Houston Bike Exchange | Blogs & FAQs

Rant, rave, wonder, find out…or scratch your head and ask the guru!

1904 tour de france

Ask the Houston Bike Exchange Guru

Should I buy a road bike or a tri bike?

Frequently I get asked what the difference is between a road bike and a tri(athlon) bike. Usually this question is asked by someone who has never own either type of bike--and is contacting me about buying their first bike--and is planning (or hoping) to do a triathlon...

What should I have in my kit while riding?

The exact items that you should bring with you on any given ride will vary depending on the type of ride (how long, how fast, how far)... but below are some key items that you should have with you on just about every ride. 1. At least one replacement tube (if you are...

Is a “lighter” bike always a “better” bike?

Weight Weenie :  (definition) - A road bicycle enthusiast who becomes obsessed with subtracting weight from his bicycle at all costs--including overriding safety concerns and practicality. A Weight Weenie will always replace a 100 gram component with a 99 gram...

What is the best bike for the BP MS-150?

I get this question often since a large percentage of the bikes I sell each year are to regular folks who are planning to ride the  BP MS-150 for the first time--either friends or with a team from work.  Many of these riders have never owned a road bike before--or at...

What is bike “fit” and how important is it really?

"Even the companies that promote high-tech fitting services admit that the profession is still as much about nuance as it is about data points.  Others in the industry simply call fitting an art form." (Andrew Tilin, Bicycling Magazine) Though there has always much...

Which rolls faster? (23mm vs 25mm tires)

For decades, the conventional wisdom has been that smaller / skinnier tires = a faster ride.  The though process was that smaller / skinnier mean less drag / wind resistance and a smaller contact patch on the road--so, less friction.  And as a result, 23mm tires have...

What’s the best tire for my road bike?

Of course, the simple answer to this question is that the best road bike tire for your bike depends on what type of riding you will be doing.  Racing?  Training?  Touring? But for the sake of this conversation we are going to narrow the focus to just typical road bike...

Do I really need a Carbon Fiber bike?

In a word:  No. But you also don't NEED an iPhone.  Or 800 satellite TV channels.  Or cars that go 150 mph.    But once you have them for a while... it can be hard to live without them. Carbon bikes have been around since the late 1970's... and became a bit more...

Bike_repair_in_the_street

Bike Tip of the Week Column

Lube up before every ride.

One of the best ways to prolong the life of your chain, cassette, chainrings, and derailleurs is to lubricate them before every ride. I keep an old cotton rag and a bottle of lube by my front door and take a few short minutes as I'm heading out for a ride to quickly...

SHORPY_FL16643173

Houston Bike Exchange FAQs Column

FAQ – MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Over the course of several years of buying / selling / trading used road bikes I developed a list of the most commonly asked questions and their answers. Before I had a website I mainly used a fairly long auto reply email to disseminate this information to potential...

Do your bikes come with a warranty?

By definition, a warranty is: "a written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of an article by its manufacturer, promising to repair or replace it if necessary within a specified period of time".  (google) Since we are not the manufacturers of any of the bikes that we...

How do I figure out what size bike I need?

THE most common question that we get asked here at Houston Bike Exchange is whether or not a particular bike that we have advertised will "fit" them or not.  The question usually starts goes something like this:  "I'm 5'-10" tall and weight 195 lbs; will this bike fit...

What forms of payment do you take?

Houston Bike Exchange is a cash and carry kind of place.  But we also accept PayPal payments--as long as we net the full amount into our account.

You may also email us your questions...


 

Bike Wishlist Cart

Simply add the bikes you're interested in to your Bike Wish List and submit! No purchase necessary - your Wish List Cart does not ask for or process any form of payment. We'll get back to you about your bikes ASAP - Thanks!

Your Cart