Customizing a fatbike

Bruce ingle on his customized fatbike

Bruce Ingle on his customized fatbike

Bruce Ingle customizes a fatbike —

Fatbikes are intended for use on soft, muddy, sandy, snowy surfaces but they need customization to make them truly practical for such use — in particular, fenders, wide-range gearing including ultra-low gears, and a way to carry baggage. Our new article will help you to customize a fatbike, but also gives you a look into customizing bicycles, in general.

The article is taken from a running e-mail discussion in which Bruce contemplates choices, decides on a bicycle purchase, and describes the various steps of customization and how they worked out.

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Gear Calculator updated and now also in German

The Sheldon Brown gear calculator is updated and improved: more tire sizes are covered including fatbikes, 29ers, 29+ and monster bikes, and we now have a version in German, as well as French.

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Remembering Sheldon

“The bicycle on the cover was produced on the Management Graphics Table Top Slidemaking System at Crimson Camera Technical Sales in Boston.  A bicycle enthusiast created the image using the tablet menu and cursor tracker.  The bicycle is made up of 99 vectors, 20 circles, and 5 ellipses.  This simple graphic was created to illustrate to customers what 4000-line resolution looks like.”

The “bicycle enthusiast” was Sheldon Brown who worked for a short time at Crimson Camera.  Sheldon died eight years ago today.
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Riding with RidewithGPS

New article on riding with the RideWithGPS app. What you need to know to get started: mounting your phone, keeping it charged, downloading routes, and recording your rides.

RidewithGPS

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Tools and supplies to work on tires

Article about tools to care for tires and inner tubes (pumps, tire removal and replacement tools, flat-fixing supplies) pulled out of the article on fixing flat tires, which was getting too long, and expanded.

A good patch kit

A good patch kit

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Inner tubes

New article, all about inner tubes: tire fit, the three kinds of valves, pump compatibility, tips and tricks.

inner tube, deflated and rolled up

inner tube, deflated and rolled up

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Leather saddle repair

Simon Firth, of Transport cycles, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Brooks authorized repair site.

Simon Firth, of Transport cycles, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Brooks authorized repair site.

A rail on your Brooks leather saddle broke? Our new page lists repair sites around the world. Your repaired saddle will be better than new, because it is broken in. Photo: Simon Firth, of Transport cycles, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, authorized Brooks repair site. Do-it-yourself repair is also sometimes possible and we tell how.

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Shimano Rollerbrake page updated

Revisions to the Shimano Rollerbrake page: links to Shimano’s (finally) well-organized compilation of Rollerbrake documentation; information on installing front Rollerbrakes.

Shimano Rollerbrake

Shimano Rollerbrake

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Additions to the Shimano 8-speed IG hub page

Sheldonbrown.com reader Bruce Dance has contributed some helpful information on compatibility — or the lack of it — among different models. Read it on the 8-speed internal-gear hub page

Shimano Nexus hub

Shimano Nexus hub

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Choosing a bicycle headlight

Just in time for standard-time winter commutes — an article about choosing a headlight for your bicycle!

Bicycle headlight with shaped beam pattern

Bicycle headlight with shaped beam pattern

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