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Bikeradar 20. September, 08:15 Uhr

Excluding your mind, hands and perhaps bottle opener, nothing in the bicycle workshop is likely to get more use than Allen keys (AKA hex keys, Hex wrenches). So why is that so many of us will invest in other bicycle-specific tools, but make do with cheap L-shaped Allen keys or worse, a multi-tool? Taking a peek in a well equipped workshop or pro-mechanics tool box will reveal that the...

Bikeradar 21. September, 11:00 Uhr

Riders who have Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and a new Garmin Edge computer can now control certain ANT+ bike lights with the buttons on the tops of Di2 hoods. Garmin announced a few new updates to the Edge 520, 820 and 1000 computers on the first day of Interbike.Garmin Edge 520 review (4.5 stars)Late to group rides? Maybe the Edge 820 can helpGarmin Edge 1000 review (4.5 stars)Back at the 2014...

Bikeradar 20. Januar, 15:00 Uhr

If you could have your choice between the new Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 and SRAM’s eTap, which electric drivetrain would you pick?SRAM Red eTap reviewShimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170 reviewSRAM Red HRD eTap reviewShimano Dura-Ace Di2 – all you need to knowI’ve put a few thousand miles on both eTap and 9070 Di2. They are both great groups with pros and cons. And, yes, I’ve managed to find myself out on...

Bikeradar 16. Juni, 08:40 Uhr

Subscribe to Procycling magazine and get your first 5 issues for just £5 – that's just £1 per issue!* Plus for a limited time we'll send you a great Tour de France book and DVD bundle! Including... Etape book: First-person interviews with cycling’s great riders, including Lance Armstrong, Jean-François Bernard, Chris Boardman, Mark Cavendish, Claudio Chiappucci, and many more...The Tour:...

Bikeradar 19. November, 18:00 Uhr

Even without a dedicated power meter you can use your turbo trainer for measured and reliable power workouts. Here’s how…The best smart trainers60 minute turbo training sessionsHow to plan your winter training’P’ is for power...With the increasing availability of power meters and power measuring turbo trainers, training with power is now more accessible. It all starts with your Functional...

Bikeradar 03. August, 12:00 Uhr

Achieving your optimal cycling weight will make you faster and fitter. But what is it and how do you reach it?How to lose belly fat by cycling10 steps to becoming a fitter, faster, better cyclist“Excess body weight is the cyclist’s enemy,” says Matt Fitzgerald, author of Racing Weight: How to get lean for peak performance (VeloPress). “It wastes energy, slows you down, affects ...

Bikeradar 26. Januar, 10:00 Uhr

If you’re going to really throw yourself into the swooping hills and sudden corner cityscapes of virtual training world Zwift, why not use a turbo you can literally throw around too? Especially if it’s also one of the most smoothly visceral ‘enterpainment’ engines on the market that’s just had a whole new smart update: the Kinetic Rock & Roll Smart Control.The best smart...

Bikeradar 19. Oktober, 12:00 Uhr

Hot soup is one of life's greatest comforts, particularly if you've been out in the cold and wet. We've hand-picked a selection of nourishing and tasty soup recipes that are packed full of veg and quick to whip up after a day in the saddle. We've partnered with Olive magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow...

Bikeradar 05. September, 13:00 Uhr

Disc brake pads are a consumable component of your bike, and it goes without saying that it’s important to keep them in good condition. Thankfully, renewing them is a five-minute job and they’re cheap and light enough that you can, and should, always carry a spare set when out riding as it's not unheard of to wear through a set on a particularly long and muddy ride.SRAM vs Shimano brake pads...

Bikeradar 06. September, 15:00 Uhr

Travelling with a bike can be fraught with pitfalls and hazards, but if you take the proper precautions, you and your beloved machine should make it to your destination in one piece. Here we explain how to use a car boot rack, so you can drive your bike further afield.Car rack reviewsHow to pack your road bike for a trip abroadFor short trips, boot-mounted car racks are cheap, reasonably fuel...

