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192 pages

Bicycle Repair Book, Maintenance and Repair of the Modern Bicycle

Creator: Rob Van Der Plas | 1996-11-09

CHAPTER 9 Rim Brakes Bicycle brakes come in two major types — rim brakes and hub brakes — but the former are by far the more common. Even among rim brakes, there are two distinct types, namely calliper and stirrup brakes, but again, ...

Publisher: MBI

About this book
Keeping your bicycle well maintained - and being able to fix it when it does develop a problem - is your best guarantee for its continued good service. van der Plas shows you how to do all repairs by yourself. Preventive maintenance and adjustments, selecting tools and spares, illustrated step-by-step instructions, troubleshooting guide and reference tables, information on the latest equipment for road and mountain bikes, and more. Fully revised, update and expanded 2nd ed.



416 pages

The Bicycling Guide to Complete Bicycle Maintenance & Repair, For Road & Mountain Bikes

Creator: Todd Downs | 2010-09-28

Early bicycles had no separate braking system, and riders relied on resisting the motion of their cranks with leg power to gradually slow down. Modern track- racing bikes are still made with fixed drivetrains like those early bikes had.

Publisher: Rodale Press

About this book
The fully revised and updated sixth edition of the best-selling guide to bike maintenance from the world's leading authority on cyclingWhether they own the latest model or a classic with thousands of miles on it, beginner and experienced cyclists alike need a guide that will help them get their bikes out of the shop faster and keep them on the road longer. For more than 20 years, The Bicycling Guide to Bike Maintenance & Repair has done just that.With troubleshooting sections to quickly identify and correct common problems, 450 photographs and 40 drawings to clarify all the step-by-step directions so even the complete neophyte can get repairs right the first time, and Web sites and phone numbers of bicycle and parts manufacturers, this is truly the ultimate bicycle repair and maintenance manual. Now better than ever, the newest edition contains the latest information on component kits and carbon fork specifications. 



360 pages

Bike Repair & Maintenance For Dummies

Creator: Dennis Bailey, Keith Gates | Sports & Recreation - 2009-02-09

This option is a cheap, reliable fix — and it's the method we recommend. Before long, you'll be a biking veteran proudly showing ... have made the lives of bike riders easier by introducing things such as quick-release hubs and brakes.

Publisher: For Dummies

About this book
By coupling step-by-step instructions and detailed photos and illustrations, Bike Repair & Maintenance For Dummies gives readers the information they need to keep their bikes in working order, often without taking it to the shop.


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How to Fix Stuck Bicycle Brakes: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Fix Stuck Bicycle Brakes. Are your bicycle brakes stuck, preventing you from riding? When brakes drag or stick, there are a few things you can try to fix them ...


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  • Bell

    PITCREW 500 Cable Change Kit

    Sports (Bell)

    Rating (179 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Bell

    Pretty, pretty good

    0 5/5 Zuby - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bell Sports 7015913 Bicycle Fix Cable Set (Sports) Pretty good deal. Seriously. $8 for a brand new set of cables, housing, and even a few ferrules and cable tips. That's a LOT of cable for about $9. Check, now its $5.50 at Amazon. Damn good deal!The shift housings are coiled, not compressionless. If you have index shifter (shifters that are numbered), then you might want to look for compressionless shifter cables. If you have friction shifters (levers), you'll be fine. Still, the brake cables are universal, so you are fine in that respect.Just a tip (got from a friend): when you cut the cable, the ends can fray. If you do not have a bicycle cable cutter, what you can do is wrap a small amount (maybe 2-3 turns) of electrical tape around the point you will cut, and then cut the cable with a regular cable cutter, sort of snipping then turning then snipping again. I got a REALLY cut with this tip. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , June 16, 2011

    Hard to beat

    0 5/5 JoK=) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bell Sports 7015913 Bicycle Fix Cable Set (Sports) Great for fixing up the 30 year old Schwinn/Huffy/Ross/Murray that's been gathering dust.Still a pretty good deal for the newer (post 1985) indexed shifting bikes. In these bikes the brake cables will work fine, but the shift cables might be fussy. (Technical explanation : both the brake and gear cable housings in this set are tight spiral wound. Modern gear cable housing is loose spiral wound (100 mm period ), often called compression-less or constant-length. Some gear shifters will behave erratically with the Bell cable housing. Solution: buy a roll of Shimano SIS shift housing cable ... you can still use the Bell cables.)I've had no problems with Shimano indexed systems including Ultegra 10 , Dura Ace 9, and Deore XT. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 21, 2012

