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How to service your rear suspension

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 09:11

Why bother? The linkage is a vital part of your bike’s suspension system, but as it’s sat close to the road it’s exposed to the elements. If you ride during the winter, salt and grit will be doing their best to undermine the way the suspension works by coating it in rust. The bearing or bushes which share the suspension ...

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How to change your engine oil and filter

MCN Technical Staff, 28 November 2006 16:59

Why bother? Oil breaks down, it loses its viscosity from excessive heat. It also gets contaminated from unburned fuel and debris such as clutch plate material and swarf from meshing gears. The oil filter is there to remove as much of this rubbish as possible and therefore needs changing, too. What you’ll be dealing with An oil filter which in ...

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How to replace a chain and sprockets

MCN Technical Staff, 28 November 2006 16:24

Why bother? A bike’s chain and sprockets are prone to wear and tear because they are: a) exposed to the elements, as well as the effects of grit, dust, surface water, or all three b) often insufficiently lubricated, and c) stretched and compressed every time the throttle is opened and closed. Wear is exaggerated if the chain is too loose ...

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How to fit heated handlebar grips

MCN Technical Staff, 28 November 2006 16:12

Why bother? Because cold and wet weather plays hell with any body parts that aren’t insulated. And when it does you’re on dangerous ground: reactions get slow and tiredness quickly engulfs you. It’d be impossible to control a bike with gloves that are two-plus inches thick – unlike your upper torso – so heated grips are excellent at stopping your ...

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How to fit braided brake hoses

MCN Technical Staff, 28 November 2006 15:53

Why bother? Your bike’s standard black, flexible, ugly hoses are prone to bulging, especially with age when the material perishes. Try this to see what we mean: wrap your hand round the existing hose, work the brake lever hard and you’ll feel the line swell in your mitts. Bulging lines are an MoT failure. The tightly wound braided steel coating ...

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How to replace your brake pads

MCN Technical Staff, 24 November 2006 17:28

Why bother replacing your pads? Obvious really, but knackered brakes can put you in a hedge. Pad wear is inevitable and, on top of gambling with your safety, worn out pads will also wreck your discs and can end up costing a small fortune. Besides, regularly checking your pads takes just a few seconds and changing them yourself is pretty ...

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