7 cool things you didn't know about your bike

7 cool things you didn't know about your bike

How well do you really know your bike? Two wheels? Check. Brakes that work when you apply them? Check. Gets you from A to B? Check.

But it's not as simple as it may look. In fact, there are plenty of cool things on there that can not only enhance your riding but also improve your performance if you get to know them a little better.

Check out our list of seven things you probably didn't know about your bike.

Wheel pressure

The optimum wheel pressure ranges between 100-120psi. It's a simple thing to do but can make all the difference to your speed on the road. If you have tubular tyres then you can go up to 200psi depending which tyre you're running with.


Recent tests have shown that when riding over a 2.5-inch bump, front suspension reduces vertical forces by 37% and lessens horizontal forces by 28%. The horizontal forces are the forces that slow you down, so if you can reduce them even marginally then it will take less effort to propel the bike forward.

Quick release

If your bike comes equipped with all metal quick-release levers then you're in for a safer ride. These levers ensure for correct tightness that will not come loose over time.

Close ratio blocks

It's relatively unknown, but if you can narrow the gap on the straight block cassette then you can save yourself a lot of energy and also time. Having the smallest gap between each of your gears will allow you to always be in the ideal spot dependant on power.

Saddles - the harder the better

When it comes to saddles it's hard to know where to start. Comfort or weight? Leather is voted as the best saddle material to go for. The upper range leather saddles can be extremely lightweight and not only is leather tough but will also conform to the shape of the user over time, resulting in the most comfortable ride.

Saddle sizes

There are three sizes of saddle and more than often you will find you are riding on the wrong size that's suitable for you. Narrow, medium and large. The best way to test to see if you are riding on the right size is to lay out a bit of tin foil, sit on the foil and measure the space inbetween. Narrow - 100mm, Medium - 100/130mm, Large - 130mm+. Now - go sit on some foil and check.

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Pretty basic stuff really with the odd typo. I always thought bike leavers were people that cycled out of school. Maybe it's me but I only count 6 categories here. Anyway, I've just taken up cycling again after a break from it. Used to do it a lot into my mid 20s and on and off after that. Bought a good Scott starter road bike so looking forward to looking out for and reading some interesting tips etc if any appear



I am guessing the vast majority of cyclists will know that having the right tyre pressure is important for performance so it is hardly "things you don't know about your bike". As for the rest- Mickle dealt very well with the rest of the issues in their post. Maybe a wee re-read and change some of the typos? Unless you really did mean "rests" instead of "tests".



Who writes this stuff? High 'wheel pressure' isn't auomatically the optimum pressure. Some tyres are designed to run around 60psi. Kids bikes even less. 'Recent tests'? Got a reference for this information? Nylon bushed QR levers are more dangerous? Really? Then why aren't they banned? Most people don't use a corn cob block for good reason. Your gears might well end up closer together but you lose all you low gears as a result. this is just plain crap advice. the harder the better? Three sizes? Where do you get this from? Leather (such as Brooks) saddles cannot be extremely light weight. Seriously, if this is an example of the quality of writing on this website you are doing cyclists a disservice by spreading misinformation.



What is wheel pressure??? Don't you mean tyre pressure?


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