Category: Bike maintenance

Needs repairing

I recently discovered that one of my chain links had partly broken. Fortunately I spotted this whilst cleaning the bike, rather than on the road. Replacing the broken chain link with a new one is quite straightforward. Break the chain with a Chain Tool at the damaged link and take the chain off the bike. Once off the bike, remove the broken link. Add a new link. if you fitted your original chain, you should have spare links as you nearly…

remove and add chain links at will

At some point, all cyclists will need to remove their chain to either get at other parts such as the rear mech or to clean, mend or replace the chain. Some cyclists like to take a chain tool and spare links on rides too in case emergency repairs are needed. Like most chain tools, the Toepeak Universal Chain Tool is small enough to take on the road. As a link breaking tool and for inserting chain link pins it works really well…

New wheels

Checking and replacing wheel rims Wheel rims can last for years and thousands of miles of cycling. If you ride in the winter and/or over hilly terrain your rims will not last as long as riding flat dry roads. This is because the rim is the braking surface (like a car brake disk) and will eventually wear so thin that the rim can brake. In the winter, when you brake you are adding extra grit and salt to your breaking…

Chain Whip for less than a £10 Well, new chain whips are not very expensive, but it is possible to make one for virtually no cost what so ever. I brought mine before finding out how to make them. Mine also has a notch to remove my fixie lock-ring which most people won’t need. Chain whips can be made from surplus bar or heavy duty sheet and an old chain. Ideally a piece of flat bar with a rectangular profile…

Nearly free!

Headset press for less than £10 I cannot claim any credit for this tip, but have used it anc can voucu for it being 1. easy and 2. less than £10. In your local hardwars shop (I used Wickes) you need to buy: Threaded rod: pack of 2 m10 x 500m threaded rods for £3.99, Nuts: pack of 10x m10 nuts for £2.01 Washers: pack of 10x m10 x 50mm washers £1.43 Total £7.40 When inserting a new headset you…

Campagnolog Cassette Removal

Removing a Campagnolo cassette is straightforward, but really needs some specialist tools. The tools needed are not too expensive and should last a lifetime. Chainwhip Combined Chain Whip and Lockring Tool – £14.95 plus delivery from VeloSolo. I chose this one as it fits my Road Campagnolo cassette, my MTB Specalised cassette and my fixie lockring. Plus the handle is 40cm long so you can get loads of leverage. It is a solidly built tool. Cassette socket BBB Lockout Cassetter Lockring…

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