bike maintenance

Quite possibly the ultimate guide to bike repairs…

Park Tool Advanced KitWe know that if you’ve been looking at this site for a decent bike repair stand, that you’re probably also into bike repairs in a biggish way 🙂

While we all like to think that we know our rear axle from our cranksets, we recently came across a set of videos that might just be the ultimate guide to DIY bike repair.

DIYBikeRepair is a complete collection of over 200 videos and DIY manuals covering the repair and maintenance of bicycles. It covers mountain bikes, road bikes and a section on racing bikes.

The videos are well-explained and informative. The presenter goes through every single detail and covers all aspects of bike mechanics – from the simplest procedures to complex ones like derailleur gears adjustment. This makes it suitable for both beginners and experts alike.

What Do You Get?

With your purchase, you will get the complete DIYBikeRepair system which includes: (VIP Deluxe edition)

1. Over 200 step-by-step videos
2. Hundreds of pages of repair manuals
3. TuneUp Secrets and Upkeep Tips Book
4. Complete Bike Repair and Maintainence Manuals
5. Free Lifetime Updates
6. Free One-On-One Training (limited spots!)
7. A DVD containing all the videos and books

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What We Like:

– An All-In-One Product

DIYBikeRepair covers almost everything you need to know about bike repair. Whether you need a simple fix or an upgrade, DIYBikeRepair handles it. The great thing about it is the all-inclusive nature of the training which comprises of videos and manuals. It makes things a lot easier when you have someone explaining concepts to you.

– Great bonuses

I also enjoyed the bonuses that is included in the offer. The extra manuals is well worth the original price.

– Guarantee

The 60 day money back guarantee is always appreciated. I like seeing a merchant who stands behind their product 100%. It puts the consumer at ease, knowing that they aren’t going to lose a cent if they choose to not use the system.

What we Don’t Like

The regular edition has only a small section covering racing bikes. The vast majority of training covers mountain and road biking (which is very extensive!). If you want comprehensive coverage of racing bikes, you should get the VIP deluxe edition.

Do we recommend it?

Absolutely. This is by far the most comprehensive course available on bike repair and maintenance. Other courses are limited in scope and the good ones are only available in book format. DIYBikeRepair goes the extra mile in providing step-by-step videos on top of fully illustrated books.

P.S IMPORTANT NOTE: I’ve just been told, DIYBikeRepair is currently running a huge promotion. Normally it sells for over $150, they have slashed the regular price down to $47…for now.

I’m told the price is going back up within a matter of days. So if you’re at all interested, now is the time to buy this.

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Feature packed beyond belief: my review of the Topeak Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand

topeak repair standNo self-respecting bike enthusiast can get by without making constant tweaks to his prized bicycle(s). I’ve been hunting down repair stands for some years now, and this Topeak Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand fits the bill perfectly. It’s quite simply one of the most feature-packed bike repair stands on the market and at this price – we’re talking just over $200 – it’s an absolute steal.

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Without a doubt, this bicycle stand’s greatest draw is its unusually large storage capability. Out of the box, the stand can hold two bicycles and it is capable of holding up to four bikes if you purchase additional mounts.

For bike collectors like me with an insatiable appetite for new bicycles, this is a dream come true. I can easily perform modification and repair work on all four of my bicycles at once because this bicycle stand is so incredibly sturdy (and weighing in at just over 12 pounds, that’s a very impressive sturdiness). Unlike many cheaper bicycle work stands which are constructed using plastic or cheap hollow metal tubing, the Topeak Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand is made primarily out of extremely sturdy aluminum tubing. When I’m working on my bicycles with power tools, the stand doesn’t vibrate at all. That’s really a rare and desirable quality among bicycle repair stands, and definitely a solid reason for the higher price tag.

This awesome Topeak stand has also been instrumental in helping me keep my bikes modified and in tip-top shape, as well as the bikes of other family members! I like that this bike stand can be folded up when it’s not in use. Since I live in a rather small apartment, I can’t spare the space to set up a permanent work stand for my bicycles (it’s on the list, but we’re still working on it!). So I only take out this Topeak repair stand when I need to clean, repair or modify my bikes.

In addition, by allowing me to stack my bikes two at a time, this bike stand has spared me the incessant nagging of my girlfriend to sell a couple of my bicycles and clear up some space in the apartment. My beloved bicycles now take up much less space than before!

Some of the must-have features on this beast include:

      • Mounts for two bikes and one handlebar stabilizer included (you can buy an additional mount to hold a total of 4 bikes)
      • Perfect for road, MTB and sloping top tube designs
      • A handle-bar stabilizer prevents your front wheel from spinning during modifications
      • Awesome – and yes, even sexy – design includes a freestanding tripod base, which also folds up so can be easily stored when not in use (or when your partner starts complaining!)
      • Quick-release feature for extra convenience

After such a glowing start to this review, are there any cons to buying this stand from Topeak? Well, to be completely honest, it’s a little more expensive than your average bike stand (though still cheaper than stands like the latest PCS4 from Park Tool or the PRS-20, also from Park Tool). That might put off cyclists who see cycling as a casual hobby rather than a way of life.

