Maintenance

Bicycle Hydraulic Disc Brake Maintenance

Hydraulic disc brakes use two metal-backed pads held in place by magnets and/or springs. Hydraulic actuated pistons inside the brake caliper push the metal-backed pads against a metal rotor that is attached to the bicycle’s hubs by either bolts (4, 5, or 6 bolt pattern) or a centerlock rotor system. Companies like Shimano, DT Swiss, […]

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9 Must Have Tools for the Advanced Bicycle Mechanic

In Thailand the number 9 is very auspicious for the reason that the pronunciation of the word is nearly identical to another word with connotations of ‘progress’ and ‘stepping forward.’ Is it any wonder that a bicycle mechanic must have the following 9 tools in order to complete his or her progression from beginner to […]

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11 Must Have Tools for Every Bicycle Mechanic

So you want to be a bicycle mechanic. BicycleThailand.com is here to help you recognize just what is needed  in order to complete your transformation into ‘Bicycle Repairman’. Far more than just a bottle of chain lube and a BFH is needed to get you successfully wrenching on your bicycle at home. This list of […]

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For God’s Sake Replace Your Cables!

Alright people, let’s talk about your bike and how it functions. Bicycles are wonderful, magical, delightfully simple, and fantastically complex machines of perfection. A model specimen of the fantastically complex component of bicycles – derailleurs. A perfect example of the delightfully simple element of bicycles – cables. Both the fantastically complex derailleurs and the delightfully […]

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Road Bike Tire Pressure

Having written about mountain bike tires last month I thought it only fitting to add my chart of road bicycle tire pressure settings here as well. Proper tire air pressure will increase the performance of any road bike. It’s the fastest, easiest, and cheapest tune-up/upgrade you can perform on your bike. Do yourself a favor […]

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Mountain Bike Tire Pressure

Mountain bike tire pressure is THE often-overlooked factor that could make a huge difference on your next off-road ride. It’s amazing how something as simple as air pressure can affect the performance of any mountain bike, whether it is a $5,000 full-suspension rig or a $300 dollar hardtail suited for beginners. The skinny on your […]

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Purchasing a Secondhand Bicycle

Bicycles are simple and reliable, but they must be properly maintained for safe operation. Here’s a simple checklist of things to consider before purchasing any secondhand bike. Frame/Fork: Paint chips are like beauty marks; they’re inevitable, and may add character to a bicycle. When purchasing a secondhand bicycle expect some dings and scratches. What you […]

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How To Adjust Your Suspension Fork

Bicycle suspension systems serve two purposes: they reduce impact to the rider from bumps and uneven surfaces, resulting in less rider fatigue, and they maintain better contact between the bicycle’s wheels and the ground, resulting in greater traction and control. The basic structure of different front forks is very similar but the position of adjustment […]

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Fixing a Broken Bicycle Chain

There are plenty of reasons why a bicycle chain may break; poor gear change, poor maintenance or just poor bad luck. With the right tools and knowledge it is possible to quickly fix the chain and be on your way. Most importantly, you need a chain tool. If your multi tool does not have one, […]

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Trail Repair Essentials

Whenever you’re out on your bike there’s always the chance that something can break or come loose. Do you have the right kit to get you home? Most riders carry a pump, a tire lever or two and a tube, but what if… Your chain breaks? Your handlebars come loose? Your saddle falls off the […]

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Trail Repairs: Punctures

Only the luckiest cyclist will go their entire cycle career without ever getting a puncture. The first puncture is something they live in fear of; will it happen during their morning commute? the middle of a race? or just mid Sunday ride? Having the knowledge of how to repair a puncture will mean you no […]

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Killing the Creak Part 2

Read Part 1 of this article. April’s maintenance article is the second part to last month’s “Killing the Creak” article, in which I outlined five areas of your bicycle that should be investigated if you are experiencing creaking and/or squeaking emanating from your bike. This month I will address another five areas that could be […]

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Killing the Creak Part 1

Having just spent the better part of a week working on a particularly creaky bicycle I felt obliged to dedicate my next few articles to helping those of you brave enough to attempt the arduous task of finding and killing the creak on your own bicycle. This first of two articles will discuss five areas […]

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