Cycle maintenance

Cycle maintenance

You're miles away from home and disaster strikes - do you have everything a good bodger should have in your trusty puncture repair kit? Which tools are essential for keeping your bike in good working order? Plus our straight-talking troubleshooting guide for common problems.

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Tools for cycle maintenance

Tools for cycle maintenance

by Hilary Stone

It's worth investing in good tools to maintain your bike. Over the years you'll build up quite a workshop and be able to tackle almost any job that comes your way. But where do you start? The following article includes a list of essential and 'good to have' tools, plus a few tips for the home mechanic.

Trouble-shooting in cycle maintenance

Trouble-shooting in cycle maintenance

by Hilary Stone

If your bike makes noises or doesn't feel smooth when you ride it, these are signs that there is a mechanical problem somewhere. If your gears are slipping, or braking feels 'juddery' or if the bike just rattles, squeaks or creaks this list should help track down the cause before it becomes an expensive repair!

Emergency cycle repairs

Emergency cycle repairs

by Hilary Stone

Sometimes disaster strikes. You're miles from anywhere and you need to fashion a repair in order to get back to civilisation and safety. Hilary Stone reveals some tried and tested - if unorthodox - remedies, which may save you a long walk.

Road bike maintenance - brakes

Road bike maintenance - brakes

by Hilary Stone

Brakes require little regular maintenance but that does not mean they should be ignored.

Road bike maintenance - steering

Road bike maintenance - steering

by Hilary Stone

Here's how to adjust your steering to get the perfect feel.

Road bike maintenance - wheels

Road bike maintenance - wheels

by Hilary Stone

It is essential for your safety that you know how to maintain and check your wheels in good condition.

Road bike maintenance - tyres

Road bike maintenance - tyres

by Hilary Stone

Check your tyre pressures every week. Tyres inflated to the correct tyre pressure will suffer from fewer punctures and have a longer life. Here's how.

Road bike maintenance - gears

Road bike maintenance - gears

by Hilary Stone

Allow about three hours to replace chain, cassette and cables and adjust, clean and lubricate the gears. Here's how.

Road bike maintenance - chainset & bottom bracket

Road bike maintenance - chainset & bottom bracket

by Hilary Stone

When buying a replacement bottom bracket make certain you either get an identical replacement or one with same length of axle on the right hand (chainwheel) side. Beware also, that some Italian frames have a different thread dimension and direction to the British standard.

Road bike maintenance - pedals

Road bike maintenance - pedals

by Hilary Stone

Allow about an hour and a half, though this varies from pedal to pedal. Hilary Stone talks you through the various processes involved.

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