Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
A 18.9km Time Trial at
the J. Lorraine Ghost Town (Manor, TX)
March 12, 2011
· 12 Miles on a Challenging, Low Traffic Course (All Right Hand Turns) w/ traffic control
· Super Cool Start House!
· Insane Raffle for Gift Certificates and/or Merchandise!!! – Must be present to win.
· Professional Announcer
· Great Music
· Food and Beverages available!
· First 100 registered receive a FREE “Ghost Burger”!!!
· Lots of Ghost Town Fun at the post event Party and Awards Ceremony!!!
· Riders can race multiple categories at no additional cost (i.e., Age Group and then Single Speed, etc.)
For more info on this event please click here!
1. The most common cause of chain skipping is misalignment of the rear cogs and the chain. There are several things that can cause the misalignment. The most common is improper cable tension, when the tension is incorrect the chain does not sit inline with the corresponding cassette cog and it is trying to jump to the next cog. A dirty cable can also cause the same effect since the dirt is not letting the cable move like it needs to. One more common issue is the hanger for the rear derailleur can affect the alignment if it is slightly bent.
2. The next most common cause is wear on the chain, cassette and/or the chainrings.
The chain is the most likely to wear out first since it is made entirely of very small moving parts, all of which tend to wear out faster when they are dirty or ridden dry. Chains on most modern drivetrains usually last anywhere from 1500 to 2000 miles. This can change depending on riding style, and on how you maintain your bike. If you keep your drivetrain clean and you tend to spin at a slightly higher cadence then you will get more mileage out of your chain. When the chain wears, it no longer sits evenly on the cassette cogs and chainrings. As this goes on the chain will eventually start to jump since the chain wears much faster than the cassette and chainrings. If you let your chain go too long it will start to wear down the teeth of the cassette first and finally the chainrings. If the chain is replaced before it is too worn the cassette and chainrings will outlast the chain many times over. There is a tool that measures chain wear that you can either buy for home use or you can bring your bike to Jack & Adam's and we can measure it for you.
3. This next cause is fairly rare, but it does happen. Sometimes your rear hub will start to slip or it can seize up.
There are a couple of small parts in your rear hub that if they get old or very dirty then they will not allow the clutch mechanism in your wheel to function correctly. If it gets too bad it can lead to the bearings seizing and making the hub skip or stop moving all together. The only way to prevent this is to have your rear hub overhauled periodically. Most hubs only need this once every 12 to 18 months, but there are a couple of brands that typically need to be cleaned more often( Mavic and DT are the most common ).
For the most part if you wash your bike regularly and replace your chain before it is too worn you should be able to avoid having chain skippage. And when in doubt before you start turning barrel adjusters try cleaning your chain and cassette, it can sometimes be something as small as dirt causing your bike to annoy you.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Monday, February 28 – 7:00pm
Come meet Team Lipstick – Austin’s newest, all female triathlon team!!!
Meet the Founder and CEO, Laura Cozik.
Ask questions about joining their programs.
And shop til you drop at this exclusive Team Lipstick night of shopping at Jack and Adams Bicycles!!
Learn More about Laura and Team Lipstick Here!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
The Manzano Mile, hosted by USA Olympian Leo Manzano, is an all-comers track meet consisting of individual mile and mile relay events. Individual mile events range from Age Groups 10 years to Grand Masters (50+), and there are special relay categories for Corporate, Fit Industry, and Media teams. The event closes with the Open Male and Female mile races.
The Texas School for the Deaf, located in central Austin, will serve as the host venue.
The event benefits the Leo Manzano foundation.
Click here for more info!
Friday, February 11, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Do not let this great event pass you by. This is a rare opportunity to meet the world's greatest bicycle builders and see the fabulous custom bicycles they design and build. Accompanying the show is a seminar series that gives a unique insider look at the world of handmade frame building. The show moves from city to city each year, so it won't be back in Texas for quite a while.
Admission is $22 at the door or $18 in advance online. Seminar passes are available also.
Complete show information and pictures of handmade bicycles can be found here.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Presented by Austin Nationals Cycling
J. Lorraine Ghost Town (Manor, TX)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
The Cronometro Time Trial is coming up on Saturday, March 12 and here is what to expect! The course is a 12 mile loop – all right hand turns. It consists of a challenging mix of false flats, rollers, one nasty climb, and a few really fast descents. And yes, it starts at a bona fide Ghost Town!
It’s the perfect excuse to become one with your TT equipment before the season gets fully underway. Not to mention, see how all of the winter trainer sessions are paying off!
There's a super cool start house (think Tour de France!!!), great music and a professional announcer to get your mojo going. Can you say chip timing? Yes -- there's that too!
Afterward, they're having a party! Awards ceremony, live music and an insane raffle for over $3k in merchandise and gift certificates from Jack & Adams Bicycles, Pure Austin , Polar Bottle, NeWorlDeli, Tifosi, Yeti Coolers, Willie’s World Cycling, Nordy Design/Bicycle Painting, Holland Racing, Arundel, Advanced Bodywork Center, Veloce’ Speedwear, and The Law Offices of Bradley Houston.
The J. Lorraine Ghost Town is a really cool venue with plenty of parking, restrooms, and a licensed kitchen serving beer, wine and food. In fact, they’re giving away free Ghost Burgers to the first 100 registered.
Not really into Tri/TT Bikes? No problem -- there's Road Bike (think Eddy Merckx), Single Speed, and Tandem categories to boot!
We look forward to seeing everyone for some real Ghost Town fun!