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What Is a Tapered Steerer and Why Is It Better?

Every now and then, a discussion appears on the internet, which contradicts opinions about some new bicycle tech on the market, usually about what is better and what isn’t. The question about having tapered steerer over the straight one, and its benefits, certainly isn’t new, but the discussion is still going on. Most generations that have ridden mountain bikes from 10 …

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Can You Add Links to a Bike Chain?

  A bicycle chain is the single most maintenance requiring component. They wear out, stretch, bend, break, and a million other things, including improper length. Sometimes, the only thing that’s broken is a tiny part of the chain. The question is: Can You Add Links to a Bike Chain? Yes, you can. You need a chain tool and master link …

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Chainring Wobble – Why It Happens and How to Fix It?

The thing about chainring wobble is that it messes up with a lot of stuff on your bike. The first that comes to my mind is component damage. Chainring wobble means the chainring and the chain are moving left and right in correlation to the frame. The chain is catching sprockets at a weird angle, increasing wear on both. The …

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Chain Stuck Between Chainrings and Frame – Why It Happens and How to Fix?

There are many ways in which a chain can get stuck. Probably the most common one is chain getting stuck between chainrings and frame. For those that confuse chainrings with cogs, a chainring is a set of cogs on the crankset in bicycle terms. In recent times, chainrings and crankset became somewhat a synonym. Why a chain gets stuck between …

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Bike Freewheel or Freehub Not Engaging: How to Fix

No matter which one you have problems with, a freewheel or a freehub, the reason it stops engaging is always the grease or oil inside being old and dry. Pawls that engage the wheel simply get stuck, and you are unable to get the bike going. This usually happens when the bike is not ridden very often. How to fix …

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How to Adjust Bike Spokes – Wheel Truing Tutorial

When I first started working at the bike store I didn’t know wheel truing was even a thing. I thought once you put a wheel together it’s permanently true. The reason for thinking this way was probably the fact I had a great set of wheels back then and they were some of the most resistant wheels I’ve ever had. …