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In Need for Bicycle Parts? Come to Bikes Online
Any bike lover, a professional racer or just a hobbyist who enjoys exploring the great outdoors on two wheels, should have their go-to place when it comes to taking care of their most precious belonging that’s both a friend and a means of transportation! We at Bikes Online know how much it matters to keep your bike in top condition at all times. We are an Aussie online specialty store for everything bike-related that you can think of! If you’re in need of road bikes, mountain bikes, parts, accessories, or even clothing for your adventures, we’re here for you, providing all of this and more.
Sometimes your two-wheel investment will need a change in parts, or you might just want to upgrade, and no matter how knowledgeable you are, our online store will be here to make you confident about every product we sell. Our bike parts are high-quality and come with competitive prices, because we want to make sure your bicycle runs perfectly for years to come! Your ride is important to us, and bike parts sold by Bikes Online ensure that it’s a safe, comfortable and efficient one.
How Much Do You Know Your Bike Parts?
You use them well, that’s right... but have you ever wondered how they work, or why there are low end and high end bike parts? How about how a bike chain was invented, or how many types of pedals there are? Here’s an overview of facts and advice about some of the bike parts that you might not have known about!
You probably know that bar ends – extensions that are typically fitted to the ends of straight handlebars – are forbidden in road racing. The reason for this is not at all naive: it’s possible that riders hook each other’s handlebars during tight bunch-riding. Additionally, if a collision happens – bar ends can even cause injuries. However, if you’re not road racing, they’re excellent additions to have, as they allow you to vary the type of grip and posture throughout the ride. If you use them, your hands will have a neutral position, and that places less stress upon your muscles. Be careful, though, if you love riding in the woods – when navigating between trees, they can hook around branches – and that can result in a crash. Don’t dismiss this concern due to being a skilled rider – accidents do happen. And when they do, it’s good to know that bar ends can add some protection to your hands!
A passionate connoisseur – such as our staff here at Bicycle Online – could talk about bicycle chains for half an hour! Did you know that before the safety bicycles, the ones that became popular nearing the end of 19th century, bikes did not have chains? That’s right – pedals were attached directly to the drive-wheel! Of course, this was limiting top speed by the diameter of the wheel – and here’s the explanation as to why front wheels used to be so large in size. People tried to invent different linkage mechanisms that would raise the effective gear ratio, but with limited success, until the chain came onto the scene. With the chain drive, mechanical advantage between the drive and driven sprockets to determine the maximum speed was allowed, and as a result, it was possible to reduce the size of the driving wheel for safety. Thank the chain you don’t have to ride a bike whose front wheel is twice as tall as you are!
A saddle, or a seat, is a bicycle part you might need to change many times. Do you know how best to adjust your seat? It should be adjusted in relation to the bottom bracket, not the ground or handlebars. When you’re pedalling, your legs should have a slight bend even when the pedals are at their furthest distance. Basically, if you can sit on the saddle and place both your feet flat on the ground – your saddle is too low, so check its height. Of course, this does not apply to recumbent bicycles, where you’re in a laid-back reclining position. And don’t forget the slight tilt! Your saddle should be nearly level, but not totally level. For example, in professional bicycle racing, the rules require the seat to be within 3 degrees of level.
We know our bicycle parts, and we want you to know them too – so you can enjoy your bike more. Here at Bikes Online, our staff will impress you with our knowledge of technical detail – but we want to inspire you as well, and share what we know with you. You don’t speak bicycle jargon? Don’t worry, it’s our pleasure to demystify it. Call us or send us an email, and we’ll make sure you understand us well and know everything you need to, or want to know!