Cyclopedia

Everything you ever wanted to know about cycling – but didn’t know who to ask. We’ve tapped into the expertise of the men and women who design, sell and ride bikes.

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Bicycle Class Next Saturday!

This compact yet comprehensive class covers everything you need to know to learn to "drive" your bike safely and confidently around metro Atlanta. Expect to learn something new, have your good habits reinforced and those pesky bad habits disappear, and emerge a safer, more confident cyclist from every angle.

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New FAQ: What lock should I use to secure my bike?

Bike Emory, Emory Police and Bicycle South strongly recommend that you use a U-lock to secure your bike. Cable locks are easy for thieves to cut and put your bike at risk. Bike Emory offers Bulldog brand u-locks at a discount through our website. To purchase our discounted u-lock please visit our buy page.

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Upcoming Bike Safety Class - September 14th

Would you like to ride a bicycle in metro Atlanta but feel unsure of where to ride or how to do so safely and confidently? Do you wish you knew more about the rules to follow, how to avoid crashes, and what to do in case of a flat tire? Do you want to gain enough knowledge [...]

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Winter Cycling

Winter Cycling Tips From Bicycle South. Here in the South it can be surprisingly cold (unless you live far South). While you won’t generally be pedaling in the snow, there may be days that the air temperature hovers near freezing and the additional wind-chill from a good breeze can be a little more than bracing. Clothing [...]

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Bike Fit and What You Can Adjust

Looking for that perfect combination of efficiency and comfort? These days the wide array of cycling equipment makes it easier than ever to have both without compromising. One of the most common fit errors among cyclists is that if the reach to the handlebars is too long, the simple fix is to slide the saddle forward [...]

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Using your Gears on a Fitness Ride

Gears are designed to help you. Shifting your gears helps you adjust the pressure you feel at the pedals, the force you apply with your muscles, and the actual work that you are doing. But that doesn’t mean that the gear you choose has to make your ride difficult. Riding one, two, or ten miles is [...]

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Bike Tires, Flats, and Proper Air Pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure is critical for your bike’s efficiency and safety. Under-inflated tires are more prone to flats that can damage the tire, tube or rim. A soft tire also saps energy from your riding, and can make the bike handle poorly in turns. A Bicycle Tube is made from the same material [...]

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Finding a Comfortable Bike Seat (a.k.a. Saddle)

There are bike seats made specifically for women or men, but finding the correct one isn’t as easy as the one that looks good. It’s like finding the right pair of shoes. Comfort is key here and, sadly, it may take multiple tries before you find the perfect saddle for you. Once you’ve found [...]

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Styles of Handlebars

There are many types of handlebars but each has its use and advantage, whether it be a cruiser bar, a road-style drop bar, a flat bar, aero bar, or a riser. Here’s what those terms mean: Cruiser bars. The wide, curved cruiser bar is built for relaxed handling and a supremely comfortable, low-stress hand position. Riser bars. [...]

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Types of Brakes on Bikes

There are four types of bicycle brakes used today. A linear pull brake is the most common style. They can be found on mountain bikes, comfort bikes, hybrids, and others. They are a good, versatile brake, provide good stopping power and are easy to service. Many mountain and other styles of bikes utilize disc brakes. They are [...]

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What is a Derailleur?

Derailleurs are the “gear changers” that are used to shift the chain from one gear to another. By mechanical standards, they are pretty simple designs. A bigger factor is the controls that are used to operate the derailleurs. Some controls work by pushing levers, others work by twisting a grip on the handlebars. Try to test [...]

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Bicycle Shocks (or Suspension)

Shocks are becoming more common on bicycles today. That said, they are just like any other component. They are great or obligatory for certain riding and not necessary or detrimental to your riding when you don’t need them. Borrowed from the world of motor-cross, front shocks were originally made for mountain bikes only. Today suspension technology [...]

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Trailers and Baby Seats

There are two ways to have your children accompany you on your bicycle ride. The traditional way is the infant seat that is either attached to the back of your bicycle behind your seat or mounted to your top tube (so the child sits in front of you). Generally, these seats accommodate children up to [...]

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