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New Bike Buyer Guide

By Ming Stephens | Mar 28, 2017 | 2 Comments

Spring is here, and so is a slew of questions about how to purchase a new bike. You might be starting biking again after a long hiatus, or looking for an upgrade. Whatever situation you’re in, we’re here to walk you through the process. Here is a quick step-by-step guide to choosing the best bike…

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Bike Brands at Bluestem

By Ming Stephens | Mar 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

For those curious about options, here is a list of complete bikes that we carry, and brands that we are capable of ordering. In-store brands: Fairdale – Modern bikes with utility, designed in TX. Range of prices from $470-$1200+. Framed – Plus-sized and fat bikes designed in MN. Prices from $800 Linus – Classic city bikes designed…

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Bike Skills Clinics Coming Up!

By Ming Stephens | Mar 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our next hands-on bike clinics are coming up fast! We continue on our mission to make bike knowledge accessible for all with our brand-spankin’-new skills series. Join us for any of the following:   March 23 – Brakes and Derailleurs 101. Learn the basics about the most mysterious parts of your bike. What makes your…

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Beginner-friendly Service List

By Ming Stephens | Feb 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

We want bicycling to be approachable for everyone. So I present to you our Plain English Service List – because you shouldn’t have to be a mechanic to hire one. Axle Spacing: The center of your wheel isn’t fitting into the frame the right way. We add little metal things so it does. $15 Basket…

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On the Efficiency and Maintenance of Bicycles

By Casey McCormick | Jan 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
bike repair happening right here in Brookings South Dakota

There’s a question I get asked a lot when I tell people how much I ride: “Shouldn’t you be skinnier since you ride your bike so much?” Apparently not. In fact, from a recent Super Science Study Lab Report Google search, I learned that riding bike is the most efficient means of transportation humans have come up…

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Bike Legal, Bike Safe

By Ming Stephens | Jan 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

Biking to work today in the slush-filled streets, I found myself needing to choose between going further right in my lane, or getting off and walking along the curb on Medary Ave to avoid sliding off-balance. Both options seemed less than ideal, but, worried about possibly doing something illegal, I dragged my bike up on the…

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