Hot Bicycle How-Tos

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...

How To: Wrap handlebars

In this video we learn how to wrap handlebars. First, open up the tape and remove the adhesive. Place the tape on the bar and then tuck in one half as you work your way up the bar. The adhesive should be on the bars and there should be tension on them so they lay flat. Once you finish wrapping this, make sure they are tight and secure. Check your work to make sure you didn't leave any gaps and the curve is smooth. Don't pull too hard if you are working with cork tape, this will cause damage t...

How To: Ride with clipless pedals

In this video, we learn how to ride with clipless pedals. These are a great option to consider. The shoes and pedals work together so when you step on the pedal your foot clips into place. The benefits include a better foot to pedal control and it's safer because it gives you instant entry and release from the petal. To wear, put the shoes on and make sure you spin one petal to the bottom of the pedal. Now, step down onto the pedal until the you hear it clip into place. After this, start to r...

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: 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 bike tire with CO2

In this tutorial, we learn how to change a bike tire with CO2. First, you need to take the tire and wheel off of the bike. Then, release the air from the tire and then remove it from the wheel. After this, use a lever to remove the inner tube from the wheel as well. Replace this with a new tube and tire, then apply back onto the wheel of the rim. Line this up on the bike to place it back on, then screw all the parts back on. After this, tighten up your brackets and chain then you will be read...

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: Understand the parts of a mountain bike

In this video, we learn how to understand the parts of a mountain bike. First, grab your mountain bike and go to the front of it. The front starts with the handle bars, brake levers, shifter, cord, tire, rim, spokes, and brakes. In the back, there is: a crank, rig railer, front railer, frame, top and bottom tubes, head set, chain, and seat. Once you understand what all these are called and where they are, you will better understand how to ride the bike the best you can. You can completely cus...

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: Adjust a rear derailleur on a mountain bike

In this tutorial, we learn how to adjust a rear derailleur on a mountain bike. First, get on the bike and start to ride it like normal, except have it mounted into one place. Then, shift the front derailleur into middle gear and the rear derailleur to the smallest gear. After this, shift back gear up one gear while pedaling. If it hesitates going up to the next gear turn the barrel adjuster counterclockwise until it moves smoothly into gears. Do this again through each step until it shifts sm...

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: 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...

How To: Ride a bike with no handlebars

Being able to rid a bike without holding on to the handlebars allows you to do all sorts of useful things while on your bike and makes your look like a pro. Watch this video to learn how to do it easily and open up your biking life.

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: Perform four abdominal exercises for cyclists

If you are a beginner when it comes to bike riding and you're constantly finding yourself to be sore, then check out this next tutorial. In this video, you'll find out how to perform four basic abdominal exercises that will help get rid of soreness and imrpove your bike riding experience. Good luck and enjoy!

How To: Fix a flat bicycle tire

There's nothing like taking a nice, relaxing bike ride during anytime of the year. Not only do you feel more in touch with your surroundings, but you're able to burn some calories as well. But all the joy and happiness that it brings can quickly be sucked away by a flat tire.

How To: Change a bike tire with a quick release wheel

In this tutorial, we learn how to change a bike tire with a quick release wheel. First, put your chain down and release your brake. Now, take your wheel off and then pull the tire off. Now, take the tube off by using the tire lever and pushing away from you. Don't hurt your fingers on the spikes. After you pull the tubing off, put the new tire back onto the rim by rolling it on with your fingers. Place the tubing around the tire after this, and inflate it. Now, place the wheel back onto the b...

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 your bike's freehub body

If you've found out that your cassette cluster is loose or is getting stiff, it may be time to replace your freehub body. In order to do this you'll need to make sure you have all the right replacement parts and 10mm allen key.

How To: Properly true a wheel

If you're new to cycling and have no idea what truing is, then check out this tutorial. It's a procedure that is delicate and requires a good amount of time and patience. In order to do this you'll need a good stand, lighting, and a place where you'll enjoy working.

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: Replace bike pedals

Bike pedals are one of the most important aspects to a bike. If you don't have pedals, you'll have a very hard time moving. So if you have worn out or a missing bike pedals, this tutorial is going to help teach you how to replace them.

How To: Adjust your bicycle's front derailleur

For this next tutorial, you'll need to have set up your rear derailleur since you'll need to access all of the rear gears for this video. Like the rear derailleur, this can be a very painful and frustrating experience, but is very important to help extend the life of your bike.

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: Properly shift your bicycle's gears

With most of the bikes today, people tend to get confused on how exactly they should use their gears. Inexperienced or new bicycle riders can easily become confused with all the gears that are available. A bike that's being advertised as 21 speeds may be deceiving to some.

How To: Maintain proper etiquette when road biking in groups

Like most of life's great pleasures, riding bicycles becomes more fun when you do it with groups of people. For road bikers, however, riding in groups presents its own set of challenges. This video will give you some common-sense rules to bear in mind when road riding in groups that will keep you and your friends safe and having fun.

How To: Communicate during a bike ride

When you are riding with a group or in a trafficked area, communicating with the people around you is essential for keeping all of you safe. This videos will explain the importance of good communication for riders and show some commonly used hand signals that you can use to signal your fellow riders. These will help you avoid obstacles and have the most fun ride you can.

How To: Shift the gears on a road bike

The gears on your bike are crucial tools for allowing you to traverse multiple different types of inclines on the same ride. They allow you to make your pedals easier or harder to push, maximizing power and speed throughout your ride. This video will explain how the gears work and show to shift properly to ensure that you have the best ride you can.