DIY HOME MECHANIC SERIES – DRIVETRAIN MAINTENANCE

Shaun George BOTS Guides, D.I.Y, Mechanics, Tips & Tricks

Your bike’s drivetrain is made of a bunch of moving parts all working in harmony to provide you with smooth gear shifts and reliable performance. All these drivetrain components, especially the chain, are made to super-high tolerances – any changes in these tolerances can cause shifting issues. Having a clean drivetrain keeps your bike in good working order. A poorly maintained drivetrain …

CASSETTE VS FREEWHEEL

Shaun George Bike Skills, BOTS Guides, D.I.Y, Mechanics, Tips & Tricks

You’ve probably asked yourself. Does my bike have a cassette or a freewheel? It’s something our inner mechanic has always wanted to know. Both perform a very similar function, but there are a few fundamental changes to know about. Read on to geek out over the fundamental differences between cassettes and freewheels. The rear cogs on bicycles are attached to …

TUBULAR TIRES – FUNDAMENTALS

Shaun George BOTS Guides, Mechanics, Racing

One of the biggest considerations for performance cyclists is weight. Everyone knows that the lighter you are, the faster and more efficient you are. Bicycle manufacturers have come up with incredibly light frames and have used all kinds of materials to make a bicycle as light as possible. There’s one way to make things a bit lighter. A tubular tire …

START LINE SUPPORT IN 2019

Rohan Kini Events, Mechanics, Racing, Startline Support

Not being able to ride or race at an event because of mechanical issues is always disappointing. We decided to solve this problem. Creating more riding opportunities has always been one of our pillars at BUMSONTHESADDLE and providing neutral support at events was right up the alley! BUMSONTHESADDLE Start Line Support is an initiative to provide kick-ass technical support to …

ABOUT SUSPENSION LOCKOUTS

Shaun George BOTS Guides, Mechanics

Suspension systems on bicycles have become highly advanced in recent times with suspensions getting smarter with every passing day. However, most of these highly evolved technologies seem to be available only on premium bikes. Bummer! Luckily, Compression Lockouts feature on most forks, entry-level ones too. It’s identified by a blue dial located on top of the suspension fork. Usually on …