    Works pretty well

    These cables and housings aren't perfect, but they work pretty darn well. I replaced the all the cables on one bike, the rear brake and rear derailleur cables on another, and the front derailleur cable on yet another using these cables. So far, so good. The brakes are working better than ever. The housing condenses just a tad when the cable is being pulled, so my rear derailleur skips 1st gear, but I'm fine with that. All the other gears work, why do I need first? The front derailleur cable I replaced on a friend's bike seems to be working fine too. A word of advice: lube the inside of these cable housings. if you don't there's a bit more friction than one is ok with in a bike cable. I just drip some motor oil in there before I run the wires through them and it works like a charm. Put them on over a month ago and everything is still working as smooth as ever! :D I used these to fix two Giant boulder mountain bikes, and one Schwinn Mesa. All three had rapid fire / click-style gear... 5/5 Sean89us - See all my reviews This review is from: Bell Sports 7015913 Bicycle Fix Cable Set (Sports) These cables and housings aren't perfect, but they work pretty darn well. I replaced the all the cables on one bike, the rear brake and rear derailleur cables on another, and the front derailleur cable on yet another using these cables. So far, so good. The brakes are working better than ever. The housing condenses just a tad when the cable is being pulled, so my rear derailleur skips 1st gear, but I'm fine with that. All the other gears work, why do I need first? The front derailleur cable I replaced on a friend's bike seems to be working fine too. A word of advice: lube the inside of these cable housings. if you don't there's a bit more friction than one is ok with in a bike cable. I just drip some motor oil in there before I run the wires through them and it works like a charm. Put them on over a month ago and everything is still working as smooth as ever! :D I used these to fix two Giant boulder mountain bikes, and one Schwinn Mesa. All three had rapid fire / click-style gear... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 15, 2011
    List Price: $5.99
    Contains all the components you need to tune up your brakes and gearshifts
    Includes universal front and rear brake and gear cables with housing
    Ideal for the home bike maintenance enthusiast
    Cable set from bicycle accessory maker Bell
    Also comes with extra ferrules and end caps


  • Pure Fix Cycles Bull Horn Bike Handlebar, 42cm, Black

    Sports

    Rating (44 reviews):
    (4.2/5)

    Awesome.

    0 5/5 jorge montelongo - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Untaped Bull Horn Handlebars (Sports) I ride my bike fixed gear, these handle bars are nice and sturdy, made a huge difference going from a riser bar to bullhorns. The bars themselves are finished very nicely (got the white ones) they look so good without tape on them I've just been riding them without the tape. Overall it is a very good product at a great price. I ride mostly urban areas and a few big hills here and there, i weigh about 170lbs and haven't felt anything in the bars suggesting they are weak especially when I hit my cadence going up a steep hill. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , March 18, 2013

    As expected

    0 5/5 Joseph - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Untaped Bull Horn Handlebars (Sports) nice shinny bullhorn handlebars. excellent for riding long distance and they look great shipping was very fast. couldnt be happier with this transaction if you need anything for a fixed gear bike pure fix is the way to go. company is responsive to emails phone calls pure fix! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 27, 2014

    looks good fits well

    0 5/5 Dianna J Bland - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Untaped Bull Horn Handlebars (Sports) Does everything you want it too. I wasn't the fan of the original handle bars my bike came with, and these ones makes it way better and easier to ride. Look good, expect I put bar tape on the handles so you cant see the gold but they still look good. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , January 20, 2014
    List Price: $24.00
    Have an ISO standard 25.4mm stem clamp diameter and 22.2mm brake clamp diameter
    Comfortable hand positioning and quick handling
    Bar tape not included
    42cm alloy Bull Horn handlebar for fixie, road and track bikes
    17" W by 2.5" H


  • Critical Cycles

    Critical Cycles Classic Fixed-Gear Single-Speed Bike with Pista Drop Bars, Hunter Green, 43cm/X-Small

    Sports (Critical Cycles)
    List Price: $219.99

    Pista Handlebars with soft Kraton Rubber grips, urban comfort saddle, many frame colors and sizes to choose from, perfect bike for teens and adults
    Includes All the Tools You Need to Build and Maintain Your Own Bicycle
    Super Deep-V Double Wall Rims with Stainless Steel Spokes and Flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear with ease
    Premium Hand-Built Steel Fixed Gear Single-Speed Track Frame with Bar-Spin Clearance, Water Bottle Mounts, No Toe Overlap and Horizontal Drop Outs
    Alloy pedal & Leather Strap, Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket, Wanda Tires, KMC Chain, Pro-Max Brake, 3-Piece Crank & Lightweight Alloy Chain wheel


