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How To: Avoid cross-chaining

Active Expert Gale Bernhardt explains the problems with cross-chaining in this instructional cycling video. This is a common error for new cyclists and puts the chain in a lot of tension across the bike. Learn a few techniques to avoid cross chaining in this cycling tutorial video.

How To: Maintain your road bike

n this video series, let Mickey Denoncourt show you how to take care of road bikes. He shows you the important differences between a road bike and other bicycles. Mickey illustrates gear constructions of road bikes, and he offers advice for repairing and shifting these gears. Also, learn when to replace your bicycle tires as well. If long bike rides are your fancy, learn how to take care of your own road bike today!

How To: Adjust a rear derailleur using the limit screws

This video explains how to adjust a rear derailleur using the limit screws in a bicycle. There is a limit screw which has low and high gear. When the limit screw is turned in, the pulley moves inboard and when turned out, it moves the other way. The derailleur moves along with the inboard. When turned in, it travels with the inboard and holds the chain. Care should be taken not to turn much deeper as the derailleur might throw the chain off. The viewer will get some useful information upon wa...

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: Use hand signals on a bicycle

Watch this video tutorial to learn how to use hand signals on a bicycle. Bicycles don't come with turn signals and brake lights. Fortunately, there's already a universal language for indicating turns and stops on a bike.

How To: Slip stream while cycling

In this tutorial, we learn how to slip stream while cycling. The normal air flow around a single cyclist is broken at the front, then circles around the person and goes back to normal behind the person. While slip streaming behind another cyclist, your effort can be reduced up to 30%. To get the full effect, you will need to follow the other person very closely. You must be very careful and make sure you never hit their wheel. If there is a side wind, set to the side of the person by you so y...

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.

How To: Glue a tubular tire using Tufo rim tape

This video tutorial is in the Sports category where you will learn how to glue a tubular tire using Tufo rim tape. Gluing a tubular tire is very simple. You will need a tire, rim, Tufo rim tape, scissors and a pump. Stretch the tire with your foot and your hand as shown in the video and then inflate it. Take the Tufo rim tape, find the side labeled rim side, remove some protective foil and press the tape into the rim inching your way along the wheel. Leave a 2-3" tape unglued so that you can ...

How To: Remove a stuck freewheel

In this tutorial, we learn how to remove a stuck freewheel. First, take your crescent wheel and place it on the outside piece of the wheel axle. After this, use a wrench to remove the bolt that is around this, using a big push to help it get out of place. This should be pretty tight, but will come out eventually. Now, place a wrench in the vice and rotate the wheel counter clockwise. When this is finished, you can put the parts back onto the wheel. When finished, the parts should be free to t...

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: Ride a bike safely on the road

Over a half-million cyclists end up in emergency rooms each year. Lower that number by following some rules on how to stay safe while biking on the road. Learn how to ride a bike safely on the road. You will need a bike with working brakes, a helmet, a pair of bike gloves, sunglasses, and knowledge of traffic laws.

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: Change a flat clincher tire

Here we see how change a flat tire on a bicycle properly. The video says that once you understand the principles you should be able to do this in three minutes. With the tire off the frame of the bike, be sure all of the air is completely gone. Next is to take off one side of the tire, with some plastic pry tools made for bikes. With the bead of the tire over the rim you should be able to remove that tube with ease. Inflate the new tube just enough so it takes shape. The new tube goes into th...

How To: Build a hipster 'fixie' track bike

The first part is the trailer for a fixie feature from track bike legionnaires, MASH SF. The second is a video by Bre Pettis. This instructional DIY video shows you how to build a single speed fixed-gear or 'fixie' bicycle. Using old parts, build a bicycle effective for flat grounds. It looks like a lot of work, but if you have the tools, it should be relatively inexpensive. Learn aside Bre Pettis and Make Magazine.

News: Thieves Using GPS Apps

This is just a heads up that thieves are now using GPS fitness apps to target people. Thieves are using popular GPS fitness apps such as Strava to find out where you live where they will then come and steal your bikes.

How To: Fix a flat with a CO2 cartridge

In this tutorial, we learn how to fix a flat with a CO2 cartridge. Start out by grabbing the bag that is underneath your bag, which has everything you need to fix your flat tire. After this, take the wheel off and find out where the hole is located. There will be a hissing sound coming from this spot where the air is escaping. First you will remove the tube from the wheel, then replace it with a new one. Once you're finished, use a CO2 tube to fill the tire back up with air. Replace this back...

How To: Change a bicycle tire & replace the inner tube

In this tutorial, we learn how to change a bicycle tire & replace the inner tube. First, take the wheel off of the bike. Then, see if you can find any holes on the outside of the tire. Then, remove all air from the tire tube and remove 1 side of the tire using tire levers. After this, completely remove the inner tube and then inflate the tube and check for holes. Check the inside of the tire for sharp objects, then find out which way your tire should roll. Install one bead of tire back onto t...

How To: Fit a road bike

In this tutorial, we learn how to fit a road bike. This can be complicated, but it's vital for your cycling experience. First, you want to make sure you are comfortable no matter what. Pedal on the bike in the store to make sure you are comfortable on it. Now, you need to adjust the saddle height by seeing how far your leg goes down and how bent your knees are when the petal is at the bottom of the turn. After this, move the seat forward, back, or up and down. This will maximize your comfort ...

How To: Adjust cantilever brakes on a bicycle

It's time to address brakes in this next tutorial. In this video, you'll find out how to adjust cantilever style brakes. For this tutorial, you'll need a 5mm allen key, a 10 mm open-end wrench, a strip of sandpaper, and an optional cable puller.

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: Adjust the front derailleur on a bicycle

If you bike is shifting poorly, you may need to adjust your front derailleur. That's not good, because the front derailleur is not the easiest part of the bike to adjust. Fortunately, this video is here to help. It will show you how to adjust your front derailleur, restoring the smooth functionality of your transmission and ensuring that you continue to have good rides.