Bike Repair

You should give your chain a deeper cleaning at least once a month — more often depending on the conditions you ride in. With a deeper cleaning, you still leave the chain on the bike (see the preceding section) — the difference is, you first …

Overhauling your headset

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If adjustments don’t alleviate looseness or other issues with the headset, you may need to overhaul it. Headsets can take a lot of abuse, especially if you ride on challenging terrain or in bad weather, so an overhaul that replaces bearings and packs them in …

Making Sure You Don’t Get Derailed

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Anyone who has ridden a bike up a windy mountain pass or into a stiff head­wind appreciates the ease of shifting into the appropriate gear with a click or twist of a shifter. The mechanism that makes shifting a nearly effortless activ­ity is the derailleur. …

Hubba-Hubba: Working on the Hubs

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Hubs have to hold up under significant pressure and, over time, water, dirt, and grime work their way into the bearings and can cause this pressure to wear them out. The best solution for keeping them in good working order is to perform an overhaul …

“There’s a slight crack in your Јrame, but it’s hard to tell — what caused it—stress, proximity to vrater, or a combination oЈ both.” In this part. . . f you’re planning on overhauling your bike, replacing some of its components, or performing major repairs, …

Overhauling the headset

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Wear and tear will cause a headset to come loose over time, which may cause the steering to feel wobbly or the breaking to vibrate the bike. Looseness in the headset also causes the bearings inside the headset to be impacted each time you hit …

Replacing a broken spoke

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Wheels are amazing things: Even though they have rims that are suspended by, on average, 28 to 36 thin metal spokes, they can take a tremendous amount of punishment. A wheel gets its strength from the equal or balanced tension spread across its spokes. Remove …

Replacing brake cables

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Brake cables are a critical component of your braking system. You can have new brake pads, but if your brake cables give out, you won’t be able to stop your bike when you need to. Each time you give a hard squeeze to your brake …

In This Chapter ^ Understanding how derailleurs work ^ Removing, installing, and adjusting the rear and front derailleurs ^ Changing derailleur cables ^ Removing and installing the shifters 7 his chapter covers inspection, removal, installation, and adjustment of the shifting system, including the cable system, …

Focusing on Frame Dimensions

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If your local bike shop determines that you need a certain size frame, they’ll still need to have you sit on the bike to confirm that the frame’s dimensions suit your body type. Two 20-inch frames can vary significantly based on the dimensions in which …

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