How to Lock a Bike Correctly

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Many people make it easy for criminals to steal their bikes, because they dont know how to lock a bike correctly. They practically put a sign on it that says TAKE ME. There are a number of steps you should take to properly secure your bike, and with the help of the team from Kryptonite Locks we will outline them in this article.
Firstly, the rule of thumb for buying a lock is to spend ten per cent of the value of the bike. If it cost 100 euro, spend ten euro on the lock, if it cost 1000, you would need a higher quality lock to secure it from a more determined thief.
The amount of money you spend on the lock also depends on where you are locking it. If you are mainly using it for recreational purposes and locking the bike at home, you could spend less than if you regularly lock the bike in the city.

So, lets get to the detail. This is the correct way to secure your bike:

  1. Place your bike against an immovable object such as a railing, long pole, or a designated bike locking area with the chain facing out.
  2. Remove the front wheel if possible and place it by the rear wheel.
  3. Place the shackle through the rear wheel, front wheel and frame, fill up as much of the shackle as possible. (see Fig 1)
  4. If you are not too mechanically minded and the thoughts of removing the front wheel and replacing it safely after locking your bike is a bit daunting, you can use a secondary cable (see Fig 2) that has two loops on the end to attach to the shackle. A good idea is to have any quick release mechanisms removed at the time of sale with an Allen key or security skewer to make the removal of the wheels more difficult for a potential thief.
  5. Depending on where the bike is to be parked, a secondary shackle can be used to lock the front wheel and downtube to the same immoveable object as the rear of the bike.

Bike locking Dos and Donts:

  • DO: Lock your bike whenever you leave it unattended. Many bikes have been stolen when running into the local shop for a minute. Lock your bike at home even if it is in a locked garden shed or garage. I have heard of a bike being stolen from a second floor apartment so always lock it.
  • DO: If you are out and about and locking your bike, think of what the area will be like when it is dark. This is especially true in the winter time, when there are less daylight hours. Is the area well lit when shops or offices are closed and what about street lighting?
  • DON’T: Try not to lock your bike in the same place. Thieves might notice a good brand of bike and target it.
  • DO: Make sure the immoveable object is just that. The railing you are locking your bike to must be secure. The pole you might lock your bike to may be secure on the ground, but is it possible for the thief to lift it over the pole? Check for this.
  • DON’T: Never lock your saddle pillar or stem to an immoveable object. A quick turn of an Allen key or spanner will have the saddle pillar or stem quickly removed, and replaced, and the thief will walk away with your bike.

The Silverback Starke

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At Little Sport we are very proud to stock the Silverback bike range. Silverback pride themselves in producing bikes that have style and use cutting edge modern technology. On their website they say, “Ideas and unique concepts are born from the imagination and determination and lateral transfer of thinking out of the geographical diversity of our design team.” Wow, sounds good.

The Silverback Starke below is the new Silverback bike we are stocking in Little Sport.

Mini Micro Scooters—The Concept Behind the Craze

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For many people across the country, mini micro scooters have revolutionised how they get to work or school, with the zippy aluminium scooters now a firm favourite with everyone from toddlers to stockbrokers.

Like so many other inventions, the idea for the mini micro scooters according to the inventor, was born out of “necessity”. Or so he claims. In the early 1990s, Wim Ouboter, a 30-year-old Swiss banker, found the distance from his home in Zurich to his favourite fast-food stand too far to walk. However, it was also too short a distance to merit the hassle of getting his car or bicycle out of the garage. It was, according to Ouboter, “a micro-distance”.

As children in Switzerland, Ouboter had loved being out and about with his family. However, Ouboter’s sister had a disability which meant that one of her legs was substantially shorter than the other. She couldn’t ride a bicycle properly, but was great on her scooter, so their parents encouraged both children to play more with scooters than with bikes.

Later, to get to his fast-food place, Ouboter was inspired to construct a simple scooter in his garage from basic materials and some wheels scavenged from a pair of inline skates. While his wife praised the idea, his initial prototype drew laughter on the streets of Zurich. He decided to modify his initial design to make it foldable, allowing him to stow it in a rucksack. Several prototypes later, and the micro-scooter was ready for production. And cool.

Ouboter outsourced production to China to reduce production costs, and the product quickly became a hit with commuters in Japan, with the rest of the world soon joining the trend. Indeed, the aluminium scooters became something of a symbol of the boom of the late 1990s, selling millions of units. The fate of the scooter business took a similar path to many companies in subsequent years, however, and a rash of cheap knock-offs from China almost spelled the end for the micro-scooter. Sales have since stabilised, and enthusiasts all over the world have made the scooters a feature of skate parks too.

