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

Compatibility [08] Mechanical brakes

Compatibility of mechanical (i.e. non-hydraulic, but cable actuated) bicycle brakes. Which brakes can be combined with which

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post will explain mechanical bicycle brake compatibility (i.e. brakes with cable actuation, not hydraulic) of both calipers and levers. Hydraulic brakes will be explained in a separate article. For explanation of terms like amount of lever cable pull and mechanical advantage, look at this article: Mechanical brakes – working principle. 1. Amount of cable … Read moreCompatibility [08] Mechanical brakes

Compatibility [07] Rear shifters

Bicycle rear shifter compatibility

Updated: 16/11/2018. Rear shifters are of course used to shift gears at the back – that is to control the rear derailleur (RD in the future) which then moves the chain from one rear sprocket to the other. In this post, first there will be a short explanation of difference between friction and indexed shifters, … Read moreCompatibility [07] Rear shifters

Compatibility [06] Front shifters

Bicycle front shifter compatibility. With which front derailleurs (FD-s) do which shifters work

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains bicycle front shifter compatibility, i.e. which shifters can be mixed with which front derailleurs, chains and chainrings. Front shifter lever is used to control the front derailleur, that is to change gears in the front. There are numerous designs of various manufacturers. However, for compatibility considerations, the only important factor … Read moreCompatibility [06] Front shifters

Compatibility [05] Front derailleurs

Bicycle front derailleur compatibility. Which FD can work with which shifter, crank (chainrings), frame mounts, chains...

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains bicycle front derailleur compatibility of various makes and models. For a detailed explanation of front derailleur (FD in the rest of this post) mounting systems, cable routing and capacity, read this article: Front derailleur. FDs differ in several categories (they are all explained with pictures in above linked FD article): Mounting: braze … Read moreCompatibility [05] Front derailleurs

Compatibility [04] Rear derailleurs

Bicycle rear derailleur compatibility - which rear shifters, cassettes and chains can it be combined with

Updated: 27/01/2019. This post explains bicycle rear derailleur compatibility, i.e. what derailleurs can work with which number of rear sprockets (cassettes) and which rear shifters. For explanation of other rear derailleur functioning and limitations, such as chain wrap capacity, read this article: Rear derailleur. Basic terms and what to pay attention to Most modern bicycles have … Read moreCompatibility [04] Rear derailleurs

Compatibility [03] Rear hubs

Compatibility of bicycle rear hubs - which can accept what kinds of sprockets (cassettes)

Updated: 21/05/2019. Note: this article explains compatibility in terms of rear sprocket mounting and proper gear shifting. For other important facts about rear hubs, read the following articles: Rear hub Freewheel vs Freehub Compatibility categories will be sorted by number of rear sprockets. It is important to note that there are three major rear freehub standards – a) … Read moreCompatibility [03] Rear hubs

Compatibility [02] Cassettes

Compatibility of bicycle cassettes (rear sprockets) - which shifters and derailleurs can they be combined with

Updated: 16/11/2018. Related article: Speeds – rear sprockets. This post will explain bicycle cassette compatibility i.e. what cassettes can be mixed with which rear shifters/derailleurs. For compatibility with various chains, see: Chain compatibility post. Overview of compatibility and possible combinations will be given according to the number of sprockets. From old 6 sprocket standard, to the newest … Read moreCompatibility [02] Cassettes

Compatibility [01] Chains

Bicycle chain compatibility - which chains can be combined with which cassettes (sprockets)

Updated: 16/11/2018. This post explains bicycle chains compatibility – which chains can be combined with which number of “speeds”. First basic facts about chain will be explained. Then compatibility and possible mixing will be given per number of speeds a chain is designed for. From one to 12 speeds.   Basic bicycle chains facts All … Read moreCompatibility [01] Chains

Compatibility [00] Intro – what combines with what

Compatibility - combining various different bicycle parts. What can be combined with what, so that it works fine

Updated: 16/11/2018. This is the first in a series of posts, explaining: combining various different bicycle parts – what can be combined with what, so that it works fine. There are various standards for bicycle parts. 6, 10, or 11 sprockets at the back, road, MTB shifters etc. There are also different manufacturers’ standards. When replacing … Read moreCompatibility [00] Intro – what combines with what

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

Bicycle tyre sizing and dimension standards

Bicycle tyre size - ISO, ETRTO dimension standards. BSD rim dimension - which tyre size fits which rim

Updated: 16/11/2018. What do size marks on bicycle tyre package mean, how to “read” them, which bicycle tyre size can fit a given rim? This post answers all those questions, providing an easy, uniform, standardized way to tell a tyre (tube and rim) size using ISO (ETRTO) standards. For detailed tube sizing gude, see: Bicycle … Read moreBicycle tyre sizing and dimension standards