Tag Archives: Bike

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...

New Zealand: Take bikes, hire bikes, buy bikes..?

When we flew to New Zealand this winter just gone for our extended trip, we decided not to take our own bikes. We debated this for a while and researched the cost of sending them versus the cost of buying them etc. But in the end, and especially with the stop off in Dubai (the city where women and lycra do not mix), it all seemed like too much hassle to take anything other than the three of us Read More...

Avoiding The Pitfalls of the Secondhand Bike Sale Market

Top Tips for Buying and Selling on the Secondhand Bike Market The secondhand bicycle market can be a bit of a quagmire. Episode 11 in the Cycle Systems Academy Podcast sees Sean from CSA and John Galloway from Velocast getting together again to discuss everything you need to know about entering the secondhand bike market – whether buying or selling a secondhand bike – and escaping unscathed. Listen to the podcast link to find out everything you need to know about finding that  bicycle related sales Read More...

Road Bike Brakes Podcast

  Click for Road Bike Brakes podcast The humble bicycle brake is often overlooked, so John and Sean begin a discussion on road bikes and their anchors. Looking back from the early twentieth Century right through to the 2017 offerings from the big brands, no stone is left unturned. While experienced riders may feel reasonably confident setting up your brakes, how do different systems vary, and what will be compatible with your existing frame and equipment? For those new to cycling especially, this Read More...

The Ultimate Winter Bike Guide – How to Choose and Build

  Building Up Your Bike For Winter Continuing on from Last weeks’ Cycle Systems Academy podcast, which covered mudguards and winter tyres, this week Sean from Cycle Systems and John from Velocast Productions delve even deeper into the muddy quagmire of winter bikes by discussing off the shelf and custom built options for a dedicated winter bike. They come to an interesting conclusion – not least of which is to celebrate what a truly golden age for the bicycle we live in. Click here to listen on i-tunes. Click here to listen on Velocast. #winterbikes #bikeguide #howtobuildyourwinterbike Read More...

Road Bike Braking Systems

Sean Says:   Ever since the road racing bike started to take it’s modern form back in the early twentieth century, we have had some sort of cable-actuated, leaver-operated rim brake system in use. Let’s have a look at the mechanics of the various systems and what options are available to cyclists in 2016, from the modern Lycra clad roadie to the anorak wearing cycle tourist. Now many of you will be familiar with the calliper brake – a U shaped mechanism Read More...

Winter Bikes – Cycle Systems Academy Cycle Tech Podcast Part One

Winter Bikes After their win on the Bike Biz Cycling Media stage for best podcast, Velocast Productions are riding high and this is the first Cycle Systems Academy podcast since that win. John and Sean cover winter tyres and mudguards as part of our two part winter bike series. Click here to listen on i-tunes. Click here to listen on Velocast.   “This should by all rights be boring” says @vengencemonkey. “But you somehow make this prime listening. This is your genius @wjohngalloway and @CycleSystemsAc.”Aww thanks @vengencemonkey. Happy winter cycling.More Winter Bikes here – Read More...

Bike Tyres and Tubes Podcast 2 – Tubular Tyres

Click for Tubular Tyres podcast In the latest Cycle Systems Academy (CSA) podcast, Sean and John discuss the bicycle racer’s choice of tyre – the tubular. These “glued-on rubber sausages” are a very old piece of technology but still reign supreme in the pro peloton. Why is it that the new tubeless and clincher set ups still cannot match the old tubular for performance in the heat of competition? We’ll also answer queries such as what IS a tubular tyre? How Read More...

Bike Biz Cycling Media Awards Latest

  We heard news this week that close collaborators Velocast Productions have just won the coveted Bike Biz Cycling Media award for best podcast. Congratulations Scott and John – well deserved. For those of you who may not have heard of this excellent podcast, we recommend you check it out straight away. Cycle Systems Academy are proud to be involved in the popular Tech series, and listeners can look forward to some more releases on this podcast soon as Sean will be busy recording next Read More...

Bike Tyres and Tubes in a Nutshell

  Today we are going to look into the basics of tyres for both road, off-road bicycles, and finishing with some critical information about tyre sizing and also tubes too. Following on from our podcast blog – http://www.cycle-systems.co.uk/blog/basic-bike-maintenance-tyres-and-tubes – and looking at the kinds of information you would begin to learn on one of our renowned basic courses, such as the Bring your own Bike Basic Bike Maintenance Course. ROAD TYRES The main types of road tyres are: Clincher A clincher tyre has a steel or kevlar Read More...