Welcome to Cycle Maintenance Academy

Cycle Maintenance Academy is a team of expert cycle mechanics and instructors from Manchester. We provide tips, tricks and guides to assist you in the maintenance of your bike.  If you are wanting to learn the basics about taking care of your bike you’re at the right place. Our approach is to share as much … Read more

Bicycle Inner Tubes

bicycle inner tubes

What is the purpose of bicycle inner tubes? An inner tube is basically a balloon with a valve. A standard tyre is not airtight, so bicycle inner tubes keep the air in your tyre. Currently the pneumatic system is the most energy efficient way to encase a wheel.  Quite a lot of bikes are now … Read more

How to clean electric bike

how to clean electric bike

Don’t be afraid to clean your electric bike, you won’t get electrocuted! Many of the parts can be cleaned like a non-electric bike. The electric parts are generally well- sealed, after all, they are designed to be ridden in all weathers.  However, it is important to be mindful when cleaning them because water can be … Read more

How To Change A Bike Tyre

how to change a bike tyre

Why do we need to change tyres? Tools required to change a bike tyre How to remove a bike tyre How to fit a bike tyre Is your tyre worn out? Have you treated yourself with more puncture protection? Either way, at some point you will need to remove the old tyre on your bicycle … Read more

How To Adjust Front Suspension On Mountain Bike

How To Adjust Front Suspension On Mountain Bike

Are you bottoming out, packing up or bobbing? If you are or if you don’t know what it means, you might like to read this article where we take a look at how to adjust front suspension on mountain bike. Adjustable front suspension means just that – it’s adjustable. To fully access the potential of … Read more

How To Adjust Rear Suspension On Mountain Bike

How To Adjust Rear Suspension On Mountain Bike

If you have a full suspension mountain bike. setting the front and rear suspension to suit you and your riding conditions will make a difference to your off-road capabilities. Today we will take a look at how to set up and how to adjust rear suspension on mountain bike.  To get the full advantage of … Read more

How to fix a broken bike chain

how to fix a broken bike chain

If your chain is broken and you are away from your destination, it is impossible to ride your bike. Where the chain is broken, you will need to remove the broken bits of link. Let’s take a look at how to fix a broken bike chain. Tools Needed Chain rivet extractor: This is designed to … Read more

How To Fit a Bike Seat

how to fit a bike seat

Bike seats, or saddles, sometimes need replacing, either because they are worn out or the rider wants a different one. Today we are going to find out how to fit a bike seat.  There are other versions on the market, but these are the three most common. Once you have identified your saddle clamp, you … Read more

How to Stop Bicycle Disc Brakes From Squeaking

how to stop bicycle disc brakes from squeaking

Most disc brake users have had issues with squeaking brakes. So, today we are going to look at how to stop bicycle disc brakes from squeaking, why it happens and what to do about it. Why do the disc brakes squeak? Contamination. This happens when brake pads and the disc rotors get in contact with … Read more

How to pump up a Presta valve

how to pump up a presta valve

While many of you may know how to pump up a bicycle tyre, some valves can be more difficult than others.  Before you can pump your tyres you will need to check which valve your bike has. There are two common valves, Presta and Schrader. In this case we are going to be explaining how to … Read more

How To Put Back Wheel On Bike

how to put back wheel on bike

Knowing how to replace a back wheel on a bike is a useful skill to have you use your bike regularly. You may need to change an inner tube or tyre and being able to replace the wheel is an important part of this. Cycle Maintenance Academy have put this guide together on how to … Read more