Category: Repair tips

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Tech Tip #1: Chain tension

Well it’s winter in the northern hemisphere right now so I decided to make a new tech tips section where I will be covering everything from basic and advanced mechanical work to tips on buying new or used bikes. Hope you enjoy the information, thanks for reading. Tech Tip #1: Chain Tension (fixed/singlespeed)   Tool […]

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Cassette and Freewheel Removal

Cassette and Freewheel Removal This article will review the removal and installation of rear cogs on derailleur type bicycle, and of single speed freewheeling BMX/Freestyle bikes. Typical Tools and Supplies Needed: Cassette cog remover  Sprocket Tool Freewheel tool wrench Grease   The rear cogs are attached to the hub in one of two ways. Newer […]

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Headset- Removal, Installation and Adjustment-Threadless type

  Typical Tools and Supplies Needed: Headset Spanners Hex Wrenches, for stem removal Race Remover Headset Press Crown Race Installer Degreaser Crown Race Puller Measuring Caliper Rags This article will discuss removing the old headset, installing and adjusting a new threadless headset. See also related articles: Threadless-type headsets, see Threadless Headsets. Cutting a fork to […]

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Front Derailleur Adjustments

Useful Tools and Supplies Repair Stand, holds bike secure for easy work. Hex wrenches as needed. Screwdriver (#2 Phillips or straight blade) Light liquid lubricant Derailleur cable inner wire and housing as needed Caliper or metric ruler Cable end caps and housing end caps as needed Rags This article will discuss the basic adjustment of […]

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Chain Installation – Derailleur Bikes

Typical Tools and Supplies Chain Tools Repair Stand to hold bike (optional but nice) Special Replacement pin for Shimano® or special link for Campagnolo® chains as appropriate  Synthetic Blend Chain Lube Rags This article will discuss the removal and installation of chain on derailleur bicycles. See also related articles: Chain Sizing- derailleur chain Fixing tight […]

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Rear Derailleur Adjustment

Typical Tools and Supplies Needed: Repair Stand, Screwdriver, Phillips #2 or straight blade Hex Wrenches, if changing inner-wire Light lubricant Forth Hand Tool Cable cutter, if trimming cable Rags The article will discuss the adjustment of the rear derailleur. See also related articles: Front derailleur- limits screws and index settings Wire cable-sizing and cutting inner […]

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Shifter cable installation

Useful Tools and Supplies Repair Stand Hex wrenches This article will discuss the shift wire (cable) installation. SRAM® Shift Levers SRAM® shift levers are commonly called Grip-Shift. The levers mount to the handlebar between the brake levers and the grips. The lever may be rotated on the bar so the cable housing exits without interference. […]

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Brake Service- Cantilever brake system

Useful Tools and Supplies Repair Stand, holds bike secure for easy work. Hex wrenches (commonly 5mm) Cable cutter Metric wrench, commonly 10mm Grease Rags Service Procedures Properly adjusted brake systems require attention to small details. This article will begin by discussing the brake lever, inner wire fitting at the lever, and brake housing. Caliper attachment […]

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