How-To: Bike Maintenance and Gear
Fix a Flat
Whether you’re in your garage or on the trail, a flat tire shuts down a bike ride instantly. Here’s how to fix it and be back on the blacktop or singletrack.
Fix a Squeaky Disc Brake
If your disc brakes scream when you squeeze the levers, one of your rotors may have come out of alignment—a problem you can fix in a couple of minutes with an allen wrench. If you know how.
Fix a Skipping Bike Chain
Does your chain skip between gears when you pedal, phantom shift, shift twice instead of once, or refuse to shift when you need it to? Here's how to fix it.
Know When Your Mountain Bike Has Had It
I need a new bottom bracket for my old Titanium fre GT mountain bike. But, the old one is stuck so badly that the bike shop couldn't get it out and gave up.
» Learn How to Know When Your Mountain Bike's Had It
Bike With Beer
Sorrow follows the cyclist who rides with no brew. Turn your bicycle into a mobile suds superstation with this handy guide to outfitting your ride with a custom beer rack.
» Learn How to Bike With Beer
Clean Your Bike
There are already too many dangers awaiting cyclists on the open road without having to worry about rusty gears and sticky break lies. Keep your ride in top gear with this guide to cleaning.
» Learn How to Clean Your Bike
Set Your Shocks
Have you ever hopped on a mountain bike only to find you didn’t love the ride? The issue may not have been the bike, but that the shocks weren’t set correctly for your weight or the terrain. Properly adjusted shocks smooth out a teeth-chattering trail. With too much or too little pressure in your shocks, the ride can be clunky or unstable.
»Learn How to Set Your Shocks
Dress to Ride in Any Weather
Even the most experienced racers can be caught unawares by the weather. But in an emergency, the pros can DNF and hop into the team car. That’s not an option for the weekend warrior—you have to ride home.
» Learn How to Dress to Ride in Any Weather
Fix a Broken Spoke
You’re mashing uphill when a spoke on your wheel gives way with a sickening pop. It’s miles to the nearest bike shop and you need to get home. How do you ride on?
» Learn How to Fix a Broken Spoke
Determine Whether a Bike Frame Fits Your Body Size
The issue of sizing bicycles is so confusing that a lot of makers have abandoned using inches or centimeters and now just size them from small to extra large.
» Learn How to Know if a Bike Frame Fits Your Body Size
Stay Warm Without Extra Layers
You’re shivering on a ride and it looks like the gentle breeze will turn into a gale. You unfortunately forgot all your extra layers at the house. How do you stay warm?
» Learn How to Stay Warm Without Extra Layers
Keep Your Bike from Rusting Around Saltwater
I live near the ocean, and every part on my bike that isn't aluminum or titanium is rusting. Is there something that could help save my bike?
»Learn How to Keep Your Bike from Rusting Around Saltwater
Fix a Flat—With a Dollar
You joined a fast-paced group ride and are heading back home. Suddenly, you hear a hostile hiss of air flowing from a dime-sized gash in your tire and feel the rim dig into the pavement. The tire’s shot and you’re down to your last tube
» Learn How to Fix a Flat with a Dollar
Dry Cycling Shoes with Newspaper
ou’re on the first day of a weekend-long cycling trip, and your pack is caught unawares by an afternoon thunderstorm. You have a 60-mile ride tomorrow and don’t want to develop trench foot
» Learn How to Dry Cycling Shoes with Newspaper
Prevent Crippling Knee Pain
ou’re halfway through a ride, but your knees are killing you. You stop to stretch the sore joints, unsure you can make it home. Is there a way to relieve the pain?
» Learn How to Prevent Crippling Knee Pain
Pedal a Dropped Chain Into Action
You’re pedaling up a climb when your foot jars to a stop on the downstroke. The chain’s dropped and you’d prefer to eschew the humiliating and greasy task of stopping to wrestle it back on.
»Learn How to Pedal a Dropped Chain Into Action