How To Shift Your Bike Gears The Right Way

How To Shift Your Bike Gears The Right Way Mountain Biking Guide Technique

Bike Drivetrain

As I have quickly learned there is definitely a right way and a wrong way to shift your gears. Proper shifting can lead to a more efficient and enjoyable ride, and can also greatly help to lengthen the lifespan of your drive train.

Proper shifting is an essential skill to any bike riding discipline. Read on to learn the ups and downs of shifting your bikes gears.

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How To Change A Bike Inner Tube

Change a bike tube unseat the beadAfter getting two flats in two rides, I wanted to learn how to change my own inner tubes. It will be a very handy skill for trail side repairs, as well as home repairs. Overall this was a fairly simple process, and only required minimal tools. I will be using a very handy video from Park Tool for reference material, as well as adding tips I found useful while doing it myself.

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Cleaning Made Easy With An Inexpensive Bike Stand

Ibera Easy Utility Bicycle StandI got this little bike stand a few weeks and so far it has been a very useful addition to my cleaning and maintenance tools.

It is a simple folding design with two geared heads that mesh together to hold the stand in position. It can go either very wide with just enough clearance for the tire above the bottom stand, or very narrow with lots of clearance, although that makes it very unstable. It also folds flat for storage.

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My Ride For The Summer

So this is going to be my ride for the summer. Since I was a teenager and saw my first Norco bike in a magazine I have always wanted one just like it. It had to be a Norco hardtail with a Rock Shox front fork. Well now that I am an adult I finally have it!

I scoured Kijiji (the Canuck version of Craigslist) until I found just what I was looking for. The bike had been owned by a mom who was going to use it to ride with her kids. Her kids had other ideas, mainly motocross. So it had only been ridden a handful of times and only on paved paths and streets. It was basically brand new.

I will be riding a 2014 Norco Charger 7.3. It has a mixed Shimano drivetrain and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. The fork is a Rock Shox XC 30 TK coil with 100mm of travel.

After my first ride on the trails in North Glenmore Park I am hooked. I can’t wait to ride the hell out of this bike!