If you’ve got a neglected bike it’s possible to spruce it up and turn it from an unloved mess to a tip-top dream machine. Whether it’s been abandoned for months or just over the Christmas break. In this overhauling an old bike series I’ll be explaining over the coming weeks how anyone can do it.
Once you’ve completed the tweaks and upgrades you’ll get a far better ride without any annoying squeaking and over-the-top pedalling effort.
I’m starting the series because when I asked you for feedback your message was clear: More bike maintenance posts!
It also suits me because I’ve been neglecting my bike.
This is what I will be covering over the next few weeks
- Changing a rusty chain and overhauling brakes
- Fixing the most common mechanical problem with bikes in London
- 3 quick tune ups that will improve your ride
- Detecting and stopping squeaking
- Changing your bicycle tyres
- Replacing a cassette
- Replacing brake pads
- Shortening bicycle handlebars
- Any other tweaks I think will be useful!
If you are interested in bike maintenance then you might be interested in my bike maintenance iPhone & Android application: Bike Doctor. It has 23 repairs that show you how to look after your bike.
If you’ve got any more suggestions as to other things you’d like me to cover then please do leave a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.
- How to clean your bike
- Replacing handlebar grips
- Repair your bike using your iPhone
- The Ultimate Guide to bike maintenance review
- Inside Westminster’s bicycle maintenance course
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