Hot Mountain Biking How-Tos

How To: Make a cheap bike light mount out of PVC pipe

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.

How To: Replace the gear cables on your mountain bike easily

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!

How To: Pop a wheelie on a mountain bike

Let's start with the bike: The most important thing on your bike, is your brake system, you will need the brake lever on your handle bars. When performing a wheelie, this will help you control speed and prevent you from falling on your butt. Your rear brake has to function properly or you will face the risk of falling.

How To: Adjust the front derailleur on a mountain bike

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.

How To: Do downhill mountain biking

In this series of extreme sports videos, our expert mountain biker will explain and demonstrate cornering techniques for downhill mountain biking. He will show you the proper body position and braking techniques for cruising down that hillside without having to interrupt your ride. Mickey Denoncourt shows you how to hit various types of corners, from flat and bermed corners to camber corners.

How To: Adjust cable tension, jockey wheel, derailleur hanger

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.

How To: Fine tune the gears on your mountain bike

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!

How To: Install a front derailleur on a bike

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.

How To: Install a Truvativ GXP external bearing crank

The external bearing crank is just one of the complicated, necessary parts of a modern mountain bike. This video demonstrates the overhauling and installation of a Truvativ GXP integrated spindle external bearing crank. Without this video or a mountain of bicycle maintenance experience, this would probably be way beyond the skills of most bikers, but now you can install this exciting part on your bike yourself and reap the benefits.

How To: Fix mechanical parts of a mountain bike

Sometimes things just go wrong with bikes. It is a mechanical device with moving parts after all so maintenance is needed regularly and in this video clip series some of the most common failings of mountain bikes is addressed. This includes the chain, the shifter and the derailleur. All of these things and more are addressed by, Mickey Denoncourt, our expert who has been working on bikes for years. Here he will walk you step by step through each adjustment and repair so you aren't just a ride...

How To: Illuminate a stiff link chain on the trail

Does the chain on your bike skip? One common reason for this to happen is stiff link chains. This video features a professional mountain bike mechanic demonstrating how to illuminate, or make loose, stiff link chains if you get caught with them out on the trail. If you don't do this, and your chain skips enough, it's going to come off and you are going to stack, so make sure your bike is maintained properly!

How To: Transition between swim and bike in a triathlon

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.

How To: Put new pads on a Hayes caliper brake

If you mountain bike, and are lucky enough to live somewhere that has enough water to support civilization without major civil engineering, then your brake pads are probably going to wear out a lot faster than your dry-climate comrades. Fortunately for you, this video features instructions for how to replace the pads of a Hayes caliper brake for a mountain bike.

How To: Clean a bike chain off the bike

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.

How To: Repair bicycles

In this bicycle repair how-to video series, learn how to repair your bicycle from expert David Lyell. David will show you how to repair front cantilever brakes, how to adjust bike U-brakes how to fix a loose headset on a bicycle, how to adjust the derailleurs on your bike.

How To: Adjust a Hayes sole brake

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.

How To: Remove XT or XTR chainring spiders from your crank

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.

How To: Fix a loose bearing on Shimano Octolink bottom bracket

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.

How To: Remove or install a cog set on your 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.

How To: Remove your bike chain using the master link

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.

How To: Replace the Pads on a Hayes Sole Brake

Hayes sole brakes are a very popular type of bike brake. Then, you probably already know that if you are watching this video. It features a professional mountain bike mechanic explaining how to quickly and easily replace the pads on your beloved Hayes brakes, ensuring a lack of fade while braking and making sure that your bike will stop when it has to every time.

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