Caring for Your Bicycle: Your expert guide to keeping your bicycle in tip-top condition

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This step-by-step guide is packed full of information and tells you all you need to know about caring for your bicycle. It covers everything from the basics of why maintenance matters and which tools you should use, to vital safety checks and more advanced maintenance tasks, even the fitting of accessories. Advice on how to adjust your bike to fit you, how to clean it efficiently, and how to keep it running in top condition, lets you get more enjoyment from your bicycle for longer, more safely, and with the sense...

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Overview

This step-by-step guide is packed full of information and tells you all you need to know about caring for your bicycle. It covers everything from the basics of why maintenance matters and which tools you should use, to vital safety checks and more advanced maintenance tasks, even the fitting of accessories. Advice on how to adjust your bike to fit you, how to clean it efficiently, and how to keep it running in top condition, lets you get more enjoyment from your bicycle for longer, more safely, and with the sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you can fix or prevent problems that may arise yourself – you could even save yourself a small fortune in repair bills. With information on maintenance scheduling, troubleshooting advice, and electric bicycles, this book is the perfect companion for every cyclist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845844776
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Henshaw has had an enthusiasm for anything with wheels from an early age—from bicycles to 500hp tractors. He was the Editor of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure for five years before going freelance, and now contributes to a whole range of transport magazines including MSL, TAG, A to B and Tractor, as well as The Telegraph. He's also written over 30 books, including 10 about bikes, and is an all-year-round motorcyclist who does not own a car.

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Table of Contents

Introduction & acknowledgements 6

1 Bike basics 8

What everything does 9

2 Tools 10

Basic kit 11

Workshop kit 11

3 Maintenance schedule 12

Before every ride 12

Every week 12

Bikes with suspension only 12

Every month 12

Disc brakes only 13

Bikes with suspension only 13

Every six months 13

Bikes with suspension only 13

4 Troubleshooting 14

Chain & gears 14

Brakes 15

Tyres, wheels & steering 15

Suspension 16

5 Adjusting the bike to fit you 17

6 Cleaning 20

7 Safety checks 23

8 Lubrication 28

9 Adjusting the gears 31

Adjusting the front mech 31

Adjusting the rear mech 33

Adjusting hub gears 35

10 Adjusting the brakes, replacing pads 37

Calliper brake 38

V-brake 39

Cantilever brake 40

Disc brake 42

11 Removing/replacing wheels 43

Removing the front wheel 43

Removing the rear wheel 44

12 Punctures 46

13 Accessories 50

Mudguards 50

Luggage 51

Lights 52

Bar ends 52

Bell 53

Speedometer 53

14 Electric bikes 55

Tips 56

15 More advanced maintenance 57

Replacing brake/gear cables 58

Replacing chain 58

Greasing wheel hubs 58

Servicing bottom bracket 58

Servicing headset 58

Suspension adjustment 58

Index 64

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