Category Archives: Cycle System

Sean says… Turning Season

I know it is Autumn when I’m scrambling around with my morning coffee wondering why I can find only ONE arm warmer, leg warmer and shoe cover. This is all whilst simultaneously calculating the exact thickness/waterproofness required for that exact day, well morning at least. Yes the Summer is over. Strava KoMs are getting more difficult to bag as the road surface gets more clogged up with debris. And there is the wind. A headwind blows harder and the nights Read More...

Open To All: Fitting Cable into the Rear Brake

  Last week we focussed on getting the cable correctly into front brake on your bike. This week we travel to the other end of the bicycle and have a look at how cables are correctly fitted into the rear. REAR BRAKES Cable Fitting Into Brake – Drop Bar Bike – Dual or SIngle Pivot Rear Brake   STEP ONE – Route the cable and housing from the lever and along the bars (taping down as with the front cable), down the head tube and back Read More...

New Zealand: The Old Ghost Road

A disappointingly small post must be written about the Old Ghost Road – New Zealand’s longest piece of single track. Sean had been dreaming of this one from the far shores of England. The plan had been to take a Daddy and Son trip of a lifetime and spend three to four days navigating this pristine and challenging piece of wilderness. The mountain huts had been booked. And Julia had been dreaming of some time off to buckle down Read More...

Open To All: Fitting Cable into the Front Brake

Last week we focussed on getting the cable correctly into the lever end. The other end of the brake cable is, of course, the actual brake. We will need to look at both front and back brakes. We’ve spread this particular tutorial over a couple of blog posts. Also, we deal with a few different brake types – from dual or single pivot,  to V-brakes to caliper brakes. All common types that you will frequently come across in bike maintenance. For Read More...

Sean says… How about bone conducting headphones?

July is basically all about my birthday. Which means more riding, and new toys such as these wireless, bone conducting headphones which are currently keeping me entertained on my daily Tour de France stage to work. (Because of course, July is also all about the Tour. In fact, some of you may even consider that more important than my birthday.) My wife Julia has been rightly concerned for years that as I crank up the volume on my ride home Read More...

Open To All: Fitting Brake Cables into Levers

We are getting into the fiddly end of our bike cables tutorials now. So far in this series we’ve defined the four different steps to cable fitting, and we are now at step 3: 1. Measuring and routing cable housing 2. Cutting and prepping the cable housing 3. Fitting the inner cable into the lever We’ve outlined the main two types of lever that you would come across most often when you attempt this cycle maintenance task below. Good luck! Drop Bar Levers WORKSHOP TIP: For different bike types Read More...

Sean says… Ride and drink coffee around Dartmouth

Recently, a small miracle happened – in that our son was in school, we had no students with us at the academy, and the sun was actually shining. On account of this, Julia and I ventured to the Gin Palace capital of South Devon, Dartmouth. It is really a very gorgeous place. A picturesque little town on the South Hams coast which makes a nice stopping off point on a longer ride from Cycle Systems Academy. Think bright blue sea views Read More...

New Zealand: Nelson and warm showers

Continuing with our New Zealand adventure… By the time we crossed the Cook Strait over into the South Island and drove the spectacular Queen Charlotte way, with it’s sweeping vistas over the Marlborough Sounds, we were already bouncing back and ready for some cycling again. Lucky for us that we were hosted by Andy Pettit – Nelson native and Cycle Systems Academy podcast fan. Andy is a cycling aficionado with a garage full of bicycles – plus luckily for us he Read More...

Open To All – Preparing Cable Housing

So by now, if you’ve been following our Open to All blog series, you will have a good idea of what types of cabling can be used on a bicycle, and how to best measure their length depending on where they are going. Still to do though, is to ensure that the cable housing that the cables travel through is adequately prepared. Best practice demands that you prepare the housing because when you cut it, the housing will be crushed Read More...

Open To All – The four step process to replacing bicycle cables

Here at Cycle Systems we teach our students to fit both bike brake and gear cables in a simple four step process. Knowing which step you are at can really help, and of course there are pitfalls along each one that we shall enlighten you about over the coming weeks. To replace a cable on your bicycle you must make sure that you: Measure the correct cable housing length before fitting Prepare the cable housing in the correct way Fit the cable properly into the Read More...