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Getting Chain Length Right

By?Bike Tart?(Twitter?@BikeTart) Be it putting a new bike together or carrying out some much needed maintenance on your current machine, getting your chain length right is key – too long and it’ll slap around, not only being excessively noisy but also risking damage to your frame; but too short and…

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A Gear Indexing Trick…

By Bike Tart (Twitter @BikeTart) I wasn?t going to do anything on gear indexing because it?s a subject that?s frankly covered perfectly well over on Park Tool. ?However, I do have one neat little trick that I use when cabling up a rear derailleur, and that might prove useful to…

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Mechanical Disk Brakes For Road Bikes…

By Bike Tart (Twitter @BikeTart) Steve asks the Bike Tart about mechanical disk brakes for road bikes. ?I?m currently spec?ing a winter trainer/light tourer adding I am thinking about mechanical disk brakes.? Coming from a engineering background it seems a lot more logical to separate the mechanical properties of a…

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Wrapping Bar Tape Tutorial

By Bike Tart (Twitter @BikeTart) There are heaps of videos on YouTube about wrapping bar tape, but I thought I?d add my tuppence with this photo sequence of how I wrap mine ? including doing the ?figure of eight? wrap (I can?t actually remember how to wrap without doing that…

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