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postheadericon A look at some of the mountain bike parts available

A Look at Some of the Mountain Bike Parts Available

One may have never thought about the parts that are required to make a mountain bike while riding it. But sometimes it becomes important to know the parts. You never know where they will help you. Some of the mountain bike parts are:

The Bottom bracket which is an attachment of the crank set to body of the bike. It can be replaced or adjusted.

The Brake cable: it is a cable that is used to attach the brake lever to the mechanism.

Brake lever: It is a handlebar lever used for activation of the brakes. The brake on th left side is for the front and the one on the right is the rear brake.

The bike consists of a chain circular set of links which transfers the power from the chain ring to moving parts of the wheel.

Chain ring: these are toothed rings which are attached to the crank that holds the chain and are important mountain bike parts.

Crank Lever: it extends from the bottom bracket to the pedal of the bike and transfers the power to the chain rings and is one of the mountain bike parts.

Derailleur Mechanism is required for moving the chain from one part to another.

The down tube Section of frame extends downward from the stem to the bottom of the bracket.

Dropout cut slots are provided at the bottom of front fork. They are designed to allow the axle of the wheel.

Front Shock absorbers are provided on the front fork.

Handlebar: a horizontal bar is fixed to the stems which have hand grips at its end and the brake levers and shifters are attached to it.

Headset Mechanism is in the front of frame which connects the front fork to the stem and also the handlebars.

The spokes are attached to the Hub Center section of the wheel.

The end of the spoke in the rim is held by a nipple threaded receptacle.

Rear Shock absorbers are provided on the rear tire in most of the dual-suspension bikes which is another of the important mountain bike parts.

Rim: it is a metal ring with a U-shaped cross section which connects the spokes to the tire which is on the outside.

A Saddle Seat is the part one should not sit on when riding steep downhill.

A Seat post supports the post for the saddle. It is mounted into the seat tube with a mechanism for changing its height.

Skewer Metal rod: it goes all the way through the core or the hub.

The crank arms are attached to a spindle freely rotating axle. It is a part of the bottom bracket.

There are thick wires which join the hub to the rim. The tension in it is adjusted by means of a nipple available on the rim side.

Tire: they are on the outer part of the rim. They make contact with the road while riding and also provide a grip.

The Top tube is present in the top bar of the bicycle frame.

The spikes are attaches to the wheel hub Center of the wheel.

The steering tube is attached to the handlebar by means of a stem piece.

postheadericon Backpacker’s checklist

Backpacker’s Checklist

The checklist here includes the essentials for camping in the backcountry. I’ve also included some hot tips and links to necessary gear which can keep the load to a minimum and yet not compromise the gear’s performance. This checklist can be modified and adjusted as necessary.

Backpacker’s Checklist of the Essentials:

_____ Backpack

_____ Water filtration system

_____ Tent

_____ Topographical Map

_____ Sleeping Bag- down or synthetic

_____ Tarp and Rope

_____ Sleeping Pad- lightweight, self-inflating or closed cell

_____ Headlamp/Waterproof Flashlight

_____ Stove/Fuel Canister

_____ Hiking Shoes

_____ Pots/Pans- aluminum pie plates for serving

_____ Rain/Wind Gear

_____ Cooking/ eating utensils/ Drinking Cup

_____ Insulating Layers: Capilene and/or Fleece Down Jacket

_____ Camp Suds/Camp towel

_____ First Aid Kit

_____ Leatherman/multipurpose tool

____ Fire Starter Kit

_____ Small Pillow Case

_____ Insect Repellent

HOT TIP: If your lightweight down jacket (see North Face down jacket or Patagonia Down Sweater) travels with you even in the summer months, stuff it in the pillow case. Instant pillow.

Firestarter Kit

_____ Birthday Candles (the “trick” ones)

_____ Firestarter Sticks (small)

_____ Dry Tinder

_____ Matches with Waterproof container

_____ Cotton Balls (include in your first aid kit)

HOT TIP: Soak your cotton balls in neosporin (included in your first aid kit) and use them as fire starters under your dry tinder.

They may not be in the checklist, but don’t forget your hiking poles. Your body will thank you for remembering them.

postheadericon Carlos sastre wins the tour de france

Carlos Sastre Wins the Tour De France

And the Tour de France has a new champion… The professional cyclist Carlos Sastre became last Sunday the third Spaniard to win one of the crown jewels in cycling — the Tour de France. This also became another great sports achievement for his country during the present year.

Sastre managed to win the 95th edition of the most well known cycling race in the world after competing without problems next to his squad during the last phase of the race, which consisted in a 143 kilometers stage in
?tampes.

Sastre’s victory continued the line of triumphs of his countrymen Oscar Pereiro in 2006 and Alberto Contador in the 2007. “It is a dream come true, I waited a lot of time before this,” expressed Sastre. The 33-years-old CSC racer obtained the yellow jersey after winning on Wednesday the 17th stage of the Tour, a section full of ascents in the Alps.

Astana team’s rider, Contador, was not able to participate in this year competition due to the doping scandals involving him as well as his team.

The Australian Cadel Evans ended second in the general classification, 58 seconds behind Sastre. Evans assured the victory on Saturday after resisting his pursuers against the clock, a very exciting last moment which paved the road to the Champs Elysee.

The Austrian Bernhard Kohl finished third,1:13 minutes behind the winner. He kept the white and red jersey along with the honors of being the best climber in the competition.

Close to the end of the last stage the Spaniard’s team began to fall behind while Sastre remained with the group of cyclist that were the closest to Evans and Kohl, suddenly Sastre began to gain a considerable advantage in general.

After the latest edition of the Tour de France, the incredible success of Spain during 2008 continues as another Spaniard Oscar Freire kept the green jersey, which is given to the racer of better action in sprints.

This Sunday’s victory is shared with the Danish Bjarne Riis, CSC general manager, who gave Sastre plenty of support and the leadership of the team instead of Frank and Andy Schleck. These two riders had to sacrifice their possibilities to help Sastre since he was the one with best chances to obtain the title. Anyhow, the Schleck brothers were given the white jersey which is an accomplishment to those young riders that excelled in the Tour.

Other cyclist, the Belgian Gert Steegmans of the Quick Step team, was the winner of the last race of the event in the final sprint, arriving before the Germans Gerald Ciolek and Freire. On the other hand, the Colombian Leonardo Duque closed his participation in Paris remaining in the last positions.

Additional matters regarding doping also struck this edition of Tour de France; the Spaniards Manuel Beltr?n and Moises Duenas Nevado as well as the Italian Riccardo Ricc?, tested positive for the prohibited substance EPO. The three riders withdrew from the competition as soon as they were advised of the latest results obtained from their blood samples. Likewise, the Kazakh Dmitriy Fofonov was the last of the cyclists in violating the anti-doping rules after testing positive right after the 18 stage of the Tour.

Cindy Ferguson is a high-ranking writer on the Tour de France for the sports betting industry. You can also find more of her work at Instant Action Sports UK. Feel free to reprint this article in its whole on your site, make sure to leave all links in place and do not modify any of the content.