  • BELL SPORTS INC

    BELL SPORTS INC Brake Fix Bicycle Brake Cable Set

    Sports (BELL SPORTS INC)

    Rating (2 reviews):
    (2.5/5)
    BELL SPORTS INC

    Not what was promised

    0 1/5 BillBK - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bell Sports 109512 Brake Fix Bicyle Cable Set Am I the only person who would think that when you buy a brake cable set for a bicycle, it would mean 2 cables - one for each brake. Product arrived and was only one cable. In addition, the product description was listed as: "Brake Fix Brake Cable Set, Double Ended Fits Most Common Bicycle Brakes, Easy To Install, Comes With Extra Ferrules & End Cap". Package did NOT come with extra ferrules & end cap. Not worth sending it back. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 22, 2013

    Tough to beat!

    0 4/5 Daniel V.Garrett - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Bell Sports 109512 Brake Fix Bicyle Cable Set These cables are truly tough to beat for the price. When fixin' up the neighbors kid's bicycle and they being a single parent who really can't afford to spend money on such things, especially when food & rent are the big worries for them and you can't afford to spring for those designer-type cables for 3 or 4 times as much you get'em these Bell cables. They work just great and make everyone concerned happy AND the kid will be safe again. And that's what its all about ain't it? 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , November 4, 2013
    List Price: $7.02
    Bagged
    Fits all bikes w/hand brakes
    BIKE BRAKE CABLE
    For front and rear


  • Pure Fix Cycles Fixed Gear Single Speed Urban Fixie Road Bike, 58cm/ Large, Juliet Matte Black

    Sports

    Rating (619 reviews):
    (4.4/5)

    Great Commuting Bike

    I have around a 2 mile commute back and forth from home and work depending on my route with a total of 8 miles (including back and forth for lunch) and have waited a few months to write a review. So far I've put about 500 miles on this bike in the past 2 months.This bike is definitely solid. I had no problems with scratches, gouges, or striped pedals or anything like that during assembly. I haven't had a single problem with the inner tubes either, aside from the normal tire pressure drop after a couple weeks. I used to do this commute with a department store mountain bike and have made my ride extremely easier. The bike is pretty light from my experience of bikes, I haven't any top of the line road bikes or anything like that but for my purposes this thing is perfect. The paint does scratch when locking it against the a rack or having other bikes hit it but if your really nit picky about scratches, the only way your going to avoid scratching any bike is if you don't... 5/5 dTonaz - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Fixed Gear Single Speed Urban Fixie Road Bike (Sports) I have around a 2 mile commute back and forth from home and work depending on my route with a total of 8 miles (including back and forth for lunch) and have waited a few months to write a review. So far I've put about 500 miles on this bike in the past 2 months.This bike is definitely solid. I had no problems with scratches, gouges, or striped pedals or anything like that during assembly. I haven't had a single problem with the inner tubes either, aside from the normal tire pressure drop after a couple weeks. I used to do this commute with a department store mountain bike and have made my ride extremely easier. The bike is pretty light from my experience of bikes, I haven't any top of the line road bikes or anything like that but for my purposes this thing is perfect. The paint does scratch when locking it against the a rack or having other bikes hit it but if your really nit picky about scratches, the only way your going to avoid scratching any bike is if you don't... Read more, December 17, 2012

    Decent value, but be warned...

