Bike Repair

In This Chapter ^ Looking at the different types of handlebars ^ Taping your handlebars ^ Inspecting your headset ^ Adjusting and overhauling your headset M n this chapter, we take a look at your bike’s steering system and this system’s most important component, the …

Taking Your Clothing up a Notch

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While clothing doesn’t qualify as a bike component, it is an important factor in improving your riding experience. Cycling shorts are made of stretch­able material that moves with you as ride your bike. Many biking shorts have panels of material to hold their shape and …

Getting Your Bearings

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Of the three major forces which work against you as a cyclist — air resis­tance, gravity, and friction — it’s friction that our tireless little friends the ball bearings are designed to overcome. Bearings are one part of the bike that has changed little over …

Ready to Roll!

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At this point, you should have a patched or replaced tube, a tire free of debris, and the enthusiasm of knowing that this pit stop is just about over. After you finish the final steps of putting the tire and tube back on the wheel, …

Just like other parts of a bike, a freewheel or cassette will eventually wear out and have to be replaced. You can identify a worn freewheel the same way you identify a worn chainring (see Chapter 10) — by the teeth. Here are some clues …

Storing your bike

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How you store your bike is an important factor in its maintenance. Protecting your bike from the elements should be the most important consideration in storing it. Even for short-term storage such as overnight or for a few days, you should try to bring it …

In a chef’s personal kitchen, some cooking tools (like knives or bowls) are multipurpose and can be used for a variety of recipes; other tools (like pastry bags or pasta machines) are very specialized. Unless those more special­ized tools are in the kitchen of someone …

Installingч brakes

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After you’ve reattached the brake pads, you’re ready to reinstall the brakes. To install cantilever brakes, follow these steps: 1. Apply a small amount of grease to the bosses, the frame post that the brake arms mount to. 2. Slide each brake arm onto a …

Tuning the suspension

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Although there are a number of ways to tune suspension, we’ll focus on one of the most basic adjustments — controlling the amount of sag (the amount of movement in the suspension when you’re sitting on your saddle). The amount of recommended sag for most …

In This Chapter ^ Looking at the length of the crank arm ^ Choosing the right gearing ^ Paying attention to all things saddle ^ Finding the right frame size ^ Handling handlebars Я n the course of maintaining and repairing your bike, you need …

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