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Drum brakes

New article about drum brakes — how they work, their advantages and disadvantages, installation, maintenance, safety considerations.

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Fixed gear, singlespeed

All of our pages about fixed-gear and singlespeed bicycles have been updated. Information about derailerless drivetrains including workarounds for frames with vertical dropouts has been consolidated in a single article and expanded. Table of contents for these articles.

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Tandem Updates

Pages about tandems and tandeming Sheldon Brown and family on home-built tandems[/caption] have been updated. We have more about disc brakes, brake levers, Gates synchronizing belts, and details about upgrading a cheap beach-resort tandem to ride with a child.

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Band brakes

A band brake, common in Japan and occasionally seen in the USA, is an inside-out drum brake. Instead of brake shoes which press outward against the inside of a brake drum, a band brake has a flexible band which wraps … Continue reading

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Inner tubes

New information has been added in our article about inner tubes on how to check for installation problems which could lead to failure of an inner tube.

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Spocalc spoke calculator and Web page updated

Update to Damon Rinard’s Spocalc Spoke calculator — new advice on fatbikes and hub motors, more spoke calculators for mobile devices added to the list at the bottom of the page, correction of a minor math error (display of bracing … Continue reading

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How bicycle spokes transmit torque between hub and rim

We have a new article which describes how the spokes transmit pedaling and braking torque between the hub and rim. The spokes do it by changes in tension — but how much does the tension change? The article explains the … Continue reading

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New video about brake quick releases

A brake quick release lets you remove and replace a wheel without deflating the tire. Our new video shows how a brake quick release works. The video appears in our article about flat tires, and the glossary.

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ShelBroCo Helium!

Helium weighs only 0.13 times as much as air. Imagine what it can do for your tires! Find out about ShelBroCo Helium!

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Tools and supplies to work on tires

Article about tools to care for tires and inner tubes (pumps, tire removal and replacement tools, flat-fixing supplies) pulled out of the article on fixing flat tires, which was getting too long, and expanded.

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