Tips - Cables and Superglue

When cutting cables, put a drop of superglue on the cable and let it set, then cut the cable. The superglue prevents the cable from fraying, and it does the job really well, even without a wire cap. The best superglue to use is the liquid type as capillary action will allow the superglue to get in between all the individual strands of wire in the cable.


DIY Tubeless Conversion with Homebrew Sealant

This article describes my experience with going tubless the "guerrilla way". As Mr. Magura likes to say, it is "DIY all the way baby"! I started this project as a total tubeless noob. I used to ride with innertubes for years but I eventually got fed up with an increasing frequency of punctures on my home trails. After I had stopped changing tires more often than my underwear and settled on my favorite pair, I have decided to see what the magic of tubeless was all about.

DIY: Checking the Chainline - Tips

When installing a new crankset and/or cassette, it's important that you double check the chainline. This refers to the imaginary line from the chainrings to approximately the center of the rear cassette.

Here's how to do it.
1. Set the rear derailleur to the middle gear (#5 on a 9 speed, #5 or #6 on a 10-speed). 


DIY: Installing/Replacing pedals

Here's a simple DIY for all you beginners just starting out at working on your bike.

Changing out your pedals:

Tools/equipment needed:
1. Pedal wrench or 15mm open end wrench
2. Allen (hex) keys, if your pedals have an Allen socket on the shaft.
3. A tiny bit of grease.

DIY Steel liners for alum freehub for steel cassette cogs

Sti: You know what happens when you mount a steel cassette onto an aluminum freehub body - the cogs will chew deep and you will have troubles removing them. Marpilli solved this problem with a creative solution - DIY steel liners.

DIY Rebuilding 2002 SID SL with a new carbon crown and steer

Sti: Marpilli posted another stellar article describing a maintenance of one of his forks. This time, he worked on a 2002 RockShox SID SL.


DIY Rebuilding 2002 RockShox SID Race Carbon

Sti: Marpilli posted a great DIY manual for rebuilding a RockShox SID Race Carbon fork in the forums. Go check it out now!

DIY Painting Fork Lowers

To see the full article, please visit the article in the forums

While I had one of my forks disassembled to replace the bushings, I decided to try painting the lowers a different color. I don't need (or really want) a factory fresh paint job. I just wanted to change up the color to a nice neutral black. 

DIY Bashwich (30 Tooth Andersen Chainring and BBG )

To see the full article, please visit the article in the forums.

I've been using a 30t chainring from Andersen Machine and an inner and outter BBG bashguard to setup a 'bashwich' configuration. Previously, I used an N-Gear jump stop. But, when I bumped it and knocked it out of alignment (which always seemed to be on rooty, technical climbs) my chain would drop.

DIY Custom Etched Headbadge

I wanted to create custom made head badges for a couple of my mountain bikes. There were a lot of good examples when searching MTBR and the internet; but, nothing really stuck me as what I wanted (or that I had the skills to create). I knew I wanted the design to be my MTBR avatar. I decided against a sticker. And I don’t think I have the skill to engrave or cut out something with that much detail.


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