You don't have to like them but everyone has them. These are ours... you may not like them but we have them!
After years of writing stuff about cycling, it was time to try something new - longform.
Turns out hopping on a bike and going for a blast is no longer as simple as it used to be – do it wrong and you can pass out mid pedal stroke!
It was not until very recently that the importance if this bike dawned. It was more than just a bike racked, it was in fact a pivot point in mountain biking history.
It started back in 2001 or so and just kept going. Here you'll find the (very) edited collection of posts we made, including great stuff from @gearingrich, who was on the ELEVEN vélo wagon for the last two years before we stopped in 2015.
Walk into a bike shop and tell the guy behind the counter that you are “looking to buy your first mountain bike but don’t want to spend too much money” and watch his face light up. He knows you’ll be back.
As mountain bikers we buy gear. Hell, I would say that the majority of us love gear. Gear Freaks? Possibly. Whatever the case, we all get a buzz when we get a new bit of kit, especially when it pans out to be really good. But what happens if your fave bit-o-kit causes problems?
What makes a real mountain biker? If we listen to the marketing droids, real mountain bike riders are predominantly baggy pants wearing male teenagers or young adults – eXtreeeem d00ds, drinking lots of caffeinated beverages after launching huge drops. On the other hand, mountain zzbikers at the Commonwealth Games wore tight fitting lycra and seemed to spend most of their riding time on smooth dirt and tar. Then again, maybe those family groups we see out on easy firetrails on Sundays capture the essence of mountain biking.
Caveat – I’m no suspension engineer! Ok, so you’ve splashed out on that brand new fork, or complete bicycle even, and have run out of things to play with. So your mind turns to the fork. The problem is, playing around with the fork can turn something that works well into something that barely works at all.
Required tools: Tyre levers A spare tube or a patch kit A pump. Allen Key/Spanner (for bolt through axles) First up, you need to stop safely. If you have a sudden flat, you’ll end up with reduced control as the tyre rolls across the rim. On the back this tends to cause a little oversteer, but on the front this can result in total loss of control. In both cases you need to try to stay in as straight a line as possible, and be very gentle with the brakes, much the same as in a car with a flat…
We just got back a sample of some jeans today. Lordy they are fine and we are not saying that just because we designed them, or are offering them for sale in the near future either. They are really, really nice; should be, they take close to four hours to make!
In the first few opening minutes of Metallica’s documentary ‘Some kind of Monster’ James Hetfield roars down a Bay Area freeway in his bucket hot rod. He and his passenger sit awkwardly in the open wheeler, dangerous stick shift vibrating, chrome ‘German’ style helmets shining in the sun and noise roaring from the straight pipes coming right off the block.
Unbelievably, the ELEVEN vélo blog has been ticking away in one form or another for over 10 years, with it’s origins dating back to 2004 or so. While the articles have been curated and culled as they age, the best of those that have not, remain online. Today the blog is mainly penned by ‘g’, a.k.a. the guy behind ELEVEN vélo, and ‘Rich the Roadie’, formerly known as ‘The Bike Tart’- from the blog of the same name. Occasional articles from others in the ELEVEN vélo circle also crop up from time to time. Both Rich and ‘g’ have a…