Page dedicated to posting questions and giving answers to those questions – sort of an online consulting page if you like.
What to know, what to look (out) for when dealing with bicycle services and shops during peak season rush (Spring/early Summer).
How to store a bicycle indoors, whether in a house, flat, or a garage. Different methods of hanging a bicycle explained and shown.
Explanation of the difference between the terms “accurate” and “precise”.
How to mount backpack and/or panniers on a bicycle. A short description of a “patent” that has worked well for me.
I came across an article by chance, on a cycling website. The original article was printed in a French newspaper. Then copied and uploaded to be on-line by notanothercyclingforum.net. I think the article is very well written and should be preserved and shared, hence I’ve made a “local” copy on BikeGremlin as well. I generally … Read more Why cars are not sustainable?
My thoughts on the job of a bicycle mechanic. Inspired by a post on bikeforums.net, from a man asking about getting into the businsess.
Why is the website called Bike Gremlin (bikegremlin.com)?
Explanation of gear inch and other units for expressing bicycle drivetrain effective gear ratios.
Explanation why I use Amazon affiliate links and Amazon on-line shop for recommending products for buying over the Internet.
Updated: 16/11/2018. Often asked question (and debate) among cyclists, whether beginners, or experienced: “What is the best bicycle chain lube?” Short answer: chainsaw bar oil, diluted with diesel (or odourless mineral spirits) half-half. For those prepared to re-apply lube more often, even during one long ride, wax based lubricants are also an option. Chan that … Read more The best bicycle chain lubricant
Updated: 16/11/2018. Like it was explained in an earlier article about choosing a correct frame size, modern frame designs make it impossible to tell if a frame will fit a rider just by measuring the seat tube length. Quick and relatively simpler way for sizing, explained in the mentioned article, is measuring the effective top … Read more “Stack and reach” – effective size of a bicycle frame
Updated: 08/11/2018. Term “left handed thread” is often used in cycling literature and practise. This post explains the difference between (a more common) right handed and left handed thread. Before explaining the left handed thread, first the right handed one will be explained. 1. Right handed thread – “the rule of right thumb” Right … Read more Right and left hand(ed) thread
Updated: 11/06/2020. This post explains some basic “rules” for posting questions and/or comments on the website (same goes for the BikeGremlin Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter channels). 1. How to post a question? First try a website search – you can find the answers for most of the questions in one of the articles here. … Read more Posting questions, or comments
Updated: 08/11/2018. This fortnightly post will not deal with cycling riding technique or mechanics. It is time to say thanks to all the people that have, and still are helping to make and keep this site, as well as the whole Bike Gremlin “story” become and remain what it is – a place with good … Read more A thank you note for donations and help
Advantages and disadvantages of suspension elements (suspension forks, seatposts etc.) on bicycles.
Updated: 08/11/2018. Theory is when everything is known, but nothing works. Practice is when everything works, but no one knows why. In Bike Gremlin garage, we combine theory and practice: nothing works and no one knows why! 🙂 This post gives my personal opinion on theory and practice in terms of (bicycle) mechanics and engineering. … Read more Theory vs practice
Updated: 08/11/2018. Many parents, when buying a bike for the kids, make several mistakes. From wrong size and model of a bicycle (this will be addressed in separate posts), to the insisting on training wheels. This post will explain why training wheels are not good for learning to ride a bicycle and what is the … Read more Kids’ bikes – why training wheels aren’t training
Updated: 08/11/2018. This post will explain basic things about setting up a comfortable riding position. For a detailed explanation and for more experienced riders, take a look at this post: Setting up riding position. Riding position on any given bicycle can be altered to suit one’s needs and “size”. The way to do it is … Read more Setting up comfortable riding position
Updated: 08/11/2018. A colleague asked me to find her a road bicycle for up to around 200 euros. Since small sized frame 2nd hand bikes offer was very poor, it was decided to find a frame and components and assemble a nice fast bike. 🙂 1. Sourcing parts and preparations Suitable frame was found. … Read more White arrow – vintage road bike project
Updated: 22/03/2019. This post explains technique and tools needed to adjust bicycle handlebar height and angle. For explanation on how to optimally adjust bars and cockpit, read these two articles (one for MTB, the other for road bike bars): MTB bars setup Setting up road bike bars There are two standards of bars stem mounting. … Read more How to adjust bicycle handlebar angle and height
Updated: 16/11/2018. Correctly set up bars provide more comfortable ride and better control of the bicycle, as well as safer braking. Common error is setting up brake levers to be parallel to the ground. This article doesn’t address mechanical part of bar adjustment. Procedures and tools needed to change bar height and angle are explained … Read more MTB (flat) bars setup
Updated: 09/03/2019. This post explains how to check when buying a used bicycle. Tips for choosing which type of bicycle to buy can be found here: Which bicycle type suits my needs. Choosing a correct size: Real frame size. Choosing equipment class (Deore, Ultegra, SRAM, disc brakes etc): Which bicycle to buy. 1. General first impression Is … Read more Buying (checking) a used bicycle
Help when choosing a bicycle – answering the question “what (kind of) bicycle should I buy?”
Updated: 31/03/2019. Explanation of various hand positions and grips on the bars is in this post: Road bar hand positions In case no set up enables comfortable position, perhaps a bar with a different shape is needed. This post explains different road bar geometries: Road bar geometry This post addresses setting up drup bars (road … Read more Setting up drop bars