How to singlespeed your mountain bike on the trail
Learn how to singlespeed your mountain bike whilst out on the trail
Travelling the world with your mountain bike is an amazing experience, but sometimes mechanical issues arise when you are wild riding. One of the toughest pieces of kit on your bike is the drive train, but it’s also one of the most vulnerable parts. Rock strikes, in particular, are notorious for ripping off a rear derailleur, leaving you with no gears – or just one gear.
In this episode of the #MTBMinute Chris will show you how to singlespeed your bike in order to get you home with no further dramas.
With these few top tips and a slice of good luck you’ll be home ready to visit the local bike shop for replacement parts for your beloved steed.
6 easy steps to singlespeeding your mountain bike
- Split the chain or release split link
- Inspect chain for damage, removing the most damaged section
- Remove the rear mech/derailleur
- Secure the gear cable out of the way with cable ties
- Shorten the chain to minimise slack, try to keep the straightest chain line and don’t over-tighten the chain on a full suspension bike
- Make a chain device to stop chain dropping
Tick, tick, tick, tick…
What can you learn in a minute? Well, quite a lot as it turns out…
From changing a gear cable to mastering the attack position, in the #MTBminute we take on some of the most pressing questions around your mountain bike life and attempt to show you the key stages in just 60 seconds!
Using decades of collective guiding, riding and mechanical experience we’ve carefully created each minute-long video to give easy-to-follow, practical tips that will instantly demystify skills and techniques. They might still take a lifetime to master but with the #MTBminute at least you’ll be off to a solid start.
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