Bicycle Spokes Explained

bicycle spokes

Bicycle Spokes play a crucial role in a wheel. Because they do such a good job, spokes are often ignored, until, that is, they start failing. This causes the wheel to lose strength and integrity and eventually your bike can become unrideable. What are bicycle spokes? Bicycle spokes are the thin rods that radiate from … 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

Bicycle Inner Tubes

bicycle inner tubes

What are bicycle inner tubes made of? Latex inner tubes –  Latex is a natural rubber that is lighter weight than butyl and more expensive. The tubes are very elastic and lightweight and they are used to reduce rolling resistance. However, they lose air quicker than butyl tubes and usually can’t be repaired once they … 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 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

Bike Tyre Pressure Explained

bike tyre pressure

When it comes to bike tyre pressure, the bottom line is that air is being lost constantly. However, this air is being lost at a very slow rate which means you may not have even realised that your bicycle tyre is deflating. In this article we are going to be discussing the basics of bike … Read more

How To Use a Bike Pump

how to use a bike pump

In this article we are going to be discussing our tips on how to use a bike pump. The article will cover how to pump bike tyres with both a Presta valve and a Schrader valve. For a Presta valve you will either need a Presta only pump or a normal air pump with a … Read more