If you’re still deciding whether to ride your own bike or not, here’s a list of reasons why you should decide for yes :
You will have fun and learn in the process, besides putting love, care and dedication in a product whose result will give you great pride;
You can customize your bike spoke the way you want, focusing on performance, efficiency or simply creating something totally crazy;
And especially, if you pan right on the internet, it will save you a lot!
Important : In this post, you will not learn how to ride a bike from scratch at home. You will learn what are the parts of a bike spoke .
Riding your bike: frame
Frame mtb KUOTA KOR aro 27.5 “Carbon , available in store
This is undoubtedly the most important part of the bike. It is from it that all the rest of the structure will be assembled. A frame that is too small or too large will cause problems and discomfort in your riding posture. Here are some indications of the relationship between your height in meters and the frame size in inches:
Approximately 1,60m : 17 “frame;
Approximately 1,70m : 19 “frame;
Greater than 1.80m : frames larger than 20 “;
Another important point is the angle between this structure and the front wheel: the smaller, the better for narrow curves – and the harder the control as well. The larger, less response in the curves, and more comfortable for long distances.
The picture can be made of various materials. Some of them are steel – which is heavy, aluminum or carbon fiber. The lighter and stronger, the more expensive the piece gets.
Essentially, this part connects two of the most important parts of the bike: the fork and the handlebar. The table is extremely important because its setting also influences your riding posture.
The handlebar is the part the rider uses to control the direction of the bike. For a good distribution of the user’s weight between it and the saddle, it depends on the correct adjustment of the table. In it, some other pieces are fixed:
Gauntlets : soft parts that surround the handlebars and accommodate the cyclist’s hands;
Brake levers : the two levers responsible for activating the braking of the bike;
Shift lever : part that activates the shift between the gears of the bicycle;
BOX OF DIRECTION
Mounting your bike: steering box
Also known as a Headset or A-Headset , it is responsible for the correct attachment between the frame and the fork, without harming the rotation required for steering control. They are the two rings that enclose the tang of the fork. This, in turn, fixes to the table of direction by means of the spider , a small piece that stays inside the top of the barrel and exerts pressure in its walls.
FORK / SUSPENSION
Riding your bike: suspension
Rock Shox Reba RL 29er A7 Suspension 2017 Tapered Handlebar Latch Available in Store
Affectionately dubbed suspension, the blog has already spoken a lot about it. The suspensions may be of elastomer, spring or air . Its main function is to keep the wheel on the ground on rough terrain, thus saving effort to the rider and maintaining the integrity of the bike.
The only situation worth using a rigid fork, rather than a suspension, is if you are sure that you will use the bike only on smooth asphalt, and not to cross obstacles – of whatever kind, including a half- thread. There are also rear suspensions, which are mainly meant for Downhill.
Riding your bike: wheels
Wheel Shimano XTR M9000-TL Aro 29-10 / 11V D / T-15 / 9mm – CARBON , available in store
The bike’s wheels are composed of a few parts, and their set is very important to the final result of your pedal, influencing the mode in which you can venture. The wheels can be wide and sturdy – in this case ideal for overcoming obstacles, or thinner and more delicate, for smooth terrain and higher speeds. They are part of the wheel:
Cubes : the part that is located on the axis of the wheels and is attached to the fork, in which the spokes are fixed;
Rays : rigid rods that connect the hub to the rim;
Aro : the perimeter of the wheels, between the spokes and the tires;
Air tube : Rubber part that lies between the rim and the tires, unless you use a tubeless system ;
Tires : Rubber component responsible for establishing traction with the ground, allowing the cyclist to guide the bike;
GROUPS OF EXCHANGE AND BRAKE
Mounting your bike: gearboxes and brake
MTB SRAM EAGLE Transmission Kit / Kit 1X12v , available in store
These are the systems responsible for braking and shifting of the bike, and are made up of the following parts:
Brake : they are part of the braking system and are connected to the brake levers through cables;
Crowns : these are the cogwheels present in the cranks and the turnstiles / cassettes;
Ratchet / Cassette : the set of crowns on the rear wheel axle;
Chain : is the set of metal links that connects the crowns of the crank to the ratchet;
Front Gear : system that makes the exchange of gears between the crowns of the crank;
Rear Shift : system that drives the chain between the cassette / ratchet crowns;
They are the pair of parts installed in the axis of the central movement, which is attached to the frame of the bike. One of them houses the front crowns. They are also connected to the pedals, where the rider’s feet go to support the torque movement.
Seat on which goes the cyclist, who is connected to the bike through the canoe and depends on the clamp of this system to allow height adjustments.
Rule of thumb to find out the best part for you: research and test . And that goes for all the different components and combinations you can test. Take test drives on bikes, borrow from friends or give them your way. The important thing is to make sure that that is the ideal piece for you and your goals.
Now that you know all these names, it is worth mentioning that this subject of the purchase of the first bike is very extensive and would not be totally exhausted nor if this series had ten, instead of three posts.