How to tighten bike chain

how to tighten bike chain

If the chain on your single speed or hub gear bike keeps falling off or if it feels loose then it may need to be tightened. The chain gets loose over time because it wears and stretches. In this guide we explain how to tighten bike chain correctly.  The bike chain can only be tightened if … Read more

BMX Bottom Bracket

bmx bottom bracket

The type of bottom bracket generally found in a BMX is often referred to as “one piece” or “Ashtabula”. One piece refers to the crank and axle as they are a single unit and Ashtabula refers to Ashtabula County in Ohio where the BMX bottom brackets were made along with other bicycle parts. Preparation Lift … Read more

How to build a bike

How to build a bike

If you have bought your bike online, then it will need to be put together. You will need some tools, time and patience.  Follow our guide on how to build a bike and you’ll be able to be riding that new bike and not just looking at a cardboard box. Tools required Bike stand- The … Read more

How to install caliper brakes on bicycle

How to install caliper brakes on bicycle

In this article we explain how to install caliper brakes on bicycle and answer some of our most frequently asked questions on caliper brakes. Many of us are used to seeing powerful “v” brakes and disc brakes on bicycles, so what bikes are fitted with the humble caliper brake and why?  Vintage bikes: Most bikes … Read more

Bike brake cable replacement

Bike brake cable replacement

Bicycle brakes are an integral part of a bike because they are what stops it from moving. If they don’t work properly, they will need to be fixed before you can safely use your bike again. A bike brake stops the bicycle from moving by jamming rubber (rim brakes) or metal and fibres (disc brakes) … Read more

How to replace a spoke

How to replace a spoke

Spokes are an integral part of a wheel, if they become faulty or damaged, they should be replaced. Learn how to replace a spoke from the Cycle Maintenance Experts. They cross over each other to create triangular patterns offering a strong, lightweight structure.  Depending on how many times one spoke crosses over or under is … Read more

Bike cassette replacement

bike cassette replacement

If you’ve removed your cassette to transfer it to a new or different wheel, clean it or work on the wheel you will need to refit it. Following on from our last guide where we explained bike cassette removal we have put together a tutorial on bike cassette replacement. Reasons for bike cassette replacement Removing it … Read more

How to wash a bike

How to wash a bike

Cleaning your bike regularly will prolong the life of the components. Frequent cleaning makes the process easier as dirt that is ingrained is harder to remove. In this blog post we explain how to wash a bike correctly.  Bikes are designed to be ridden in wet conditions, so you shouldn’t be afraid to wash them … Read more

How to size a bike

how to size a bike

Bicycles not only come in different types and models, but also in different sizes. In this blog we’re going to look at how to size a bike including what the sizes mean and how to choose the correct bike. A bike that is sized correctly will not only perform better, it will be more comfortable … Read more

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