Everything you need for enjoying the sport of cycling, from finding your perfect bike to customizing your ride without spending a fortune, learning to do your own repairs and maintenance, ride with confidence in traffic or on any road or trail, to participating in races, cyclocross, and other biking activities.
You never forget how to ride a bike . . . but do you know how to get a great deal on a used bike (and avoid getting ripped off!), set up your commuter bike for optimal safety (without sacrificing fun), plan the perfect family ride for kids of all ages, and train for your first endurance ride? Bicycle Times magazine reaches hundreds of thousands of “everyday cyclists”—riders who care more about having a great ride than spending a year’s salary on a tricked-out racing bike. Their mission is to make cycling fun and accessible for everyone . . . families, commuters, travelers, and weekend warriors included.
This book is the one practical manual every cyclist should have—right next to the toolbox or stashed in a pannier. A quick but comprehensive intro chapter on finding the right bike for every need (and why so many cyclists are sure they need one of each!), which includes detailed information on what to look for in a new or used bike, when to pay a little more for components, and where you can economize creatively.
Filled with practical, wheels-on-the-ground tips, this book will make you a better rider, take you places you never thought you’d go, and make sure you never get stranded by the roadside without the tools or know-how to fix your ride.
Packaged in a durable, wipe-clean flexicover with metallic corner-guards, this practical manual withstands heavy-duty use indoors and out.
Cycling Basics Choose the right Bike for You Customize Your Ride Your Helmet Can Save Your Life Dress for Any Weather Clipless Pedals and Cycling Shoes—Yes or No? Understand the Drive Train Give Me a Brake Find a Fixie Try an E-Bike Ride the Road Take to the Trails Cruisers and Fat Bikes Bikes for Kids
Riding Skills and Adventures Fit Your Bike to Your Body Make Simple Adjustments Brake Confidently Use Your Gears for Maximum Efficiency Know the Rules of the Road Use GPS and Fitness Apps Bike for Fitness Commute in Comfort Ride a Bike in a Dress Pedal in Any Shoes (Including Stilettos!) Dominate Trail Rides Get Off Road Try Cyclocross Get Around Town Lock It Up Seek Out a Velodrome Try a Road Race Train for Endurance Rides Ride with the Family Take a Bike Vacation Ride in the Rain Ride in Snow
Repair and Maintenance Buy the Tools You Need Do a Basic Tune-Up Fix a Flat Fix a Blowout True a Wheel Change a Bottom Bracket Replace Brake Cables Switch Out Your Brakes Shim a Seat Pimp Your Ride Cut Down a Basket Troubleshoot a Headset Install Racks Keep Everything Greased Up Do Emergency Repairs Pack a Touring Toolkit Winterize Your Bike
236 Change Your Fork
Swapping out forks is a pretty easy item on newer-model bikes which use a threadless fork and stem.
STEP 1 Start by removing the wheel, then disconnect the rim brake by removing the cable from one end. There is no need to cut the cable.
STEP 2 To remove the brake assembly, just loosen the hex bolt(s) and slip the bolt and brake mechanism off the mount. There is no need to detach the cable, which makes this process a whole lot easier. With disc brakes, the assembly is attached near the axle of your wheel. The hex bolts mounting the mechanism to the fork are just as easy to remove.
STEP 3 If you aren’t swapping out stems, you can leave your bars attached to the front of the stem while you remove the fork. Go ahead and loosen the hex bolt that secures the top cap to your headset. Remember that this bolt isn’t under a ton of pressure.
STEP 4 Finally, loosen the bolts holding the stem to the steerer tube and slide the stem and any spacers up and off. At this point, you should be able to slide the entire fork from the headset by just pulling it down. To install the new fork, just perform the steps above in reverse order.
Robert F. James is an endurance cyclist, retired U.S. Navy sailor, bicycle shop staffer, professor of literature, and professional writer. He has completed the Furnace Creek 508 ultramarathon bicycle race several times—a 508-mile ride in the heat of October through Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, as well as the AIDS/LifeCycle ride—a 7-day, 545-mile fund-raising ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.