Electronic vs mechanical shifters
Apr09

Electronic vs mechanical shifters

I have ridden a few bikes of late that have the electronic Shimano Ultegra Di2 system fitted and a few people have commented wanting to know more about electronic vs mechanical shifters. The shifting on the electronic Di2 system is so smooth and it has some nice features but does it really justify the extra 1000 dollars on the buy price? Short answer is it depends I am not convinced that I would automatically opt for a bike that has...

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Measuring your wheel circumference
Mar02

Measuring your wheel circumference

If you are unsure about measuring your wheel circumference in order to set up your cycle computer this week’s quick tip video will show you how. Last week we discussed the differences between a GPS and a standard computer. This week’s video is just the first step toward making sure you can record the distance you cover accurately in your chosen cycle computer....

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Fix a squeaky disc brake
Feb14

Fix a squeaky disc brake

If you have ever ridden in the forest and had a squeaky disc brake and wondered how to fix it, then this week’s quick tip video is for you. We show you how to fix a squeaky disc brake from removal, repair and refitting your disc and brake pads. Bed in the disc In the video we do not cover bedding in the cleaned disc. But before you try to use the brake fully you need to re-bed it in. Do this by finding a safe but flat or...

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How to replace your handlebar tape
Feb07

How to replace your handlebar tape

Replacing your handlebar tape is a job that is quick and easy once you know how. In this week’s quick tips video we show you how to re-wrap your bar at home and get out riding again quick as a flash.  

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Camping matters for cycling
Feb04

Camping matters for cycling

Cycle touring around New Zealand may not be your first choice of summer activity, but it brings a lot of tourists here who rely on camp-grounds being in slightly obscure locations to make their trips viable. It may not be a surprise to learn that the humble camp ground has had a tough time over the last decade as camping fell out of favour. The holiday hotspots have fared better, but in small towns they continue to struggle on, or...

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How to tell when to replace a chain
Jan31

How to tell when to replace a chain

In this week’s quick tip video we cover how to quickly and easily tell when to replace your chain. There are other more scientific ways to tell when to replace a chain by checking the length of the links, but this is a good visual and quick way for those of us at home to check it over. If you have any doubt, pop into your local bike shop and they will take a look at it and let you know.  

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