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!).