How-to: Rear Derailleur
There are many times when your drivetrain will start making weird noises or just not shift as smooth as you would like, but adjusting the rear derailleur has always been a bit intimidating. There are many factors involved that will cause this to happen. With how tight the tolerances are in 9, 10 and even 11 speed drivetrains, it doesn't take much to cause shifting issues. Extreme changes in temperature, cable stretch, dirt, water, etc. all play a role. So knowing how to quickly adjust for that, especially on the trail, can mean the difference between an awesome ride or a very frustrating one.
Very often bikes come to me to be tuned and they are totally dirty. Washing your bike is essential - to keep things working as expected.When washing your bike, this is the time to pay attention to all your components and make sure they are tight, no cracks or anything is broken or warn and needing replaced. Speaking of tight, you need to know how your bike is put together, take your time and get intimate with all your components - so that when something does start to get lose - and they will - you'll be able top catch it before any damage can occur.
Looking to purchase a used bike, learn the tail-tell signs of an overly used bike are. Not knowing can cost you hundreds of dollars more in new components.
It's been six weeks, 10 rides (4 on my Cross and 6 on my MTB) just over 100 miles - and now a small but expensive problem has cropped up! Are the SIDI Carbon Dragon 3 MTB Shoes worth all the hype?