After a while, your cables will need a little work. If you live by the ocean, have wet weather or ride through mud, you’re going to have humidity issues and possible rusting going on. And in order for your gears to work, your derailleur cables need to be in tip-top shape.
Here’s how you can string them.
First things first: derailleur cables and brake cables are NOT interchangeable so please make sure you get the proper cable.
You know how sometimes your gears don’t change with firm frankness? When they don’t snap into action like German watch works or have the precision of the pistons in an F1? Or even when they react like the voice automated system that understands “Constitution Hall” as “Congressional Balls”?
If this is the case, you may need to check your derailleurs.
As with anything, this complex procedure gets easier to figure out with time and practice.
So let’s go through the steps.
Watching these YouTube videos, I am pleasantly surprised when someone can make a bike tutorial funny. Why I was pissing myself laughing at this particular video had to do probably with the deadpan tone of the narrator’s voice, in a Canadian accent, making little puns. It was pretty endearing.
One of the ways you can keep your bike riding smoothly is by giving it a good cleaning, both inside and out. Overhauling a bottom bracket will most likely not be in your weekly cleaning regimen and depending on how you ride, you might not even have to really look at it too much. But it is a good thing to know how to do when the time comes.
For this task, you will need several things:
I like being thorough and bike mechanics requires a lot of attention to detail. If you don’t get it right the first time, your ride suffers. And the level of competence, time and patience can result in either a good ride or an accident.
This tutorial is about how to install a bottom bracket, which is the point on the frame around which your pedals revolve.
There are different types of bottom brackets.
You’ve got the cup-and-cone.
First things first: the Hayes system uses DOT 3 or DOT 4 mechanical brake fluid. DO NOT USE MINERAL OIL FOR THESE BRAKES!!!!!!!
Second, the bleed starts from the caliper up to the brake lever.
Third, wear gloves.
You can get a bleed kit for this system so to prep your bike, you’re going to want to remove the caliper from the frame, remove the pads from the caliper and with the end of a 10mm box end wrench, push the pistons back into the caliper. Don’t push too far as you may break the post in the center of the piston.
Up in Washington state there lives a man, by the name of Ed Orcutt. By some miraculous chain of events he holds public office, and yet he believes a bicyclist burns just as much CO2 as someone driving a car. This story brings together everything that is wrong with transportation policy in America. The story was first broke by the Seattle bike blog. Ed made the clam in an email exchange with a local bike shop owner, who opposed a new bike tax in Washington's transportation budget.
Riding with ill-placed handlebar tape sucks. To make sure you don't have unsightly gaps and do it properly, you need a couple of things: