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Fixing Rear Dropout With Axle Slot Bent/Stretched Open Wide

I got a great deal on a bike frame, but the right rear dropout had been bent leaving the dropout slot wider. The seller said it had it had been caused by chain wrap. But the frame was steel, so I was pretty sure I could straighten it. It also appeared the derailleur hanger might …Read more »

How To Repair A Loose Bottle Cage Mount

I show how fix a bottle cage boss mount that just spins when trying to tighten or loosen the screw. I also show how to remove a screw from the mount when the mount spins in the frame. The issue is a riv-nut that has loosened. I show how to tighten it up with a …Read more »

Straighten/Align Bent Derailleur Hanger Without Special Tool

I show how to fix a bent derailleur hanger without expensive tools like Park Tool’s DAG-2 Derailleur Hanger Alignment Gauge. This repair is meant for steel frames with integrated hangers. If you have a replaceable hanger, I recommend you just replace it. Do not attempt to straighten the hanger using the derailleur. You will likely …Read more »

How To Mount A Bottle Cage On Bike Without Mounting Screws/Braze-Ons

This is how to mount a bottle cage on a bike without bottle cage mount screws/braze ons, or that doesn’t have the screws/braze ons where you want to mount the bottle cage. I have previously used this technique to mount a second water bottle cage on a mountain bike that only had mounts for a …Read more »

Removing Layers Of Paint To Reveal Original Factory Bike Color

I bought a bike that had been horribly repainted. I want to restore the bike, so I wanted to see what the original factory paint color was. That will give me the option to go back to the original color. I show how to remove layers of paint to reveal the original paint. I plan …Read more »