Adjusting the rear derailleur on a bike is an important way to fine-tune your bike's shifting performance, but is complicated and can vary in method and effectiveness depending on the brand of derailleur. This video features instructions on how to adjust a low-normal rear derailleur using the adjustment screws.
Most rear derailleurs are high-normal, which means that they default the chain to high gear. Shimano derailleurs, however, are low-normal, defaulting to the lowest gear on the bike. This video details how to adjust a low-normal derailleur into normal cable tension. This works very differently than on a normal bike, so make sure you pay attention!
If you need to perform some regular maintenance work on your mountain bike, this video may help. In this tutorial, you'll find out how to replace the gear cables on a mountain bike. It can be difficult to do and requires some time, but with this tutorial things may get just a bit easier. So if you need to replace your bike's gear cables because they're worn or damaged, then check out this video. Enjoy!
If you need to replace the spokes on your rear wheel, change the gearing, replace certain parts, or just clean it, this video is going to show you how to do just that.
If you own a mountain bike that is equipped with v-brake or cantilever brakes, this tutorial might be useful. Don't pay an arm and a leg to get your biked fix, instead do it yourself.
The Hayes sole brake is a type of sophisticated brake that has only one break pad instead of two. It thus requires different techniques to adjust it, and this video demonstrates that technique so that you can do it yourself if you are lucky enough to have a mountain bike so equipped.
In this clip, learn how to make a fast, cheap and super easy mount for your your bicycle to display safety lights. Wearing bike lights at night will help you stay safe in the dark and if you want to avoid the cost of getting lights custom fitted, this hack is perfect for you. All you will need is some PVC pipe and some grip tape (like the kind used for tennis rackets). Follow along and get started. This mount is flexible and fits most standard lights or flashlights.
Hydraulic brakes are the new kid in town in the world of bike brakes, but their simplicity and functionality make them a good choice if you want to upgrade your brakes. This video features a professional bike mechanic explaining how to overhaul a Hayes caliper brake and reset the piston on it.
Taking the chain off of you bike for cleaning is an arduous task, especially since you usually don't explicitly have to do it. It just seems like a good idea. That's because it is. This video features a professional bike mechanic detailing the process of removing a bike chain using a master link in preparation for cleaning. Most modern chains have a master link, so you should be able to do this yourself.
This video tech tip shows you how to measure and install a new bicycle chain.
The cable that connects your rear derailleur to the shifters on your bike may seem too long, delicate, and complex to fix yourself. You may be right, but if you have some bike maintenance experience and want to try then this video is for you. It walks you through the whole process of replacing the cable in your rear derailleur. It is a long process, and elaborate, but will dramatically improve your shifting performance if your cable is old and worn.
Removing the spider from your mountain bike crank is an important part of the cleaning process, allowing you to get at areas on the crank that you never would be able to otherwise. This video features a demonstration of how to do this for XT or XTR chainring spiders. For those who refuse to compromise while cleaning their own bike, this video is a must.
If your mountain bike chain keeps falling off, there may be numerous problems that are going on. In this next video tutorial, you'll find out one solution for making sure that your gears are fine tuned and that your chain won't keep falling off. It's not too hard to perform and makes your bike ride more enjoyable. Good luck and enjoy!
The FSA Mega Exo is a sophisticated integrated spindle external bearing crank. Like most elaborate bike products, it has several of its own quirks that make installing it different than installing any other similar product, like the Truvativ GXP. This video demonstrates the installation of the FSA Mega Exo system, listing all of the tools your will need and the step that you have to perform to integrate this high-performance part into your biking life.
Performing regular maintenance on your bike is something that should be done to help extend the life. Not doing so can result in pieces working improperly, falling off, or lead to injury.
The p knuckle of the rear derailleur is a small part that regulates the tension of the chain running over the derailleur. This video features a professional bike mechanic installing the p knuckle into a rear derailleur during an overhaul of the derailleur. This is an important piece of maintenance even for new equipment, so take note!
The tires on a bike are very important when it comes to it working properly. No tires, then there's no chance of you being able to move. In this three part tutorial, you'll find out some helpful information on how a tire works, how to install and remove the tires, and of course how to fix a flat. It's easy to follow and should make life easier for you and your wallet. Enjoy!
THere are many parts of the rear derailleur on a mountain or road bike that need frequent adjustment to function properly and give you proper performance on your rides. This video will teach you how to adjust the cable tension, the jockey wheel, and the hanger of the derailleur, ensuring that the whole system is functioning smoothly and that your bike will work as well as possible.
Ellsworth's Pua Sawicki offers tips on how to ride your mountain bike uphill efficiently.
One of the big responsibilities when owning a car, bike, or anything is making sure that it is taken well care of. Bicycle's, just like cars, need their parts to be well taken care of using the right tools.
If you've ever installed a rear derailleur, you know how hard that is. You probably also know how relatively easy it is to install a front derailleur. If you don't, watch this video. It explains how to quickly and easily install a front derailleur on your bike, keeping your chain straight and ensuring good shifting performance for you bike.
