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Q. Why do I need a bike with disc brakes?

Q. Will this bike with really thin wheels carry my weight?
Q. Are thinner tyres more prone to punctures?
Q. What pressure do I inflate my tyres to?
Q. How often should I lube my chain, and what lube?
Q. How low is the low gear?
Q. Why do I need a bike with so many gears?
Q. Why do I need carbon forks on my bike?
Q. Why are saddles so skinny?
Q. How do I remove / install my wheels (if fitted with a Quick Release Skewer)?
Q. Why do I need to wear Lycra cycle shorts/bibs?
Q. Why do I need to wear a cycle jersey?
Q. Why is it so hard to inflate my tyres to a high pressure with my small bike pump?
Q. When I ride with my cycle (clip in) shoes, I have real difficulty releasing my shoes from the pedals. Why?
Q. Do I need to wear cycle helmet?
Q. Which brake lever operates the front/rear brake?
Q. Do I need to have reflectors on my bike?
Q. Do I need lights fitted to my bike for night riding?
Q. How do I know what size helmet to buy?
Q. Why are bicycle prices so broad?
Q: How do I clean my bike?
Q: What causes chain suck?
Q: How much does that bike weigh?
Q: How often should I service my bike?
Q: Is there a tyre that stops punctures?
Q: What tools do I need to carry on my ride?
Q: Why do I need gloves?
Q: Will cycling shoes improve my performance?
Q: Should I get a Hard Tail or Dual Suspension Bike?
Q: How do I know what size bike to buy ?
 

Q. Why do I need a bike with disc brakes?

Better controlled braking performance in all conditions, and generally less maintenance.

 

Q. Will this bike with really thin wheels carry my weight?

Yes. Some wheel manufacturers do specify rider weight limits between 80-100kgs, although Shimano wheels do not specify any ride weight limit.

 

Q. Are thinner tyres more prone to punctures?

No. The most common cause of puncture is too low tyre pressure, worn tyres, or even incorrect tyres used for the condition.

 

Q. What pressure do I inflate my tyres to?

As a guide….. Road Tyres: 100 – 105 psi for training / 120 psi for racing. Mountain Bike Tyres: 40 – 50 psi off road / MAX pressure on road. However always refer to the tyre side wall for pressure / sizing specification.

 

Q. How often should I lube my chain, and what lube?

The frequency of lubing a chain is not governed by time / distance. Lubing should be done after every bike wash. Never lube a chain leaving excess lube on the outer surface. This attracts dirt and promotes premature chain wear. Try and use a lubricant designed for the season eg a wet lube for the wetter/winter season and a dry lube for the drier/summer season.

 

Q. How low is the low gear?

Good question. To relate to how much improvement will be gained from the lowest gear of any given geared bike you need to relate it to that of what you ride now. For example; if you presently ride a 10 speed bike, then going to an 18, 20, 24 speed, etc. then the range is going to be greatly reduced.

 

Q. Why do I need a bike with so many gears?

To cater for the so many varied riding conditions and to work in accordance with rider's varrying fitness and strength levels. Cadence is also a prime factor to reduce rider fatigue, therefore more gear ratios are needed.

 

Q. Why do I need carbon forks on my bike?

They're not 'needed' per se but carbon fibre has excellent vibration damping properties, thus making the riding experience far better. It also provides a lighter bike and improved stiffness. The same is true of the frame.

 

Q. Why are saddles so skinny?

Often customers have the view that the wider the seat the better (more comfort). The ideal saddle width is to match that of the riders seat bones to the saddle pads. A platform is required to support the pelvis, not the muscles.

 

Q. How do I remove / install my wheels (if fitted with a Quick Release Skewer)?

Removal = If rim brakes are fitted you will first need to release the brake caliper to allow an inflated tyre to pass between the brake pads. Release the QR skewer and unscrew sufficiently until wheel can be removed from the fork/frame dropouts. If a rear wheel on a multi speed geared bike, put the chain onto the smallest chaining / smallest sprocket first to remove chain tension. Installation is simply the reverse of the above.

 

Q. Why do I need to wear Lycra cycle shorts/bibs?

Cycle shorts are a fitted garment to reduce chaffing. They are fitted with a chamois to absorb moisture and give a degree of comfort. Note: Cycle shorts do not require the wearing of undergarments.

 

Q. Why do I need to wear a cycle jersey?

It is not essential to wear one, but they do offer greater comfort in regards to moisture wicking (absorbs sweat and dries rapidly). They are also equipped with rear storage packets for nutrition / accessory stowage. Many even offer additional safety features such as reflective material.

