Posts in the How To Category

How to Winterize Your Bike

Snow Covered Bicycle

Winter is coming and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. For many people that means it’s time to put the bike away for the season. However, there are those of us who hate the subway so much, who prefer the freedom of a bike over app-tethered ride-sharing to such a degree, that we are willing to keep riding our mighty bicycle-shaped steeds through the black-slush-lined streets of a New York City winter. We, the year-round commuters and cyclists, are entering the time of year when it is necessary to take a long, hard look at our bicycles and decide — is my bike ready for winter?

That’s exactly the question that this blog post has come to answer. What do you need to do in order to winterize your bike? What gear do you need, and what tips and tricks are there to keep your bike reliable and functional all winter?

Every bike and every rider is different, so the process for winterizing bikes will vary depending on you and your bike’s specific needs — but...

5 Steps to Effective Bike Security

At Bicycle Roots, the number one concern we hear from our customers is this: I’d like to buy a nice bike, but I’m afraid that it will get stolen. Bike theft is all too common in our area. It seems like bike thieves are just waiting for you to let your guard down so that they can steal your bike, bike parts, or accessories! What’s worse, a thriving black market allows thieves to quickly unload stolen goods, without any fear of the consequences. The result is a situation where too many cyclists spend too much money replacing stolen property. Or worse, where people don’t ride at all because they think it’s futile to buy a bike, since it will just be stolen anyway.

Bike Repair Classes Start Tonight

Vintage Bicycle Repair

We’re excited to announce that now you can learn Bicycle Repair and Maintenance every Wednesday night at Bicycle Roots! Starting tonight, we are offering a course of six classes, with each class covering a different topic.

Our first class, taking place TONIGHT, Wednesday, December 3rd at 7:00pm, is “Winter Riding 101.” We will cover basic bicycle maintenance, essential winter riding accessories, and how to dress comfortably for safe and fun winter riding!

Our classes are aimed at beginners and are open to everyone. There is a $10.00 fee to attend each class, but if you make a purchase after the class we will apply the fee towards your purchase.

What To Do When You Have A Flat Tire

So You Have A Flat Tire

We’ve all been there. All you wanted to do was ride your bike, but you can’t, because you have a flat tire. Flat tires are the bane of any cyclist’s existence. And yet, they are ubiquitous. Why?

Modern bicycles roll on pneumatic tires, which were invented in 1887 by our friend John Boyd Dunlop. Pneumatic tires are seated on a bicycle wheel. They hold pressurized air, which is what allows them to roll smoothly, comfortably, and with minimal resistance. The bike is literally floating on a cushion of air! The air is the trick here. If pneumatic tires have no air in them, they’re useless, and you have a flat.