Cleaning bike drivetrain

Cleaning bike drivetrain

Cleaning the drivetrain is an important part of maintaining your bicycle. This is because a dirty transmission rides less efficiently as dirt collects around the sprockets, chain and derailleurs which can compromise their function. Another reason why cleaning bike drivetrain is important is that the components will last longer when clean as dirt mixes with … Read more

How to oil a bike chain

How to oil a bike chain

Knowing how to oil a bike chain is a useful skill and is important to keep the transmission running smoothly. In this blog post we are going to talk you through the following: Why do we need to lubricate a bicycle chain? What is a chain and how is it made? What should I use … 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

How to put a front wheel on a bike

how to put a front wheel on a bike

Hopefully refitting the front wheel will be straight forward, but sometimes it just doesn’t seem to want to go in. This is particularly frustrating if you had no problems removing it! Fortunately, Cycle Maintenance Academy is here to show you how to put a front wheel on a bike with whatever brakes or wheel fastenings … Read more

How to pump bike tyres

How to pump bike tyres

Knowing how to pump bike tyres is an excellent skill to have when it comes to cycle maintenance, but this begs the question ‘why do we need to pump our tyres’? Cycling on under inflated tyres makes the tyre rubber “stick” to the road and slows you down.  This could be an advantage on muddy … Read more

How to use gears on a bike

How to use gears on a bike

Gears are designed to make pedalling comfortable in different circumstances. As you ride and practise changing gear, you will be able to find a pedalling speed that works for you and as you go uphill or find yourself with a tail wind, you will be able to change your gear to help you maintain that … 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

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 to fit a new one. Find out how to change a bike tyre this easily and effectively with our step by step guide. Why do we … 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