During many casual conversations with fellow riding friends, the topic on why I still continue to ride my street bike pops up often. While I am not the best old man street styler in town, and had my fair shares of cycling “bailouts”. I take pride in my constant core strength exercise opportunities whenever the occasion arises – which is everytime I ride any of my bicycles. Every ride, long or short of it, where depleting energy level from long rides allows, I would try to tackle some street features – be it a trash bag full of dry leaves, a kerb or a road divider. To some, this might look like a habit only street riders (Street MTB or BMX) have because we are “playful”? Not quite accurate. It’s a habit I am happy to retain throughout my bike life as this hops and pops continue to build core strength and muscle memories. For every cyclist who wish to do well in their primary cycling disciplines (mountain, road or any other disciplines along this spectrum), I suggest getting your technical foundation skills dialled and core strength up to speed. Here’s how.
There’s something magical about the Pivot Switchblade. Before riders owning other brands’ bike start hurling rocks, hear me out first. I will explain why. This is not your typical bike review. (Ed: The Switchblade V3 has gotten it’s fair share of serious straight-edged reviews, so this editor will talk about something more light-hearted.) This article is tagged as a Bikezilla’s Editor’s Note, which means there would be some personal opinions thrown in. Feel free to share your comments. Before that, here’s why the Switchblade is “magical” and why would I personalise my build with a full array of Funn and Granite Design products. Here goes!
Over my couple-of-tens years of cycling, I have custom built many bikes, from BMXes to street/DJ to mountain bikes. I have used frame materials from chromoly to steel to aluminium and carbon. Till now, I have refrained from choosing titanium frames or components for a few reasons: (1) pricey (2) they didn’t match the look I was planning for my custom builds (3) these products last forever! And that would make me feel “guilty” when vanity craving strikes and I want to change a frame or components. Fast forward to present day, I am now even more sentimental with metal frames than before. I still enjoy my carbon-frame builds though but metal frames give me that added nostalgic feeling. (Ed: it has personality) And so it goes … one of my latest build uses the 7005 aluminium custom-built Canfield Lithium frame. To build it to my intended weight range, I went “motley” and used a mix of material for it. Here’s the outcome
Ed: We got this circulated by Pinkbike. This article crystallized what Bikezilla has been telling everyone – High Pivot design is too much bike even when it comes to downhill bikes. In our opinion (Bikezilla’s only), the cons of running high pivot outweighs its pros. Somewhere along the pivot height chart may lie a sweet spot where that extra idler should be. Enter the Mid Pivot design! Read on for Pinkbike’s take on this topic.
On 15 September 2021, an electric bicycle tax credit and a bike commuter benefit might get into full swing in Washington, D.C. This action would further empower governing leaders to prioritize bikes as part of the solution for the climate crisis, mobility equity, public health and economic growth. The benefits of such legislations are obvious. To apply them locally, we would need to make some adaptations. And the questions, at the moment, to answer would be …
The Singapore Cycling Federation and PUB jointly created a trail etiquette video on the SCF YouTube Channel to highlight some of the recommended etiquette when riding the mountain bike trails in Singapore. This video came at a good time with the recent changes to certain trail sections marked as “Prohibited” to “Trail Usage Advisory”.
Quiz Time! Our editor strongly believes that Type A personality folks are more likely to hang around longer (maybe even a lifetime) with an extreme or adventure sport of their choice. In this case, mountain biking for our quiz. There are 25 questions with “Yes” and “No” answers below. Make a note of how many “Yes” you answered and read the conclusion.