58 Repair Guides

WHEELS

 

  • Change Inner Tube

  • Change Tire

  • Change Rim Tape

  • Hub Adjustment

  • Replace a Broken Spoke

  • Truing a mild wobble

  • Replace a cassette

  • Mavic Freehub Overhaul

  • Remove and Install Rear Wheel

REAR DERAILLEUR

 

  • H-Screw

  • L-Screw

  • B-Screw

  • Index Adjustment

  • Replace a pulley wheel

  • Replace a cassette

FRONT DERAILLEUR
 
  • Height and Angle Adjustment
  • H-Screw
  • L-Screw
  • Index Adjustment
CHAIN
 
  • Cleaning
  • Lubricating
  • Wear Inspection
  • Replace a Chain
  • How to use a chain tool
HANDLEBAR/HEADSET
 
  • Align Handlebar
  • Adjust Headset
  • Wrapping Handlebar Tape
  • Install a StemCAPtain
PEDALS/CRANKS
 
  • Replace Pedals
  • Replace a Chainring
  • Threaded Bottom Bracket Removal
  • Clip-in Pedals Tension Adjustment
  • Crank Removal
  • Straightening Chainring
  • Speedplay pedal maintenance
CANTILEVER BRAKES
 
  • Centering the Brake
  • Brake pads alignment
  • Tension Adjustment
V-BRAKES
 
  • Centering the Brake
  • Brake pads alignment
  • Tension Adjustment
CENTERMOUNT BRAKES
 
  • Centering the Brake
  • Brake pads alignment
  • Tension Adjustment
DISK BRAKES
 
  • Disk Cleaning
  • Straightening the Disk
  • Brake Pads adjustment for Cable-Actuated

HYDRAULIC BRAKES

  • Bleed Hydraulic Brake
  • Replace pads and adjust pistons
  • Lever pull and pads spacing
  • Leakage check

MISCELLANEOUS

 

  • Helmet Adjustment

  • Cleaning the Housing

  • Brake Lever Reach Adjustment

  • Brake Pads Wear Inspection

  • Fix a broken piece

95 Tips and Tricks
MAINTENANCE
 
  • What should I inspect or do before every ride?
  • What needs to be done monthly on my bike?
  • What should I do after a ride in the rain?
  • Lubrication: What, How and when?
ACHES AND PAINS

 

  • I have a pain in my leg.
  • I have knee pain.
  • I have a pain at the tendon at the back of my feet (achille tendon).
  • I have neck pain.
  • I have a pain at the bottom of my back.
  • I feel numbness in my crotch.
  • I have a tingling in my hands.
  • I have a pain at the tendon at the bottom of my tibia (in front).
  • Why does my seat hurt so bad?
BIKE FITTING
 
  • Saddle Height
  • Saddle Fore/Aft Position

WHEELS

 

  • I have a flat tire.

  • What is the recommended tire pressure?

  • I fixed a flat and now the tire is rubbing one of the brake pads.

  • I keep having flats on the same wheel, even after fixing it.

  • I got the tire on the wheel but it doesn't want to sit properly on the rim. It dips towards the rim at one point.

  • I'm having difficulties removing the rear wheel.

  • When I get out of the saddle to climb a hill or to sprint, I can hear my brake pads rubbing on my rim.

  • When I grab the wheel, I can move it side to side lateraly.

  • My brake pads rub on the rim.

  • When a spin my wheel, it moves side to side (it wobbles).

  • When a spin my wheel, it makes the bike (on the side on the spinning wheel) go up and down.

  • The wheel quick-release has become harder to close and open.

  • I left my bike inside the car and when I came back I had a flat tire.

  • I have a puncture hole on my tire big enough so the tube looks like it wants to come out.

  • I broke a spoke.

  • My Mavic rear wheel makes a howling sound when freewheeling at high speed.

  • How do I move one cassette to another wheel?

REAR DERAILLEUR

 

  • When I try to change gear (speed), it does not work.

  • My chain often rides off the biggest gear onto the spokes.

  • My chain often rides off the gear and gets stuck in between the smallest gear and the frame.

  • I hear a clicking noise when the chain is on any gear.

  • When I grab my cassette I can move it a little bit.

  • My cassette (where all the gears are at the back) is getting rusty.

  • My pulley wheel is broken.

  • My derailleur changes gear on its own, I don't even touch the shifter.

  • How do I know that my pulleys need replacement?

FRONT DERAILLEUR
 
  • My chain often rides off the smallest gear onto my bottom bracket.
  • My chain often rides off the biggest gear and gets stuck in my crank arm.
  • When I try to change gear, it does not work.
  • My chain often rubs on the front derailler.
CHAIN
 
  • My chain makes a lot of noise.
  • I broke my chain.
  • I don't know how to use a chain tool.
  • When pedaling in certain gears, I often feel that the chain is slipping.
HANDLEBAR/HEADSET
 
  • I feel that my fork/stem has play in it. It's moving and feels loose.
  • My handlebar is not aligned with my wheel.
  • When I steer the handlebar I feel a drag.
  • My handlebar tape is worn out and it started to separate.
PEDALS/CRANK
 
  • My pedals are clicking/creaking at each turn.
  • When I take off the chain and spin my crank, it stops quickly.
  • Which way should I turn the wrench (or allen key) to remove my pedals.
  • When I'm pedaling I can hear a creaking noise from the pedals.
  • You want to remove the gears of the crank (chainrings) and the bolt is just spinning.
  • I feel a strange movement in the crank arm at every pedal stroke.
  • My chainring has broken teeth or it's seems bent.
  • I have clip-in pedals and I find it hard to unclip my shoes.
BRAKES
 
  • I have to pull the brake lever very far to get the bike to stop.
  • My brake pads rub on the wheel.
  • My bike does not seem to be braking very well.
  • My kid can't properly reach the brake lever, it seems too far for his short fingers.
  • I don't know how to open the brake caliper, I don't see any quick release.
  • When I release my brake lever, the brake caliper isn't returning to its original position, causing it  to rub on the wheel.
DISK BRAKES
 
  • When I apply the brake, they make a lot of noise.
  • My disk seems to be warped/bent.
  • At every wheel rotation I can hear a noise.

HYDRAULIC

  • My brake lever is not firm when I pull it (feel spongy).
  • I have to pull the brake lever very far to feel the bite on the disk.
  • My brake pumps up during use (the bite point changes).
  • I suspect a leak on my brake system, I saw trace of oil but I'm not sure.
  • At every wheel rotation I can hear a noise.
SHIFTERS

 

  • When I shift, it feels sticky or slow.
  • With my right shifter, when I shift to the smallest gear (hard one), it does not want to go down.
  • With my right shifter, when I shift to the biggest gear (easy one), it does not want to go up.
  • The cable housing of the shifters (or brakes) is rubbing on the frame and is wearing out the paint.
  • I crashed my bike and now my shifter/brake lever is bent inward and I can't straighten it by hand.
SUSPENSION

 

  • I feel play in the front suspension, or knocking (noise) in the rear suspension.
  • I see oil leaking on my front suspension.
SAFETY

 

  • What if something happened to me while cycling alone and I can't speak for myself?
  • What should I know if I have to ride in traffic?
  • My kid's helmet (or mine) does not seem to be properly fitted. It still moves.
  • My helmet is cracked.
MISCELLANEOUS

 

  • My speedometer is On but does not pick up my speed.
  • I never know the time of day when I ride.
  • Every time I remove the seatpost, I'm having a hard time putting it back at the exact same height.
  • A small plastic piece broke off my bike, how could I fix it?
  • The electrical tape used to stick my cables on the frame is always unsticking.