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Why cars are not sustainable?

Why is the car not a sustainable mode of mass transport

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?

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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 more The best bicycle chain lubricant

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

Stack and reach - effective bicycle frame size

Updated: 09/09/2020. 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

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Right and left hand(ed) thread

left and right handed thread

Updated: 09/09/2020. 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

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Posting questions, or comments

Questions and comments for bikegremlin.com website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ profiles

Updated: 16/08/2020. 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

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Theory vs practice

Theory, or practise - what is more important?

Updated: 18/09/2020. 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. During my … Read more Theory vs practice

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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 more Kids’ bikes – why training wheels aren’t training

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Setting up comfortable riding position

Setting up a comfortable bicycle riding position

Updated: 09/09/2020. 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

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White arrow – vintage road bike project

Restauration and assembly of a retro (vintage) road bicycle

Updated: 09/09/2020. 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

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How to adjust bicycle handlebar angle and height

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

Updated: 09/09/2020. 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

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Buying (checking) a used bicycle

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

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