How To Guides


How-to: Taking mountain bike selfies like a boss

Trials ace and media maven Jeff Lenosky lets us in on his tips for taking better trail selfies.

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How-to: Jeff Lenosky shows us how to ride up steep inclines

Jeff Lenosky’s monthly how-to column focuses on proper technique for conquering steep inclines.

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Video: How the sun is thrashing your face and what to do about it

Video: New edit shows how damaging riding your bike in the sunshine can be to your skin as well as what you can do about it.

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How-to: The skinny on riding skinnies according to Jeff Lenosky

In this month’s episode, mountain bike legend Jeff Lenosky gives us some tips on how to keep our balance and ride skinnies.

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How-to: Trials ace Jeff Lenosky shows you how to ‘punch’ trail obstacles

In his first Mtbr column, mountain bike legend Jeff Lenosky shows us how to the “front touch” or “punch”—a move that makes riding over trail obstacles faster and more fun.

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Workbench: How to un-suck your chainsuck

Nothing sucks quite like chainsuck—it can halt your ride in an instant and cause costly damage to your frame and componentry. Find out how to prevent it.

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Video: GoPro how-to tips from Cannondale rider Aaron Chase

GoPro athlete Aaron Chase rides Whistler and shares some tips on camera setup and mounting, including what resolution and frame rate to use, as well as offering some cool mounting options.

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Five easy maintenance tips for the non-mechanic

Pro endurance racer Sonya Looney takes us inside her toolbox and gives us five easy tips to help keep our mountain bikes rolling smoothly.

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Project Bike: Danish man builds son coolest balance bike ever

When Kasper Albrekt decided to get a bike for his young son Jakob, he had trouble finding one that got him excited. So the Danish bike shop guy turned a Specialized Hotwalk into the “S-Walk”—quite possibly the world’s coolest kickbike.

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How To: Building strength for mountain biking

Professional mountain bike skills instructor Lindsey Voreis shares 8 great moves to get you ready to ROCK on your mountain bike this summer.

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Poison Oak: Photos and Remedies

Poison oak shoots are already exploding in their red, juicy glory. This is a good time to brush up on your poison knowledge as identification and prevention is key.

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How To: Protect your bike when you stop on a ride

You’re out on a ride and have to drop in a store to get some supplies, coffee or lunch. You don’t have your heavy duty lock and you can’t bring your bike inside. Here’s some really cool tips on how to protect your bike from thieves.

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Feature: I Should Stretch

What are 4 stretches you can do in about 15 minutes that will address cycling specific muscle tightness?  Try this for 2 weeks and do it 3-4 times a week.  Feel the difference?  I bet you will.

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How To: Make a Perfect Espresso and Capuccino

The espresso shot is the most perfect expression of coffee. And a great espresso is a cyclist’s friend as it wakes up the mind and the body and gets it ready for the cycling adventure ahead.

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How To: Gravel Grinding – Taming the Road Less Paved

You pass that fire road every day, wishing you had a cyclocross bike on which to ride it. But you don’t need a new rig to get off the beaten path–the one you’ve got will do just fine along with a little practice and our handy tips on navigating the dirt on skinny tires.

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How To: Five Tips To Get Ready For Cross Season

Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld’s Tim Johnson and Jamis Cyclocross Team’s Ben Jacques-Maynes know a thing or two about cyclocross. Here’s their pro advice on getting prepped for season ahead.

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Feature: The Backyard Pump Track – Construction

So what does it take to build a pump track in your backyard? Do you build it yourself or do you have a professional do it?

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How To: Getting Your Kids and Spouse to Mountain Bike

“Biking is life.” Make biking an everyday part of your life and your family will ride everywhere with you. It is not stressful or dangerous. It is fun.

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Air Chamber Quick Lube

Disclaimer: If you don’t know what you’re doing, feel uncomfortable doing this, or find you’re in over your head at any point in the procedure, STOP and either seek advice or go to a professional to finish the job. I, nor MTBR management, will take responsibility for a poor outcome. Follow proper safety precautions, such […]

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2006 Marzocchi Z1 Light RC2 Service

The 2006 Marzocchi Z1 Light is an acclaimed 150 mm fork made for one year only. In the US, it featured the successor to the HSCV damper in the form of the RC2 damper, which had compression, as well as rebound adjust. On the other side, it offered the well regarded ETA rebound lockdown, and […]

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Hope Mini/Mono/Moto Lever Overhaul

This is a guide for a complete overhaul/seal change on a Hope hydraulic disc brake lever. Hope refer to this as the ‘Mini’ lever, it is used on all ‘open’ systems; the silver two-piece Mini/M4’s and the black/gold Mono calipers (Mini/M4/M6) and also the silver/black levers supplied with the ‘07 and later Mini and M4 […]

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Hope Braided Hose Assembly

  Cutting hoses or cables to an optimum length can be something of a science. Take your time figuring out how long you want/need your hose to be. More often than not, you can just replace the stock hose with the same length of braided hose, but if, for whatever reason, you’re fitting a longer […]

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DMR V8 Pedal Overhaul (Cup and Cone)

  The V8 pedals use cup and cone bearings (1/8″ ball bearings). Although the V8’s have a ‘Grease Port’ for periodically injecting fresh grease into the bearings, this won’t clean out the crud and grit that’ll start to eat at the bearings and races. It’s a very, very simple procedure, so give your pedals a […]

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Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

First, the obligatory disclaimer: as the title suggests, the following article is a guide. It is not intended to be considered ‘gospel’ (ie. there’s more than one way to do most tasks), contains numerous subjective instructions (ie. I’m just telling you how I prefer to do things) and is in no way concise. I’ve read […]

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2008 Fox 36 TALAS Bath Oil Change

The Fox 36 TALAS forks use cartridges known as the “closed” type. This means the air and damper cartridges are closed and sealed, as this classification would imply. They have their own internal lubrication and are separared from the “bath” lube that is in the fork legs. The bath lube serves a purpose in lubricating […]

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