Bicycle Maintenance Videos and Articles

Basic Bike Maintenance

Gears Shifts


How to Adjust Gears & Derailleurs

How to Properly Adjust Bicycle Shifting

How to adjust your bicycle’s rear derailleur and gears


Crankset Care
Derailleur and Its Cables


How to Clean and Lubricate a Rear Derailleur

How to adjust your bicycle’s rear derailleur and gears

How to adjust a front derailleur

How to Adjust Gears & Derailleurs

How to Tune a Front Derailleur

Replacing Derailleur Cables



How to Replace Brake Cables

How to Replace Brake Pads and Disc Brakes


Bike Brakes: How to Check

Replace Worn Brake Pads



How to Check If Tire Is Worn

When To Replace Worn Bicycle Tires

Bike Tires: How to Choose


Flat Tire Prevention for Your Bike


How To Remove Your Front Wheel On Your Bicycle

How to true a wheel

How To Remove The Rear Wheel of a Bicycle


DIY Wheel Maintenance

The Subtle Art of Wheel Truing

Truing Wheels



How to clean a bicycle in about 15 minutes

How to clean, lube and care for your bike

How to Clean a Bicycle’s Chain & Drivetrain


How to Clean Your Bike



How to Measure and Replace a Bike Chain


Bike Chain Cleaning and Maintenance


Top 10 Cycling Tools You Should Own

9 Things to Have In Bike Repair Kit


Bike Tools: How to Choose

Tool Kit Essentials for Cyclists

About bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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