BikeCo Tips & Tricks: Dismount Tire, Repair Tape & Remount Tire
Here’s a How-To showing how to remove an MTB tire, repair tubeless tape and remount the tire.
Video & blog below! (PS, excuse some of the wind / street / cat in the audio – we’ve wanted to make sure client’s have access to these especially during our busy season so I’ve been shooting at home – one of my cat’s was quite tired of watching a days worth of video shoots without getting attention in this one!)
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BikeCo Tips & Tricks: Adjusting Chris King Hubs
It’s typical to need to adjust Chris King hubs when the bearing breaks in. This video and write-up will show you how easy adjusting King Hubs is.
(excuse the breeze noise in spots on the video – the Covid home studio can be noisy…)
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MTB Tire Removal – BikeCo Tips & Tricks
Enjoy a quick video and write up illustrating MTB Tire Removal in this post of BikeCo Tips & Tricks. Modern sidewalls can make MTB Tire Removal a bit more of a challenge, but with a couple quick tidbits you will make your life notably easier. Continue reading MTB Tire Removal – BikeCo Tips & Tricks
New Bike Assembly
A typical new bike delivered from BikeCo.com doesn’t need much to hit the trails. With some basic tools and a bit of skill you’re on your way. You’ve got a fresh BikeCo Build. New Bike Assembly shouldn’t be intimidating.
(so, the modern work from home means this video is in the yard, with my bike “standing in” for a new rig. Obviously your new bike will be cleaner, not have broken spokes in the back wheel, etc! haha. Also, I wouldn’t suggest grass if avoidable to minimize searching for things you might drop…)
Check out the video then read the post for more details.
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MTB Bolt Checks – Simple but Critical To Your Safety
Consistent MTB Bolt Checks are critical to your bike’s reliability and safety. While components should be checked throughout their service life, it is particularly important to check new fittings. Stem, handlebar, grip and brake assemblies are especially important.
Why You Need to Bolt Check
Light weight, minimal contact and leverage.
With the exception of WTB’s Padloc grips, everything that attaches to your handlebar requires radial clamping force to keep it positioned radially (around the circle of the bar) and laterally (left and right).
If the fastener is appropriately tight the radial assembly produces more “bite” than the loads encountered and nothing moves.
So you torque it and it’s good forever? No. Nope. No.
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Chain Lube? Yup, Chain Lube. Pre-Ride Best Practices
Really? Chain Lube? Yup. Because adhering to good practices cleaning and lubing allows your drivetrain perform better and last longer. Skipping these steps? Well you might have issues that drive you, or your riding buddies nuts.
Some quick drivetrain basics.
Your cassette, chain and chain ring wear in as a group. It’s more than the anodized finish that wears off as you ride. Chain ring and cassette teeth change shape. The chain “stretches” (wears).
You might be able to get a couple chains and chain rings for each cassette. But if the drivetrain is well worn your new chain won’t want to hold power on the older teeth. Shifting is often compromised. It is likely to tick and skip under load. Older chain rings will often hang the chain instead of releasing it at the bottom of the radius creating a tick.
Overall the performance is probably better from the paired cassette, chain, and chain ring rather than mixing and matching new with worn.
Keeping the drivetrain properly lubed will dramatically slow wear and improve performance.
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