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Bike Repair Maunal

Bike Repair Maunal

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Urban commuting

With its head-up, traffic-friendly riding position
and easy-to-operate gears, the lightweight hybrid
is ideal for urban commuting.

Bikes for general use

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UTILITY BIKE

FOLDING BIKE

•Regularly maintain
and lubricate the
derailleur gears (see
pp.52–3, 54–5).
•Check the gear cables
for signs of wear
(see p.39, pp.48–9).
•Check the brake
cables for signs of
wear (see p.39,
pp.116–17).
•Check the tyres for
signs of wear (see p.39).
•Regularly change the
chain (see pp.64–5).

•Regularly lubricate
the hub gears (see
pp.58–9, 60–1).
•Regularly check the
gear cables for signs of
wear (see p.39).
•Regularly check the
brake control cables
for signs of wear
(pp.116–17).
•Regularly check the
brake pads for signs
of wear (see p.38).
•Regularly clean and
grease the chain (see
pp.28–9, 30–1).

•Regularly check and
lubricate the pivots and
the locks that allow the
bike to fold and unfold.
•Regularly check hub
gears, even though they
are shielded from the
elements and so need
very little maintenance
(see pp.58–9, 60–1)
•Pay extra attention to
the outer control cables
(see p.39, pp.48–9).

Tyre

Rear
mech

Brake cable

Front
mech

Chain

Frame
hinge

Rear suspension

Large chainrings

Hub and
derailleur gear
system

Hub gears

Brake lever

Folded bike

Unfolded
bike

ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Gear cable

Chainguard

Handlebar basket

Sprung saddle

HYBRID BIKE

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR BIKE

16

If you want to take up cycling as a sport
or hobby, rather than simply as a means of
transport, look for a more specialized bike,
such as a race level road bike, a mountain
bike, or a BMX bike.
As bikes become more sophisticated they
need more care. For example, lightweight
parts wear quickly, so they must be kept
scrupulously clean. Carbon wheel rims
require special brake pads that do not work
well on metal. Hydraulic disc brakes and
suspension systems need regular attention.
Do not let this put you off buying your
dream bike. Just as riding it will be a joy,
maintaining it to exacting standards will
be part of the whole cycling experience.

The road bike

Lightweight materials and narrow tyres make
road bikes good for fitness riding, day touring,
and competitions. The aerodynamic position
afforded by a drop handlebar offers great
speed. Road bikes are so light and have such
a range of gears that almost anyone, with a
little training, can tackle the great mountain
passes made famous by the Tour de France.

The mountain bike

Full-suspension mountain bikes allow you
to break new ground and ride across rugged
terrain that was previously unthinkable and
at speeds that were once unattainable.

The BMX bike

These bikes are built for acceleration and
agile bike handling. Like some of the very
first bikes, BMXs are made almost entirely
from steel because it transfers power in a
way that no other material can.

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