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Properly adjusted brake systems require attention to small details. This article will begin by discussing the brake lever, inner wire fitting at the lever, and brake housing. Caliper attachment to the frame, pad adjustment to the rim, and pad centering and clearance are then reviewed.
This article links to a comprehensive spreadsheet of terms commonly used by bicycle mechanics, in order to help the traveling bicycle mechanic communicate more effectively.
This article will discuss the basics of threaded fasteners and fastener tightening. The use of chemical thread-lockers will also be discussed. Understanding basic concepts regarding fasteners and threads will improve the skill and knowledge of any mechanic. See related article: Bicycle Torque Specifications.
This article will describe the use of the MTB Positioning Chart for competitive mountain bicycles. A similar article for road bikes is at Road Bike Positioning.
This article will describe the use of the Road Positioning Chart for competitive road bicycles. A similar article for MTB bikes is at MTB Bike Positioning.
This article will discuss the procedure for packing and boxing a bicycle for shipment. This often means taking apart various parts of the bicycle. Although disassembly is an inconvenience for reassembly, it makes for a well-protected bicycle during transport. The safe transport of the bike relies heavily upon the effort put into packing.
This article will discuss the basics of torque and torque wrench use. See also related article on Basic Thread Concepts. This article includes a table of various torque recommendations. The Bicycle Specific Torque Value Chart is also available as a PDF file.
This article is a list of recommended procedures necessary for the assembly of a new bike from a bare frame to a completed bike.
This article will discuss how to wash a bike, including the frame, drivetrain and wheels. Cleaning the bicycle makes it look great, last longer, and improves performance.
This article will review the repair of stripped pedal crank threads using the pedal bushing repair kits. NOTE: Park Tool does not make or sell a pedal bushing repair kit. These kits are expensive and in most cases arm replacement in the best option. This article is offered only as an explanation of the process.