Hot Mountain Biking How-Tos

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: Cut and install SRAM Avid Juicy brakes on your bike

Being able to stop a mountain bike abruptly is crucial to your continued survival if you ride. SRAM Avid Juicy's are a popular type of high-performance mountain bike brakes. This video will teach you how to install and cut said brakes on your bike, as long as you have the proper tools. It features many safety tips for keeping your corrosive brake fluid from damaging all sorts of other things, from your bike's paint to your eyes.

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 an overhaul on a Shimano free hub

Bicycle equipment company Shimano is the father of the free hub. This video features a professional mountain bike mechanic walking you through the process for overhauling a Shimano free hub, ensuring that your wheels spin as freely as possible and that your rides will be as easy and fun as the terrain and your effort level will allow.

How To: Do an overhaul on a Mavic free wheel hub

Overhauling the wheel hubs on your bike is important to ensuring proper wheel spin. Proper wheel spin means you get more power out of your pedaling. This video features a professional bike mechanic explaining how to overhaul the free side of a Mavic wheel hub. Keeping the hub clean is vital to making your rides as fun and easy as possible, so don't skip it!

How To: Do an overhaul on a Mavic wheel hub

The wheel hub is the center of great wheel performance for your mountain bike. This video features a professional bicycle mechanic explaining the process for overhauling a Mavic wheel hub, installing a new bearing and cleaning all of the parts, ensuring clean spinning for your wheels and a smooth ride.

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: 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: Use a Cyclone tool to clean your bike chain

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.

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: 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: 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: 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: Clean and overhaul a Shimano bike pedal

Cleaning your pedals is an important part of regular bike maintenance, but annoyingly enough there is no one way to overhaul a pedal. Every bike maker builds their pedals differently. This video demonstrates how to disassemble, overhaul, and clean Shimano pedals so that they will be free-spinning and functional as the day that you got them.

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 V-Brakes on a mountain bike the complex way

V-brakes are just one of the may types of brakes that you can install on your mountain bike to keep yourself from flying off the side of the mountain. This video features a step-by-step demonstration of how to install v-brakes on your mountain bike. Bike maintenance is a chore, but get it done and get back out on the mountain safer than your were before!

Repair your mountain bike: Rear derailer

This video shows you everything you need to know to repair your mountain bikes rear derailer. From dismantling, to putting it back together, position the chain, cutting the chain, releasing the cable, and giving your bike the love it needs. This is an extensive, yet easy to follow tutorial to keep your bikes maintenance up to date for an enjoyable and easy ride. You can use these instructions for any kind of bike really, but in the video we see the mountain bike. So gear up for a fun ride.

How To: Fix a bicycle tire innertube

Lear how to replace your bike's inner tube! Remove wheel from bike. Quick release on front is easier. If you have wheel nuts you'll need some tools. Shift derailler to slack chain, then it's easy. Use a tire lever to take the outer tire. Feel along the tire to locate the puncture site.

How To: Replace the brake pads on your bicycle

Eventually when you get a couple of thousand miles on your bike, you'll find that you'll need to replace your brake pads. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to replace your brake pads on your bicycle. Most brake pads have grooves cut into them, this allows you to see how far the pads have worn away. When the grooves are gone, it's time to replace them. When you're going through this process, pay particular attention to how the parts come off the bicycle.

How To: Bunny hop onto any obstacle on a Trails bike

Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to bunny hop with your bicycle onto any obstacle. To perform this trick, you'll want to crack to the gears one or two rotations to gain sufficient speed. Then, shift your weight backwards until your front wheel is in a high position but relatively short so you don't fall off. Then jump; keep in mind that the front of your bike won't be any higher than it has been just yet. Next, lift up your bike with your arms onto the obstacle and spread...