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Tires Everything you need to know about bicycle tires

This article covers all aspects of bicycle tires, construction, tread design, inflation, etc.

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Wheelbuilding You can learn to build your own wheels!

This article provides all you need to know to build your own bicycle wheels. A knowledge of wheelbuilding can be invaluable to any cyclist who wishes to do his or her own maintenance and repair.

Building wheels from scratch is the best way to learn the craft of wheel truing, to get the feel for how a wheel responds to spoke adjustments. It is much easier to learn this with new, un-damaged parts than to start right in trying to repair damaged wheels.

Measuring Hubs and Rims for Spoke Length Get it right!

Make sure that the spokes you buy for your wheelbuilding job will be the right length. Detailed instructions for measurement are here.

Special Spoking for Large Hubs Less cross, better build

Very large hubs such as electric-bike hub motors produce excessive spoke angles with ordinaryry crossed spoking patterns. There are patterns which avoid the problem.

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Servicing Cup-and-Cone Hubs

This article examines the workings of conventional bicycle hubs and explains the tools and techniques involved in servicing them.

It also describes a special tool I invented to facilitate bearing adjustment on quick-release hubs...you can make your own from junk parts.

Tire Sizing

Bicycle tires come in a bewildering variety of sizes. To make matters worse, in the early days of cycling, every country that manufactured bicycles developed its own system of marking the sizes. These different national sizing schemes created a situation in which the same size tire would be known by different numbers in different countries. Even worse, different-sized tires that were not interchangeable with one another were often marked with the same numbers! A newer international tire-sizing system has reolved this problem. Learn how to read tire sizes and find out which tires and rims are compatible with each other.

Tire Rotation Should you rotate your tires?

This seems like a good idea at first, but you really shouldn't do it! This short article explains why.

Shimano Cassettes For the intermediate/advanced cyclist.

Most new bicycles of good quality use Shimano "Freehubs" for the rear hub, the heart of the gear shifting system. This article explains why, and lists the available Shimano and shimano-compatible clusters. If you want to customize your gearing to fit your riding style and terrain, this will show you what your options are.

Multi-Speed Internal-Gear Hubs For the commuter or utility cyclist.

Derailers are not the only option for multi-speed bicycles. Remember 3-speeds? Now you can have a 7, 8, 9, 11 0r even 14-speed hub with the same easy, reliable internal gearing.

This page lists the different makes and models of hubs, and offers information on installing and maintaining them.

Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Glossary For all cyclists.

An encyclopedic listing of bicycle lore, technical data and opinions.

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