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Maintenance Centre

Chain Lube A Guide

chain lube

Not sure what lube to use on your chain? You are not alone, luckily we have compiled a little guide to help you make an informed decision on a very important part of keeping your bike running smoothly.

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Trail Tips - ZipTies

zip ties

Welcome to the first entry into our Trail Tips series which takes a light hearted look at the many cycling uses for Zip ties. Have a read, hopefully have a laugh and find out why zip ties should always be in your riding bag.

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Trail Tips - Inner Tubes

inner tube

The second entry into our Trail Tips series takes a light hearted look at the many uses for inner tubes. Have a read, hopefully have a laugh and find out why inner tubes are not just for punctures.

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Trail Tips - Tyre Levers

tyre levers

The third and final entry into our Trail Tips series takes a light hearted look at the many uses for tyre levers. Have a read, hopefully have a laugh and find out why tyre levers should always be in your riding bag.

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Mountain Bike Buying Guide

some guy riding a bike

Mountain Bikes can be confusing especially with four different wheel sizes and a whole different selection of gears. In this guide we look at how to make a more informed choice when it comes to buying a mountain bike.

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Mountain Bike Grips

a close up image of gripss

Grips are one of the most important yet most overlooked parts of your bike, lots of people’s idea of customising grips is choosing a colour, but there is so much more to grips.

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Saddle Choice

a close up image of the air cartridge in a set of mountain bike trail forks

Saddles are one of only three components that hold your entire weight so it is important to get the fit right or it is going to ruin a ride or leave you feeling that last ride in a bad way for days.

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Bars & Stem Set Up

a close up image of the air cartridge in a set of mountain bike trail forks

A basic guide on how to make an informed decision on your mountain bike bars and how they will benefit you in not only short term but long term too.

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Mtb Suspension Set Up

A mountain biker setting up suspension forks on a Whyte full suspension mountain Bike

Not all forks are born the same. Quality suspension can be described as being two things; high quality & adjustable. The first question that needs to be answered is in regards to the adjustability of your fork or shock.

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Changing air volume spacers

a close up image of the air cartridge in a set of mountain bike trail forks

In this article we’ll be explaining how to change your air volume spacers in your Rock Shox or Fox Suspension forks. We’ll start by explaining what a volume spacer does, next, we’ll identify why you might want to add or remove a volume spacer or two.

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Saddle Height Adjustment

Mountain bikers riding a trail with a low saddle height to allow better movement on the bike

Knowing how to adjust your saddle height properly is just part of getting your bike to fit you well and depends entirely on the type of riding you’re planning on doing.

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Clipless Or Flat Pedals

A set of flat pedals and a set of clipless SPD style shimano pedals

Most off road riders tend to have a preference to clipless SPD or flat pedals. In this issue of the maintenance centre we’ll be explaining why embracing both the clip and the flat will make you a much better rider.

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Drive Train Cleaning

An image of a dirty puddle on the floor with the reflection on a winter training bike

Every year pretty much to the week of the clocks going back the workshop parts cleaner goes into overdrive. Cassettes get clogged up chains turn black and jockey wheels look like they’ve put on a few pounds. This week is all about preventative maintenance and the proper maintenance of your drive train.

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Lateral Wheel Truing

a buckled wheel ready to be put in a wheel stand and trued

Any rider who has ever tinkered with truing a wheel will tell you that unless you know exactly what your doing just tightening to looser spokes won’t cut the mustard. The wheel is more likely to end up like an egg shaped figure of 8.

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Spring Preparation

An arial view of a commuter in the road enjoying a winter ride

Do you recall that little blip in the middle of the year last year? It very rarely happens in the UK it is some sort of phenomenon to cyclists up and down the country. To some it’s merely a legend called ‘summer’. Blink and you’ll miss it.

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Chain & Cassette Wear

A close up of a clean mechanical rear deralliour

A bicycle drive terrain is mostly classed as a consumable part by cyclists. Parts will need to be changed as and when they wear out and as with most mechanical wear the sooner you notice a part is past its best the cheaper it is to put right.

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Winter Survival

An arial view of a commuter in the road enjoying a winter ride

After running through a few ideas with the rest of the workshop guys for this weeks maintenance guide and an extremely cold morning ride to the shop we gathered inspiration from the near arctic conditions.

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Spring Cleaning

A dirty road bicycle in need of a little maintenance

It's getting to that time of year again where the summer bike comes out and you're back out hitting the roads and trails ready for summer. However it's been almost a year since you gave the best bike any tender loving care.

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Tyre Wear

A close up image of a row of bike tyres

From the stereotypical teenagers hardtail with a suspect bald rear tyre centre tread to the trail warriors tie wrap sidewall repair we’ve seen some sights. On average we pull at least one expired plastic gift card out of a tyre per week, It’s sole purpose you ask? Well it’s to prevent the inner tube from bursting through a semi-ripped sidewall.

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A close up of a pair of handlebars on a road bike

The M-check is an essential maintenance check that every cyclist should be able to undertake quickly and easily. It consists of a comprehensive check of all the major components of your bike from front to back, from top to bottom.

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Maintenance Stands

A close up of a high quality workshop stand clamp

Have you ever worked on your bike for hours on end trying to set up your gears only find that your local bike shop can do the same job in no time at all? Time to let you in on a little secret, we aren’t all wizards or bike whisperers, I know shock, horror!

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Headset Adjustment

A mechanic tightening a headset by hand with an alan key

Being able adjust a head set is just one of those jobs that will ultimately save you a early morning pre-ride trip down to the bike shop. As always we’re more than happy to help but being able to fix it yourself isn’t a terrible thing, is it? Provided that you have basic maintenance gear adjusting your headset should be a doddle.

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Going Tubeless

a close up of Orange seal tubeless tyre sealant

Going tubeless has become much easier in recent years. The creation of tubeless conversion kits and the increasing popularity of factory fitted tubeless ready tyres amongst manufacturers mean that you’re only a rim strip a valve and a bit of sealant away from a conversion.

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Brake Pad Replacement

A close up of a set of vented hydraulic brake pads

Depending on the type of brake you have the type of bike you ride, the gradient and type of terrain you ride and the amount of distance you cover you’ll have to replace your brake pads on a regular basis.

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