How to Set Up and Adjust Cantilever Brakes

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Hi, I'm Jonathan from Franklinton CycleWorks. Today I'm going show you how to adjust your cantilever brakes. Now, cantilever brakes are also known as cyclocross brakes because they're used on cyclocross bikes, but they're used on a lot of other bikes as well. Now the first thing you want to notice is that there's three points of adjustment on the cantilever brakes. The first one is here, which is where your cable actually anchors.

How to Fix a Stuck Shifter (Shimano)

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Unless you ride a fixie bike or have no need to get out of 2nd gear the odds are you're probably going to need your shifters at some point. Since the shifters get used so often and have so many components directly connected to them there are times when they have a tendency to go bad. One of the biggest problems you'll encounter during a ride is a stuck shifter which could not only leave you in the wrong gear, could impede your bicycle altogether. Follow these tips to fix a stuck shifter and to keep on cruising.

Replace a Road or Mountain Bike Chainring

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Why would you want to replace your chainrings? Well, it might be that you’re upgrading them, changing the size, or you might want to experiment with some Osymetric or Rotor rings on the road. If you’re a mountain biker, it might be that you’ve hit them and they’re slightly warped. Or for any chainring, it might be that you’ve used them a lot over time and they’re starting to get worn. You can tell that if the teeth are starting to get low, although do bear in mind that a couple of teeth, even when new, are quite low because that aids the shifting from one chainring to the other.

Replace a Bicycle Spoke

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To replace a spoke you're going to need a spoke wrench of the correct size, a nipple driver or flathead screwdriver, a ruler to measure the correct spoke length, as well as some lube to put inside the spoke nipple. When you need to replace a spoke, using a ruler like this will make it easier to measure the length of the spoke that you require. It has a little hole at this end to put the spoke end into.

Install a Baby Seat to the Back of Your Bike

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Most parents have used the 'baby in the car' trick to go on a long ride and get their little one to sleep. Well with today's high gas prices and if your toddler is being stubborn it could cost you $9 just for your youngster to get some shut eye (still worth it in many parents eyes). Perhaps a better way to give your kid a ride whether you're trying to get them to sleep or just want them to enjoy the outside is by taking them for a bicycle ride with you because you'll be getting some healthy exercise in the process.

How to Wrap Your Bicycle Handlebars: Part One

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Handlebars are often overlooked but are a pretty essential device on any bike this side of a unicycle. For the ultimate in grip and performance many riders opt to use bar tape for even better handling. While it may sound quite simple to apply handlebar tape on a bike, there is a little science to it. By using these wrapping tips you'll become one of the best tapers on paper.

DIY Shimano Rear Derailleur Adjustment

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Rear derailleurs for the most part are relatively maintenance free except for lubing and cleaning regularly. One minor fix you may have to perform on a regular basis is an adjustment for when the chain becomes loose or performance is affected. This tutorial will give you the step by step process for a Shimano rear derailleur adjustment.

Shimano rear derailleur installation

 

DIY Hollowtech II Crank Installation

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The crank is the powerhouse that keeps your bicycle moving and from time to time the unit needs to be replaced or you might just want an upgrade. One such improvement can be made to your cycling prowess by installing the new Hollowtech II cranks from Shimano. These DIY tips will lead you to complete the process perfectly and effortlessly.

How to Create an LED Light For Use As a Bicycle Turn Signal

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 I started my turn signal project with this incandescent clearance light manufactured by Reese. We can't use this or any other clearance light as it is for a turn signal because clearance lights are only meant to be seen in the dark and aren't nearly bright enough to get attention in the daylight. We can make them brighter easily and cheaply. These Reese lights come in red or amber and are available in a variety of places. Just google "Reese round clearance light" on the Internet. I bought mine for $2.49 at Menards.com

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