Flats and tubeless woes are in the spotlight this week.
Technical FAQ: Master link chain repairs, lower Campy gearing, Campy-Shimano freehub switch, wires in tires
How many spare links is too many?
Different speed chains require different installation methods.
Technical FAQ: Indoor training sweat corrosion, stem raiser safety, lower gears with Campagnolo CT 11-speed
Keeping your bike on the trainer all the time doesn't make it maintenance free.
Getting to the bottom of a complex question about the fastest tire options.
Technical FAQ: Mips vs. loose helmet strap, bike weight, hydraulic brakes at altitude, Di2 mix/match
Helmet and bike safety are on readers' minds this week.
Technical FAQ: 12-speed Di2 hydraulic levers with 11-speed derailleurs, Campy Chorus chainring swap, DVT, Gates belt portability
Lennard Zinn answers more groupset compatibility questions and a couple readers provide some helpful updates to previous questions.
In this week's Technical FAQ, Lennard Zinn discusses riding while on anticoagulants.
How inter-compatible are different generations of Campagnolo components?
Zinn comments on WiFli RD capacity, shiftmates front and rear, Shimano hydraulic MTB/Road caliper compatibility, wire flats, and more.
Zinn comments on adaptations — like converting a hardtail to a gravel bike or using a "city" e-bike off-road.
Some tips and tricks for choosing an e-bike and getting the most out of it.
Tips for extending the life of tubulars tires in their second year of use.
Can Shimano and SRAM's latest generation parts be interchanged?
Zinn dives into SRAM electronic groupset inter-compatibility and tries to get to the bottom of one of the most frustrating sources of flats.
Zinn weighs in on some quotidian questions — like, can constantly removing and replacing a thru-axle damage the threads?
Counterfeit carbon frames not only are shaped, painted, and decaled to look like the brand-name frames they are mimicking, but they are often also built to weigh the same as those brand-name frames.
Technical FAQ: Narrow tires on gravel bikes, through axles, rotor tub, clamping carbon, leg length with age
'Don’t sweat trying different tire sizes on your gravel bike,' says Lennard Zinn.
Technical FAQ: 12-speed chain with 11-speed Derailleur, brake mineral oil compatibility, bike shaking in the wind
Lennard says you can 'rung what you brung' in terms of chains and mineral oil and talks about his exploits on the legendary Morgul-Bismarck course in Boulder
Technical FAQ: Shorter legs with age, lighter cranks, 10s/11s crank compatibility, and decreasing drivetrain wear with chain waxing
Shorter legs = lower saddle, lighter cranks = less energy spent
Technical FAQ: Chain optimization for recreational riders; pressurizing tires; denatured alcohol in California
In this week's Technical FAQ, Lennard Zinn answers questions on tire pressure and chain optimization.
Lennard asks the experts at Zero Friction Cycling, Ceramic Speed, Silca, and Molten Speed Wax about the order of operations.
An interesting back-and-forth discussion of rolling resistance data.
Examining hill gradients, Campagnolo components, and the IT band.
Tips, tricks, and hacks to alleviate leg and knee pain.
Are tubeless tires for road — and pavé — a trend or are they here to stay?
Hacks to get the fit you need on your road bike.
A refresher in Isaac Newton's laws of physics as they pertain to materials used in bicycle fabrication.
Technical FAQ: Road tubeless tires on rim-brake carbon rims, Ultegra drivetrain compatibility, and more
How to service Phil Wood Hubs, clean disc brake calipers pistons, and praise for Di2 ‘triples.’
Is the pro peloton finally catching up to Lennard Zinn's predictions about dropper posts? More disc brake maintenance tips.
The final word for optimizing your chain for low friction and longevity from industry experts.
To remove—or not—the lube that ships with chains, and more options for ‘climbing’ gears.
Manufacturer guidelines and recommendations for tubeless tire inflation upper and lower limits.
