Monday, February 05, 2007

Maintenance Video Responses and 'Bicycle Repairman'

Scroll down for Monty Python's "Bicycle Repairman video.

Big thanks to all the folks who responded with pointers for our first maintenance video on chain lubrication. We also really appreciate the ideas for future shows.

Buzz from Newton, MA, reminds beginners to avoid getting lubricant on tires or wheel rims. Good point, Buzz. It's a safety issue. Brakes and lube don't mix.

Jeff from Boston, MA, finds that he likes to remove the chain every 1 to 2 weeks. He finds that is the only way to get the grit out. Personally, I like to use a wax based lubricant that sheds the grit. The downside is that I have to refresh often during the rainy season.

Tom from BicycleXC in Crofton, MD asks for more tips for chain set up and maintenance for fixed gear bikes. Hey, Tom I know you have the camera and the know how. Any chance you can make us a video?

We had some great ideas for future shows including wheel truing, pre-ride safety check, and advanced topics such as repacking hubs. I plan to get to all of those ideas. Thanks again for your input especially from the folks at

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