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Cyclocross Prep, Repair, and Maintenance Guide

Five ways to prep your ride for the muddy, gritty, and not-so-pretty cyclocross season. <i>—Tori Bortman</i>


Replace Derailleur Cables and Housing


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Replace Derailleur Cables and Housing


Ask Mike: Inflating Tubes, Hauling Groceries, and Multitools

Our resident wrench answers your repair questions<p><b>Why does my chain skip when I'm pedaling, but work fine in my workstand?</b><br>It shifts normally in the stand because there’s no load on the drivetrain as there is when you’re riding the bike. The likely ­reason it’s skipping is because it has stretched …

Bicycle Repair by the Numbers

Ten numerical tips to keep your bike running smoothly.<i>—Brian Fiske</i>


Your Bike Pedal Guide

Simple tips to buy, use, and maintain the mechanisms beneath your feet<p><b>Think Quality</b> <br>Most of us don’t need the priciest pedals. But when you spend even $50 more than the cheapest model available, you upgrade from lower-quality steel alloy to stainless or titanium, giving you a stronger pedal that’s …


101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Your guide to a longer cycling life—for your bicycle, your gear, even a few friendships<p>Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along …

Ask Mike: Lube, Clean-Up & Basic Tools

Our resident wrench answers your repair questions<p><b>Can I use the same lube for every job?</b>For simple moving parts such as a dry chain, a squeaky spring perch, or derailleur bushings, any light-viscosity oil will do. I like Dumonde Tech (the Lite formula is best for road bikes; use Original for …

Road Bikes

Know Your Rear Derailleur

Get acquainted with your derailleur for easier repairs and smoother shifts.<p>Few of us really appreciate how hardworking and integral the rear derailleur is until it stops functioning perfectly. Then you’re stuck with, at best, an imprecise and clattery ride. So the next time you climb with …


3 Simple Ways to Climb Better

Smart strategies to get you to the top faster than ever<p>One of the best climbers in the United States, Marti Shea, says she discovered her affinity for going uphill during her first bike trip out West, for an event called the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. “I had no idea about the distance or elevation …


The Subtle Art of Wheel Truing

Jude Kirstein has trued thousands of wheels since she started wrenching in 2004. The Portland, Oregon-based wheel builder admits it's a tricky process that requires finesse and endless patience. (Workshops at her studio on mastering the craft typically run two days.) Go ahead and set up your wheel …

The Basics of Shifting Bike Gears

With a little practice, changing bike gears can be as intuitive as pedaling. Here are six things to remember.<p><b>1. The Gears</b><br>Most bikes have two or three chainrings in the front and anywhere from 7 to 11 gears, or cogs, in the back. Moving the chain from the smallest rear cog to the largest eases your …


Best Hand Position and Year-Round Base Layers

All your ride quandaries, solved<p><b>Where should I hold the handlebars on descents?</b> it depends. When you slide your hands into the curved part of a road-bike handlebar (also known as the drops), your center of gravity is lower, so you may be more stable. You’re also more aerodynamic, a plus if you’re …

Mountain Biking

How to Wrap Handlebars

Bike Fit: How to Set Your Bike Seat Height

Boost comfort and power by dialing in the perfect seat position on your bike<p><b>STEP 1</b><p><b>Set cleats</b><br>Slip on your shoes, run masking tape along the instep, and mark it at the widest point of your foot. "Align the middle of the cleat with that line, or up to 2 centimeters behind it", says fitter Paraic …


Which Lube to Use on Your Bike

How to choose the right lube for every component<p><b>Drip It</b><p>For most riding conditions, use a bicycle-specific Teflon-based oil, such as Park Tool CL-1 or Finish Line DRY Teflon Lube, to lubricate pivot points—any part that moves—on brakes, derailleurs, and chain links. Don't forget springs and …

Road Bikes

Adjust a Rear Derailleur