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BOTS BIKE SCHOOL – BICYCLE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOPS FOR HOME MECHANICS

Suraj LN Swamy

In today’s fast paced life, it’s quite important to handle basic maintenance without having to visit your local bike shop for small issues. Our bike maintenance workshops will get you thinking like a bike mechanic and build your confidence to work on your bicycle. OUR WORKSHOPS Our basic workshop — Basic Bicycle Maintenance (BBM) — is free for everyone. Run twice …

How To : The Quickie Bike Wash

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There is nothing that can motivate one to go out and ride than a well maintained and clean bicycle. A rider who takes care of his bike is rewarded not only with the pleasure of getting to know his machine well, but also ends up saving quite a bit of money on replacement parts and frequent visits to your local …

BUYING GUIDES: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT BICYCLE CHAIN LUBRICANT?

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Overview All moving mechanical components of your bike require timely maintenance and care. The same applies for the drivetrain components. Maintaining your chain well will not only give you a smooth riding experience, but also enhance the longevity of your drivetrain components and save you quite a bit of money. For someone who has just picked up their first bike, …

BUYING GUIDES: HOW TO CONVERT NORMAL RIMS TO TUBELESS

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Don’t fancy spending a lot of money on tubeless rims? Well, here is a cost-effective and getto way of going tubeless! Equipment required – 1) Velotape tubeless conversion kit 2) Stan’s no-tubes Tire Sealant or 1) Orange Seal MTB Tubeless kit (24 mm) Instructional Video – So next time when you hit the trails, do so with a lot more …

DIY: Bicycle Tire Stamps!

Rohan Kini

It’s amazing how much trash bike shops generate – tires, tubes, cardboard, cables and bubble wrap! All fun stuff to work with if you love to cycle and re-cycle. Came across this really cool way to re-cycle old tires – bicycle stamps! awesome pics from the borganic.net blog Do check out their detailed writeup on how to make rubber thread stamps …

Basic bicycle maintenance tips – how to wash a bike

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Quick tips from Shamala, one of our bike mech’s, on how to keep your bike clean and sparkling. Time: 20 mins Skill rating: Easy Tools: Hot water, degreaser, a bicycle specific chain lubricant, brushes, rags photo credit: blog.atg-training.co.uk “What you see is what you believe” – most people think a clean bike is the first sign of a great service. Some …

Back to the Basics – Learn how to ride a bicycle

Rohan Kini

Craig from Team BOTS posing with his favorite bike! We have had quite a few folks request us to teach them to ride a bicycle! A recent thread on the awesome Bangalore Bikers Club culminated in a session where Anil Kadsur will be teaching folks how to ride a bicycle. Back to the basics! Depending on how this turns out …

Rotor Maintenance on bikes with disc brakes

Rohan Kini

Check out the recent post up on Pinkbike’s Tech Tuesday – Rotor Straightening There are a couple of things we can do regularly to ensure sharp, snappy and spot-on braking. Tools required Isopropyl Alcohol (maybe ask for Spirit if you get blank stares) or Isopropyl Alcohol swabs – all available at your local chemist Cotton swabs Allen keys – mostly …

DIY awesome cycling key chain

Rohan Kini

Simple. All you need is some cable ties and some chain links from your chain ;) Rohan KiniWHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING I love riding my bike. Whether it’s a simple commute, a high-intensity road race, a jaw-grinding brevet, fixie rides thru packed Indian city or a kick-ass technical single track – I love it all. Apart from riding bicycles, …