Replacing Bike Brake Cables How To

Most bicyclers are quite familiar with changing their brake pads as they're one of the first things that start to go after excessive riding. Over the course of a life though, having to swap out the brake cables can be either hit or miss. The inside of the cables can attract dirt and residue or the cables can get clipped and need replacing. Either way the project is one that can be undertaken in relatively little time and one which also helps get the user more familiar with the workings of their cycle.

How to Remove Bike Handlebar Grips

How to Remove Bike Handlebar Grips.

Remove your handlebar grips in just a few minutes with these tips. You will need flathead screwdriver, spray lubricant, rubbing alcohol, and an air compressor. A utility knife is optional.

Step 1. Remove the handlebar plugs first. Then loosen the brake and shift levers and slide them toward the middle of the bar. If you are not going to reuse the grip, cut it off with a utility knife.

DIY Set Derailleur Limits

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It's good to push things to the limit when you're rock climbing or running a 5K but the derailleur on your bike should stay well within it's set range. The upper and lower limits of your derailleur dictate the minimum and maximum of your gears and make sure the chain doesn't fall off your cartridge. There comes a time either after a bicycle overhaul, after a tough spill, or after just months and months of riding that the limits will need to be reset. Climb the rock of setting derailleur limits with these steps.

Fix Hybrid / Mountain Bike V-Brakes That Are Rubbing

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It seems like an obvious statement but rubbing on a bike is never good, unless of course you're in a race and rubbing the contestant next to you to get an edge. For the most part the only rub encountered is the chafing on our own undercarriage and quite frequently the brake pads. When brake pads rub on the fork of the bike it not only makes an annoying sound and wears down one pad faster, it creates a jerking motion that can make the bike much harder to navigate. The sooner we fix this mountain bike v-brake rub, the more enjoyable the ride becomes.

How to Fix a Bent Rear Derailleur

Peter wants to know: my bike fell over on the drive side and bent my derailleur hanger. Do you have any tips on how to straighten it back out?

Having a spare derailleur hanger on hand is always a good idea and it's something that I make a point to purchase with every new bike. With that said, even with a new hanger, they're rarely in perfect alignment.

DIY Remove a Fixed Gear Cog at Home without Special Tools

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Today, I'll be showing you guys how to remove your fixed gear cog, but I will show you how to remove it without any special tools. Only tools you'll need is a screwdriver or some sort of pointy pic and a hammer. So we have a lockring, which is the silver thing and an actual cog, which has the teeth. So what you're going to want to do is remove the locking first. For the lockring you would need a special tool, about 20 bucks, and for this the cog you need a chain whip, about 15-20 bucks, so in total I'm saving you about 30 bucks.

Wash Your Bike at Home Like a Pro

It's probably the most iconic sequence in cycling cinematography, the opening scene from the 1977 documentary "A Sunday in Hell" about Paris-Roubaix. It shows a mechanic washing a team bike, and that's a scene that you're going to see repeated dozens of times over at any team hotel after a professional bike race, today thirty-five years later, for several important reasons.

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