Bike maintenance

In search of the best derailleur hanger tool

Sticking out in the wind, controlling your rear gears and just waiting to be bent. The rear derailleur sits in a precarious position and so the little hanger it’s bolted to is commonly designed as a weak point. Best ruin a replaceable piece of aluminium than write off an expensive derailleur, or worse, the frame. …

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How to be a good riding buddy

On Sunday I rode the Giro Della Donna, which is a stunning loop out of the town of Warburton, Victoria, consisting of 105 kilometres and 2700 meters of climbing. Fair to say, it was a tough day out for me and my riding crew. We had planned to ride this for months and were super …

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How to clean your bike for apartment dwellers

I live in an apartment with my partner and eight bikes. The most annoying thing about living in my apartment complex is that there is no communal area outside that I can use to wash my bike – no hose, no workstand, NOTHING! So I am often asked how I clean my bike. The answer is …

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Starter toolbox: Bike maintenance tools all cyclists should own

Bike maintenance is an important part of cycling that many of us overlook, outsource or put off until it’s too late. Staying safe on the road should be our number one goal, and a properly functioning bike is the key to making this happen. However, visiting a bike shop or mechanic for every small repair …

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Chain maintenance for a smooth ride

Chain maintenance isn’t the sexiest of topics when it comes to cycling and the glitz of new bikes and shiny components. The drivetrain probably isn’t the first place you look when checking out a new bike, but the chain and associated parts are some of the most important components for a great cycling experience. If …

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Top 5 bike maintenance tips you should do regularly at home

Whether you are a commuter, racer or weekend warrior, it’s important to maintain your bicycle. In between professional tune-ups, there are quick and easy things you can do to keep your bike running smooth. Keeping up with these home maintenance tips could help prevent costly repairs down the road. Here are the top 5 bike …

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Top five pesky bike noises that can easily be fixed

Please welcome our newest Ella contributor, Annie May. Hailing from the ‘burbs of Minneapolis, Annie has been riding bikes pretty much every day since she was 18. When a job opened up at a local bike shop, Annie turned her bike commuting lifestyle into an income, and has been fixing bikes for the past six …

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Mixing groupsets: what works together and what doesn’t

With three major groupset manufacturers, transmissions of anywhere from seven- to 11-speed, and an excess of aftermarket cranksets and wheels on the market, consumers will inevitably suffer from a clash of component compatibilities, particularly when upgrading. In this post CTech Editor Matt Wikstrom takes a look at the known incompatibilities between groupsets from different brands …

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Bicycle Warranty Basics

Many of us have done it. We walk into our LBS with a battered bike after we’ve driven into the garage while it was still on the roof rack and explain “I was just riding along and…”. The guys in the industry have heard it a thousand times before. They call it the “J.R.A.” – …

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The Best Degreaser?

I know it’s strange, but one of my favorite pastimes is washing my bike. I have the tendency to obsess over this. After most rides I’ll quickly wipe the bike down with baby wipes, but there’s nothing quite like rolling up the sleeves and getting together a soapy pail of water, brushes, sponges, degreaser, and making the …

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