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A clean bike is a happy bike

We're delighted to present our new bike repair and maintenance video series, bringing you mechanicking tips and techniques to make your bike work better and keep it that way.

We've teamed up with Cycle Surgery and their chief mechanic Andrew Brown, a man who, as you'll see, really knows his way around a bike.

As you can see above, the series kicks off with the most important but basic routine maintance job: keeping your bike clean and lubed.

Want more? The whole series is up on YouTube, so you can check it out straight away:

Part 1: How to Clean and Lube Your Bike for Maximum Cycling Efficiency
Part 2: How to Get the Best from Your Bike's Brakes
Part 3: How to Keep Your Bike's Wheels Round, Tight and True
Part 4: How to Adjust Your Bike's Gears for Maximum Shifting Performance
Part 5: How to Choose the Right Gear Ratios for You and Your Bike
Part 6: How to Cure Your Bike's Creaks and Squeaks
Part 7: How to Choose and Set Up the Right Tyres for Your Bike

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.

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StraelGuy [1746 posts] 2 years ago
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beezus fufoon wrote:

blasphemer!!!

 

Maybe I should change my username to 'Beelzebub' angel ?

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Another David [29 posts] 2 years ago
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It amazes me that the act of cleaning a simple bicycle and applying a slight amount of lubricant to the chain require an instructional video. Even 3 yr old kids don't need this.

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Helmut D. Bate [101 posts] 2 years ago
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Another David wrote:

It amazes me that the act of cleaning a simple bicycle and applying a slight amount of lubricant to the chain require an instructional video. Even 3 yr old kids don't need this.

Why, you're a hoot.

What do you think about Wattbikes?

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whobiggs [175 posts] 2 years ago
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Luv2ride wrote:
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To be fair he was sparing with it. My gripe is not torquing up the cassette

 

Don't think I've ever torqued up a cassette after refitting (I. e. with a torque wrench? ), just done them up "pretty tight".  Never knowingly had problems with this approach,  but am I likely to damage the freehub doing This?

I always tend to degrease the chain in situ but think I'll try the Chinese takeaway container hack today though...

 

You won't damage the freehub but you may strip a thread/crack the hub/split the locknut if over tightened. Alternatively it could come loose, it should be torqued to about 40nm which is quite tight.

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whobiggs [175 posts] 2 years ago
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tonyleatham wrote:

Kind of surprised to see him apply the lubricant to the outside of the chain. I've alway oiled the inner surface which is the one which comes into contact with the teeth of the sprockets.

 

 

Ermmm.... yes it does

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All I can see is the lube being applied behind the frame, what it goes on is hidden

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whobiggs [175 posts] 2 years ago
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 it has to get into the joints of the links

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Agreed, the clue is in the name "rollers" ie they roll so don't need a lot of lubing whereas the inner pins (bearing) does

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whobiggs [175 posts] 2 years ago
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Another David wrote:

It amazes me that the act of cleaning a simple bicycle and applying a slight amount of lubricant to the chain require an instructional video. Even 3 yr old kids don't need this.

 

I think most of my customers would benefit, some of them come in once a year for the annual service and clean!

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