The cog sets are the iconic pieces of the bike on the wheels with all their delicate layers of gears. This video features detailed instructions from a professional bike mechanic on how to install or remove a cog set on a mountain bike. This is useful if you want to clean your cog set or have purchased a new one that you would like to install.
Unlike rear derailleurs, which are very complicated and come in at least two very different styles, front derailleurs are pretty standard across manufacturers. That means you only have to watch this one video to learn how to adjust them! It features a professional mountain bike mechanic walking you through the adjustment process. This ensures proper shifting and chain flow, which will keep you on the bike and riding smoothly.
Cleaning your bike chain is an arduous but necessary part of regular bike maintenance. The Cyclone chain cleaner, or any of its competitors, make the process a lot easier to do without taking the chain off the bike. This video features a professional bike mechanic demonstrating how to use one such product effectively, saving you time.
Having a clean bike chain is vital to the proper performance of you bike, mountain, road, or BMX. This video features a professional bike mechanic walking you through the process of cleaning your chain when you have it taken off of the bike. He recommends a modern biodegreaser, but if you want to give your work some old-school flair you can use diesel fuel like the old European pro teams. The environment will hate you for it, but it works.
If you are unlucky enough to have a bike whose setup does not features a self-extracting crank, then this video is for you! It shoes you how to remove a non-self extracting crank properly as part of you normal bike maintenance. Never envy the self extracting crank kids again after you learn how to take off you non-self extracting crank yourself easily.
This video will help you perform a rather elaborate piece of bicycle maintenance, overhauling and fixing a loose bearing in a Shimano Octolink pipe spindle bottom bracket. It is a long, complicated process that requires some specialized bike maintenance tools, but if you have these and are ready to increase the amount of maintenance that you are performing on your bike yourself, this video will walk you through the process in great detail and at a manageable pace.
In the old days, you needed a crank puller to get the crank off of your bike. This video demonstrates how to remove modern self-extracting cranks, that do not require a crank puller to remove, from a square tapered bracket. This is a fairly complicated piece of maintenance, so if you're new to biking you may want to leave this to the professionals.
Check out this video and learn an easy way to make your bicycle sound like a motorcycle with just a plastic bottle.
Sometimes the frame size on a bike isn't listed for whatever reason. Learn how you can accurately measure the frame size of a bike. It's easy so long as you can recognize the seat tube and the crank.
The frame size of a mountain bike plays a large role in how effectively you will be able to ride it, and it doesn't translate readily into common measurements like weight. Watch this video to learn how to determine what frame size is right for you.
If you're an urban bike rider, you're probably all too familiar with how hard it is to find a safe, convenient place to store the bike. This video offers one solution, constructing a bike rack on the ceiling in your apartment. It looks cool, and at least it won't get stolen this way.
In this video, we learn how to find the right bike and bike fight. First, you need to think about what you are using the bike for, then look at the bikes that are included in that category. After this, you need to test out different bikes to see what type of size works best for you. Once you test out a bike that closely fits you, you can fine tune the bike to fit your body exactly. Once you get on your bike, you need to get your position down correctly and make sure your hands are in the corr...
One of the most important pieces of a mountain bike, or any bike for that matter, is the bicycle chain. Without the chain, you can't move your bike and that's a problem.
If you've never performed any maintenance on your bike, it may be long overdue. This not only will help with the life of your bike, but prevent any injury from occuring.
In this tutorial, we learn how to bleed a Shimano break system. First make sure the reservoir is leveled and then take the cover off. Make sure you use mineral oil to clean the top, then rubber band a hose onto the bag. Now take a Shimano spacer and release the fluid by squeezing the lever. When the fluid level has dropped down, fill it back up. When you bleed remember to completely remove the pads, as recommended by Shimano. Replace the pads with the spacer when you are doing this, then you ...
Whether you ride horses, motorcycles, or bicycles in a triathlon, packing your saddlebag properly is crucial. This video focuses on the latter, offering tips for what to bring with you in your saddlebag during the biking stage of a triathlon. The upshot: bring a flat tire repair kit and practice using it before the race. You won't regret it.
Switching stages during a triathlon can be a hectic and time-wasting experience for many racers. It need not be so. This video will teach you a couple of easy ways to save time during your transition from swim to bike, the first of the two in the race. By storing your equipment properly you can save yourself a lot of time and worry and have a more enjoyable, successful race.
Triathlons are a lot of work, and making sure that you have the proper clothing will keep you functioning properly throughout the race. This video offers tips for what to wear during each stage of the race, and how to get the gear ready before you race. The moral of the story is: the less you have to think about your gear the day of a race, the better off you are.
If you're ever done a big race before, then you've probably had to deal with attaching a paper number to your chest with safety pins. In a triathlon, where you are going to have to change clothes multiple times, having to keep unpinning and repinning that number can cost you valuable time and effort. This video will show you how a race belt can simplify the process, making switching your numbers location a breeze, even across multiple outfits.