Tuesday, April 24, 2007

How to Fix a Flat

Here is another great how-to video from Carlton Reid at QuickRelease.TV.

Fixing a flat can be a daunting task the first time especially if you are not mechanically inclined. Just remember to take your time and learn to do it yourself.

If you have someone more experienced nearby let them give you moral support but don't let them do it for you. When you find yourself miles from home you'll be glad you learned how fix flat and carried a patch kit and tire inflator.

If you use your bike to commute to work you should definatley consider puncture resistant kevlar tires. They are costly but so is showing up late for work.

Let me know if you have any tips or tricks regarding flat repair or preventing punctures.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Wheel Truing Maintenance Video

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By popular demand, Doug Moak runs through the basics of bicycle wheel truing and spoke adjustment. Thanks go to our sponsor River City Bicycles and Carl Jameson of Craftmaster Productions

Do you have any tips or stories on wheel truing? We'd love to hear 'em.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Cleaning and Lubing Maintenance Video

From cycling expert Carlton Reid comes a great video on bicycle cleaning and lubrication. Also, check out Reid's Podcast Cycling News and Views.

Also, stay tuned for more bike mainentance videos from Doug at River City Bicycles.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Brake Pad Maintenance Video

Part two in our bicycle maintenance video series sponsored by River City Bicycles covers Brake Pads. Doug Moak takes us step by step as he cleans and adjusts cantilever style brakes on a commuter bicycle.

We hope you find these videos helpful and will let us know what you would like to see next. As usual we are always interested in your video responses.


Monday, February 05, 2007

Maintenance Video Responses and 'Bicycle Repairman'

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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 bikeforums.net.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Maintenance Video - Chain Lubrication

You asked for it, you've got it... Bicycle maintenance videos. This week we discuss and show chain cleaning and lubrication. Please thank Doug Moak and our sponsor, River City Bicycles, for making it possible.

Next weeks topic is brake pads. If you have any topics you'd like to suggest please shoot us an email. We'd love to see your responses and any repair videos you might have in a video format.