    I'd really like to be able to write a more glowing review, but there are some serious ground floor issues with this bike, which, once taken care of, lead to a good commuter ride.First, I should mention that before buying this I shopped on line for quite a while. I really would have liked to have gotten one of the Bigshot bikes, but since I'm 5'11" and they don't make a 58 cm, there weren't any sizes from them I thought would be maximally comfortable in. Bikesdirect.com had some decent SS/fixies, but I don't like the curved fork on the Motobecane/Windsors or the fact that they only came with rear brakes. Plus I liked the thicker rims. The Vilanos looked cheap and places like State Bike seemed a little more expensive, so I went with the purefix which, at 325, was about 100 dollars less than state or bigshot.As other reviewers have noted, the Kenda Kwest tires are absolute garbage. I had the exact same problem as another guy with the tires popping off the rim... 3/5 David M Aleksic - See all my reviews This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Fixed Gear Single Speed Urban Fixie Road Bike (Sports) I'd really like to be able to write a more glowing review, but there are some serious ground floor issues with this bike, which, once taken care of, lead to a good commuter ride.First, I should mention that before buying this I shopped on line for quite a while. I really would have liked to have gotten one of the Bigshot bikes, but since I'm 5'11" and they don't make a 58 cm, there weren't any sizes from them I thought would be maximally comfortable in. Bikesdirect.com had some decent SS/fixies, but I don't like the curved fork on the Motobecane/Windsors or the fact that they only came with rear brakes. Plus I liked the thicker rims. The Vilanos looked cheap and places like State Bike seemed a little more expensive, so I went with the purefix which, at 325, was about 100 dollars less than state or bigshot.As other reviewers have noted, the Kenda Kwest tires are absolute garbage. I had the exact same problem as another guy with the tires popping off the rim... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , August 28, 2012

    Abused for six months... and counting

    DELIVERY / DAY ONEProduct arrived in a box that looked like it got jumped by a rival gang. Surprisingly, the seat post clamp was the only thing damaged. I contacted the guys at Pure Fix and they had a replacement one en route the same day, no charge. Fresh out of the box, the Pure Fix logo sticker was already peeling. I had no problem with this as I had planned on removing them anyways. So... thumbs up for making that easier for me.BIKE / SIX MONTHS LATERTo preface, I'm 6'1", 230lbs. I reluctantly strapped this fragile looking bike, instead of my MTB, to the back of my SUV and took off on a road trip. This bike has seen the traffic of Atlanta/Miami/Austin/Dallas, the cobblestone roads of Charleston and Savannah, the sand and salt of Key West, and has jumped countless curbs/potholes/roadkill animals. I can honestly say I gave this bike a good thrashing and it has remained mechanically sound throughout all of this.I'm not sure how all... 4/5 Pure Fix Cycles, March 2, 2014
    List Price: $345.00
    Price: $333.50
    You Save: $11.50 (3%)
    Brand name components include Kenda Tires and Tubes, Oury Grips and KMC Chain
    High-tensile, fully Tig-welded steel frame is built to last
    Easily removable front brake
    Fixed gear single speed fixie bicycle with deep-dish 50mm wheels
    Flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear with ease


  • Pure Fix Cycles Drop Style Bike Handlebar, 42cm, Alloy/Silver

    Sports

    Rating (22 reviews):
    (4.5/5)

    Bang for the Buck

    0 5/5 Mrcarlson114 - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Drop Style Bike Handlebar, 42cm (Sports) These are great. They are just what I expected... light, sturdy, well-made. I put them on my bike this morning and I love them. I will definitely be purchasing more Pure Fix gear in the future. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 24, 2013

    Fantastic!!

    0 5/5 Jonathan Rohme - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Drop Style Bike Handlebar, 42cm (Sports) Love these bars! Ultra light and provide way better control than my previous straight bars. Can't go wrong for $20. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 19, 2013

    Good To Go

    0 5/5 Cassie - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Drop Style Bike Handlebar, 42cm (Sports) I bought these for my bike and they are exactly what I wanted. Good customer service and quality product. Satisfied customer. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 14, 2013
    List Price: $22.00
    Bar tape not included
    42cm alloy Drop handlebar for fixie, road and track bikes
    Comfortable hand positioning and quick handling
    Have an ISO standard 25.4mm stem clamp diameter and 22.2mm brake clamp diameter
    17.5" W by 7.25" H


  • Shimano

    Updated from BR-M422 : Shimano Acera Mountain Bicycle V-Brake Front + Rear Pair Set FOR TWO WHEELS BR-T4000

    Sports (Shimano)

    V-brake,X-type,w/S65T Shoe,16mm Fix bolt
    Brake Compatibility: Rim Brake
    Basic replacement and repair for linear pull brakes
    Arch Size : 107mm
    Original package not included


  • Pure Fix Cycles, Inc.

    Pure Fix Cycles Fixed Gear 43cm/ XX-Small Single Speed Urban Fixie Road Bike, XRay-1 Cream/Mint Green

    Sports (Pure Fix Cycles, Inc.)
    List Price: $345.00
    Price: $337.58
    You Save: $7.42 (2%)

    Built to last high-tensile steel frame and fork is machine Tig-welded
    Flip-flop rear wheel hub allows changing from single-speed to fixed gear
    Bike sized to fit riders that 4'-2" to 4'-7" tall
    Fixed gear single speed fixie bike with deep dish 50mm wheels
    Perfectly proportionate: 650c wheels, mini Pure Fix urban saddle, mini Wellgo pedals, mini three-piece sealed crankset, and mini Radius brake levers


  • Moto-777

    4x Nonslip Motorcycle Bike Handlebar Grip + Brake Clutch Lever Covers

    Automotive Parts and Accessories (Moto-777)

    Ergonomic desing for long-distance cycling, help absorb vibration and give you the confort, reduce fatigue of your wrist.
    Easy installation, flexible to fix on bar or detach
    4 colors available (red, green, yellow, blue)
    A set of 4 sponge handlebars for motorcycles, mountain bikes and bicycles.
    To US contential, we ship by USPS first class international(about 10 days delivery). For other regions, please contact us for an ETA. Amazon Checkout doesn't give accurate delivery estimate.


  • Pure Fix Cycles, Inc.

    Pure Fix Cycles Fixed Gear Track Bike Frame Set, 58cm/Large, Gloss Black

    Sports (Pure Fix Cycles, Inc.)

    Rating (34 reviews):
    (3.7/5)
    Pure Fix Cycles, Inc.

    Unsatisfied. Bent dropouts, bent seatpost.

    I'm giving this one star because in my 15+ years building BMX bikes and making the switch over to single speeds I've never seen a frame in this bad condition. I really tried hard to make a few things work, but after no luck I gave up and this will be sitting collecting dust.First the rear right dropouts were bent. Top portion of the dropout was bent outwards, while the bottom was straight. Which I would have been able to bend backwards, but the dropout opening must have not been welded on correctly because the opening would not allow the 3/8" axle to fit in. I measured it to be slightly under 1/4". After some filing of the drop out I finally was able to get the rear wheel on with some pressure to fit through the smaller opening after my modification. After all this work, the rear wheel wouldn't align straight. It would be centered between the seat stays, but off to the left on the chain stays. Something is starting to tell me I have a bent, or improperly welded... 1/5 Jason Gourley - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Pure Fix Cycles Fixed Gear Track Bike Frame Set (Sports) I'm giving this one star because in my 15+ years building BMX bikes and making the switch over to single speeds I've never seen a frame in this bad condition. I really tried hard to make a few things work, but after no luck I gave up and this will be sitting collecting dust.First the rear right dropouts were bent. Top portion of the dropout was bent outwards, while the bottom was straight. Which I would have been able to bend backwards, but the dropout opening must have not been welded on correctly because the opening would not allow the 3/8" axle to fit in. I measured it to be slightly under 1/4". After some filing of the drop out I finally was able to get the rear wheel on with some pressure to fit through the smaller opening after my modification. After all this work, the rear wheel wouldn't align straight. It would be centered between the seat stays, but off to the left on the chain stays. Something is starting to tell me I have a bent, or improperly welded... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , May 4, 2013

    pretty straight forward

    0 3/5 Pure Fix Cycles, November 21, 2013

    Pure Fix Cycle 54cm

    I wanted to give this product a higher rating but several factors have held me back.When I placed an order for the frame, I selected the glow in the dark white. When the box arrived it was not sealed on the top, but thankfully everything was inside (this could be accounted to the courier though). I was dismayed when I discovered I was sent a matte black frame instead of what I ordered. I talked to Amazon and didn't want to go through the hassle of returning a frame, so I kept the matte black. For the price, I was still pretty pleased.I've been building the bike up recently and when I went to put on calipers I was again upset to realize that the frame requires long reach calipers. Both the front and rear calipers I installed where rubbing against the tires. I took it to a bike shop in hopes of it being user error and unfortunately it requires long reach.For the price I suppose I can't complain too much, but if I had to do it over again knowing what I know now and... 2/5 Mark Anderson "pooooop" (USA USA USA) - See all my reviews, February 8, 2014
    List Price: $99.00
    Price: $86.46
    You Save: $12.54 (13%)
    Available in 3 sizes: 50cm/small, 54cm/medium and 58cm/large; frameset weighs approximately 8 pounds
    Designed for 1-1/8 inch thread less headset and 25.4mm seat post (both not included)
    Fork is standard 1-1/8 inch with holes for attaching a front and rear brake (not included)
    Matching frame and fork set, constructed with ultra-durable TIG-welded hi-tensile steel is perfect for your classic-looking custom built fixed bike
    Frame designed for a 68 by 110.5mm bottom bracket (not included)


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