Maintaining, Modifying, Outfitting, Storing & Riding Your Bike

Routine bike maintenance is within the grasp or anyone who has modest dexterity and tinkering skills. Every cyclist should know how to lube the drive train, change a punctured tube and inflate tires roadside, adjust brakes, check headset security, and a host of other tasks that keep us safe and our bikes happy. Moreover, few cyclists are satisfied with their bikes right off the showroom floor or out of the box. We make adjustments, add stuff, remove bits, and generally customize and personalize our steeds. The articles below should help answer some common questions and concerns about maintenance, modifications, outfitting, and storing your bike.

A Clean Bike is a Happy Bike

« Table of Contents »

Choosing a Bike and Making it Yours

In Your Shop: Stands, Tips, and Storage Ideas

Bike Tools for the Shop and for the Road

From Chuck Davis’ Workshop: A Pro’s Hints and Tips

Keeping a Clean Machine

Get a Grip on the Cockpit: Handlebars and Stems

Shifty Business: Mostly Bar-End Shifters

Rolling Along: Wheels, Tires, Tubes, and Fenders

Cranking On: Your Bike’s Drive Train

By the Seat of Your Pants: Saddles and Seatposts

Just for Kicks: One- and Two-Legged Kickstands

On the Rack: Hardware for Hauling Stuff

It’s in the Bag: Packs, Panniers, and Pouches for Hauling Stuff

Lighting the Way and Being Seen

Cyclometers, GPS Receivers, and Other Electronics

All About Bottles and Cages

Bells and Whistles for Safer Cycling

Dealing With Dogs

Crank Study - (c) Tamia Nelson - Verloren Hoop -

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