We will be closed from Monday, 1/16 to Friday, 1/20 for our annual planning meeting. We will be back on the 21st of January full of new plots, plans, and ideas for 2017. We appreciate your understanding!
The Maintenance Class is Sold Out. Thanks to everyone who signed up!
Join Baltimore Bicycle Works for a 6 week comprehensive course on bicycle maintenance and repair. Class will meet every Monday evening from 6pm to 8pm starting January 23rd. During the course, we will provide detailed instruction and opportunities for hands on learning. We aim to give you the confidence you need to perform regular maintenance of your bicycle, and common repairs. We encourage students to bring their own bicycle to ensure that the course material can be tailored to each student’s specific cycling needs.
Week 1: Course introduction, overview of bicycle anatomy and safe cycling basics.
Week 2: Roadside emergency and hands on flat change
Week 3: Bearings: What they are, what they do and how to adjust or overhaul them.
Week 4: Wheels: The parts of a wheel and how they function together to keep you rolling. We will also provide you with instruction and hands on learning so you can practice truing and tensioning wheels.
Week 5: Brakes: The various types of brakes, the basics of how they work, and hands on learning how to adjust brakes.
Week 6: Derailleurs: How derailleurs and shifters work and time for hands on learning how to adjust your derailleurs.
Class sizes are limited to ensure everyone gets ample attention and time to practice - with a maximum of 8 students, so sign up today! The series of 6 classes is $300 per student and requires a $150 deposit to hold your spot. All students will also receive a 15% discount on any tools purchased throughout the duration of the course.
Individual classes can be purchased for $65 per class, however we will prioritize registration space for series students. As such we will not take deposits to hold individuals classes.
The Maintenance Class is Sold Out. Thanks to everyone who signed up!
Join Baltimore Bicycle Works, Twenty20 Cycling, Joes Bike Shop, Bikemore, and Bishop Bikes for the Tom Palermo charity bike ride. This casual 12 mile ride will begin at noon on Saturday, December 17th at Roland Ave and Drohomer Place. Visit BikeReg for more info and to register. At the request of the Palermo family, all proceeds will be donated to regional bicycle advocacy programs.
Buy any Jamis 27.5+ or 26.5+ bike in the month of December and we’ll convert the tires to tubeless and install premium shift cables and housing for free ($125 value)!
Over the last decade, MTB technology has been developing and moving to market at a blistering pace. Tubeless tires, a smorgasbord of wheel sizes, thru axles, 1x drivetrains, dropper seatposts, evolved frame geometries - no aspect of the modern MTB has been untouched by the onslaught. As a consumer, it’s a lot to keep up with. Considering manufacturers are still motivated to keep putting out enticing new tech while employing strategies of planned obsolescence, knowing when to pull the trigger and which features to buy into can be a daunting task.
For the last three years I’d been happily taking to the trails with a Jamis D29 hardtail 29er. But in an industry that’s increasingly obsessed with bigger, more trail-worthy bikes, I began to wonder if I wasn’t getting the maximum number of smiles out of my miles on the trail. When details came out for the 2017 Jamis Komodo 27.5+ Expert I knew it was something that I had to try out. Having gradually morphed from a dirt jumper to a fat tired hardtail trail bike, the end result is a ride that adds fun to ripping all of the great trails we have access to in the mid-Atlantic.
The 3” WTB Trail Boss tires offer a degree of grip and float that will instantly expand the limits of any rider’s abilities. 40mm wide WTB Scraper rims do well managing the bouncing, squirmy ride qualities that sometimes plague the plus-sized tire segment. Tricky rock garden lines disappear under the bike with ease, and even on smooth trails the penalty to rolling resistance is eclipsed by the confidence gained in railing corners at speeds that will almost certainly sketch out your friends on narrower tires.
There’s a weight penalty involved, to be sure, but the likelihood is that few outside of dedicated XC racers will lament the tradeoff. This is especially true considering how well this bike handles the kind of climbing we generally encounter in the region: relatively short but punchy, steep, and often technical. The extra grip and cushion of the tires make this bike power through roots and rocks like a full suspension bike, but retains the efficiency and responsiveness of a hardtail during hard standing efforts. For those dedicated to having it all, there’s nothing stopping you from getting a 29” wheelset with normal sized tires to run when the situation demands.
Then, of course, there is the descending. 120mm of fork travel, a 68* head tube angle, the stiffness and stability of boost thru axles and tapered head tube, dropper seatpost, and (again!) the grip make recklessly exploring new lines on descents the kind of rowdy party you don’t want to settle for hearing about from your friends. Not only that, but with the Komodo you can hang with longer full suspension bikes without the hangover symptoms of the added expense and maintenance or the creaky headaches they involve.
The Komodo Expert delivers nearly all the newfangled performance features you could hope for from a MTB in an undeniably fun and playful package that is all but guaranteed not to leave you wondering what all the kids are on about these days. Finally, and perhaps best of all, it does it for an attainable $1,699 thanks to a smart, no frills component spec. The Shimano M506 brakes and SRAM NX 1x11 groupset shine as budget friendly choices that offer a startlingly large portion of the performance to be had from their higher-end brethren, and the tubeless ready rims and tires and sleek internally routed KS eTen dropper leave no box unchecked on the features list.
All in all, amid the plethora of choices on the table these days, it’s hard to imagine what could be a better choice for a do-it-all bike for mountain bikers looking to tackle everything the east coast has to offer with a mind for finding the absolute best bang for their buck.
We will be closed on November 24th and 25th to celebrate Thanksgiving and the day after Thanksgiving.
We’ve also moved to observing our winter hours. For the next few months we’ll be open from 11-5 on Saturdays. The rest of the week it’ll be business as usual.
If you are in town over the holiday weekend we will be hosting our Saturday morning shop ride. Come on out and work off some of those turkey/tofurkey pounds! Roll out from the shop at 9:00am; back around 10:30 with snacks and coffee to follow from fellow worker’s cooperative, Red Emma’s. The ride is going to be a casual pace on mixed surfaces so wide-ish tires, an insulated coffee bottle, and conversational skills are all recommended.