Here’s a short video that explains the different bicycle gear types that are available at the Bicycle Doctor’s shop. Lot of customers come in and ask for a bicycle like the type they grew up with that had no gears. Tony explains the pros and cons of single speed bikes and some of the other options for bicycles with just a few gears.

After viewing the video you’ll have a better idea of how to choose a bike with or with without gears.

In the next video Tony will help you understand bicycle gears and simplifies how to know which gear you should use.

Which Gear Should You Use

How To Put Air In Those Funny Presta Valves

Many people come in the store and ask us how to put air in those funny valves called presta valves

 

TwoWayBicyclePumpA pump like this can fill either type of bicycle valve

Fix A Flat Bicycle Tire In Less Than 6 Minutes

Whether you’re on the road or in your garage you can
fix a bicycle tire in less than 6 minutes flat.

Here’s what you need:
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  • Bicycle Tire Lever

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  • New Bicycle Tube

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  • Bicycle Pump

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Learn how to take the bicycle wheel off, fix the flat and put the wheel back on.

Step 1 Open up your brake caliper so the tire can fit past it.

Step 2 Change to the highest gear so the derailleur is as far away from the wheel as possible

Step 3 Release the quick release and remove the chain from the sprocket.

Step 4 Remove the retaining nut from the tire valve. Make sure all the air is out. Then use the tire lever to pry one side of the tire off the rim. Work your way all around the outside of the rim until the tire is completely off the rim on one side.

Step 5 Pull the tube valve out from the rim and remove the tube. Before you put another tube in you must check to determine what caused the flat. Be very thorough and run your hand around the inside of the tire feeling for anything that might have caused the flat.

Step 6 Put a little bit of air in the new tube and insert the valve in through the rim. Now work the tube around inside the tire.

Step 7 Use your hand to roll the tire back on the rim. Once you get it as far as you can use the tire lever to finish the job.

Step 8 Put the retaining nut back on the valve and pump the tire up. Ask the bicycle doctor about a portable compact CO2 accessory that can be used to pump up your tire when you have to fix a flat on the go.

Step 9 Line up the wheel in the frame and put the chain back on the same sprocket that it was removed from, Set it back the wheel slots, tighten down the quick release, close the brake caliper back into position and spin the wheel to make sure it’s centered. Now your back on the road again

You can get everything you need from The Bicycle Doctor Shop or if you can’t come in here’s a few links where you can order what you need.

Topeak Shuttle Lever 1.2 Bicycle Tire Lever

Topeka tire lever

Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge

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 How To Select A Seat For Your Bicycle

In This video Tony explains different type of bicycle seats and how to select the right one for you.

How To Repair  A Bicycle Chain

In This video Tony explains how to repair a bicycle chain whether you are on the trail or just in your garage at home. Bicycle chains have changed a lot from years ago when they were just single speeds and used master links. After watching the video you will know everything you need to know to fix your chain after it breaks.

How To Get Best Seat Height Adjustment For Your Bicycle

Setting the best seat height will improve your comfort and performance while reducing fatigue. To do it the Bicycle Doctor recommends the Holmes Method. Although it’s a bit technical, it’s the best way to establish the ideal seat heat.

What is the Holmes Method? The Holmes method is based on setting your seat height with a knee angle of 145 to 155 degrees.

Knee Angle For Best Seat Height Adjustment

A simple protractor and two plastic rulers is all you need to see if you have the best seat height setting.

If the height of your seat has been wrong for awhile then setting the correct height may not feel comfortable at first. It can take a couple of weeks for your body to adjust to the new setting. Once you adapt your performance will go up and your fatigue will go down.

Give it a try. I’m sure you’ll agree.