Approach to bicycle servicing

First steps (approach) when servicing a bicycle

Updated: 08/11/2018. This post is about approaching a bicycle that needs repairs, or regular maintenance. Perhaps it sounds a bit absurd – “what’s the big deal in how to approach a bicycle?”, but in the remainder of this post, I’ll explain what’s the “catch”. Contents: 0. Introduction 1. Talking to the client …1.1. Listening …1.2. … Read moreApproach to bicycle servicing

Headsets [02] Important fork, head tube and headset dimensions

Important dimensions of head tube, steerer tube and headsed bearings

Updated: 16/11/2018. In a previous post headset construction was explained and important parts were noted. That post can be read here: Names of bicycle fork, head tube and headset parts. Part names defined in that post will be used here. This post will explain what needs to be measured when changing, or buying new bearings, or a … Read moreHeadsets [02] Important fork, head tube and headset dimensions

Roller wear effect on chain to chainring engagement

Effect of bicycle chain roller wear on chain's engagement with chainrings

Updated: 16/11/2018. In a previous post “Bicycle chain wear (elongation)” it was explained how chain wear happens and affects chain’s performance. There it was mentioned that roller wear doesn’t affect chain’s performance. The only thing that affects performance is chain’s elongation (change of pitch) – i.e. inner plates to pin contact area wear. The goal … Read moreRoller wear effect on chain to chainring engagement

Bicycle chain wear (elongation)

Bicycle chain wear ("stretching")

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post will explain how exactly a bicycle chain gets worn and what happens with it as it wears. First things explained will be the chain construction and chain pitch so that explanation of chain wear can more easily be understood. A separate post explains how to measure wear and when to replace … Read moreBicycle chain wear (elongation)

Fork crown race removal

How to remove a bicycle fork crown race

Updated: 16/11/2018. When replacing headset (i.e. fork, or steerer bearings), removing fork crown race (fork cone) can be problematic. Especially if the fork crown is wider than the race, so it can’t be punched off from the bottom. This post will explain the short and simple procedure and note the needed toos.   1. Tools … Read moreFork crown race removal

Cantilever brake adjustment

Adjustment (set up) of cantilever bicycle brakes

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains cantilever brake adjustment. 0. Intro Cantilever brakes are unjustly considered to be poor brakes by many cyclists, compared to V-brakes for example. They do have their flaws, but low braking power is not one of those, it is mostly due to poor pad/rim material, and (more often) due to poor … Read moreCantilever brake adjustment

Bicycle hub overhaul

Bicycle wheel hub overhaul (service)

Updated: 25/03/2019. Good quality bicycle wheel hub can last for ages, if serviced regularly and properly. This article explains how to service a hub properly, that is how to do a full bicycle hub overhaul. Hub used in this tutorial is a front one. Rear hub overhaul is the same with only one difference: for … Read moreBicycle hub overhaul

Removing rear bicycle sprockets

How to remove cassette from a bicycle wheel - instructions with a list of tools

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains the tools needed and the proper procedure of removing rear sprockets of rear wheels that have them.  🙂   Tools needed will be listed after the preparation procedures are explained, for reasons that will become apparent after reading paragraphs preceding the tool list. Contents: 1. Removing the wheel 2. Determining whether … Read moreRemoving rear bicycle sprockets

Patching a punctured bicycle tyre tube

Patching a punctured bicycle tyre tube

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains how to patch a bicycle tube. If needed, read posts on how to remove wheels and how to take tyres off and tubes out. Finally, here’s a post explaining mounting tyres and tubes onto a rim. 1. Inflate (removed) tube to see where the puncture is If a puncture can’t be … Read morePatching a punctured bicycle tyre tube

Removing a tyre and tube

Removing bicycle tyre and tube

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains how to remove a bicycle tyre and tube, with step-by-step instructions. How to start: First a wheel needs to be taken off. Instructions how to do that can be found in this post: How to remove a wheel. This article explains different types of tube valves: BIcycle tyre tubes. After that … Read moreRemoving a tyre and tube

How to remove a bicycle wheel

How to remove a bicycle wheel. Step-by-step instructions, tools needed.

Updated: 16/11/2018. Knowing how to remove a bicycle wheel is useful in case a puncture needs to be fixed, or if a tyre, rear sprockets, or wheel itself need replacing.  This post will explain procedure for rear wheel removal and mounting. For removing the front wheel, procedure is the same, there is just no messing with the … Read moreHow to remove a bicycle wheel

When to replace the chain on a bicycle?

When to replace a worn bicycle chain

Updated: 27/04/2019. This post explains when to replace a bicycle chain. For a detailed explanation of what exactly happens when a chain gets used and worn, look at this post: Bicycle chain wear (elongation) Contents:1. Chain design2. Chain wear – elongation3. When is the time to replace the chain on a bicycle?4. How to measure … Read moreWhen to replace the chain on a bicycle?

Chain length sizing for bicycles with derailleurs

Optimal chain length for bicycles with a derailleur (multi-geared bicycles)

Updated: 16/11/2018. It is often asked: what is an optimal chain length for a bicycle with derailleurs? Should a new chain be shortened and how much? That is answered in this post. For single speed bicycles (or bikes with internal gear hubs), see: Determining optimal single speed chain length.   1. Bicycle drive chain length … Read moreChain length sizing for bicycles with derailleurs

Determining single speed chain length

How to determine an optimal chain length for single speed bicycles (bicycles with only one chainring at the front and back)

Updated: 16/11/2018. How to determine an optimal single speed chain length? Why is it important? When explaining this, it is important to note that it goes for all the bicycles with only one chainring at the front and at the back, including bicycles with gear hubs (that have multiple gears built inside the rear hub … Read moreDetermining single speed chain length