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Green Your Bicycle: Learn Bike Maintenance

Posted Sep 14 2010 4:53pm

Bicycle repair Let's ride! Pedal power is airy, sweaty, liberating – and exhaust-free. This week's tips are about how to make your bicycle even greener.

Tip #3: Learn Bike Maintenance

Every serious cyclist inevitably faces worn brake pads, floppy tires, or a creaky chain. By learning how to keep your machinery running smoothly, you’ll have the confidence to venture farther.

Introduce yourself to bicycle maintenance with online video tutorials and cycling guru Sheldon Brown's extensive collection of tips , or check out an illustrated guide from your library. For hands-on instruction, ask your local bike mechanic about maintenance classes or open-shop hours.

Tell us: What are your favorite tricks for fixing your bicycle?

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