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  1. General Cycling Discussion
    Proper chain maintenance is easier than you think and will keep you bike shifting better while saving you money. No need for lasers or fancy jigs like Campagnolo uses here to quality control a newly minted chain. Photo by Campagnolo Editor's note: This article was originally published on...
  2. General Cycling Discussion
    Put a little grease on bolts and you'll be less likely to strip them down the road. Seized seatposts, saddle height woes, rounded bolt heads, missing internal cables, stuck pedals, parts in the wrong order, and trouble removing your back wheel. All of these are completely avoidable bike...
  3. General Cycling Discussion
    A clean bike is a happy bike. Dont let dirt, grit and grim build up (click to enlarge). It's a fact of life these days: Bikes are not cheap. So after you've plunked down your hard earned cash, best to look after your investment. Maximize lifespan with these tips...
  4. General Cycling Discussion
    One easy way to get your helmet clean is to take it into the shower with you after your ride (click to enlarge). Your helmet isn't likely at the top of the list when it comes to periodic cycling gear maintenance. But this most valuable of articles does need a little TLC once in a while. Check...
  5. General Cycling Discussion
    If the brake starts feeling spongy at the lever, it's probably time for a brake bleed (click to enlarge). Disc brakes are gaining increasing traction in the road bike world. But chances are at least some of you have little or no experience with their operation or maintenance. Here's a rundown...
  6. Components, Wrenching
    The Mountain washer power washer is a good on-the-go bike cleaning solution, if you need such a thing. The Lowdown: Mountainwasher Portable Bike Power Washer The versatile Mountainwasher Portable Power Washer provides consistent, medium-pressure cleaning power when you're far from a hose bib...
  7. General Cycling Discussion
    Re-grease your bottom bracket shell. One of the most common causes of unwanted noise while riding your bike comes from pedaling. Whether it's your pedals, cranks, bottom bracket or some other part of the drivetrain, it's often maddening to the point of ruining your ride. To avoid that malady...
  8. General Cycling Discussion
    Periodically check all the bolts on your bike, and make sure to not over or under tighten. A well maintained bike is a happy bike. Simple thing like cleaning your bike, keeping the chain well lubed, and keeping the proper amount of air in the tires are great ways to enhance your cycling...
  9. General Cycling Discussion
    With the increasing proliferation of super light alloy and carbon fiber parts on bikes, knowing how to properly use a torque wrench is critical. Under tighten bolts and your bike might fall apart at an inopportune time. But over tighten them and you could literally crack your frame. Watch this...
  10. General Cycling Discussion
    A clean bike is a happy bike. You hear it all the time. The no. 1 way to keep your bike running smooth and trouble free is simply to keep it clean. Drivetrains work better and last longer when they're sparkly, not speckled with grit and grime. Same goes for brakes and brake tracks. But what's...
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