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Fitting drop bar shifter cables - 1

Fitting drop bar shifter cables

STi shifters were a revelation for road bikes, allowing you to change gear without taking your hands off the bars and reaching for a downtube shifter. ...

Troubleshooting : V- and cantilever brakes

Symptom Cause Solution Brakes squeak Brake blocks set flat to the rim or with the back of the block touching first “Toe-in” brakes so that the fronts of the brake blocks touch the rims first Rims dirty or contaminated Clean rims with bike wash and nylon scouring pad Brakes don’t stop the bike or don’t stop the bike quickly enough Brake blocks are set too far from the rim Set brake blocks closer Surfaces of brake blocks are contaminated or have picked up debris Remove wheel, pick debris out o...

V-brakes : a general introduction and how to manage wear and tear

V-brakes were standard issue on mountain bikes until disc brakes took over but are still a very useful braking system for hybrid town bikes. They are cheap and simple to maintain and provide a good amount of braking power. Here follows an outline of the advantages and disadvantages of this braking system. ...

Brakes : build your stopping power

Well-tuned brakes make you go faster. This might seem like a contradiction, but it’s true. In order to be able to go fast, you need to be able to control your speed safely. Crisp, reliable brakes will make you feel more confident and get you out of trouble when you push things too far. ...