Making the most of your time off the bike…

As much as we’d like to think we could, you can’t be on your bike all the time. Real life tends to get in the way, but sometimes the body just needs a rest. However, that time doesn’t necessarily need to be wasted. There’s a lot you can do with your downtime to make the time you have on the bike more enjoyable. Work on … Continue reading Making the most of your time off the bike…

Looking after your chain…

Your chain is one of the most important parts of your bike, yet mercifully one of the cheapest. However, neglect it and things will quickly become a lot more expensive. We’ve all heard it. The telltale sound of a chain in distress, squeaking its way up the roads and trails, covered in rust and in desperate need of a change. Chain wear Oil, sand and … Continue reading Looking after your chain…

Fixing your own bike…

One of the great things about the humble bicycle is that, unlike a car, repairs can often be made at home with a handful of allen keys and usually for very little money. However, whilst we wouldn’t advocate a novice servicing their own bottom bracket without a bit of help, we would advocate learning some of the basics. Fortunately, here in Cardiff we have Cycle Training … Continue reading Fixing your own bike…

Puncture prevention & why you need a track pump…

Nobody likes punctures. They always happen at the most inappropriate times and, this time of year they’re all too common. Fortunately, aside from buying really heavy-duty, puncture-resistant tires that weigh almost as much as your bike there are some steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting one. Under pressure… First things first, if you don’t have one yet you NEED a track … Continue reading Puncture prevention & why you need a track pump…

Indexing your rear derailleur

One of the most common issues you’ll experience whilst out and about on the bike is that your gears start to misbehave, jump about or not shift up or down when you ask them to. Unless you are blessed with an electronic group set like Shimano’s Di2 system, your gears are going to be controlled by cables. Unfortunately, over time these cables can stretch, fray and … Continue reading Indexing your rear derailleur