Tag archive for ‘how-to’

  • Looking for an Easy Upgrade? Try Compressionless Brake Housing-Mechanical Monday

    The traditonal compression brake housing is on top, with a spiral cord. On the bottom is an example of noncompression housing you can find in most derailluer housings.

    The folks here at Cyclocross Magazine can’t get enough of our cyclocross bikes, and usually we find excuses to keep riding them year round. We’ve also heard scary rumors of cyclists who leave their ’cross bikes in a dark corner…

  • Mechanical Monday: Readers Weigh in on Season’s Best Tools

    Reader's Tool of Choice.

    A couple of weeks ago, we asked some of our favorite mechanics and the staffers at Cyclocross Magazine which tools they simply couldn’t live without during the cyclocross season. Allen wrenches were heavily featured. But this time, we wanted to…

  • Mechanical Monday: What Amateur Mechanics Should Have in Their Toolboxes

    Don't skimp on Allen and Torx wrench sets. © Chandler Snyder

    by Chandler Snyder Being a mechanic, I’ve been asked many times over the years, “What tools should I get?”  Usually this is asked by someone new to cycling once they’ve realized it’s not just as simple as putting on shoes…

  • Add Some Sparkle To Your Tubulars: A Mechanic’s Trick for Repairing Late Season Flats

    The unlikely secret to fixing flats: glitter. © Chandler Snyder

      by Chandler Snyder Riding tubulars for cyclocross is one of the best feelings in the world. The grip, the “cush” … but then, the getting a flat. It has happened to the best of us, and often at the…

  • Skills and Fitness on the Fritz? Consider a Clinic!

    A scene from a Jeremy Powers' Cyclocross Clinic. (File Photo)

    With so many clinics popping up in early September, we wanted to show this gem off again! Summer: a time to relax, have barbeques, hit the beach, and … get ready for cyclocross season. If you finished last season feeling…

  • Mechanical Mondays: Mechanical Disc Brake Adjustments

    Setting up disc brakes correctly is going to be a big new part of cyclocross. Jason Gardner

    There is no denying that disc brakes are gaining in popularity among cyclocross bikes. One look at the ’cross bike photos from the recent Eurobike and Interbike trade shows is enough to show that disc-brake-equipped ’cross bikes are the wave of the future. Their benefits are well known; tire clearance is now only a matter of the frame. They are more powerful with more control and they are not so nearly affected by water and mud. Apart from all these benefits though, the tighter tolerances associated with disc brakes lend themselves more easily to poor adjustment, and improper adjustment on disc brakes can ruin your race more easily than a poorly adjusted cantilever. Too loose and you lose your braking altogether; too tight and your brake drags the whole time. The down side is these poor conditions happen a lot easier to disc brakes than to cantilevers.

  • Gut Wrenching Mechanical Mondays: Gluing ’Cross Tubulars

    Gut-Wrenching Mechanical Mondays makes its heroic return, this time under the guidance of Daimeon Shanks and Nick Legan – pro mechanics and co-owners of The Service Course repair shop in Boulder, Colorado. By now, many of you have tried other…



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