Category: Bike maintenance

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Cool Tool Tuesday #9: The best setup and bleeding tools for hydraulic disc brakes

Everything you wanted to know about servicing your hydraulic disc brakes the pro way.

How not to wash your bike, starring Peter Sagan

Pressure washing a bike: yay or nay?

Cool Tool Tuesday #8: The best tools for installing hydraulic disc brakes

The go-to tools for caliper bolts, rotors, routing and cutting hoses, and more.

Cool Tool Tuesday #7: Fresh tools from the Sea Otter Classic

New tools from Park Tool, Wolf Tooth, Altangle, Topeak, PrestaCycle and more.

Cool Tool Tuesday #5: 25 new bike tools for 2022, part two

Perhaps this will inspire #newtoolday for you.

Cool Tool Tuesday #4: Building a Cycling Tool Kit – the bicycle-specific basics

A look at the cycle-specific tools that form the basis of a workshop or well-equipped toolbox.

Cool Tool Tuesday #2: Your complete guide to hex keys

A deep dive on the true must-have tool and the 16 or so different styles that exist.

Cool Tool Tuesday #1: Ratcheting into gear

A series for current and future tool nerds.

The best derailleur hanger alignment tool: 9 tested

Once thought to be only for workshop use, a hanger gauge is now a commonly needed tool to achieve perfect shifting.

Review: The best bicycle tyre inflators to use with an air compressor

Got an air compressor? Learn what inflator is best with eight reviewed plus some DIY ideas.

A guide to air compressors for bicycles

A great addition to the home workshop, an air compressor assists with cleaning and inflating.

How to measure sealed headset bearing sizes

The process of servicing a modern sealed bearing headset isn’t too hard, but knowing what size bearing you need for replacement can be tr...

How to check for chain wear: The easy way, the best way, and why

Your bicycle’s chain is put through hell every time you ride. For every minute of pedaling, approximately 44,000 chain pieces are in moti...

ToolboxWars: A battle between professional cycling tool nerds

A battle has been brewing on Instagram, and if you’re a tool nerd (like me), it’s a wonderful thing. The #toolboxwars jokingly started am...

Chain cleaning: A complete guide from lazy to obsessive

Your bicycle's chain is like a mechanical log of your riding adventures: road grit from that last wet ride, red mud from adventuring in t...

Seeking the holy grail: A fast chain lube that saves you money

If you’re one that likes your bike running like a finely tuned machine, you’ll likely already know that chains often need to be replaced ...

End vibrating, noisy disc brakes with a proper bed-in process

Your new bike shines in the same untouched way a new car smells, glistening from every curve and component. Its disc rotors catch morning...

Clean like a pro: Nine of the best chain keepers reviewed

Whether you call them dummy hubs, chain keepers, wash buddies, or doodads, these small devices are always in use by professional race mec...

How to deal with an impossibly tight tyre

The stubbornly tight tyre. Anyone who’s had to change a tyre or tube has likely experienced such a pain at one point. It often results in...