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12/19/08
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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Happy Holidays to everyone! 2009 will be an interesting year for the industry to say the least. Exciting new products are now available (or are soon to be) such as the Hammerschmidt 2 speed internal front drive.

I can't wait to see how this system will effect future frame designs. I can't say I'm not worried about the increased drive train wear associated with a single granny front drive. That poor 24/26T is under extreme stress and riders are going to destroy chains constantly. Only time will tell.

Being a rider all my life and running the shop for ten years, I've seen my share of shady designs that thankfully died out. It is amazing to watch the evolution of the bicycle unfold before my eyes. You can buy an amazing MTN. bike for around $750!

This crazy economy may end up benefiting all cyclist in the long run. I'm sure you'll see more people building their own bikes and components from garages (this is how most industries start out in the first place). If America has one thing going for it, it is innovation. What we now need to survive is pride.

Many companies that advertised "Made In The USA" have buckled and now use overseas companies to build their bikes. I know they need to stay competitive, but this must have been a painful decision for them to make. Frankly, I have to wonder if some of their decision was based on greed.

Every US rider should rally up and purchase goods made only in the USA! I'm proud to say that all the bikes in my quiver are built right here!

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08/08/08
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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Summer is now in full effect and the DH race scene is on fire! Racing on the weekends is all fine and dandy, but what are we doing to stay fit during the week?

Some riders weight train, some push their big bikes up local runs, and some ride a bit of XC. "XC" stands for cross country for all you die hard DHer's that only own one bike.

DHer's that love to ride/train on the XC bike will be happy to know that their now is the perfect hardtail/XC bike for us! Most XC specific bikes have geometry designed, well for XCer's. Downhill riders prefer geometry that is completely off the scale as far as XC racers are concerned. Any bike can be pedaled to the top of a mountain, but their true colors shine coming back down.

Training on today's hardtails is hairball scary for the DHer who pins it around turns and down steeps. Lets face it, we are going to charge full speed regardless of the bike we are on. The problem is, we get pitched and injured while we are trying to simply stay fit.

Low and behold, EWR to the rescue. Eastern Woods Research built a hardtail frame back in the day designed for aggressive riders. They called it the "Woods Bike". They're now back in business, producing the "Original Woods Bike". Long as a truck, low and slack, this is the bike we have all been waiting for.

I'm riding on a size large (17.5" with a 24.5" top tube). I slapped on a 70mm Thompson stem, DeeMax with 2.1 tubeless and got myself a ripper. Finally I can ride my XC bike in the attack position (chest over the bars, elbows up) and not worry about the consequences.

The OWB is full chromoly, has got some strange, lugged disc vertical drop outs, is 1 1/8 and is made with love. As of now, two sizes are available, 15" and 17". $1300 may not seem cheap, but I must say, she's worth every penny! Good times brother. Down Cycles can get cha one if ya likes. We require half down for deposit. Special order color will tack on another bean.

Cheers, AJ

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02/27/08
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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^:^^XXX!A few years back I wrote an article about a new type/style of bicycle, “Freeride” bikes. I couldn’t help but wonder if this style of bike was a fad. I suggest you read this old article first before continuing on.

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01/15/08
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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I was inspired to venture into uncharted waters after reading an article in Bikehouse magazine. The story was about a fellow who felt he was addicted to cycling and would make an attempt to abstain for thirty days. Needless to say, kicking an addiction is brutal for anyone and he was beaten after only eleven days. Inspired and just a bit curious, I also decided to test my will and abstain for as long as possible from mountain biking.

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09/21/06
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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It’s mid September and Interbike is just around the corner. By now, pictures of anticipated products have been leaked out on the internet for all to see (so much for unveiling products). Sort of feels like X-mass eve, when you peeked under the wrapping paper and spoiled your surprise.

Well, surprise! (Try and look surprised). Guess what’s coming out? More sophisticated products that do the same thing they did 10 years ago. Only these days, the slightest tweak or modification has its own patented terminology. A fairly new phenomenon, but getting worse each year: Abbreviations for technology. As annoying as it is confusing.

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09/03/06
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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I was once a boy who loved to wrench for free. Now I can say I’m a man who gets paid to do what he loves. Some things are just meant to be. I am a bicycle repair person. After a routine physical, my doctor looked at my hands and asked: “have you been to war?”

AJ

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05/24/05
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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Are you one with your bike? This early in the season, many of you will relate to the following list. Be warned that you are riding too much and will burn out by mid season for sure.

  • You only buy black socks.
  • You can pedal up any hill in the big ring.
  • You aim your head to illuminate your path on your midnight stroll to the bathroom.
  • You pull up on your cars steering wheel when driving over speed bumps.
  • You find Hex wrenches in the wash.
  • You have pinch flatted a previously fixed pinch flat.
  • Your goggle strap is dry rotten.
  • You’ve eaten bicycle shaped pasta.
  • You own the Chris King salt and pepper Hub Shakers.
  • You have a Gravity Research sticker.
  • You have an Outland racing jersey.
  • You remember the year when suspension forks came out.
  • You own bicycle print boxer shorts.
  • You almost spelled the word boxer, boxxer.
  • You have a Scary Fast headband.
  • You have a Yo Eddy pint glass.
  • You named your first born after your favorite racer.

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02/01/03
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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I’ve competed in so called “extreme sports” my entire life. I can even remember my first bicycle race. It was a sprint style race against five neighborhood kids on BMX bikes. If you think that’s not a real race, I would disagree. Go ahead and set up a simple sprint race amongst friends and tell me it’s not a race. Everyone will take it seriously. Some “friends” may change gear ratios and tune their bike minutes before. The male ego will kick in once again. Some riders will have strategies they will not disclose. A race like this is the foundation of competition.

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08/01/02
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Usually, I never have a problem answering customer's questions. Recently I was stumped by one and I hate that. The Question: Why are American made bikes more money than bikes made overseas?

The first thing that entered my mind was quality, although, I couldn't say this out loud. The bikes I sell that are made overseas are built with nothing but quality. The welds are beautiful "stacks of dimes." The frames are aligned perfectly. The paint jobs are flawless. They all have disc brakes mounts, water bottle mounts, bearings at all pivots, some times even fender mounts. Top that off with phenomenal, factory back guarantees.

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07/01/02
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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This Tec tip is dedicated to the people who have helped and continue to help make my business grow. The people who support DOWN CYCLES deserve some recognition. These riders have been loyal customers and more importantly best of friends. Some are racers, some just free ride and others may never ride again. They support the shop in many ways. They have helped my business grow by referring customers to me and purchasing products for their own bikes. They speak highly of my shop to others. Word of mouth seems to be the best advertising.

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03/01/02
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Professional Tweaks, Tips & Reviews By "AJ" Picarello
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First I should define what a "freeride" bike is. It must handle moderately high drop offs. How high you ask? I'd say 6 feet, no more. If you're dropping more than that, you'll need a downhill bike. A "freeride" bike should have at least two front chainrings and a front derailer for climbing up hills. Riser handlebars are also a must.

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