The best bicycle chain lubricant

The best "oil" (lubricant) for bicycle chains

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 moreThe best bicycle chain lubricant

“Stack and reach” – effective size of a bicycle frame

Stack and reach - effective bicycle frame size

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

Right and left hand(ed) thread

left and right handed thread

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 moreRight and left hand(ed) thread

Kids’ bikes – why training wheels aren’t training

Why kids bicycle training wheels do more harm than good

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 moreKids’ bikes – why training wheels aren’t training

Setting up comfortable riding position

Setting up a comfortable bicycle riding position

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 moreSetting up comfortable riding position

How to adjust bicycle handlebar angle and height

How to adjust bicycle handlebar height and angle. Tools, instructions...

Updated: 16/11/2018. 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 moreHow to adjust bicycle handlebar angle and height

Buying (checking) a used bicycle

Buying a second-hand bicycle. How to check a second-hand bicycle before buying

Updated: 13/11/2018. 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 moreBuying (checking) a used bicycle

Which type of bicycle suits my needs?

Which type of bicycle best suits my needs?

Updated: 08/11/2018. There are plenty of different bicycle types. Explanation of 10 basic types can be found in this article: Bicycle types. Which type suits one best, depends on intended use of the bicycle. Answer the query below and it will give you recommended bicycle type for the planned way of using it: Query for bicycle choice … Read moreWhich type of bicycle suits my needs?

Bicycle groupset

Bicycle groupset (drivetrain)

Updated: 16/11/2018. Those into cycling must have heard, or read something like: “The bike comes with a full Ultegra groupset”. Or: “Fully Shimano Deore equipped bicycle”. This post will explain what a “bicycle groupset” is, what parts it consists of. Other, less common name for a bicycle groupset is “bicycle equipment”.   1. What is … Read moreBicycle groupset

Bicycle types

Bicycle types - what kinds of bicycles exist and which are the best for which use

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains what kinds (types) of bicycles exist and which is the best choice for which use. There are many “sub-types”, so this is just a short explanation of major distinctions and characteristics of each type. A query that can be answered in order to get a recommendation of bicycle type most suitable … Read moreBicycle types

Setting up riding position – bike fitting

Setting up a comfortable bicycle riding position - bike fitting

Updated: 08/11/2018. Unless a bicycle frame is by “three sizes” too big/small, it can usually be set to better suit a rider’s comfort. This post gives instructions for setting up a comfortable riding position, i.e. bicycle fitting. For a shorter, simpler explanation, more suitable for beginners, read the post: Setting up comfortable riding position. Contents: … Read moreSetting up riding position – bike fitting

Bicycle – how many speeds?

Bicycle - how many speeds is the best to have on a bicycle? How many different gearing ratios is needed for cycling?

Updated: 16/11/2018. There’s been a long trend of ever increasing number of speeds on bicycles. From single speeds, “tenspeeds”, over 18 speeds (bicycles with 3×6 chainring setups), to modern “1X” trends with only one front chainring and 10 to 12 rear chainrings (“sprockets”). This post will try to answer the question: how many speeds are … Read moreBicycle – how many speeds?

How to choose a correct bicycle frame size

Real (effective) bicycle frame size - how to choose a correct bicycle frame size

Updated: 16/11/2018. What is a correct, “real” (i.e. effective) bicycle frame size? How to measure it, tell which one will fit? While most other things can be “tweaked” to fit a rider, if a frame is too small, or too big (especially by more than “one size wrong”), it is very hard “fix” – since … Read moreHow to choose a correct bicycle frame size

The Best Bicycle Bearing Grease

What is the best bicycle bearing grease? Which type of grease to choose for bicycle bearings?

Updated: 27/01/2019. What is the best bicycle bearing grease? In this post, a recommendation for bicycle bearings grease will be given. For detailed explanation of various types of greases, as well as recommendation of grease for extreme riding conditions, look at this (long) post: Bicycle bearing greases – explained The mentioned (linked) post gives explanation … Read moreThe Best Bicycle Bearing Grease