Mountain Bike Maintenance

Mountain Bike Maintenance

by Peter Ballin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785003325
Publisher: Crowood Press, The
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,104,797
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author


Peter Ballin is an accomplished international mountain bike racer and guide. He has worked as a bike mechanic in the French Alps, worked with professional riders as a mechanic on the world cup circuit, worked as a mountain bike trail builder in New Zealand and Canada, and run his own mountain bike holiday company in the south of Spain.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Evolution of the Bike 7

The Birth of the Modern Mountain Bike 8

The Different Types of Mountain Bike 9

Chapter 1 Learning the Parts of a Mountain Bike 12

The Parts of a Mountain Bike 12

Riding Gear 15

Chapter 3 Basic Riding Techniques 17

Attack Position 17

How To: Ride Flat Turns 18

How To: Ride Berms 18

How To: Climb 19

How To: Ride Steep Descents 20

How To: Ride Roots 20

Chapter 4 The Right Tool for the Job 21

Fifteen Most Common Tools 21

Comprehensive Tools Guide 23

Using a Torque Wrench 29

Different Types of Torque Wrenches 30

How To; Use a Torque Wrench 31

Lubes, Thread Lock and Degreasers 32

Chapter 5 Before and After Riding 34

Pre-Ride Checks 34

How To: Clean a Mountain Bike 36

Chapter 6 Wheels 39

Wheel Size 39

Tyre Choice 42

Inner Tubes 44

Types of Axle 44

How To: Fit a Tyre 45

How To: Fit a Tubeless Tyre 47

Punctures 48

How To: Fix a Puncture 48

How To: Replace Broken Spokes 52

Bearings 53

Hub Cartridge Bearing Replacement 53

Cup and Cone Servicing 56

How To: Build a Three-Cross Mountain Bike Wheel 58

How To: True a Wheel 61

How To: Check and Adjust Wheel Dishing 63

Chapter 7 Contact Points 65

Handlebars, Grips and Stem 65

Pedals 68

Quick Pedal Care Guide 68

How To: Install and Set Up a Bar and Stem 70

How To: Fit a Star Nut 73

How To: Adjust Handlebar Width 74

Saddles and Seatposts 75

Types of Saddle 75

Types of Seatpost 76

How To: Set Seatpost Height for Endurance Riding 77

How To: Set the Fore/Aft Position 79

How To: Cut Aluminium Seatposts, Handlebars and Steerer Tubes 80

How To: Cut Down Carbon Fibre Seatposts, Handlebars and Steerer Tubes 81

Dropper Seatposts 82

How To: Bleed a RockShox Reverb Dropper Seatpost 82

Headsets 85

Types of Headset 85

How To: Remove and Install a Threadless Headset 88

Chapter 8 Drivetrain and Gears 91

Chains 91

Common Chain Problems 92

How To: Break and Install a Chain 93

Shimano Chains 95

How To: Break a Shimano Chain 96

How To: Split and Connect Powerlinks 96

Chain Length 97

How To: Set the Correct Chain Length 98

How To: Change a Rear Derailleur Cable 99

How To: Index Gears 102

How To: Adjust the Limit Screws on a Rear Derailleur 104

How To: Align a Rear Derailleur Hanger 106

How To: Change a Cassette 108

Bottom Brackets 109

Types of Bottom Bracket 109

How To: Fit a Shimano External Bottom Bracket and Cranks 111

How To: Install a Chain Guide 114

Chapter 9 Brakes 117

Rim Brakes or Disc Brakes 117

Mounting Points 117

V-Brakes 117

How To: Mount V-Brakes to a Bike 118

Disc Brakes 120

How To: Bleed Shimano Brakes 122

How To: Bleed Avid, Sram and Formula Brakes 124

How To: Bleed Hope Brakes 127

Understanding the Brake Adjustment Dials 130

How To: Shorten Hydraulic Brake Hoses 130

Types of Brake Pad 132

How To: Fit Hydraulic Brake Pads 132

How To: Align a Disc Brake Caliper to Stop it Rubbing 135

How To: Straighten a Bent Disc Rotor 136

Chapter 10 Suspension 137

Suspension Terminology 137

How Does Suspension Work? 140

How to: Set Up Suspension 142

How to: Replace DU Bushings and Shock Hardware 145

How To: Check Shock Bushings for Wear 147

How To: Change a DU Bushing 147

How To: Service Fox Forks 148

How To: Service a Fox Air Rear Shock 152

Glossary 155

Appendix: Conversion tables 156

Index 158

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