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Calliper brakes - fitting cables (5)

New outer casing and bar tape

You may find when you’re replacing the brake inner cable that it feels gritty as you feed it through the first section of outer casing – this runs from the brakelever under the bar tape to the frame, in the case of the back brake, or directly to the front brake unit. If this is the case, you will need to peel back the bar tape and replace the outer casing as well as the inner cable. It’s an irritating job, but will make your brakes feel much crisper and more responsive. ...

Mending a broken chain (8)

Mending a broken chain

The combination of angle and stress is too much for the fragile, put-upon chain and it gives way, leaving you suffering a sudden loss of drive and balance and possibly vaulting over the bars if you were stamping hard on the pedals at the time, too. Learn how to use your gears correctly and you’ll avoid unnecessary problems; similarly, keep your drivechain in good condition, as old, worn and neglected chains are more likely to let you down under pressure. For most chain problems, you’ll need a ch...

Stiff links (split links) - 2

Stiff links/ split links

Often, the link you’ve just joined is stiff, although stiff links occur for other reasons: the chain may need lubricating, or you’re riding in the wet. You feel a stiff link as you’re riding – the pedals slip forward regularly, but at different places in the pedal revolution. ...

Remove one complete link

Twisted links

Twisted links are usually victims of clumsy gear shifts, although they may be caused by trailside objects hitting the chain, too. You feel twisted links first a regular, slight chain slip but not on every pedal stroke it’s important to fix them quickly to avoid more serious damage to your chain and derailleur. ...

Route the chain around a suitable sprocket, bypassing the rear derailleur

Shortening chain to singlespeed

If you destroy your rear derailleur or hanger in a crash, one way of getting home under your own steam is to convert your bike to an impromptu singlespeed. This is much simpler on a hardtail than it is on a full suspension bike, as the chain length on most suspension bikes changes throughout the shock stroke. If you have to shorten the chain on a full suspension bike, then make sure you take account of the chain growth by compressing the shock as much as you can and watching to see whether or no...