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Bike Repair and Maintenance

Bike Repair and Maintenance

Over 80 fully photographed, step-by-step procedures for maintaining, fixing and upgrading road and mountain bikes

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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2 min.
welcome

There are few simple pleasures as enjoyable as riding a bicycle that almost effortlessly and silently glides along, free from annoying squeaks, creaks and grinds. Unfortunately, actually riding your bike exposes it to weather, grime and wear, so keeping it in tip-top condition takes varying degrees of knowledge, skill and time. One solution is to entrust your bike to the mechanics at your local bike shop. However, workshop costs can quickly mount up. The other way to look after your steed is to do it yourself of course, which is where this mag comes in. If you’re reading this, the chances are that you are the sort of person who wants to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain your own bicycle, or perhaps you’re looking to add new skills…

8 min.
workshop safety

BEGINNER £100 to £200 for tools and equipment Gloves Mask Goggles Pointed drift punch Bench vice Torque wrench WORKSHOP WISDOM The trusty old b en ch vice ca n b e invaluable when you’re wanting to achieve good ergonomics and nee d to r eally pu t some force into loosening a tight component. The added leverage and upright position enable you to stay in complete control all the time. Ok, we know you can’t wait to get stuck in with the spanners, tuning your bike up from a squeaky shopper into a slick speed machine to turn the eye of the most extravagantly equipped pro. Or at least make it a less squeaky shopping bike! Before you start though, take in these tips on how to fix things without ‘fixing’ yourself good and proper, or repairing one bit of your…

7 min.
what not to do!

BEGINNER £12 for grease and oil Spoke key Grease Oil 3, 4, 5mm Allen keys Chain tool/measuring tool Pressure gauge/pump Torque wrench Pedal spanner We all know that before you start playing around with your bike you should have a ‘to do’ list in your head. This should cover what to fettle, how to work safely and which tools to use. But a list of things not to do is just as important when it comes to getting the job done properly. Here are the 10 things you should try to seriously avoid doing. They’re arranged in no particular order but succumbing to any one of them could put your or (even worse!) your beloved machine out of action for some time, so respect them! This guide should help you stay out of trouble as a do-it-yourselfer. But to boost your…

5 min.
basic pre-ride safety checks

10 mins BEGINNER Free Track pump Digital tyre pressure gauge Torque wrench (optional) Spoke key 3mm Allen key 4mm Allen key T25 Torx key Phillips screwdriver WORKSHOP WISDOM Tyre pressure really affects how your bike rides. As a rule of thumb on an MTB, run the lowest pressure you can get away with without puncturing or the tyre squirming on the rim. This will give you the most grip and allow the tyre to absorb trail irregularities – it’s a myth that higher pressures are faster. Optimum pressure will depend on your weight, riding style, the terrain and tyre choice. Buy a digital gauge for quick and accurate readings. Start with 25psi front and 28psi rear, and work from there. Hit the trails and see how low you can get away with. Stop when you notice your tyres rolling when cornering or…

5 min.
smooth shifting

BEGINNER 20 mins 5mm Allen key and pliers. If the adjuster is at the limit you might need a 5mm Allen key to loosen the inner cable clamp and draw the cable tight using a pairof pliers. Otherwise, this is a job for your fingers only. 14mm hex socket and bar, or appropriate size Allen key for the crank bolts. When your gears are mis-shifting then it’s almost certainly time to take a look at your gear indexing – the relationship between one click of the shifting lever and the distance moved by the front or rear mech. A correctly adjusted set-up will mean your chain can pass smoothly from one cog to another. Not knowing what bike you have, here are the three most common adjustments associated with gear systems from Campagnolo, Shimano…

6 min.
setting up a transmission

EXPERIENCED 15-30 mins £10 upwards for a new chain if needed Phillips screwdriver Pliers or third hand tool 3mm and 5mm Allen keys Chain tool and lube WORKSHOP WISDOM It’s possible to set up your me chs with the chain in place. If you want to do this, you can either split it or undo the mech’s cage split clamp using a screwdriver and slip the chain out. Rest it on the bottom bracket shell. At the rear, remove the jockey wheels using a 3mm Allen key. Then slip the chain out of the cage before replacing the jockey wheels and reassembling the mech cage. If you’re still having problems after setting up your drivetrain, or if the chain is rubbing excessively on the front mech, the mech cage might be damaged, or it may not be parallel…