Names of bicycle parts

names of bicycle parts

Every part on a bicycle has a name. Some names of bicycle parts will be familiar and are used regularly in speech. Wheels, tyres and brakes for example.  Other words are used in different contexts such as cassette, flip-flop and dropout. Some words will be totally new to everyone except for the most ardent cyclist … Read more

Correct height for bike seat and handlebars

Correct height for bike seat and handlebars

Today we are looking at the correct height for bike seat and handlebars. Having your saddle and handlebars set at the wrong height can make your bike uncomfortable, inefficient and off putting. A saddle that is too low can cause knee strain and a saddle too high can cause hip pain. If the handlebars aren’t … 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 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 stop bike brakes from squeaking

how to stop bike brakes from squeaking

Do your brakes squeal like a pig when you apply them? Maybe you’re wondering If you can stop it. In this article we are going to be discussing the reasons behind squeaky brakes and more importantly how to stop bike brakes from squeaking. What are the main causes of squeaky brakes? There are a number … Read more

Bike Disc Brake, Hydraulic or Cable?

bike disc brake

Here at Cycle Maintenance Academy we get lots of questions about bicycle maintenance and one of the main things we get asked about is disk brakes. Understanding basic cycle maintenance is a useful skill to have, not to mention the fact it can save you a lot of money. When it comes to bike tyres … Read more

Bike Valves- Everything You Need To Know

bike valves

Bike Valves are a cycling essential that can be found in high pressure road bikes and some mountain bicycle’s inner tubes. The purpose of the valve is to control the amount of air in an inner tube. Today we are going to discuss all things bike valves from why they exist, what they do and … Read more