However, if you have any desire at all to take cycling and bicycle modification seriously, you’ll find that the extra money you fork out for the Topeak TuneUp stand is very well spent indeed. After all, supermarket-brand repair stands may come at lower prices, but they’re also unstable and typically hold only one bicycle. With bike stands, as with most products, you certainly get what you pay for.

So, bang for you buck with this Topeak stand – or not?

This latest addition to my bicycle work arsenal is truly indispensable. It saves me a ton of space, speeds up my bike maintenance work and is definitely one of the more reasonably-priced bicycle stands in its class. You won’t find a better multi-storage bike stand at this price anywhere, so if you are an avid cyclist and bike mechanic who owns more than one bike, get the Two Up TuneUp Bike Stand. You won’t regret it.


Repairing your bike (VIDEO TIP #2)

Our second video in our bike repair tips video series.

This one is more of a beginner’s task, in that we are showing you how to remove the rear wheel of a bike, but it is such a common problem that even the most experienced of us still encounter it – and even struggle with. Especially when we come up against a new bike we’ve not had to remove the rear wheel for…

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If you’re into your bike repair in a BIG way and want to save even more costs at the bike shop, this awesome video series is for you!

Repairing your bike (VIDEO TIP #1)

We know what it’s like trying to fix something on your bike and not being exactly sure of what you’re doing – so we’ve collected some of the best videos out there to give you a visual training guide to common bike repair tasks!

We hope to make this a regular series of videos, so keep an eye on this section!

This video shows how to fix a broken spoke.

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If you need tools for repairing your bike (apart from the bike repair stands we recommend!), check out some of the repair tools we review – and this awesome video series is a must-try!

The ultimate bike repair toolkit: the Park Tool Advanced Mechanic Kit

Park Tool Advanced KitIf there’s one thing I love more than cycling, it’s bicycle modification. I’m at my happiest when I’m installing some new gears on my bike or overhauling my headset. That’s why I’m constantly on the lookout for new bicycle tool kits.

I recently had my set of bicycle modification tools stolen, so I decided to purchase the Park Tool Advanced Mechanic Kit. I already own a bicycle work stand from Park Tools and was very satisfied with that purchase, so I was very pleased to see that this Advanced Mechanic Kit bears that unmistakable Park Tools stamp of quality.

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As the name suggests, this tool kit is designed with experienced bicycle mechanics in mind. It contains plenty of complicated tools for advanced users, so even the geekiest of bicycle fanatics will be more than satisfied.

When I opened the tool kit, I found pliers, wire pullers, wrenches and screwdrivers in plenty of different sizes. It provided more than enough equipment for all my bicycle repair, modification and cleaning needs. Are there bigger tool kits out there? Sure there are! The question is, how many tools do you really need? Most of the professional mechanics I know only use about twenty tools on a regular basis, so there’s really no point buying a humongous 100-piece mechanic tool kit. This Park Tools Advanced Mechanic Kit contains 37 different tools and that’s more than enough for me. I did wish it came with a freewheel remover (I ended up purchasing one separately) but from my experience, no bike tool kit at this price point will contain one, so I really can’t complain.

Durability is a massive concern for me when it comes to bicycle repair tools. I’ve had many unfortunate experiences with low-end tool kits where the screwdriver heads fell off after just a few weeks of use or the wire pullers broke in half after I squeezed them a little too hard. This Park Tools bike mechanic kit is pretty affordable, so I was doubtful about their durability, but I’m glad to report that Park Tools has proved me wrong. Each and every tool in this kit is made of heavy-duty metal with the occasional industrial-grade plastic component, ensuring that these tools can go the distance. I’ve used them for some very intense bike modification work and none of the tools broke. In fact, after a bit of polishing, they looked as good as new.

So, does this Park Tool Mechanic Kit give bang for your buck?

A good mechanic can tell the quality of a bicycle repair tool based on its weight and heft and when you pick up any of the tools in this kit, you immediately sense that it’s made of the finest materials available. I’ve no doubt that this is the most solid and long-lasting tool kit in its price class on the market.

I am pleased to report that I’m thoroughly satisfied with this Park Tools bicycle maintenance kit. I’ll not only use this for home repairs, but will also bring it with me on all my professional races. I’m confident that it will serve me well for a long time to come.

If you ever need a book about bike repair…make sure you buy this one!

The ultimate guide toBike Repair!The Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bike Repair has to be the ultimate guide to keeping your bike on the road and in fine health.

We first came across it a couple of years ago, and although it’s gotten a little dog-eared and oil stained, it’s definitely one to have with you. Especially if you’re a bit of a noob in regards to bike maintenance.

Park Tool are, of course, the number one bike company in the world, and they surely know what they’re talking about. But even the most experienced of mechanics will find tidbits in this great little guide.

With loads of photos, it really does help you out. Even my kids could probably fix some of my bike problems, just by following the clear instructions in this book.

What can I say more, highly recommended!

A superb companion for this tool set has to be this video series, one of the best we’ve ever come across and one which will save you a ton of repair bills!

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