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Adjusting Mechanical Disc Brakes

Tweet Disc brakes have long been the preferred brake design for modern mountain bikes, they’re gaining popularity for cyclocross, and they’re finally available on road bikes. The braking force is applied to a disc that is bolted directly to the hub. They provide more stopping power, and better performance in bad weather than traditional rim [...]
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Montague Overhaul VI: Brakes

Tweet I’m nearing the end of my custom Montague build. Most of the parts are in place and it’s now time to install a brake. Fixed gear bikes give you a tremendous amount of control with just your legs. You can easily regulate your speed and come to a stop without even touching a brake, [...]
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Montague Boston Overhaul II: Headset

Tweet If you’re anything like me, working on your bike is half the fun of owning it. Sure, you can have a bike shop do maintenance for you, and if it’s a big job requiring specialty tools, this might be a good idea. For me, I want to know every part of my bike inside [...]
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The Essentials – Tools to Ride With

Tweet If you’re a regular bike commuter, you know that bikes need maintenance, adjustments, and from time to time, parts just break. There’s nothing worse than being stuck far from home without a patch kit, extra tube, or the proper tool to tighten that loose stem bolt. I always ride with my messenger bag and [...]
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Getting to the Bottom of Things

Tweet Getting to the bottom of things, we have the bottom bracket.  This is a part of the bicycle we do not often think about.  It’s down there, at the bottom of the frame, home of the spindle – the place where the cranks connect.  Unless the cranks don’t move, or there is a strange [...]
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Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

Tweet Understatement: Brakes are very helpful. Brakes allow we riders to react to those unexpected moments on the road and stop quickly, to help ensure our health and safety, as well as that of other road users.  They let us stop as we approach intersections when the light may change swiftly.  They let us stop [...]
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Winter Bike Maintenance Tips: Fold in the Cold (and Wet, and Ice…)

Tweet There are a lot of opinions about what constitutes the perfect winter bike. And depending on where you live and how harsh or mild the winter is that year, you might find that you need extra equipment or that you can get by on what you ride in the warmer months. But regardless of [...]
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