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6/7 Speed Freewheel To 8/9/10 Speed Cassette Bike Conversion

I upgrade my vintage road bike from 12 speed (2×6) with downtube friction shifters, to 16 speed (2×8) with STI brifters. This process includes expanding the rear triangle (chain stays/seat stays) from 126mm to 130mm between the dropouts so the wider wheel will fit in the dropouts. You only want to do this on a …Read more »

How To Measure A Bike Frame

Many times when I see a bike for sale, the frame size is not listed. I ask the seller what the frame size is, and they don’t know. And they don’t know how to measure it. I usually explain how to measure the frame size, but sometimes they still don’t understand since they don’t know …Read more »

Bike Noises – Find Them To Fix Them

Bikes can make the strangest noise. Squeaks, creaks, clicks, grinding, whirs, ticks, clunks, etc. The first step in fixing a noise on a bike is to locate where it is coming from. But noises can tricky. They can sound like they are coming from one place, but are actually coming from another. I talk about …Read more »

How To Disassemble/Clean/Lube/Re-assemble RST 191 CS Forks/Shocks

I show how to tear down, lubricate, and rebuild RST 191CS suspension forks/shocks. These shocks were on a Trek 820 mountain bike. Basic maintenance/service to keep your suspension working and from becoming stiff or frozen. The grease I used is Slickoleum AKA Slick Honey.

Replacing A Bent Derailleur Hanger

The derailleur/hanger on this bike were trashed. I found the hanger was not only bent, it was installed incorrectly and being held on by the quick release skewer. I replace the bent hanger with a brand new derailleur hanger. The bike is a 2005 Specialized Hardrock Sport.