Gears give a mighty boost to your cycling performance they help you climb hills easier and speed along on the flat, but if they are mis-aligned or poorly adjusted they can ruin a ride and take a significant edge of the performance of your bike.
Luckily with a little know how they are easy to keep running smoothly and effeciently. In the fourth of our series of cycle maintenance videos Cycle Surgery chief mechanic, Andrew Brown, shows you how to set up your front and rear derailleurs for to ensure crisp, efficient shifts and how to fine tune your gears for maximum smoothness between changes.
The whole series of our bike maintenance videos is available now on Youtube to help you get to grips with the essentials of keeping your bike running efficiently all year round.
How to Clean and Lube Your Bike for Maximum Cycling Efficiency
How to Get the Best from Your Bike's Brakes
How to Keep Your Bike's Wheels Round, Tight and True
How to Adjust Your Bike's Gears for Maximum Shifting Performance
How to Choose the Right Gear Ratios for You and Your Bike
How to Cure Your Bike's Creaks and Squeaks
How to Choose and Set Up the Right Tyres for Your Bike
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.