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by Sheldon "Round" Brown

New! Tires Everything you need to know about bicycle tires
This article covers all aspects of bicycle tires, construction, tread design, inflation, etc.

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Wheelbuilding You can learn to build your own wheels!

This article provides all you need to know to build your own bicycle wheels. A knowledge of wheelbuilding can be invaluable to any cyclist who wishes to do his or her own maintenance and repair.

Building wheels from scratch is the best way to learn the craft of wheel truing, to get the feel for how a wheel responds to spoke adjustments. It is much easier to learn this with new, un-damaged parts than to start right in trying to repair damaged wheels.

Servicing Cup and Cone Hubs

This article examines the workings of conventional bicycle hubs and explains the tools and techniques involved in servicing them.

It also describes a special tool I invented to facilitate bearing adjustment on quick-release can make your own from junk parts.

Tire Sizing

Bicycle tires come in a bewildering variety of sizes. To make matters worse, in the early days of cycling, every country that manufactured bicycles developed its own system of marking the sizes. These different national sizing schemes created a situation in which the same size tire would be known by different numbers in different countries. Even worse, different-sized tires that were not interchangeable with one another were often marked with the same numbers!

Tire Rotation Should you rotate your tires?

This seems like a good idea at first, but you really shouldn't do it! This short article explains why.

Shimano CassettesFor the intermediate/advanced cyclist.

Most new bicycles of good quality use Shimano "freehubs" for the rear hub, the heart of the gear shifting system. This article explains why, and lists all of of the available clusters. If you want to customixe your gearing to fit your riding style and terrain, this will show you what your options are.

Seven Speed HubsFor the commuter or utility cyclist.
Derailers are not the only option for multi-speed bicycles. Remember 3-speeds? Now you can have a 7-speed with the same easy, reliable internal gearing.

This page lists the gear ratios of the 3 different brands of 7-speed hubs currently available.

Sheldon Brown's Bicycle GlossaryFor all cyclists.
An encyclopedic listing of bicycle lore, technical data and opinions.

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Biketune: Jeff Napier's Flat Tire article.

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