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How to keep warm in cold weather

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:44

Wrap up well, ride well Staying warm while riding is important. Cold affects concentration; it also induces tension and inhibits mobility. But if you’re warm and comfy, it’s possible to enjoy year-round riding, whether commuting to work or taking an out-of-season tour. Good vision is equally important, so you’ll need to address the issues of visor misting and crud accumulation. ...

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How to balance your wheels

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:32

Do modern wheels still need balancing then? However precise the manufacture of wheels, tyres and discs is, mass-production means no item is perfect. Tyres and wheels can be out of alignment, out of shape, or have heavy spots on the rim of the wheel or tyre. How can I tell if my wheel is unbalanced? The problem is unequal weight ...

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How to service your clutch

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 15:24

I didn’t know my clutch needed servicing... Every part of a bike needs some TLC at some point to keep it working correctly. This can vary from a simple adjustment, to a complete rebuild – your bike’s clutch is no exception. So how do I know if there’s a problem? Problems that only manifest themselves gradually are sometimes hard to ...

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How to lube and protect your bike

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 14:50

Why bother? The importance of this job can’t be overestimated. Over a period of time – not long with the UK’s weather – various components and controls stiffen and then seize. It could be from dry, wet, and winter conditions, or simply from overuse. Anything which can and should be lubricated needs to be. Regularly. Remember: prevention is always better ...

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How to service your brake calipers

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 14:35

Why bother? Because it could save your life. Most routine services don’t include cleaning and servicing the calipers unless the brake pads need changing or there happens to be a problem with them such as a partially sticking piston, or worse, a totally seized one. It pays to look after not only the shiny bits the eye can see, but ...

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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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