Fix-A-Flat Video Series Part 2!

Wow, two videos in a row?! I know. It’s a record for me. It’s amazing how much a person can get done outside of the usual daily grind.

I also have two weeks of Spring Break from having to do any schoolwork, so that’s also helped increase my productivity this past week!

FYI this video covers how to disconnect some various types of brakes on bikes as well as how to remove/install a rear wheel, since that seems to always be the most intimidating for folks when it comes to bike repair or replacing a tube.

Please feel free to reach out with any comments, questions, or content suggestions either via social or by e-mail.

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As always I appreciate the support and hope everyone is having a great week!

p.s. Video 3 will be getting edited later today and uploaded likely tomorrow! Stay tuned 🙂

 

 

Fix-A-Flat Video Series Part 1

Leading up to this Spring it’s been very busy for me. The shop I work for invested in many marketing projects, preparing for a large Spring sale, doing purchasing to get our store fully stocked for the Spring/Summer rush, and staying busy with a full repair load.

Then COVID19 hit. Oddly enough our shop has remained busy with us offering pick up/drop off repairs and we’ve been selling bikes, but it means we had to cancel all in store events.

I’m no stranger to teaching fix-a-flat clinics and had a few on the calendar for the Spring. We wanted a way to still engage with our customers, so I took it upon myself to start a filming project, starting with a fix-a-flat series to be able to share with our customers and their friends!

All of the content included in our videos is what I go over in my clinics. Please feel free to like, share subscribe, and I’m looking for content suggestions as well!

Have a burning question about something related to cycling? Looking for some video content to cover a technical repair question? Please share!

You can DM me via Instagram: @spokehaven or shoot me an e-mail: info@spokehaven.com to share your ideas.

Thanks to everyone who has viewed the video thus far and provided some great feedback. It’s appreciated!

Go wash your hands, keep your distance, ride solo, ride a trainer, tip your bike shop employees well, buy a gift card from a shop, and stay safe!

Good health to you all!

Cassandra

Inspiring Edit of the Elite Women’s Cyclo Cross World Championship

Cyclo cross is just so…amazing. We love watching it and cheering for our favorite racers. While our beloved Katie Compton didn’t podium at Worlds, we still love watching her race. Women have come a long way in the sport, but there’s always room for growth.

We’re hoping 2014 brings a new crop of girls and women ready to take those muddy hills by storm!

Video: To bike or to dogsled, that is the question…

Every now and again you stumble upon something that just makes you think, “oh, that is so (insert city name here)!”
This video encompasses that for us…so Madison, it hurts!


Seriously though, if the snow keeps it up…we’ll all be hopping on dog sleds to get around!
Generally we won’t post this kind of stuff, but it’s a little hard to resist!

Talking About Winter Commuting- Video

Here’s a short video of myself talking about riding in snowy/icy conditions. My regular commute one way is 5miles. My Surly has Vittoria Randonneur Hyper (700x38c I believe) tires on it currently, which have a really smooth tread. They were fine getting me through the conditions we had today for the most part, but I had to ride pretty slow. I also had to get off my bike and walk it over one of the commuter bridges that passes over the freeway.

I’m hopping once the holidays are over I can score a set of studded tires to try out and have some cheapish fenders from PDW on the way. I actually loath full length fenders. They weigh too much and I have toe overlap as it is, so I like the clip on route all the way. Maybe you feel differently…that’s just my opinion.

I’ve been continually experimenting with wearing different types of clothing for riding. Today I chose regular skinny jeans, a t-shirt with a tank top under, a Mountain Hardwear Butter hoodie/pullover thing, wool socks, DZR shoes (there will definitely be a write up on those), a Patagonia down jacket, wool hat, and actual winter ski gloves. The outfit worked alright. I still find it hard to ride in jeans in general rather than tights or athletic pants.

The trend is that I’m much warmer up top, sometimes too warm, than I am below. My legs have definitely suffered from the lack of insulation. I need to try some different things out on that front.

I’ll probably experiment with wearing Ski goggles as my Sunglasses are too dark most mornings and evenings on my way home. I actually wore a pair of safety glasses from work for the beginning of my ride, but they fogged up and froze over after a bit.

The lighting on my bike was pretty good, but I feel since I wore regular clothes my actual body didn’t have much reflective gear on it and I like to be seen, so I’ll probably include my riding vest back into my clothing choices in the future.

Overall the past couple days of riding has been awesome. I’m practically alone in the morning on the bike path which makes me both happy and sad at the same time. More people should ride when it’s cold! It’s FUN!

Like I said in the video, I’m going to try and keep them coming. I really enjoy watching vlogs and think they are more interesting than reading a bunch of articles. I’m hoping to do some coverage on Cross Nationals and some other fun bike events coming up here in the next few months.

I’m in desperate need of a video quality SD card for my DSLR as I’ve been just rocking the iPhone as a camera. It’s alright, but I want to produce some better footage. I have access to a Contour and Go Pro through work that I may play around with. Maybe we can write up a couple reviews on those if anyone is interested.

Stay tuned and please e-mail, comment on our Facebook (facebook.com/spokehaven), and LIKE US on Facebook. We usually update it with more stuff throughout the day as it’s easy to do with a phone and an internet connection.

Thanks guys!

-Cassandra