beach for a coffee and return. Don't worry, we'll get you back to Bike [...]

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Bike Attack and Scott Bikes Demo Day: Saturday, October 29th

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MARK YOUR CALENDARSBIKE ATTACK and SCOTT BIKES DEMO DAYSATURDAY, OCTOBER 29th, 2016You're invited to the Bike Attack and Scott Bikes Demo Day and Fall Meetup!Where? Bike Attack Playa Vista When?  Saturday, October 29, 2016 10:00am to 3:00pm  Why?  Scott Bikes and Bike Attack are teaming up to introduce the some of the best in quality and performance road and mountain bikes. Scott Bikes creates bikes [...]

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Indoor vs Outdoor Cycling

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Indoor vs Outdoor Cycling, why choose one over the other? Let's explore the differences, benefits and disadvantages as well as some of the surprising things they have in common.VarietyOutdoor: There are unlimited differences in the type of outdoor bike you choose to ride. BMX, fixie, road, cyclocross, electric, cruisers, cargo, trikes, unicycles, etc. Combine this [...]

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What is Slowing You Down?

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There are so many things you can do to improve your speed, but what is slowing you down? Here's a look at a few things that could be the culprits. Pollution Cycling in a city with poor air quality inhibits your lungs from peak performance. Those of us with bronchial issues like asthma have it even worse. Studies have [...]

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5 Types of Cyclists We Love to Hate

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Cyclists come in all shapes, sizes and colors. We all cycle for different reasons but when it comes down to it, we do it for the love of it. There's a long list of pet peeves we have about fellow cyclists, here's our favorite gripes and the 5 types of cyclists we love to hate.The Ever Unprepared [...]

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It's Officially Fall on Thursday, September 22

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Summer is coming to an end and Summer 2016 has officially been listed on record as the fifth hottest year in the last 122 years. It's officially Fall on Thursday, September 22, which means much cooler weather and definitely a favorite season for cyclists. Layering, Joints and Jams What should you do differently as a [...]

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Cycling at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

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The 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio have begun. There are a total of 50 events in the two main disciplines of road and track cycling, 18 for Track from September 8 - 11, and 32 events for Road from September 14 - 17. These events will all take place at the Rio Olympic Velodrome and the Copacapana [...]

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iPhone and Android Apps for Cyclists

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Strava: Named for the Swedish word for "strive", Strava has posed itself to be a social network for athletes. Geared towards cyclists, runners and triathletes, Strava records your athletic activity using any one of 20+ compatible devices and analyzes and compares your data with your friends, professional athletes and your own performance history. The mobile [...]

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2016 Rio Olympics Cycling

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The 2016 Rio Olympics Cycling events have been amazing so far, with two world records broken BOTH in the Track Cycling Team Pursuit events, Great Britain's Mens AND Great Britain's Women's teams shattered the world records for Team Pursuit and took the Gold home. Quite exciting and not quite over, with two events yet to take place [...]

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