Hot Mountain Biking How-Tos

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: 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: 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: Remove, install, and fix a flat tire on a mountain bike

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!

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: 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: 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: Install or remove the FSA Mega Exo system

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.

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: 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: Install or remove an Octalink-ISIS cartridge

This bike maintenance video features an experienced bicycle mechanic removing and installing an Octolink-ISIS cartridge from the bottom bracket of his mountain bike. You need some specialized tools if you're going to try this bit of mountain bike maintenance yourself, but doing so will save you time and money on going to the shop, so try it!

How To: Install tubeless tires on a mountain bike

Using a tubeless tire system on your mountain bike is a great idea. It decreases the number of parts on your bike that can brake, which is good news for any rider. This video features a professional bike mechanic installing a Stan's Tubeless system on a standard set of bike tires. There are other systems that you can use, but you'll have to find another video to learn how to do the install if you don't use Stan's.

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: Fix a loose bearing square taper

If you have a more old-fashioned mountain bike, you may be familiar with the loose bearing square taper system of bearings. This video features a professional mountain bike mechanic demonstrating the process of overhauling a loose bearing square taper, giving new life to that old bike that made you fall in love with mountain biking in the first place.

How To: Use a race belt to improve your triathlon

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.

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: Maintain your mountain bike properly

You can learn how to maintain your mountain bike for peak performance and you need the following: a bike-mounted tool bag, tire lever set, two replacement inner tubes, puncture repair kit, spare chain links, a chain splitter, a folding allen wrench and screwdriver set, and a spoke adjuster. You should also look and listen for signs of snagging and misalignment. Maintain your mountain bike properly.

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: Determine why your bike chain is skipping

If you bike chain is skipping, and you aren't sure why, you could have a worn-out cog issue. This is especially likely if you cogs are substantially older than your chains. This video will teach you how to assess your cogs for wear. which will help you determine whether you need new ones or need to take other steps to get your bike riding smoothly again.

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: Install the rear brake hose on your mountain bike

While the front brakes get all the love and attention, the back brakes of your mountain bike are nearly just as important and more difficult to install. You have to run the hose all the way across the bike without it getting in the way of your feet or any other parts of the bike! This video shows you how to install the rear brake hose properly, whether the bike has brake hose guides on it or not.

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: Adjust a rear low-normal derailleur

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!

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: 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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