D.I.Y BASIC BICYCLE SUSPENSION MAINTENANCE

Shaun George BOTS Guides, D.I.Y, Mechanics

A lot of bicycles have suspensions to ensure your ride is safe and comfortable. If you ride a mountain bike or a hybrid bike it’s almost certain that you have a suspension. With all the work they do, basic care of this important component goes a long way in reducing wear and tear and also making sure the suspension works …

TECH TUESDAY – SUSPENSION PRELOAD

Shaun George Mechanics

The fun part of the sport of Mountain biking involves riding over rough and uneven terrains – often at a fun, fast pace! Hence a vast majority of mountain bikes come with suspension forks. Many of these also have some basic adjustability to improve the suspension effort. Coil forks are the most common these days and available on entry-level bicycles …

VINTAGE TECH – SCOTT EQUALIZER SHOCK

Shaun George Mechanics

The Equalizer shock by Scott was one of the greatest shocks of its time. It’s been around for more than a decade now and you’ll still find a couple of riders equipped with the Equalizer on their bikes. Our very own Mech here rides a 2009 Scott 30 Ransom with the first DT Swiss-made Equalizer shock. It performs brilliantly on …

HELLO FROM SOUMYA CHATTERJEE a.k.a HILL STORM

Shaun George BOTS News, Featured Rider, Mechanics

I am from a town on the outskirts of Kolkata City. Mechanical Engineering is what I pursued after schooling and then transitioned into working as a production engineer in the Metal and Manufacturing Industries. later on I switched to design in the same industry. After quitting my job as an engineer, I began to focus on my passion for riding …

REAR SHOCK-EYELET BUSHINGS

Shaun George Mechanics

The rear shocks on an MTB are one of the most abused and under-pressure components on the frame. The shock is always under pressure and constant loads from all directions act on it. This means that the shock needs to be structurally very strong and must resist torsional flex. The tiny bushing that is often an overlooked component is what …

Servicing Fox Suspensions | BUMSONTHESADDLE

TECH TUESDAY – WORKING ON FOX SUSPENSIONS

Shaun George Bike Skills, Mechanics

Your bike’s suspension basically isolates you from the terrain under your bike’s wheels. To do this two basic components are hard at work, namely, the spring and the damper. If suspensions were simply fitted with springs, your suspension would simply bounce around for a while after a bump. Suspensions need a way to channel all the sprung up energy in …

PRODUCT REVIEW – FINISH LINE STANCHION FLUORO OIL

Shaun George Mechanics, Reviews

Bicycle maintenance is a topic of keen interest these days with more DIY videos coming out showing you how to tidy your ride. Maintaining your bike and keeping it feeling new is a considerable challenge and it’s a basic DIY skill every rider should hone. The basics include cleaning your drivetrain and keeping it lubricated. But there’s more to a …

buying guide disc brake pads for your bicycle | BUMSONTHESADDLE optimised

BUMSONTHESADDLE BUYING GUIDES – DISC BRAKE PADS

Soumya Chatterjee BOTS Guides, Mechanics

Are you looking to change your disc brake pads? Organic, Metallic, Semi-metallic – there are a whole bunch of pad-options to decide on. Which pads to use boils down to the kind of riding you do, the riding conditions and are also a personal preference. TYPES OF MOUNTAIN BIKE DISC BRAKE PADS There are two major types of Disc Brake …

high performance road bike service | BUMSONTHESADDLE

TIME TRIAL, PERFORMANCE & AERO ROAD BIKE SERVICE

Soumya Chatterjee Mechanics

Road bikes are relatively simple machines and most cyclists aim to keep their bikes clean and drive train well-lubricated when it comes to regular maintenance. Well shifting gears, snappy brakes, and a clean bike often give a false sense of well being and we see bikes rolling into our service centers only when there is a break-down or component failure. …