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How To: Teach your child to ride a bike

In this tutorial, we learn how to teach your child how to ride a bike. Before you get them on the bike, make sure you pick a place that is fun and safe. Make sure there are no distractions and no traffic. Pavement is the best place to practice to ride a bike. Make sure the bike is ready for them before you teach them as well. When you teach them, place training wheels on and then when they are comfortable, take them off and start off with a slow ride. Let them walk and ride with the bike to s...

How To: Spruce Up Your Bicycle with This Wooden DIY Riser Handlebar

Looking for a way to make your bike stand out? You could light it up with LED rim lights or turn signals. Or if you're looking for something a little less flashy, you could make your own set of custom wooden handlebars like these by furniture designer David Moore. To actually make these wooden handlebars, you will need some woodworking tools, not to mention some actual woodworking skill, or at least the tools and some knowledge on bending and forming wood. In his video below, David shows exac...

How To: Cut spokes to build a bike wheel

Assemble tools and materials. You'll need a rim, a hub, and the proper length spokes and spoke nipples. You'll need a wheel truing stand, a spoke wrench, a flat screwdriver, and medium weight oil. A spoke tensiometer, a dishing tool and a nipple driver are optional. Place the rim in your lap with the valve stem hole directly across from you. Hold the hub in the middle of the rim with it axle vertical. These instructions assume you are building a front wheel 3x. Drop one spoke though every oth...

How To: Change Your Bicycle's Tire, Inspect for Damage, and Detect Hidden Problems

Many things cause a bike tire to deflate. Glass, sharp rocks, tacks, and nails can pierce the tire and puncture the tube within. A tube can be pinched between the rim and tire causing the tube to split when inflated. If a tire has a hole in it, the tube, which is filled with air pressure, will bulge out of the opening and pop. As well, the valve holding the air pressure in the tube can be damaged or faulty.

How To: Dish a rear bicycle wheel

In this video, Mike shows us how to dish a rear bicycle wheel. First, you need to measure the distance from the wheel to the hub and axle. Do this on both the non-drive and drive side. Set the dish on both sides, then find the gap from each of the side. Now you will know if the rim needs to be pulled more to one side. Loosen the non-dry spokes and tighten on the dry side spokes. Do this by loosening the non-dry a quarter turn each all the way around, then tighten the dry side a quarter turn e...

How To: Build a DIY bicycle basket

Moving cargo on bikes is not commonly done in America, but in the rest of the world people carry their whole lives on their bikes with ingenious storage methods. If your bike doesn't even have a basket, watch this video to learn how to make one yourself and make your bike much more practical.

How To: Fix squeaky bike brakes

If you're racing for time or taking a leisurely ride by the beach there's little that's more annoying than a squeaking sound every rotation of a wheel. Don't let a squeaky break ruin your biking fun when those brakes can be as good as new in no time.

How To: Set the correct seat height

Active Expert Gale Bernhardt explains the importance of seat height with this instructional cycling video. It's critical for you as a cyclist to have your bike fit to you. Setting the seat height just right has minimal motion, or quiet hips. A seat height that is correct for you minimizes injury and maximizes power output on the bike. So learn how to set the correct seat height on your bike with this cycling tutorial video.

How To: Understand the parts of a road bike

Jim, from The Bike Tube, describes the parts of a bike so that you understand the parts of a road bike. He starts at the back of the bike and goes through every part of the bike so that you know the names of these parts and where they are located on the bike. Learning the parts is the first step in learning how to care for each functioning part of a bike. From the front wheel to the back wheel, all major bike parts are covered.

How To: Calculate your bike's chain length

If it's time for a new bike chain, you'll need to figure out how to determine how much length your bike will need for the chain. It's pretty easy to determine and can take around five minutes to help figure out what you need. So check out the tutorial, pay attention, and enjoy! Calculate your bike's chain length.

How To: Remove a crank arm with a square taper

In this how-to video, you will learn how to remove a crank arm with a square taper on a bicycle. You will need a crank puller. You will also need two sockets (14mm and 9/16"), a quarter, a socket wrench, and a screwdriver. Use the quarter as a screwdriver to pull off the cover. You can use the screwdriver in case that does not work. Take the 14mm socket, place it in the socket wrench, and twist off the bolt. Take the crank puller and screw it on one end. Twist the lever until the crank is loo...

