Maintenance

  • How to: change your bike wheels for winter

    Posted in on 5th December 2018.

    Winter is officially here, but so are we with a ‘how to’ on changing bike tyres. Everything you need to know is below. You’re welcome! First, remove your front wheel To do this, you need to open the front brake calliper’s quick release, you can usually allocate this where the cable enters the brake. Follow by flipping the wheel’s quick release lever and unscrew the nut that is at the other end, until the wheel is loose enough to come of...

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  • Winter Tyres for Road Bikes

    Posted in on 22nd November 2018.

      Winter is dawning on us and the last thing you want to do is fix a puncture in the snow. We’ve put together some of our favourite road bike tyres that won’t fail you this winter. What to consider Make sure that the winter tyres you’re looking for have a deep tread, this helps squeeze water from under the tyre. Check that the winter tyres have a protective sheet under the tread to help prevent sharp objects from puncturing the inner ...

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  • How to Measure a Bearing for your Bike

    Posted in on 14th November 2018.

    What is a bearing? A bearing is used to reduce friction between two surfaces. You can find bearings in the front or rear hub in your wheels, inside the bottom bracket where the axle is connected to the cranks and in the frame where your headset sits. All these are applicable to either mountain bikes or road bikes. There are different types of bearings such as cartridge bearings, loose ball bearings, roller bearings and needle bearings: Cartrid...

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  • Best Bike Lights for Cycling in Autumn and Winter

    Posted in on 31st October 2018.

      The clocks have gone back which means it’s only going to get colder and darker from here onwards! It is by law that all cyclists must have a front white light and rear red light when cycling in the dark, not to mention the obvious that it is dangerous to ride without them. Picking the right lights will help you be seen by others and will help you see what’s ahead – it is also suggested that a beam is used in the daytime too to assist...

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  • Gear Mech Hanger 429

    Posted in on 24th October 2018.

    What is a Derailleur Hanger? Derailleur hangers are also known as gear mech hangers, rear mech hangers, hanger dropouts, mountain bike hangers, road bike hangers, mech hangers and cast hangers. These bike components are small pieces of metal that are designed to bend or snap to protect the frame of a bike. They are usually attached to the rear frame of a bike, near the derailleur. Carrying a spare mech hanger is always strongly recommended as the...

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  • Technology that Can Save You in a Cycling Emergency

    Posted in on 18th October 2018.

      Not many people know how to prepare themselves in case they encounter a cycling emergency. This blog post has some useful tips and advice to assist you on what to carry and what to do in case you find yourself in a cycling emergency. Handy Cycling Tools Live Tracking Apps – These handy little apps capture your location, so people know where you are. Map My Tracks is an effective app that tracks cycling, sailing, running, canoeing, walk...

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  • Mech Hanger 428

    Posted in on 9th October 2018.

    What Is a Mech Hanger? A mech hanger is a small piece of metal that is designed to bend or snap to protect the frame of a bike. Mech hangers are also known as derailleur hangers, rear mech hangers, hanger dropouts, mountain bike hangers, road bike hangers and cast hangers. They are usually attached to the rear derailleur. Carrying a spare hanger dropout is always strongly recommended as these can break at any given time, whether you are close to ...

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  • Derailleur Hanger Alignment

    Posted in on 4th October 2018.

    The aim of this blog post is to assist bike owners, home bike mechanics and shop bike mechanics on how to adjust their derailleur hangers. Didn’t know derailleur hanger alignment was a thing? Don’t worry, we’ll talk you through it step by step and let you know all the equipment you’ll need. A bent derailleur hanger will result in poor shifting performance. A bent derailleur hanger will be the result of the bike that has fallen over on the...

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  • Derailleur Hanger 427

    Posted in on 26th September 2018.

    What Is A Derailleur Hanger? A derailleur hanger is a small piece of metal that is designed to bend or snap to protect the frame of a bike. Derailleur hangers are also known as mech hangers, rear mech hangers, hanger dropouts, mountain bike hangers and road bike hangers. They are usually attached to the rear frame of a bike, near the derailleur. Carrying a spare derailleur hanger is always strongly recommended as these can break at any given time...

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  • Derailleur Hanger 426

    Posted in on 12th September 2018.

    A derailleur hanger is a small piece of metal that is designed to bend or snap to protect the frame of a bike. Derailleur hangers are also known as mech hangers, rear mech hangers, hanger dropouts, mountain bike hangers, road bike hangers and cast hangers. They are usually attached to the rear frame of a bike, near the derailleur. Carrying a spare cast hanger is always strongly recommended as these can break at any given time, whether you are c...

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