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

How to adjust brake lever reach

Brake lever too far away from handlebars? If this is the case then fear not. Brake levers are often equipped with a reach adjust mechanism. This brings the lever closer or further from the handlebars. Find out how to adjust brake lever reach in this article. Common questions about how to adjust brake lever reach … Read more

How to adjust brake levers on a mountain bike

When mountain biking, braking is crucial for a safe and enjoyable ride. If your levers are not set up correctly you may not be able to utilise all your braking power. In this article you will discover how to adjust brake levers on a mountain bike so you can take the most out of your … Read more

Shimano part numbers explained

Have you ever had shimano part numbers explained to you? Each Shimano bike component comes with a unique part number. This not only helps us to define what kind of part it is but also what kind of cycling it is designed for, which generation it belongs to and if there are any variations within … Read more

Quick release skewer springs wrong way?

Quick release skewers are found on many modern bikes. If you’ve only ever had wheels with nuts, this can seem a bit confusing. The lever that releases the wheels goes through the axle. You may have noticed that there are two quick release skewer springs at the ends of the axle.  In this article we … Read more

Bike skewer installation

Sometimes a bike won’t have hexagonal nuts holding the wheels onto the frame. Instead there is a skewer that runs through the axle and this has a lever to hold the wheels in place. In this article we are going to look at bike skewer installation and help you to fit the skewers so that … Read more

How to remove rear bike wheel

Fitting a new tube? Changing your tyre? Putting on a new cassette? All of these jobs involve taking off your back wheel.  If you want to know how to remove rear bike wheel, this article will take you through the process. Tools required for bicycle rear wheel removal Cross head screwdriver. This is to loosen any handlebar … Read more

Deflated tyre – 5 methods to stop getting punctures

Deflated tyre is a common and a frustrating  occurrence for many cyclists. But is it possible to prevent it? In this article we are going to see how to stop bike wheel getting flat and discuss different puncture protection options. Finding the reason of a deflated tyre If you are getting constant punctures then first … Read more

Bike pedals replacement

How to replace old bike pedals

Bike pedals have to do a lot of work. They continually revolve when pedalling, take your weight when you’re standing up to cycle and are even being used when you freewheel. All this work means that they wear out, often before other components. In today’s article we are going to look at bike pedals replacement. … Read more