Jun 20 2008

Maintaining, Modifying, Outfitting, Storing & Riding Your Bike

Time for new brakes

A bike is no different than a car — both require regular maintenance. But unlike the car, a lot of the routine maintenance and mechanical tasks to keep your bike in top shape are 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 things that keep us safe and our bikes happy. As I work on mechanical projects, I’ll add more tips from my own experience, so check back for more in the coming months.

There’s more. Few cyclists are satisfied with their bikes right off the showroom floor or out of the box. We like to make adjustments, add stuff, remove bits, and generally customize and personalize our steeds. That makes practical sense if you intend to use your bike for commuting, shopping, or touring. And there’s technique to consider. How do you use bar-end shifters? How do you handle riding on dirt roads? Or climb hills? The articles below should help answer some common questions and concerns.

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

Cleaning Your Bike

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

Lighting the Way and Being Seen

All About Bottles and Cages

Bells and Whistles for Safer Cycling

Dealing With Dogs

Cyclometers, GPS Receivers, and Other Electronics

On the Rack: Hardware for Hauling Stuff

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


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