Bikeradar 07. September, 16:00 Uhr

It's a good idea to carry out a basic safety check on a bicycle before any long ride, or at least once a week. This guide helps you pick out potential problems in a methodical way.Everything you ever wanted to know about tyre pressure for mountain bikesHow to adjust cable disc brakesHow to safety check an adult's bikeWheels, brakes and hubCheck the wheel mounting system is in place — these days...

Bikeradar 08. September, 15:00 Uhr

Gear cables are a consumable part of the drivetrain of your road bike and in order to keep shifting as efficient as possible, they should be routinely replaced.10 reasons why your shifting sucks5 ways to make your old bike feel newAs dirt and grime finds its way into your cables, your shifting will become less responsive. It's easily fixed by replacing your cables and it's best to do this at...

Bikeradar 11. September, 09:00 Uhr

Headsets don't have the easiest life. They’re in the direct line of fire of everything that gets thrown off the front wheel and are subject to regular jet-wash abuse. If your headset has seen better days and servicing your bearings doesn't rectify your problems, then it's time to replace your headset. This guide will also help if you're fitting a new fork.How to adjust your handlebar heightHow...

Bikeradar 11. September, 16:00 Uhr

If your wheels feel rough when you spin them, it's time to service your hubs. Usually the problem will be caused by wear in your bearings or by the ingress of water and grime. Wheel bearings also wear out over time which will introduce play to the hub, allowing the wheel to rock side to side on its axle. Hub reviewsHow to overhaul your freehubThere are two types of bearings commonly seen in...

Bikeradar 13. September, 14:00 Uhr

Knowing how to fit a bike chain is an essential skill for any home mechanic. Chains are one of the consumable parts of your drivetrain and will stretch and wear with use, so you will need to replace it sooner or later.Everything you ever wanted to know about cleaning your bike chainDrivetrain wear explainedThe steps below are the same whether you ride a mountain bike or a road bike.How to...

Bikeradar 16. Oktober, 10:00 Uhr

Whether you’re setting up a brand new fork or just want to get rid of a spacer stack, cutting down a steerer tube isn’t as tricky as you might think. As long as you have the right tools and are very, very careful, that is.That said, new forks will need to be fitted with a crown race before installation, which requires specific and expensive tools and is best dealt with by your local bike...

Bikeradar 11. Juli, 11:00 Uhr

For the average racer, gluing a tubular tyre is a messy ordeal. For pro team mechanics, it’s a part of virtually every day on a Grand Tour. This isn’t just because of punctures. Tyres wear out, pick up glass, wheels break and conditions change. When you have nine riders and each of them has a minimum of four bikes (race, two spare, and TT), that’s 36 bikes. 72 wheels right there. Add to that 10...

Bikeradar 17. Oktober, 14:00 Uhr

Get the best from your winter riding and make sure that your bike survives with these essential tips to prepare your bike for wet and salty roads.When the winds turn to chilly northerlies and darkness more swiftly overpowers daylight, you know it won’t be long until the arrival of more rain, possibly snow, and the colder temperatures which inevitably bring out the gritting lorries. The complete...

Bikeradar 24. November, 17:00 Uhr

The star fangled nut — or ‘star nut’, as it’s known — is pressed into the steerer tube and allows the fork and headset components to be pulled into place in the frame’s head tube.If you have a new fork or have just cut down your steerer tube, you may need to fit a new star nut.How to cut down a fork steerer tubeHow to adjust your handlebar heightWatch the video above to find out how, while...

Bikeradar 28. November, 17:00 Uhr

If you're experiencing play (unwanted movement) in your headset, or a rough grinding when you turn the bars, it's likely that it's time to service your headset or replace the headset bearings.How to adjust your handlebar heightHow to fit a star nutHow to cut down a steerer tubeMost modern bikes use two sealed bearings positioned at the top and bottom of the head tube. We've put together this...