 

Q. Why is it so hard to inflate my tyres to a high pressure with my small bike pump?

Bike pumps are there in the event of an emergency / puncture for a road side repair. To make tyre inflation easier then we suggest the use of a floor / shop pump or you can try CO2 cartridges.

 

Q. When I ride with my cycle (clip in) shoes, I have real difficulty releasing my shoes from the pedals. Why?

It is most likely that the pedal spring tension is too high. By loosening the spring tension on the pedal should greatly improve the ease of removal. If after loosening it is still hard to release then visit your local Avantiplus Dealer.

 

Q. Do I need to wear cycle helmet?

Yes. It is a legal requirement when riding on the road and strongly recommended for safety when off the road. If considering riding in any organised event on or off road, entry will not be permitted if a helmet is not worn. The only exclusion would be if you have a medical certificate stating you are permitted to ride without one.

 

Q. Which brake lever operates the front/rear brake?

In NZ the RH brake lever operates the front brake and the LH brake lever operates the rear brake. In some countries this can be different.

 

Q. Do I need to have reflectors on my bike?

Yes. Safety on the road is essential. Your bike should be fitted with a Front (White) / Rear (Red) and Side (Amber) reflector.

 

Q. Do I need lights fitted to my bike for night riding?

Yes. They must be on the bike. Having lights solely on your person is not legal. (ie. Helmet)

 

Q. How do I know what size helmet to buy?

Firstly measure the crown of your head. When you have this you can select a helmet that specifies an adjustable range that will fit your head. The helmet must be comfortable and adjusted / fitted properly. If in doubt, refer to the fitting instructions or cycle specialist. All helmets conform to a safety standard, but they do have comfort variances depending on the different styles of helmets.

 

Q. Why are bicycle prices so broad?

The price of a bike is directly proportioned to the material, design and component quality employed on the bike.

 

Q: How do I clean my bike?
We'd suggest keeping it clean with soap and water solution. Clean with a sponge or soft cloth rag. Do not spray directly with a pressure hose, as water under pressure can potentially penetrate into bearings. Just rinse it off with low pressure. Keeping your chain clean and lubricated will result in better shifting performance and longer life of your drive train.

Q: What causes chain suck?

There are a couple of things that can cause chain suck. As the chainrings wear, they develop burrs that don't release the chain very smoothly. These burrs then wear your chain, which compounds your problem. You can file the burrs off and replace the chain. If it still happens replace the chain ring. Chainsuck will also often occur in muddy or wet sandy conditions, this can sometimes be unavoidable.

Q: How much does that bike weigh?

Generally manufactures don’t give out bike weights. Most shops have a set of scales so if the weight matters that much I’m sure they will be happy to weigh it for you.

Q: How often should I service my bike?
You should service your bike a least twice a year. Regular MTB riders will service their bikes more often generally every couple of months. Serious road riders clean and check their bike most weeks. The most important thing is to check your chain for wear, replace it before it’s too stretched, you will increase the life of your sprockets and your shifting will improve.

Q: Is there a tyre that stops punctures?
There are tyres that prevent punctures but there is no tyre that guarantees to stop punctures. The best tyre for prevention is the 
Kenda Kriterium Endurance and Kshield+ road tyres. It is also a good idea to check for glass in your tyre after a ride.


Q: What tools do I need to carry on my ride?
There are a few must haves. A good multi tool, tyre levers, pump and spare tube all being the must haves. If you are a MTB rider, a chain breaker and spare joining pin or link can save a long walk home. A tyre boot can come in handy if the side wall of your tyre is damaged.

Q: Why do I need gloves?
Cycling gloves are not essential but they can make your cycling more enjoyable. Gloves offer protection and comfort. Many gloves are designed to reduce numbness in your hands with their gel pad on the palm specifically placed to reduce pressure on the Ulner nerve. Wearing gloves will also save the skin on the palm of your hand if you happen to crash.

Q: Will cycling shoes improve my performance?
Cycling shoes designed for clipless pedals can make a big difference to your performance and comfort. The sole of a cycling shoe is a lot stiffer than other sports shoes, it will help transfer your power to the pedals increasing you speed and efficiency. Cycling shoes and pedals go hand in hand one is no good with out the other.

Q: Should I get a Hard Tail or Dual Suspension Bike?
In the end only you can decide. It really depends on the type of rider you are and the sort of events you do. Make sure you get the bike that suits your style of riding i.e. don’t buy a light weight hard tail if you are into big jumps & down hill.

Q: How do I know what size bike to buy?

Fit is one of the most difficult things to give you advice on with out seeing you. There are basic guidelines for comfort and safety, but it ultimately comes down to personal preference. If you are serious then spend the money on a Dynamic Bike Fit it will be well worth the investment and you will be sure you have the correct size for your personal requirements.