DIY: Fix Common Bike Problems Yourself!

It’s inevitable. There comes a point when – gasp! – something will stop working on your mountain bike that makes it unrideable. From getting a flat tire to unintentionally bending your derailleur hanger, these setbacks can keep you from cranking your pedals.

But they shouldn’t!

While not every mountain bike problem can (or should) be fixed yourself, learning a few basic techniques can ensure you’re back in the saddle before you have time to grieve the situation. Read on to find quick fixes for common bike problems.

Changing a flat tire.
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There's nothing worse than grabbing your bike to head out on a ride, only to find that you have a flat tire. Actually, getting a flat in the middle of a ride might top that. While a flat tire is a serious buzzkill, it doesn’t have to end your fun. With this step-by-step guide, you can return to riding in just a few minutes—as long as you have a few tools. Once you learn how to fix a flat tire yourself, you’ll wonder why you didn’t learn to do so sooner. More »

How to Un-Stick a Seized Seatpost

Un-stick a seized seatpost.
© Beth Puliti

Trust me. You don’t want this to happen to you. It may not seem like that big of a deal, but I know from experience, unfortunately, that a seized seatpost is one of the more challenging problems a mountain biker will face. Read on to find out how to prevent a seized seatpost, and tips on breaking the bond should yours become stuck.

How to Prevent Your Derailleur From Going Into the Spokes

Prevent your derailleur from jumping.
© Robert Tobler

Unfortunately, when your derailleur runs into the spokes of your rear wheel, the consequence can be disastrous. Find out what causes this problem to happen and how you can prevent it from happening next time you ride.

Change a bike pedal yourself.
beth puliti

So, you need to install - or change - your mountain bike pedals because you got a fancy new set or your friend asked to borrow your bike. I've been there. And I'm here to prevent you from running to your local bike shop to shell out cash for a simple task you can do in just a few minutes in your own garage. Learn what tools you'll need to get the job done in this step by step tutorial. More »

Change a bike cleat yourself.
Beth Puliti

Have you ever been riding your mountain bike when suddenly your cleat comes free from your shoe? While rare, it does happen. Or, perhaps more relatable, have you ever worn out your cleats and needed a new set? In both scenarios, knowing how to mount your cleats to your bike shoes will save you time and money. Don't pay a bike shop to perform this easy fix. Doing it yourself will not only save you a trip to the store, it'll save you some green in the DIY process as well.

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Bike cockpit.
©Beth Puliti

Did you know that your bicycle has a cockpit? It's where you'll find the following: handlebars, stem, shifters, brake levers and grips. Unfortunately, when you buy a bike from a bike shop, it isn't really ready to ride without adjusting a few things first -- your cockpit being one of them. You're in good company if you didn't realize this. But if you don't pay attention to this area, you risk muscle injury and poor control. Learn where to start to ensure your bike cockpit is correctly adjusted to your measurements. More »