The company went on to flourish again by improving quality and introducing new products, including three-wheeled scooters called mini micro-scooters, which can be fitted with raised seats and o-shaped handlebars to allow toddlers to scoot along. The mini-micro scooters can also grow with the child through a change of handlebars. Other developments included collaboration with luggage manufacturer Samsonite to produce the ‘Micro Luggage’ or suitcase micro-scooter, and even a kit-carrier for the Swiss army.

Today the company produces stunt scooters beloved by the young and not-so-young across the world, with a loyal body of enthusiasts. The three-wheeled kickboard scooter is also available, either with T-bar handlebars or a so-called ‘joy-stick’ steering pole for those looking for more stability. A wide range of accessories and equipment rounds out the micro-scooter portfolio, while spare parts and service also play an important part in the business. Indeed, the scooters are screwed and bolted together, ensuring that owners can repair the scooters themselves.

Trek Road Bikes

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In Little Sport we stock the range of Trek road bikes.

Trek are famous for their mountain bikes and accessories but they also have a very good range of road bikes.

The main thing that allows Trek to stand out from other bike producers is quality, that’s why they are one of the leading brands.

In Little Sport we have a wide selection of styles, colours, designs of Trek bikes to suit all needs. Not to mention loads of other brands.

Choosing a Trek Road Bike

Below are a few pointers on what are the main differences between a road bike, touring, mountain and hybrid bikes.


  • Very lightweight frame, wheels and components.
  • A drop (curled) handlebar, though some have a flat bar like a mountain bike.
  • Narrow wheels and tires.
  • A composite (carbon fiber) front fork.
  • No front or rear suspension.
  • Men’s and women’s styles and a wide range of sizes.
  • Function

Intended for fitness enthusiasts, event riders and competitive riders.
Designed for paved surfaces (roads, bike paths); not recommended for rough or unpaved surfaces.
Allows riders to go farther and faster than most other types of bikes.
Suitable for vehicle-supported multiday touring, though they’re usually not designed to carry heavy loads.

Ironman Workouts

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In recent years more and more Irish people are becoming more fitness aware. For some just being fit is not enough. They push themselves even further and participate in Ironman competitions.

Through out Ireland all year round there are Ironman competitions and in Little Sport we help tog them out with some of the gear they need for their race, especially the bike section. It is a huge achievement to participate in these races, and an even bigger achievement to complete them so we are happy to be involved in a small way.

Iron man work outs. This time Chris Lieto focuses on the bike session, check this out for some simple tips and advice.

Ironman Workouts - Part 2

Essential Tips for Maintaining your Bike

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This service is a tuning up of the brakes and gears as they loosen up a little due to cable stretch. This is an essential service which is not to be left for more than 6 weeks. After the 6 weeks it is NOT a free of charge service.

Do you get annoyed when someone rides past you with loud rattling and squeaking sound coming from the chain and sprockets? Maybe the sound is coming from your bike? That is the not-so-sweet sound of metal rubbing against metal and grime and mud, because all lubrication has long since worn off. That is a really good way to go, if you want to shorten the life expectancy of your chain and sprockets.

It is not cheap to replace them, so save yourself some money by regularly cleaning and lubricating the drivetrain.

The most important thing, or at least in the top three, that have an effect on the quality of your bike ride is tire pressure. If the pressure is too low you have to work a lot more to keep the same speed than with proper high pressure. And you will get flats more easily, especially when hitting a curb hard. One of the most essential must-have tools you should own is a quality floor pump with pressure gauge. Check the suggested pressure from the side of your tires. The rear tire should have more pressure as it is taking more of the riders weight than the front. Make sure you check your tire pressure at least once every two weeks.

If you’re not going to ride your bike for a long time, like six months or a couple of years, try to remember to keep the tires inflated even during the pause. If this is not possible, take the tires off completely. By doing this you prevent cracks on the sides of the tires.

Keep all the screws, bolts and nuts in your bike where they belong by checking regularly if they are loose. It is annoying if you loose the screw holding your mudguards in place and having to listen that rattling and banging sound all the way home. Note that with some of the newer bikes the parts have the maximum torque limit written on them and you can buy tools that apply only a specified amount of torque.

If you like to drive fast , you’d better make sure you stop effectively when needed. If you have to pull the brake lever until it touches the handlebar and still almost nothing happens, you have to adjust the brake pads closer to the rim (or your disc).

You can do this by tightening the adjusting barrel (if your brakes have one) in the brake lever or the brake arm end. Tightening the screw moves the pads closer to the rim (or disc). You may also need to unscrew the bolt holding the wire, tighten the wire and then screw the bolt back on. Before tightening the bolt again, twist the adjuster holding the wire and the wire housing to the loosest setting. This way you have more room to adjust the brakes.

It is also important to keep both the pads and the braking surface clean from dirt and oil. Dirty pads wear out themselves and the braking surface substantially faster.