How To: Change a mountain bike tire

In this video, we learn how to change a mountain bike tire. Start by shifting the rear cassette to the smallest gear. Then, remove quick release and remove the wheel. After this, remove the tire with tire levers or strong fingers, then check inside the tire rim for foreign objects. Inflate the new tube slightly, then put the tire in. Put both of these inside the rim, then inflate the tire to the correct PSI. After this, install the wheel on the bike and then tighten quick release. Do the fina...

How To: Replace cotterless crank arms

This next video is going to show you how to remove and install square-spindled crank arms. The tools you'll be needing for this project include either an 8 mm allen key or 14 mm socket wrench, crank puller, 16mm open-end wrench and an adjustable wrench.

How To: Install brakes, shifters, and grips

In this video, we learn how to install brakes, shifters, and grips. You will need: Allen keys, grease, a knife, and a grip to do this. First, attack the brakes onto the handles, then the shifter and the bolts. Make sure to grease the bolts before you place them onto the handles. Do this on both sides of the bike. Make sure you have everything on the correct sides, then slide the grip in. Customize the grip so it's the right length and cut it with the knife to do this. Once finished, connect a...

How To: Change a bicycle tire

Bike got a flat? Fear not, this how-to video can save the day! If you're tire is always low on air no matter how often you pump in air, or if the tread is worn down, it might be time for a tire change. Watch this video bike repair tutorial and learn how to change a bicycle tire.

How To: Shorten a brake hose on a bicycle

This how-to video demonstrates the process of shortening a bike's brake hose or cable. You will need a driver, an 8mm spanner, brake fluid, a 4mm allen key, a small flat (chisel tip) screwdriver, long nose pliers, hose cutters, bleed pipe, tissue, and old pads or wood block to be used as a pad spacer. Shortening the hoses on a new brake is real simple, and don't worry, the pistons won't pop out. Watch this video bike repair tutorial and learn how to shorten the brake hose on a bicycle. Shorte...

How To: Ride a unicycle

In this video series, watch as professional circus performer teaches how to ride a unicycle. Learn how to mount a unicycle, how to rock back and forth, how to go around in a circle, and how to jump on a unicycle.

How To: Set up cyclocross bikes

In this video series, our expert will demonstrate how to set up and adjust a cyclocross bike. You will learn expert tips on cyclocross racing while also getting easy to follow instructions how to best adjust your cyclocross bicycle. Our expert will demonstrate how to set up and adjust your cyclocross bike handlebars, seat height and brakes.

How To: Change a tire on a folding bike

In this tutorial, we learn how to change a tire on a folding bike. First, you need to know how the bike goes together so you can take the tire off correctly. Once you have taken the tire off of the rim of the bike, you can discard with it. You can use either strong fingers or a wheel lever to help you take the wheel off if it's difficult. Next, you will need to slightly inflate the tire and add on the rim to the tire. Once it's on, you will need to inflate it and then place on the bike! Now y...

A Restaurant on Two Wheels: The DIY Taco Bike

Serious Eats' latest Meet and Eat features Todd Barricklow, creator of the Taco Bike, an eco-friendly alternative to the fast growing food truck industry. The 200+ pound bike is equipped with a propane tank, three sectioned griddle, water tank, heat exchanger, wash sink, wastewater hold, ice holder and sectioned food area, trash can, napkin holder, table, money drop, chopping boards and more.

How To: Change a tire on a Dutch bike

This video shows you how to change a bicycle tire with your bare hands. First, he shows you how to get the tire out. Use the valve cap to let all the air out of the tire tube and then loosen the bead all the way around. Eventually you can just pop the tube off then inspect and patch it. Then you put the tire back on and pump some air into it. Make sure the tire looks like it's seating properly. That is how you change a bicycle tire.

How To: Install a seat post

This is a video tutorial in the Sports category where you are going to learn how to install a seat post on your bike. This is pretty easy. But, it's important that you get proper measurements for the inside and the outside diameter of the tube using a caliper. Now find the correct seat post and the seat clamp. Fix the clamp on the tube. Put generous amount of grease on the bottom part of the seat post and on the inside part of the tube and slide the seat post inside the tube. There is a minim...

News: Who Needs Spokes? I'd Take a Hubless Bicycle

The Gumby bike. The invisible steering bike. The spokeless bike. All kinda bizarre. All kinda awesome. Designed by Luke Douglas as an entry for the James Dyson Awards, the Lunartic Cycle boasts a toothed belt drive and hubless rear wheel. I want one. Previously, The Invisible-Steering Bicycle.