Ok, ok, I've given in! Over the last year my friends have been having a great time out there on trails and bridleways, and I’ve missed out because I’ve only had a road bike - until now! To see what this off-road riding experience is all about, I've dipped my toe and bought an entry-level cyclocross bike - and so far, I'm happy. The upright geometry and wide, flared bars make for a comfortable riding position and the 30c tyres are brilliant on ropey surfaces. I can double it up as a commuter bike, and yet it still feels close...
What The Hell Are Spokes? Spokes are the thin rods that connect the outer edge (rim) of the bicycle wheel to its centre (hub). The number of spokes a wheel has depends on the type of bike, but typically spokes have two distinct ends: the hub end and the rim end. The 'hub end' has a 90 degree bend in it so it can attach to the hub, as well as a disc or 'head' on it so it stays in place. The 'rim end' has threaded grooves on it so that when it passes through a hole in the...
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