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"26 Inch" Tires Do you think "26 inch" is a tire size? It isn't!
NEW! Adventure Cycling articles Sheldon's "Mechanical Advantage" articles
April Fool Have you paid your Gullibility Tax?
Autoshift Does your bike shift by itself?
ASC Hubs Old three-speed fixed gear! Now Sturmey-Archer has a
NEW! Bichain Fixed/Free Drivetrain Are you
really handy? Bruce Ingle's wild drive train.
Bicycle Links My personal bicycle hotlist.
Biopace An unfashionable chainwheel design defended.
Bottom Bracket Drop Calculator Grant Petersen's spreadsheet for calculating pedal cornering clearance.
Bottom Bracket Sizes What size bottom bracket goes with your crank set?
NEW! Bottom Bracket Spindle Tapers Square taper bottom brackets ISO vs. J.I.S.
Braking and Turning Which brake? How to turn?
Jobst Brandt's FAQ A mechanical engineer answers Frequently Asked Questions
From the Golden Age of Japanese Bicycles
Tips on cable installation to ensure that your brakes and gears live up to their potential.
Cannondale Headshock Service Service guide by Nigel Pickard.
Cantilever Adjustment A practical guide to adjusting cantilever brakes.
Cantilever Boss Fixture Install your own cantilever brake bosses.
Cantilever Geometry A technical analysis of how to fine-tune your cantilever brakes for best performance.
Capreo-Shimano's system for small wheels 9-tooth sprockets help provide decent high gears with small wheels.
Carapace Completed Umber Humorous postings by my evil twin.
Updated! Cassette Hubs The modern solution for rear hubs.
Feature article by Ashley Wright
Chain Life Extension A new technique for extending chain/sprocket life on simple chain drives.
Chain Line It's time to go straight.
Chain Maintenance Make your chain run smoother, last longer and shift better.
Chicago Schwinns The indestructible bikes from Chicago.
Coaster Brakes Coaster, or "back-pedalling" brakes.
Color Coding Your Tools Increase order and efficiency in your work area by color coding your tools.
Computer/Net Links A page of links about computers, the Internet and the Web.
Cone Adjustment Procedures and tools for adjusting wheel bearings.
Revised! Cottered Cranks Older bikes used cotter (wedge) pins to hold the cranks on.
Cranks Crank length and other crank issues.
Creaks, Clicks & Clunks ...and things that go "bump" on your bike.
Cribsheets Printer-friendly data tables with useful dimensions of:
Cyclecomputer Calibration Chart Calibration numbers for all cyclecomputers.
Cyclecomputer Installation Tips on installing cyclecomputers.
Cyclecomputer Troubleshooting Troubleshooting and repair of cyclecomputers.
Cyclist Inferiority Attitude? Phobia? Complex? Superstition?
by John Forester
Derailer Why I spell it that way.
Derailer Adjustment How to adjust your derailers.
Derailers-Front What you need to know to select an appropriate front derailer.
Dura-Ace Interchangeability Older Shimano Dura-Ace parts aren't all compatible with newer equipment.
Dynohubs Electrical generators built into the wheel hub.
NEW! Electric bicycles Osman Isvan analyzes power management
Spanish/English Bicycle Dictionary
English 3 Speeds Useful tips on servicing these classic bikes.
Evil Bicycles A Satanic conspiracy exposed!
Europe 75 Stories and photos of my first trip to Europe, 1975
Europe 89 I lived in France for a year, 1988-89
Fixed Gear for the Road Lots of information for people who know that Coasting Is A Pernicious Habit!
Fixed Gear Conversions The nuts and bolts of converting to fixed gear
Fixed Gear on the Cheap
Tom Deakins on the cheapest way to go fixed.
Fixed Gear and Knee Health Is fixed-gear riding beneficial to your knees? by Charles Renner
Fixed Gear Testimonials If you don't believe me when I tell you how much fun fixed-gear riding is, read this.
Flat Tires What every cyclist should know about flat tires.
Forging, Casting & CNC Machining
Jeff del Papa explains the differences, pros & cons.
Frame Materials Cutting through the myths and folklore.
Frame Sizing Revisionist theory on bicycle fitting. Read this before you buy a new bike!
Frame Spacing Want to put modern gears on an older frame? Spread it!
France Cycling Advice and links for cyclists on touring in
French bicycles Repair, restoration, maintenance and history of French bicycles.
Freewheels Removal and service.
Front Derailers What you need to know to select an appropriate front derailer.
Gain Ratios A new system for designating bicycle gear ratios.
Gear Calculator An online calculator for Gain Ratios, gear inches, metric development.
Old! Gear Calculation with the Slide rule Sometimes a 400 year old instrument is faster than a computer. Geeks only.
Gear Shifting An introduction to using derailer gears.
Gear Theory Thoughts on gear spacing/range issues.
Bicycle Glossary An huge compendium of bicycle terms, specifications, information, and opinion.
