Category: Bike Maintenance

Are you getting frequent flats on your bicycle?

I’ve seen all types of flats and the sometimes crazy reasons that cause them. I’ve even seen a flat caused by a bullet. Most flats are obvious, some are not, and sometimes you get stuck in the “frequent flat” routine. Let me first start by saying that under inflated tires are often the cause of […]

Thursday November 29th, 2012 in Bike Maintenance, Education, Equipment, Flat Tires, How To | 1 Comment »

The sad shape of the occasional cyclist’s bicycle

Having attended a small kids focused community bicycle event earlier today, I must express my disbelief at the sad shape of most of the bicycles at the event. The environment takes a heavy toll on disused bicycles. UV and heat degrade all the rubber, plastic and paint. As they’re haphazardly moved from place to place […]

What kind of bicycle tools do I need?

I see this question posed on various bicycle related sites on a regular basis. I have answered it more than once. Therefore, I decided to put together a document which provides a comprehensive listing of tools based on “must have”, “nice to have” and categorized by type of work needing to be performed. Bike Tool […]

Sunday July 10th, 2011 in Bike Maintenance, Bike Repair, Tools | No Comments »

Need a new bicycle chain? Check out this chain test data first.

Looks like there’s finally some controlled environment testing of bicycle chains for both longevity and stretch under load. Wipperman chains of Hagen, Germany contracted a company called Cantitoe Road to perform testing on a wide array of chains including their Connex chains. The details and test data can be found here at Cantitoe’s website. Looks […]

Tuesday May 31st, 2011 in Bike Maintenance, Bike Repair | No Comments »

Your used bicycle chain is worth about $250

An M5 bolt/screw is the most common size fastener on a bicycle. It’s used to fasten things like water bottle cages, racks, fenders, etc. Sometimes you need to put a little spacer in if your bolt is too long, or if your water bottle interferes with your front derailer clamp, and sometimes you need to […]

Tuesday April 12th, 2011 in Bike Maintenance, Free Stuff, Steel is Real | 2 Comments »

Whole Foods Austin installs DIY Bike Repair Stand

This news is making the rounds on bike blogs so I figure I’ll jump on it, too. Whole Foods’ flagship store in Austin has installed a DIY bike repair stand. It’s nice to see companies committed to bicycling.

Thursday February 24th, 2011 in Bike Infrastructure, Bike Maintenance | No Comments »

New bike parts? Torque the bolts!

I installed a new crankset on my mountain bike about 50 miles ago. Took it out for a ride this morning and not long into the ride began to hear a “kling kling kling” sound while pedaling. After a bit of looking whilst riding, noticed that the smallest chainring was hanging on by a single […]

Friday January 28th, 2011 in Bike Maintenance, Bike Repair | No Comments »

Building a cheap commuter bike

Commuting by bike has increased in recent years, and so has bike manufacturer offerings in the “commuter bike” category. If commuting by bike is something you’re interested in, you can get into it much cheaper than rushing out and buying a $600+ dollar commuter bike. How? Find a quality late 80′s to mid 90′s rigid […]

Random thoughts on bike maintenance

On bringing back gummed up trigger shifters from the dead. I used to apply Tri-flow liberally, let it sit, actuate the shifters and blow the Tri-flow out with an air compressor. MESSY! Usually had to repeat this process at least twice. Now using an ultrasonic cleaner with full strength Simple Green brings shifters back to […]

Sunday November 7th, 2010 in Bike Maintenance, Bike Repair, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Anti-seize, USE IT!

Tools you should never have to use on a bicycle: Mapp gas torches and chisels. I used both on Friday. The crank arms on this particular bike were seized onto the bottom bracket spindle. Seized on so well that using a crank arm extractor tool ended up stripping out the threads from the softer aluminum […]