Bikeradar 29. November, 15:15 Uhr

The popularity of bikes with hub gears has skyrocketed over the past few years, but what happens when you get a puncture?Best folding bikes9 tips for getting fitter on your commuteTools requiredAdjustable spannerScrewdriver15mm spannerTyre levers, pump, patch kitAllen keys or multi-toolHow to repair a puncture on a BromptonOne of the most popular hub gear-equipped bikes on the market currently...

Bikeradar 23. August, 13:43 Uhr

A silent and smooth-running transmission can make all the difference to your ride. The videos below explain how to diagnose and fix common shifting problems and the techniques within them apply to both road and mountain bikes.10 Reasons why your shifting sucksHow to clean your bike chainHow to diagnose common drivetrain problems The first thing to do is find out what's wrong with your gears....

Bikeradar 14. Juli, 11:00 Uhr

Keen to try a bit of DIY bike maintenance but worried your ‘can-do’ approach might end up as one big ‘can-D'OH!’? Check out BikeRadar's top 10 DIY 'Don’ts’ to keep you out of trouble.Tools requiredSpoke keyGrease, oil3, 4, 5mm Allen keysChain tool/measuring toolPressure gauge/pumpTorque wrenchPedal spannerSix common beginner repair failsWhy you shouldn't buy cheap tools1. Don’t over-tighten...

Bikeradar 23. September, 10:00 Uhr

Any good suspension product will have a range of adjustments to tune how the fork feels and performs. Getting these settings correct is essential to maintaining your suspension's performance and ensuring you have the most comfortable and controlled ride possible.6 top suspension maintenance tips5 bike handling problems caused by bad suspension set-up (and how to fix them)Suspension...

Bikeradar 04. Oktober, 08:00 Uhr

Well set up disc brakes provide powerful, consistent stopping. But when you fit new pads or rotors, it's essential that you wear off surface glaze and contamination before you rely on your brakes. Editor's note: These steps are demonstrated on a mountain bike but the same goes for any bike equipped with disc brakes.Here's how to do it...ADVERTISEMENTAllen keys: everything you need to knowHow to...

Bikeradar 23. November, 17:40 Uhr

The 2016 autumn statement has just been announced, and the good news is that the Cycle to Work scheme remains unchanged. For UK cyclists, this is a great way to save up to 42 percent off the cost of a bike. Let's have a look at how it works and whether you're eligible.What's the best bike for cycle commuting?Best hybrid bikes: a buyer's guide to find what you need11 tips for safer city...

Bikeradar 14. September, 14:00 Uhr

Keeping your bike clean is an effective way of ensuring it works correctly and safely, while making sure it stays looking good. Clean components wear out less quickly than dirty ones - so a well-kept bike will also perform better than a grubby one, and won't require as much maintenance.How to clean a bicycle chain6 common beginner's bike maintenance fails5 ways to make your old bike feel...

Bikeradar 02. August, 09:50 Uhr

Picking out the best mountain bike can seem like a complicated business. The sheer variety of bike types, not to mention the bewildering array of technology and terminology surrounding them, can seem staggering. Best mountain bikes under £500Best mountain bikes under £1,000Best mountain bikes under £1,500Our buying guide will run you through everything you need to know, from how much you...

Bikeradar 20. Juli, 08:19 Uhr

The pro-level super bikes that fall into the price range beyond this bracket are truly amazing and it’s easy to be tempted by them. But don’t worry if you can’t get your hands on one without remortgaging your house, because the best road bikes under £2,000 still bring you into serious bike territory.Best road bike 2016 - how to choose the right one for youBest road bikes under £1,000Best bike:...

Bikeradar 13. August, 17:00 Uhr

If you're after a cheap bike and want to find the best mountain bikes for under £500 available now then look no further. It’s totally possible to get a bike that’s up to the task of proper off-road riding without breaking the bank, but there’s a big difference in how durable and enjoyable the best on the market are compared to the also-rans. Happily, we test hundreds of bikes every year, so...

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