How to choose and apply chain lube, mixing double and triple chainring groups, what Campy parts work with each other.
Mix and match accessory hydro levers, stripped Camp crank bolts, and Campy front derailleurs.
Differences between chain lines of Campagnolo, Shimano, and SRAM disc brake setups.
Swapping stems, handlebars, and spacers for more comfort on your bike.
Technical FAQ: Factoring tire weight into modeling energy consumption, and understanding the physics of front-end shimmy
Do weights of tires factor into the amount of energy required to turn them, and discussions of what causes front-end shimmy.
Cycling wheel and tire experts offer opinions about and insights into tire testing.
VeloNews technical expert examines brand cross-compatibility of brakes and drivetrain components.
A real-world example of how rolling resistance impacts effort, and duration, over a 200-mile gravel ride.
A discussion of tire rolling resistance testing methods and protocols.
How to mix and match braking components across brands, and why Shimano does not offer a 10-tooth cog for new groups.
More analysis of tire pressure and rolling resistance at the ‘Hell of the North,’ and tubeless tires removal and installation.
The finish order of the riders in the Hell of the North mirrored the finish order of their tires in our rolling resistance test.
Simple tips and clever tricks for getting stubborn tubeless tires mounted on rims.
Technical expert Lennard Zinn offers his views regarding carbon fiber longevity and the future of tire tech.
Lennard Zinn discusses tubeless tire standards, drivetrains, stainless steel frames, fork flex, and more.
Options for custom steel frames, more advice about tubeless repair plugs, and un-sticking sticky components.
Lennard Zinn answers questions about cockpit aerodynamics, wide tires, and sticky components.
VeloNews technical expert answers questions about the future of tubular tires, and the science behind ‘tank-slappers.’
Lennard Zinn answers questions about dating Campy components, SRAM chainring compatibility, and tolerances for new TRP brake rotors.
Tips for traveling with disc brakes, road tubeless safety, and bespoke yellow cycling kits.
More tips and tricks for limiting high-speed wobble, mixing drivetrain components, and more.
VeloNews technical expert discusses tire pressure changes while riding.
What you'll need to increase gear size — and rear derailleur tooth capacity — for Campy, Shimano, or SRAM drivetrains.
The VeloNews tech expert offers advice about how to stop ‘tankslappers,’ keep tubulars in place, and more.
VeloNews tech expert answers questions about v-brakes and hydraulic brakes.
VeloNews tech expert continues a discussion about titanium spindles for heavier riders, tubeless sealant in tubes, and more about finishline cameras.
VeloNews technical expert Lennard Zinn takes a deeper dive into finish line cameras, offers suggestions about SRAM drivetrain batteries, cardiac health and prevention, and oversized derailleur pulleys.
VeloNews technical expert and author of the Haywire Heart Lennard Zinn answers questions about side effects of ablation procedures, and also Supraventricular Tachycardia.
Will using tire sealant in an inner tube prevent a catastrophic flat tire? Plus, how much force will break a titanium pedal spindle?
Whether Štybar can race again at his former level — only time will tell.
Technical FAQ: 12-speed chain compatibility, internal cable routing, and carbon fork replacement schedule
Tips for mixing Campy and SRAM drivetrains, internal cable routing, and how frequently to replace a carbon fork.
VeloNews' technical expert offers suggestions for fishing internally-routed cables and further discussion about chain tension with oversize pulley wheels.
Chain friction in systems with oversized pulley wheels, and more solutions for mounting a rear rack on a carbon frame.
Technical FAQ: mixing and matching SRAM drivetrain components; more on Campy crank bolts; racks on carbon frames
Mixing 11- and 12- speed SRAM eTap shifters and derailleurs, 11-speed chainrings on 10-speed drivetrains, and mounting a rack on a carbon frame.
Campagnolo drivetrain maintenance, Shimano wide-range gearing, and mounting racks on carbon road bikes.