Everything you need to know about Disc Brakes

Trickling down from the motocross world, disc brakes have now become popular on off-road bicycles. Discs provide powerful and reliable braking in all types of weather and terrain so they're ideal for trail riding. Plus, unlike rim brakes, discs aren't compromised should you hit a hole or land hard and bend your wheel.

There are significant differences between discs and rim brakes, however. So here we provide an overview of how discs work, the different types, and basic maintenance instructions.

disc brake rotor

Disc brakes generate amazing stopping power even in the worst conditions because they utilize rotors (photo) attached to the wheel hubs, and calipers attached to the frame containing specially designed pads (also called "brake shoes").

How To Commute by Bike

Avoid traffic delays by Commuting to work by bike

Are you tired of sitting in traffic for hours?  Tired of paying high prices for gas?  Have you thought about Commuting by bike! It's fun, fast, easy, saves money, reduces global warming, and keeps you healthy and happy. Even with ample motivation, the idea of pedaling to work can seem daunting. But if you know some good tricks of the commuting trade, it doesn't have to be a scary idea.

Your Bike
The great thing about bicycle commuting is that just about anyone can do it and on any bike.  Regardless of what kind of bike you have, you want to avoidmechanical breakdowns when commuting and the easiest way to do so is keep your bike good working order. If you aren't sure your bike is commuter ready, bring it to the service departement of one our stores and our bike mechanice will let you know if your bike needs any work.  Besides being more reliable, a clean, well-tuned bike will be easier to ride and more fun, too.


Katie Compton's Trek Boone 9 Cyclocross Bikes

Katie Compton's 2015 Trek Boone 9 Cyclocross Bike

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Katie Compton is without doubt the most successful American cyclocross racer ever with nearly two dozen World Cup wins, three World Championship medals, two overall World Cup titles, and a dominating 10 US national titles. Not surprisingly, Trek Factory Racing showers the affable Coloradan with an enviable level of equipment support so she can be prepared for any course conditions, anywhere, at any time.

Focus Mares CX ridden by Jeremy Powers

Focus Mares CX Bike Photo credit © James Huang / Immediate Media

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.   Read our Focus AX 2.0 Bike Review.

After a dominant victory at the US national championships last January, Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) now gets to the enjoy the spoils of that win by flying the red, white, and blue all season.

'J-Pow' is off to a strong start, too, with a third place finish at CrossVegas and two more wins just days later in Boulder, Colorado.

Powers' new Focus Mares CX certainly isn't subtle about its patriotic motif with the stars and stripes adorning nearly every corner of the frame and fork: around the head tube, at the bottom of the fork blades, and back by the rear dropouts, plus red, white and blue accents on the down tube, seat tube and seat stays. There's even matching tape finishing the bar wrap and marking the saddle height.

My Week in Cycling 9-13-2014

My week in cycling started with at Triathlon in Davidson, NC

September 7 – 13, 2014

I started my cycling week with sprint triathlon.  Cool Breeze Cyclery hosts the Lake Davidson Sprint Triathlon in Davidson, NC.  I participated in lots of triathlons while living in San Diego, but that was almost 10 years ago.  This triathlon was my 2nd in 3 weeks as the store asked it’s employees to participate in the Cane Creek Triathlon.

Portapedal Bike Shop

PortaPedal Bikes sells folding bikes.  PortalPedal is a local bike shop located in Tempe, AZ

Portapedal Bike was founded in 2010 by bike enthusiast Al Cappello and his wife Donna. Al had graduated with a degree in architecture from Arizona State University, and started an architectural practice that has been in business for over 25 years. However the great recession in 2008 took it’s toll on the architecture industry. Al was then able to turn to another one of his life long passions — Bicycling!

Bike Friday Folding Bicycles

Bike Friday Folding Bikes

Bike Friday designs and makes a range of folding bicycles that enable you to easily and efficiently travel with your two-wheeled best friend, whether travel means to you pedaling around the globe or just spinning downtown to take in a movie. Plus, these Transformer-like wonders ride every bit as nicely as standard bicycles so that on the way, or when you arrive at your destination, you fully enjoy the ride.

You can tell by the unique look of Bike Fridays that co-founders Alan and Hanz Scholz do things differently. We’re proud to carry their bicycles because they know how to run a company. From their brilliant pedaling solutions for commuting and traveling, to their green practices, to their innovative line of accessories, Bike Friday sets the highest standards in quality, business practices and customer service.

Uptown Cycles

Uptown Cycles is a local bike shop located in Charlotte, NC

Uptown Cycles is owned by Chris Sheehan and Robin Farina. They wanted to bring something unique to the Charlotte area. They wanted to create the best bike shop around and combine that with a full featured training studio.

Roswell Bicycles

Roswell Bicycles is a local bike shop located in Roswell, GA

A lot of bike shops are lucky to have a couple of dozen bikes in stock and ready for purchase.  At Roswell Bicycles you will find over 800 bikes pre-built and ready to roll out the door.  Their selection is vast and offers everything from your childs first bike to pro-ready race machines. 

Peachtree Bikes - Sandy Springs

Peachtree Bikes is a local bike shop located in Sandy Springs, GA

Our newest store brings the Sandy Spings community the best in biking! Just off Roswell Road & a stone's throw from I-285 (the tenth ring of hell), this location is conveniently located for those of you getting around on four wheels. A full-service shop, we have everything you need plus everything you could want - all at one location. Come on over & bring your bike, 'cause we're going RIDING every time we get a chance!