This is one of those little bike maintenance tricks that I just had to share!
For a while I struggled with punctures on my single speed bike. The problem was, it was difficult to pull the wheel back to get the chain adequately tensioned and at the same time secure it in place.
It’s one of those occasions when you wish you had four arms.
Fortunately, last weekend I attended the London Bike Hub two day bike maintenance course. There, I had the chance to ask a question that had been bugging me for a while. Fortunately, David, well informed about single speed and fixed gear bikes had the answer.
You simply need to jam a tennis ball in between the rear wheel and the frame, that will push the wheel in to place, so you can secure it.
I hope this quick maintenance tip helps someone else. I know I would have love to have heard it a few months ago!
I’ll have a full write up of the London Bike Hub weekend soon.
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