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Presta vs. Schrader Valve For MTB: Everything There Is To Know

There are two different valves commonly used in mountain bike wheels. One is the standard car valve called Schrader which is also known as the American valve and the other, a bicycle-specific, Presta valve. Which one of these is better for mountain bikes? Presta valve, as a bicycle-specific valve, is better adapted for MTB purposes like stronger wheels and tubeless …

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Bicycle Rim Tape Alternative

  Rim tapes and strips are often not something we pay much attention to because they don’t affect wheel performance at all. However, what they do affect is the amount of headache you get when changing tires, usually experienced by us mechanics. In addition, decently executed alternatives can save you some money. Is Rim Tape or Rim Strip Necessary? Short …

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How to Fix Mtb Tire Wobble on a True Rim

  Luckily, having a wobbly tire on a true rim is not so commonly seen these days. Years ago, I remember it was a must-happen situation with pretty much any inner tube setup. Tubeless setups were a bit more fortunate to avoid these problems because of the air pressure being spread perfectly even on the tire’s sidewalls. However, I find …

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Can You Fit an 11 or 12 Speed Cassette on 10 Speed Hub on a Mountain Bike?

A lot has changed in the mountain biking world in recent years. Cassettes are becoming wider and wider with more gears, almost every year. While most people are simply switching to new bikes which are already adapted to new drivetrains, some of us are keen on keeping our old bikes with which we share memories. Upgrading them with new parts …

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How to Internally Route a Dropper Post: 10 Useful Tips

Some time ago when the only bike I had was my XC hardtail, I used to hear from people that a dropper post would be useless for me. And I listened because I didn’t know much about anything at that point. So imagine my surprise when I bought my first trail bike with a dropper post. It turned out that …

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Should You Replace a Dropped Bike Helmet? Bike Helmet Lifespan

Lots of times I’ve been wondering if I ruined the safety of my helmet by accidentally dropping or hitting it with something. Spending time checking for cracks used to waste a lot of my time. After all, new helmets aren’t that cheap. With that said, wondering if I should replace a helmet all the time wasn’t really a comfortable feeling. …