Hands Up! Raising your Handlebars How to get your handlebars higher (or lower) for more comfort.
NEW! Headsets Different stem/headset systems explained.
NEW! Helmets Helmet history, types, wars
History of Electric Lighting by Marty Goodman
Home-made drop bolts New brakes on old frames.
Humor Bicyle silliness
Inside the Varsity Marc Muller reveals the technology of the
R.T.Jansen 1979 Catalogue French-style custom touring bikes, made in New Hampshire
Japanese Bicycles The 1980s were the Golden Age of Japanese bikes in the U.S..
Jobst Brandt's FAQ A mechanical engineer answers Frequently Asked Questions
Lambert/Viscount Bicycles by Tim McNamara. Lambert and Viscount bicycles of the 1970's, and the death fork.
Leather Saddles Oldies but goodies. Why you want one, how to maintain it.
Lock Strategy Keeping your bike safe, without a ton of hardware.
Tim MacNamara Bicycle fiction from Minnesota
Mismatched Rims/Hubs Building wheels when the hub has more spoke holes than the rim.
The Myth of K.O.P.S. Keith Bontrager debunks an old fitting theory.
One-Piece Cranks The technology of older American-made bikes.
Pain and Bicycling Riding a bicycle shouldn't hurt!
Paris Brest Paris on Fixed Gear by Emily O'Brien
Physically-Separated Bike Lanes Tom Revay explains why these are a Bad Idea.
NEW! Gene Portuesi's Cyclopedia A Blast from the Past!
Québec Je me souviens
Quick-release Skewers Good ones vs. Bad ones.
Raleigh 3-speeds For the collector/restorer.
Raleigh Interchangeability Putting new parts on your old Nottingham Raleigh
Recumbents Four types. Article from 1992
sheldonbrown.com/retroraleighs Classic Raleigh Headquarters
New! Rim Sizing Measuring your rim to determine what size tire you need.
Damon Rinard's Tech Pages Damon Rinard's technical pages are now hosted by Harris Cyclery.
Why Reflectors Don't Work Common sense from John Schubert about Lights and Reflectors.
Saddles A comfortable tush.
Schwinn Fillet-Brazed Lightweights Mark Rother on these little known jewels from the
Seatpost Size Database What size seatpost fits what what frame?
If you know, tell me...If you don't know, the answer may be here!
NEW! Selling Your Old Bike Don't throw it away, it could be worth real money.
Expanded! Internal-Gear Hubs Info on multi-speed rear hubs from Shimano, SRAM/Sachs and Sturmey-Archer.
NEW! Sachs/SRAM Internal-Gear Hubs General advice, and links to rebuilding information
Updated! Shimano Cassettes How to get the gears you want, whether Shimano likes it or not!
Shimano 1973 Dura-Ace Catalogue
Shimano 1982 Catalogue
Shimano Dura-Ace Issues Older Shimano Dura-Ace parts aren't all compatible with newer equipment.
Shimano Mega 7 Freewheels Shimano re-invents the thread-on freewheel.
NEW! Shimano Nexus Hubs-Tech Adjustment, removing/re-installing the whee. Introduction to several pages about Nexus hubs.
NEW! Shimano 7-speed hubs Servicing information.
NEW! Shimano Nexus, Alfine 8-speed Hubs Servicing information and advice.
Tom Shaddox Tandem fiction.
NEW! Shoes and pedals Choices, compatibility
Singlespeed Mountain Bikes One speed is all you need!
New! Skewers Good ones vs. Bad ones.
Old! Slide Rules & Gears Sometimes a slide rule is faster than a calculator!
Spam Learning to deal with spam by using email filters.
English/Spanish Bicycle Dictionary
NEW! Speeds-Interchangeability When does an "n-speed" doohickey work with
an "n+1-speed" frammis?
Standing When should you stand up?
Starting and Stopping Are you doing it right?
Sturmey-Archer Hubs The greatest name in planetary gear systems.
Sturmey-Archer 1935-38 Catalogue images from 1935 and 1938.
Sturmey-Archer 50 Years Sturmey-Archer History, 1952
Straightening Chainwheels Bent chainwheels can sometimes be straightened.
Stuck Seatposts Seatpost frozen into your frame? click here!
The Soul of a Pedicab Chauffeur Carl Etiner writes from Oslo.
Tandems A primer for new tandemists.
Teaching Children To Cycle Strategies for teaching your little ones to ride.
Tires Everything you need to know about bicycle tires.
Tyres Everything you need to know about bicycle tyres.
Tire Rotation Should you do it?
Tire Sizing Tire size designations demystified.
Touring in Europe Charles Hansen'stips for planning a European tour.
Upgrading Older Bicycles A work in progress...
VAR Tools from France A blast from the past, early '80s VAR tools catalogue scans.
NEW! Bicycle Video
Vintage Bicycle Price Guide by Mike Kone of
Wheelbuilding Build your own wheels!
Perverse wheelbuilding! Mixed spoke drillings.
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See my Translations Page.
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