How to fix ghost shifting under load bicycles

I’ve spent about the last year trying to stop my Fuji Cross Comp from ghost shifting.  Every time I checked it on the stand it shifted perfectly.  Often, I would have rides that it shifted fine.  But most often I should shift and later when I put some power down, I’d get that loud shiftingContinue reading “How to fix ghost shifting under load bicycles”

How To Replace a bicycle rear derailleur hanger

Is your mountain bike not shifting well after a crash?  Can you see your derailleur is at a weird angle?  Does it look like this? There is an easy fix.  Most modern mountain bikes have a removeable derailleur hanger that saves the frame in the result of a crash.  I may have had a crashContinue reading “How To Replace a bicycle rear derailleur hanger”

How to change a mountain bike tire with an inner tube and V-brakes

Our very detailed step by step guide to changing a tire on a mountain bike that uses an inner tube and has v-brakes. Step 1 Open Brakes Open up the brakes so the tire can be removed. Step 2 Position Bike Now you can put your bike in a repair stand, or if you don’tContinue reading “How to change a mountain bike tire with an inner tube and V-brakes”

Cleaning Up Vintage Steel Bicycle Wheels

I recently purchased two 1974 Raleigh Sports bicycles that needed a lot of cleaning and a good refresh to get back on the road.  This involved cleaning up the steel wheels which were quite dirty and had bits of rust on them.  I wasn’t too sure how to go about cleaning these up, so IContinue reading “Cleaning Up Vintage Steel Bicycle Wheels”

How to straighten a bike wheel rim help

Bike wheels often develop a bit of a wobble that should be straightened out.  If the wobble is too big it will often drag a little on the brakes and slow you down.  While it might seem like a task for the professional mechanic, it’s not that hard.  You might think you need a fancyContinue reading “How to straighten a bike wheel rim help”

Bike build compatibility checklist and assembly order

Last year I decided I wanted to become a better bike mechanic and building a bike seemed like the best way.  So, I started buying all cheap parts I could find.  I learned a lot during the build, but it’s definitely more expensive than buying a used bike.  I made an error and bought aContinue reading “Bike build compatibility checklist and assembly order”

How To Properly Inflate Bike Tires

Proper bike tire inflation is more important than most people realize.  It can change your comfort and performance and may save you a flat tire or damaged rim.  Most people have probably inflated a bike tire at some point, but many probably haven’t done it right.  There is more to it than you might think,Continue reading “How To Properly Inflate Bike Tires”

How To Fix Bike Shifting Problems

Does your bike not want to shift?  Is it making weird clicking noises?  Does it shift slowly?  Chances are your bike needs some indexing.  Sometimes cables can stretch throwing off the shifting.  Or it could be the gnomes were messing with the adjustments on your bike.  Before you start, think about when your shifting startedContinue reading “How To Fix Bike Shifting Problems”