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How to Buy Bike Parts

The components that you hang on a bike frame can be just as important as the frame itself. Forks, rims, wheels, lights, and other parts play a huge role in how the bike rides. Even an expensive ultralight frame can be weighed down with poorly designed components until it rides like an old, heavy bike. Alternately, an older frame can be revitalized with modern, lightweight upgrades.

Tires
Tires play a huge role in how a bike rides. For road bikes, wide tires can give the bike a comfortable feel but tend to roll slowly, while narrow race tires give the ride a harsh feel but offer very little rolling resistance to make the bike faster. In mountain bikes, large, knobby tires roll more slowly but provide better traction than smoother, skinnier tires. Shop Bike Tires
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Pedals
There are two types of bike pedals. Clipless pedals require special, cleated shoes that allow the rider to clip into the pedal for greater pedaling power. Flats can be used with regular shoes and don’t connect the rider to the bike, which many downhill mountain bikers prefer because it allows them to get away from the bike quickly when necessary. Shop Bike Pedals
Forks
The fork that you choose should closely match the bicycle’s intended purpose. A rigid road bike fork is designed to absorb road vibration while remaining as light as possible. Mountain bikes usually utilize suspension forks, and the amount of travel depends heavily on the type of mountain bike the fork is mounted to. Shop Bike Forks
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How to Choose an Alpine Ski Boot

The Main Line of Communication Between You and Your Skis

 

In contrast to an alpine touring or telemark boot, an alpine boot is designed almost entirely around resort-based and inbounds skiing. Honestly assess your ability level and your interests before you start shopping for a boot. Ability level and interests dictate where and what you ski, and ultimately, the type of boot you’ll need. When choosing a ski boot, pay attention to fit, flex, and last width. These factors will help you maximize the likelihood of finding a well-fitting boot without stepping foot in a store. Secondary considerations, such as liner, buckle configuration strap, footbed, and boot sole features will come later in the buying process.

Fit:

A boot that fits well will hold your foot firmly and encourage ample control, circulation, and reduce the chance of blister-causing heel slippage. Ski boots come in a variety of lengths, measured in Mondo sizing (insole length in centimeters), forefoot widths (measured in millimeters), and cuff height and width (based on gender or manufacturer).

Flex:

Flex refers to how hard it is to flex the boot forward. Aggressive or heavier skiers will want a stiff boot (120-130+) to handle high speeds and arduous terrain. Beginners or smaller skiers best to start with a softer boot (80-100) and intermediate skiers may prefer a boot with a flex around (100-110).

Interest:

Alpine boots come in three flavors: park and pipe, alpine touring, and alpine. Park boots tend to be a little softer and more forgiving, alpine touring boots are made with lighter materials and offer a walk mode, and alpine boots balance performance and comfort for skiing inbounds at the resort.