Rolls Rite Bicycles828-276-6080
Bike & E-Bike Sales & Service
Serving Waynesville, Clyde and Western North Carolina since 2003
There’s a mind boggling array of paraphernalia available for bikes and everyone has their own ideas about what you need and what you don’t. Keeping it simple is a good thing but there are a few things that do much to maintain the level of safety, comfort, convenience and reliablity it takes to be a happy rider.
|Air Pump||All tires loose air, even brand new ones. Bike tires are so small that a little air lost makes a huge difference in safety and performance. Don't ride on soft tires, it makes it harder to control the bike and harder to pedal. At home, a floor pump or electric inflator is the quickest and easiest to use. Flats happen. On the road or trail a hand pump or Co2 inflator can save you from having to walk and push your bike.|
||It’s easier and quicker to replace a tube than it is to patch it, especially on the road or trail. You can patch a small puncture, but first you have to find the hole, which isn't always easy. If it's a rip, tear or blowout, you can't patch it.|
||Tough, inexpensive plastic levers that make it easy to get the tire off and put it back on without damaging the rim or puncturing the tube you just replaced.|
adhesive patches in a tiny plastic box a little larger than a postage
stamp. These can be a lifesaver when you have another flat a mile
down the road from the last one.
|Tire Gauge||Proper tire pressure is essential for a safe, comfortable ride and minimizes the chances for a flat.|
| Multi Tool
||A few Allen or Torx wrenches and screwdriver that folded into a small pocket knife size that fits most of the things that most often need to be adjusted, tightened, loosened or otherwise fiddled with-seats, handlebars, lever position, roadside repairs etc.|
|Seat Bag||Fastens to the bottom of your seat and holds all of the above in a neat little pack under your seat.|
|Chain Cleaner & Lube
|| A dirty, dry or rusty chain causes leads
to erratic shifting, harder pedaling, gets grease on your car seats
and ruins your gears and derailleurs. You can clean it with brushes
and soap or use a nifty gadget with rotating brushes that makes it easier.
Most of the problems we see in the shop are the result of grungy, greasy
||Chains don't need to be oiled all that
often but when they need it, they need it. Motor oil or WD40 do
NOT work on bicycles. Bicycle chain oil penetrates where it needs
to, stays where it's supposed to and repels dirt & water.
||Used to be called a speedometer-now
it's a computer...Looks like a large watch and fastens to the
handlebars. Keep tabs on your speed, mileage, trip distance,
riding time, average speed, top speed & the time.
It can, however, be disappointing to have proof that
what felt like 20 miles was only 2...
| Rear Rack
||Fastens above the rear wheel
and provides a platform to fasten your stuff to. Some also serve
as a fender to keep road spray off of your back.
||To fasten your stuff to the rack.
Put jacket, bread, cheese, wine in a small duffel bag and bungee
it to your rack. The regular kind work ok and are cheaper but the
bike specific ones work much better and look like they belong there.
| Tail Trunk
||A square pack that fastens to the rear rack, usually padded, with zippers, pockets, straps and flaps. Some are expandable and can hold a lot of cool stuff...bread, cheese, wine, camera...|
||You need a way to hold your bike up when you're not on it. Laying it on the ground isn't good for it, crashing to the ground when it slips off of the tree you leaned it on is even worse...|