Technical advice

When mains electricity isn’t an option, a hub dynamo can keep your electrical devices topped up. Technical editor Richard Hallett explains how.

 
 
My Bike: Emily Chappell - 19 Jul 2017 - Cycle Magazine
For long-distance bikepacking like the Transcontinental Race from Belgium to Greece, Emily Chappell uses a custom-built Shand Stooshie. Cycle magazine's Dan Joyce spoke to her about her bike.

 
 
Framebuilder, bespoke bike maker, bike mechanic and occupational therapist Liz Colebrook explains the perfect bike fit for female cyclists and looks at the popularity of off the peg Women's Specific Design (WSD) bikes.

 
 
Renovating an old bike - 1 Mar 2017 - Cycle Magazine
Renovating an old bike can be hugely rewarding, whether it’s a simple respray or a full rebuild. Technical editor of Cycle magazine Richard Hallett explains.

 
 
If your child too heavy for a bike seat or trailer, but cannot manage a longer ride yet, try a tag-a-long (often known as a trailer bike). It's is essentially a child’s bicycle with the front wheel, fork and headset replaced by a long towbar or boom. It fits to the back of an adult’s bike to form an articulated tandem. Cycle magazine editor Dan Joyce and Cycling UK's Victoria Hazael explain the options.

 
 
Restoration problem - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I have a 1982 Mercian, which had a Regina 5-speed freewheel and double chainwheel until 2010, when the block fell to bits. The rear dropouts were 122mm or thereabouts. I had the stays opened out by a frame builder to 130mm to take a modern wheel, which it did perfectly. However, the chainwheels will no longer line up satisfactorily with an 8-speed cassette. On the outer rear sprockets, the chain line is so far out that it eventually pulled a side plate off the chain.

 
 
Saddlebag support - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I’ve bought an anatomical saddle after years riding on Brooks leather ones. It is comfortable but lacks eyes under the seat to support a saddlebag. I want these bag loops.

 
 
Double-leg cycle kick stand - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I am looking for a strong, stable but lightweight double-leg cycle stand. Can you recommend one?

 
 
Adjusting gears - 23 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
Is there a technique for setting the Shimano derailleur gears found on mountain bikes? With constant use, these gears often start to miss a cog or will not go in at all. I’m struggling to adjust them as I do not know which screw is which. Could they not be different colours?

 
 
Better braking - 20 Jan 2017 - Cycle Magazine
I have a Batribike 20 tricycle but am struggling to apply the rear brake effectively due to tenosynovitis in my left hand. This rarely causes trouble, except that I now live halfway up a steep hill and need to brake my trike fairly forcibly. In the last month, I have ridden the trike a lot in Holland where I had no trouble at all. Have you any helpful ideas?

 
 
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