Category: Bike maintenance

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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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ar...

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 ev...

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 wh...

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...

Bike Wash Zen

There's no chore that is more therapeutic and gives me more satisfaction than the bike wash.  I usually wipe my bike down after every cou...

Check Your Skewers!

I've seen in dozens of times and have been through it myself.   Your bike is making a mysterious creaking noises and it's hard to pinpoin...

The Practicalities Of Tubulars

Unless you're new to cycling I think most people know the difference between tubulars and clinchers.  I don't want to drag you into yet a...

Cash In Your Tyres

Cold hard cash can be good for all sorts of things. Usually for the things that you can buy with it but in some cases it's good for what ...