Category: Basic Knowledge

  • A Must-Know Presta Valve Characteristics and a Genius Hack 

    A Must-Know Presta Valve Characteristics and a Genius Hack 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will share with you a few important characteristics of presta tubes and a hack that you may find helpful in extreme situations. Presta valves /French valves/ are strategically made slimmer than Schrader (auto valve) and Dunlop so that they can work with the narrow, deep, aerodynamic rims seen…

  • Read This Before Throwing Your Carbon Post In an Alloy Frame 

    Read This Before Throwing Your Carbon Post In an Alloy Frame 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends  Here’s an important tip: Before installing a carbon seat post in an alloy frame, apply a thin film of carbon assembly paste on the seat post to increase friction (reduce clamping requirements) and eliminate the chance of galvanic corrosion.  Otherwise, the carbon seat post may get stuck in the frame,…

  • A Must-Know Peculiarity of Road Levers

    A Must-Know Peculiarity of Road Levers

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I am going to reveal a peculiarity of road levers that every road cyclist has to know.  Regular road levers are engineered for short-pull brakes and should not be combined with V-brakes. Short and Long Pull Brakes Mechanical/cable brakes divide into short and long pull depending on the cable’s…

  • The Worst Dropouts For a Fixie Conversion 

    The Worst Dropouts For a Fixie Conversion 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends Today, I will talk about fixie conversion as I know this is a hot topic in the cycling community.  One of the most important things to know is to never use a frame with vertical dropouts(VDs) to build your fixie. VDs make it very difficult if not impossible to properly…

  • One More Bike Maintenance Mistake Exposed (don’t be stupid)

    One More Bike Maintenance Mistake Exposed (don’t be stupid)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends It’s time to expose one more bike maintenance mistake that rookies might be doing (or planning to). Can you guess what it is?  Lubricating your cassette  Yeah. That’s correct. Some people actually think that should be done. The reality?  The cogs of a bike cassette do not require any lubrication. …

  • Aero Spokes Can Go To Hell (as far as I’m concerned)

    Aero Spokes Can Go To Hell (as far as I’m concerned)

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I have a confession to make – I think that Aero Spokes (ASs) are simply not worth the investment/trouble. You can call me a hater if you want, but this is how I see things. Standard spokes are just fine for 99.9% of the population.  But let’s not be too…

  • Dissecting The “Frame Rubbing” Problem

    Dissecting The “Frame Rubbing” Problem

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I’m feeling unstoppable today as the song says and decided to write yet another post in my lunch break while the rest of the workers are losing brain cells watching TikTok and reels. I respect them. Don’t worry. They are all good colleagues. Today, I will talk about the rear…

  • Rotor Compatibility Is About Parameters, Not Brands

    Rotor Compatibility Is About Parameters, Not Brands

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I wanted to share a principle that many people (not only in the bike industry) follow, namely – obsession with brands.  A lot of people are too concerned with being “loyal” to a brand as if you’ve signed a contract with the manufacturer. The truth is that as long as…

  • A Useful Chain Link Tip I Learned As an Apprentice 

    A Useful Chain Link Tip I Learned As an Apprentice 

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends As I wrote in the previous post, the other day I spent an afternoon as an apprentice in a bike shop (otherwise I work in a warehouse for the time being.)  And I wanted to share one more tip that I learned there.  As I was reconnecting the chain of…

  • What An Awesome Day! My bike mechanic experience…

    What An Awesome Day! My bike mechanic experience…

    from Rookie’s keyboard Hello, friends I got to spend an afternoon at a local bike shop where I met an old acquaintance of mine from a local skate park.  He offered me to stay in the shop and just observe how they work. Of course, I ended up doing some work on a few bikes…