Category: Maintenance

Components, Maintenance

Replacing SRAM hoods – Easier than you’d think

The hood on my Kinesis’ right hand SRAM brake lever started to tear a few weeks back and by last week was clearly not going to last much longer, so needed replacing. The Kinesis is now proudly wearing brand new bright red SRAM doubletap hoods in place of the old black ones. They were suprisingly …

Tools

Crank Brothers m5 – Perfect road bike mini tool?

I’ve gone very minimal with my road bike tools (the ones’s that I carry with me when I’m out on a ride) – the bike is well-maintained, I’m not heading into the wildernees (it’s a different story on the mountain bike) and I’ve always got a phone with me if the worse happens (assuming that …

Maintenance

Giant Anthem – Bearings out

These ten little rings are the suspension bearings from my Giant Anthem X3 (2012 model year)… Over the last few rides the back-end of the bike has been getting increasingly ‘creaky’ and I was convinced that it was the bottom bracket that needed some attention. But on the last ride, last week, the handling got …

Tools

KOM mug – Meilleurs Grimpeur French style

During a last minute dash through the mini-mart in a small French town, as we were gearing up to leave after a week’s skiing, that this mug caught my eye. I’ve been a fan of the KOM polka-dot shirt since long before Strava started to claim some sort of copyright, so this mug seemed perfect… …

Maintenance

Bicycle Riders mug – essential tool

You’ll spend hours fettling your bicycle this winter, huddled over a bottom bracket or chasing ball bearings around a work bench, so make sure you stay warm with a good supply of tea. Any old mug will do the trick, but my new Bicyle Riders tea mug is just the ticket to keep spirits high …