Tag Archives: Bicycle

From Stripped Apart to Looking the Part

Build a bike in under half a minute! – Take a look at this great video from one of our student’s. Arthur Wong took Professional Level 2 Certificate Cycle Maintenance Course earlier this year. He is studying and living in London. In this short animation he and his course colleague are stripping down and rebuilding a bike as a part of their final exam with us. If you are training to be a certified bike mechanic (which of course you can do at Cycle Systems Read More...

Wheel Building Course Task – Freehubs (Hope)

Helping you get to grips with Wheel Building this week, we are looking at fitting freehubs (on Hope models). Follow this simple step-by-step, which is taken from our forthcoming course. 1.lightly grease the inside of the ratchet mechanism, just enough to fill the teeth 2.Fit the washer 3.lightly grease the pawl springs on the free-hub body 4.Push the free-hub body into place, gently twisting anti-clockwise to engage 5.Push the drive side end plug into place   For more: Read essential guidance and information from Cycle Systems through our mailing Read More...

Wheel Building Course Task – Installing Cassettes

People consider wheel maintenance a challenge. But it is actually quite easy once you have seen it done and given it a try yourself. Here is a task from our popular Wheel Building Course on installing cassettes. 1.The cassette may have 1 or more separate sprockets, ensure that these are in the correct order, with any spacers correctly inserted. (This includes spacers between cassette and freehub, see manufacturer specs for details). 2.Line the narrow key slot on the cassette up with the narrow Read More...

Unique Christmas Gift for Cyclists

Buying a Christmas present for somebody who cycles? Imagine their surprise and delight on Christmas Day when they realise you’ve bought them this unique and extremely useful gift – a voucher to participate in one of our exclusive Cycle Maintenance Courses. Click to purchase gift voucher The one day “bring your own bike” course is aimed at people with little or no experience in maintaining and repairing their own bike. It covers a range of essential topics, such as: Tyres Tubes (including punctures) Gears and gearing Read More...

Bicycle Mechanic Courses Move to Devon

BREAKING NEWS FOR BICYCLE MECHANIC TRAINING!! January 2015 will see Cycle Systems Academy start to run its wide range of maintenance and wheel building courses from a brand new home. South Devon Seale-Hayne College will house Cycle Systems Academy’s new workshop and training facility as well as allow the college to offer a number of new cycle related courses to the local community. Widely renowned for its diverse and interesting courses run by the Dame Hannah Trust – an inspiring charity that has supported children and Read More...

Cycle Systems Academy Online Store Launch

  Click for podcast To mark the opening of the Cycle Systems Academy Online Store – http://www.cycle-systems.co.uk/shop – Sean talks to Matt Bracken of Pedro’s bike tools (http://pedros.com/) about his fascinating life in cycling and talks about some of the issues that drive the well-known cycling kit company. Make sure you listen all the way through, as there’s an amazing giveaway revealed at the end of the show, plus there are lots of fascinating insights into the world of cycling and how to keep Read More...

Misha Sakharoff Follow Up Questions on Cycling Performance

  Click for podcast Misha Sakharoff returns to answer both your questions and those of Tim Ramsden from Black Cat Cycle Coaching. Tim Ramsden says: “If you haven’t heard of me it’s no surprise! I’m not an ex-pro, elite amateur or sponsored athlete. I’m simply a cyclist who loves riding and racing – something I’ve been doing for 30 years now. To expand a little on my credentials with bikes, I’m an ABCC (Association of British Cycling Coaches) Coach and I have a First Read More...

Podcast with Cycle Tech Legend Keith Bontrager

Click for podcast Sean is joined by cycling tech legend Keith Bontrager. A physics graduate and former motorcross racer, Keith was one of the groundbreaking frame builders who is credited with inventing the modern mountain bike, and he has published numerous widely-respected articles about cycle design and construction. Having started out racing motorbikes, for the last forty years Keith has been innovating and pushing at the boundaries of bicycle component design. We talk over a wide range of subjects of interest Read More...

Misha Sakharoff – Holistic Approach To Cycling Performance

  Click for podcast As part of our ongoing series devoted to helping you get the best out of your cycling, this week we are continuing our focus on ‘the mechanics of the body’ with Russian Coach, Misha Sakharoff. We discuss an holistic approach to both performance and health. Misha trains both athletes and musicians as well as working with patients who have serious illness. His methods include breathing training, ketogenic diet and mental training. This will be the first of several interviews Read More...

Cycle Systems Academy Podcast 32: It Started Off as Wheel Tech….

  Click for podcast Sean chats to our mutual chum Scott Dedenbach. Nominally about wheel tech, but as usual whenever we chat, keeping the conversation on topic is a forlorn hope! Scott is, of course, the host of the Bike Shop Show and Cyclocross Today podcasts. Sadly these are ending as regular shows, because Scott’s management duties (of the excellent Cyclocross Network racing team – http://cyclocrossnetwork.com/racing/) are taking up more and more time as the team grows. (If you’re currently unfamiliar with Read More...