A friend of ours Andreas over at London Cyclist has been hard at work perfecting his bike…
mountain bike maintenance
While I was enjoying a weekend away in New York City, my fellow riding friends back in…
There are dozens of different lube companies all competing to keep your chain for your mountain and…
Every bolt on your mountain bike has a specified torque setting. This torque setting insures that the bolts do not fall out of the frame through vibration, and it makes sure that you do not damage components by over tightening. In many cases (as in the pictures below), the torque settings are printed on your mountain bike frame or components.
I just moved into a new work area (she got a new house), so it is time to setup my man hole where all of the bike related activities take place. With multiple bikes making their way in and out of this area for review purposes…and my personal rides…there is a great need for something efficient and useable in the bike racking system arena.
For this entry in Weekend Wrenching, we are going to talk about tools. Every job can be made harder without the correct tools to do the job. Bicycle maintenance requires several specialized tools that will make your life much easier on and off the trail.
Bikes are clumsy to work on. You have to remove wheels and components that the bike requires to stand upright. You will also have specialized tools and stands that take up some room. With a dedicated area to work on bikes, you will be much more successful in your attempts to work on your bike correctly.
As I have said numerous times, every rider should have some working knowledge of their bike so they can perform routine maintenance and repairs. Many of these simple tasks may be the difference between walking and riding back to the trailhead. The problem lies in the delivery of this crucial information.
Until there are loads of money in the mountain biking blog business, I still have a real job. After a long, stressful day at the office I find that wrenching on the bike for awhile can really calm the nerves and center my thoughts. There are many different ways that people wind down after a long day, but this one works the best for me.
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