How to wash waterproof jackets and clothing
Rain resistant jackets and high performance materials help defend against the elements. Technical fabrics need additional care to help them stay waterproof. Our how to guide provides advice for reproofing your rainwear and performance softshells.
How to warm up for a race or time trial
A good warm up routine is essential in a number of cycling disciplines. Events such as time trials, criteriums and even some shorter road races, can often start at a very high intensity, and any riders who aren’t ready will find themselves suffering as soon as the flag is dropped. We guide you through two specific warm ups with the help of our pro riders.
How to set up cleats for clipless pedals
Knowing how to set up your cleats will help you to get the most out of your SPD or other clipless pedals. There are two basic things to sort out when it comes to setting up your cleats: the angle of the cleat on the sole of your shoe, and its fore-aft position. Our six step guide has everything you need to understand your cleat position
How to tighten bolts using torque settings
Torque wrenches remove the guesswork from tightening bolts and fasteners and the wide range of available types and costs mean that integrating one into your home toolbox is now easier than ever. Our quick tip advice article has everything you need to know about locating the maximum torque of your components and how to use a torque wrench.
How to fit a new chain
A smooth running chain is something that we would hardly take notice of, but as soon as it slips, crunches and drops gears when you are out of the saddle, accelerating away or merely leaving a set of traffic lights it's a real annoyance and becomes the bane of a good bike ride.
How to wash a bike like a pro
It is vital for the riders in the team to have sparkling clean bikes every time they race and this can be day after day if the team is riding a stage race. Cleaning helps identify any maintenance work required that even the rider hasn't spotted. We spoke to our pro team mechanic Iain to advise on that dreaded task: washing bikes! If you are pushed for time, take note of Iain's tip: "Just clean the chain, cassette and rear derailleur. As long as these are taken care of your bike will have a longer life."
Guide to keeping your bike serviced at home
If you ride your bike every day then we recommend it has a full annual service with a top up service after the winter and summer months. General use, especially in bad weather or poor road conditions, will cause your components to wear, leading to slipping gears, sloppy brakes and continual punctures (always at the worst moment!).