How to replace your bottom bracket

This article illustrates how to remove an internal-cup ISIS bottom-bracket. With the proper tools, this job will take at the very most 10 minutes, given a bike that has been well taken care of. I say again, this is a walk-through for removal of INTERNAL BEARING BOTTOM BRACKETS. Not illustrated is the removal of the …

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How to replace a mountain bike cassette

This article is a step-by-step procedure on replacing a mountain bike cassette & chain. Featured parts used here are: SRAM 8spd (11-32) cassette SRAM 8spd Powerlink chain (top chain is old, bottom chain is new & longer) Tools required for this job are: Cassette lockring tool (SRAM cassettes are compatible with Shimano lockring tools) Chain-whip …

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How to fix or replace your MTB chain

To replace a mountain bike chain, you’ll need a chain-tool. Some chain-tools have removable bits that are different sizes for different link-pins. Most mountain bike chains have the same link-pin size, so do not be concerned if your tool only has one bit. The Park Chain-tool is a good choice, as it has a large …

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Retro Riding, or Mountain biking for Luddites

For some time now, I’ve been converting a Nirve Fifty-Three cruiser into a “Klunker”. This is the result. Our entire sport was founded upon the Klunkers, which were fashioned from scrounged bits from other bicycles, motorcycles & ice-cream carts. The founders of mountain biking’s scavenging provided fat knobby tires, brakes, handlebars, and most importantly, derailleurs. …

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The 650B Rolls On….

From DirtRag’s Blog: Their 650B SantaCruz Heckler (Beckler) is finished… And it certainly looks sweet! This bike is equipped with a White Brothers 130 fork, RockShox Pearl shock, Velocity Blunt 650B wheels, Pacenti NeoMoto tires, Maverick Speedball seatpost, and a CrankBrothers Cobalt crankset. Also, Kenda has paid attention to the increasing demand for 650B tires …

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The Singletracks National Mountainbike Gathering

I am excited to announce this event as the start of a yearly tradition for our small community at Singletracks! If anyone here might plan on attending our Gathering, please stop by the Forum Announcement and read up about the event. ~ To start off the event on Thursday, Sept. 4th, we’ll have an initial day …

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Made in the USA…. Mountainbikes

Recently, I was listening to our local talk-radio station and the host, Russ Johnson, had commented on the difficulty in being able to find products that are still made in the USA. This is true for the most part; companies that produced TVs, hand-tools, and many other items that used to be manufactured in the …

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Togas, Laurels, and Chariots…… Mountainbike Chariots

From IcWales.co.uk “A WELSH town will be transported back into Roman times today as it aims to maximise its visitor appeal. Residents in Llanwrtyd Wells–the self-confessed “wacky capital of Wales”–will don togas and drape themselves in laurels for a Gladiator-style chariot race. The event is to celebrate Saturnalia–an annual festival of Roman drinking, food and …

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Advice for New Mountainbike Buyers

I sometimes wonder; how many drop mountainbiking after the first few rides? And how often is this the result of an uneducated choice when selecting a new bike? The first problem is money, and what people are willing to pay for a new mountainbike. Following that, a lack of information and to some extent, personal …

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Cannondale Recalls 2008 Scalpel

Cannondale Recall Notices via PDF Cannondale is recalling its 2008 model year Scalpel, including the Scalpel Framset, Scalpel Team, and Scalpel 1/2. The frame can break while in use, causing the rider to lose control and suffer injuries from a fall or collision. The firm has received six reports of frames breaking. No injuries have been …

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All-Wheel-Drive MTB

Christini has developed an AWD bike with 5/6″ of travel, after having produced the 4″ travel Venture for some time now.  Known simply as the Christini Long Travel, it is available as a frame kit for $1995. By all accounts, the Christini system works exactly as advertised, and manufactures their mountainbikes for Jeep, who then …

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Ski-Slope DH Racing

From the Pocono Record December 31, 2007 “Looking for a challenge? How about downhill mountain biking on a black-diamond ski slope? “Blue Mountain Ski Slope is readying for its annual Bikercross. This extreme sport, which combines bicycling with skiing, has competitors racing on a downhill black-diamond ski slope at speeds exceeding 50 mph. “The snow-covered …

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