Hot Bicycle How-Tos

How To: Remove the rear wheel from your bike

Don't know how to take that rear wheel off of your bike? Is the chain making things difficult? Check out this instructional cycling video that demonstrates how to remove your rear wheel if you have to change your bike tire or fix a flat. This is a VERY BASIC and non-technical tutorial for the absolute beginner who has never taken their rear-wheel off before. It will just make life easier. Sure, you can muddle through it your first time and curse the chain as to why it's being belligerent into...

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: Make Your Night Bike Glow in the Dark with Phosphorescent Paint

With gas prices constantly digging into your wallet, biking will always be a cheap and easy alternative for getting around—and it's a perfect way to get in a little exercise. But with the fall season about a week away, it is going to start getting dark a lot earlier and that ride home might be a little more dangerous. So to save yourself an unexpected trip to the ER, take a little time to make your bicycle impossible to overlook.

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...

How To: Make your own single speed or fixie bike crank

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a single speed bike crank. You will need: chain ring bolt tool, large screwdriver, Allen wrench, file, hacksaw, vise, and crank set with 2 ring. First, grab your chain ring bolts and cut about 3mm off of the end. If the nut moves while you are cutting it, adjust it. After this, put your chain ring on the inside of the crank arm to align the chain. When you are finished, you will have a single speed bike crank! This tool shouldn't take too long to create,...

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: 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: Reset a Mavic Wintech

This video tutorial is in the Sports category which will show you how to reset a Mavic Wintech. After you have installed the battery and you notice you have a blank screen, use the reset button inside the computer to reset it. This is not mentioned in the Mavic Wintech operating manual. For this, remove the battery and you will see a little compartment with a little silver button. It looks like a starter, but that is the reset button. Press the button with a sharp object and place the battery...

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...

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: 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: 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: Change a road bike tire during a trip

Jill and Bizzy show you how to fix a flat out on the road. You are lucky if you have a quick release for your back tire. Otherwise it can take a while to get the back inner tube off to either patch the flat or replace the inner tube. This is a great comprehensive video on quickly fixing a tire on the road.

How To: This DIY Arduino Bicycle Safety System Includes Turn Signals, Brake Lights, Strobe, and More!

As dedicated bicyclists are well aware, riding can be very dangerous. Now that daylights savings time has ended in the United States, darkness appears quicker, and the night is especially dangerous for cyclists because of the low visibility that drivers have. Not only is darkness a danger, but also fog, blizzards, and heavy rain—all wreaking havoc on the vision. To combat this, bikers attach reflectors: clear front reflectors, red rear reflectors, amber pedal reflectors, and clear side reflec...

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: Change a flat tubular tire

In this tutorial we learn how to change a flat tubular tire. First, grab your tools and remove the tire from the wheel. Do this by locating the stem and finding the spot across the other side from it. Once you have take this off entirely, you can move onto the next step. Once finished, replace the new tire back onto the wheel. Start with the same area and make sure to push the stem through the hole. Use your body weight to stretch the tire around. To finish this process, you will simply need ...

How To: Service a Mavic Freehub on your bicycle wheel

In this video, we learn how to service a Mavic Freehub on your bicycle wheel. To begin, disassemble which requires a 10 mm and 5 mm Allen wrench. Then, remove the end cap and use the wrenches to pry the nuts and bolts from the middle of the wheel. Remove the free hub after this, then set on a cloth to the side. After this, you can remove the spring and slide it out. After this, you will clean the parts off and then reinstall your parts back on the bike. Put them on how you removed them and th...

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: Adjust your front brakes

This video tutorial is in the Sports category which will show you how to adjust your front brakes on your bike. The brake pads are very adjustable. It has 360 degrees rotation which helps in installing it on the bike easily. First install the brake arms. Then loosen up the brake pad screw and lower it to bring it in line with the rim of the wheel. Now hold it in place and tighten the screw. Thereafter you can any vertical and horizontal adjustments. You can then repeat the same procedure for ...

How To: Overhaul a DT Freehub body

In this tutorial, we learn how to overhaul a DT freehub body. First, pop the freehub off with your hand and a rag. Use an axle clamp if this will not pop off with your hand. Now, remove the end cap, freehub body, spring, star ratchets, second spring, and spacer. Set these on a rag and then use another rag to clean each of the parts off. Make sure all grease is gone along with any sand or dirt. Then, use a DT grease on the ratchets with a light coat. After this, re-install the parts that you t...

How To: Adjust your headset

In this video, we learn how to adjust your head seat. You want to make sure the top of your stem is adjusted correctly and the spacers are adjusted correctly. Go in and tighten the top cap pole until it's just snug. Then, when you grab your bike and roll it forward, go in and tighten it some more. If it's too tight, it's going to bind up and you won't be able to turn your handle bars. Loosen them up as much as you can without them being too loose. From here, you will be able to ride your bike...

How To: Switch brake pads

In this video, we learn how to switch brake pads with Marc DiVall. You first want the side that is longer because that's the trailing side. The arrow should also be pointing to the left. If they are rear mounted, that means the brakes are on the wrong side. Go in and remove the mounting nut from the pad and line everything back up. Use your wide washer and spacers to shift around, which will allow your brake pad to rotate. Replace with the washers and then the bolt and then you can place thes...

How To: Sync your Powertap

In this video we learn how to sync your Powertap. First, go to your setup screen by pulling down mode and select and going through the find. Then, click clear and find your main menu. Use the select button to scroll until you get to the number 5. Hit mode and then your hub ID number can be entered in. From here, hold down the select button for two seconds until it starts to blink. Then your hub will start to become activated. If you have a wireless speed sensor do the same thing as well. This...

How To: Properly remove a freewheel

In this video we learn how to properly remove a freewheel with Sasha. First, remove the skewer and then put the end back on. Now, identify the proper tool to remove the free wheel. Use the type of remover for your wheel, then place it over the axle and slide it in. Then, take the skewer, replace it, and slide it in tightly. Now grab a wrench and turn it counter clockwise to take the freewheel off. Once you are finished, your freewheel will be removed and you can clean it or use it how you'd l...

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