Category Archives: Cycling

Bike assembly – final parts (chain, brakes and shifters)

The final part of the bike to deal with depends heavily on the bike type – but it is always the chain, the brakes and the derailleurs (also known as shifters). I completed my custom bike a while ago, but … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – wheels

Building a wheel from scratch is a science for itself. Further, I will assume that you have some wheels that are already built (or get them) instead of starting from hub/rims/spokes/nipples. This will describe shortly how to place a cassette … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – fork and headset

To complete the frame, we have to put the fork on the bike. The part that connects the fork to the frame is called the headset. It is responsible for holding the fork in place and allowing it to rotate … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – crankset and bottom bracket

The second part of the bike to deal with is the drivetrain – the crankset and the bottom bracket (further on BB). Cranksets (and BBs) come in many different varieties. If you look at the first posted image, you can … Continue reading

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Bike assembly – frame painting

The first part of the bike to deal with is the frame. The frame determines the kind of bike (mountain, full suspension, race etc.) and the size of the frame determines the size of the rider. I had an old … Continue reading

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How to assemble or restore a bicycle – part by part

It’s been a while since I last wrote… I guess the laziness of the winter hours combined with plenty of work got the better of me. In any case, to keep my hands busy during this winter, I decided to … Continue reading

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A biker’s delight

Last weekend I got a chance to try out how the new XC bike behaves on a real mountain track. In Croatia, there are plenty of mountain bike (XC) tracks, but only a few provide a real challenge and are … Continue reading

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Lightest hardtail XC bike ever

Imagine you wanted to build the lightest XC bike ever. After browsing around the Internet a bit, I found this and wondered how low could one go in weight? Is it possible to go sub 5.5 kilo? As an additional … Continue reading

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Exercise worksheet

I decided to make an exercise workbook to keep me “honest” with regard to exercising and eating. The workbook is made in Numbers and you are free to use it if you’d like. It is fresh and hasn’t got a … Continue reading

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Building my new lightweight bike

OK, so this post should have been there a year or so ago, but since I just started the blog, I’ll write a bit about my latest project – a bicycle. I have been a big bike fan for years, … Continue reading

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