Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Making my how to bicycle videos is usually a solo affair with the help sometimes of my kids. I "hired" a couple of my friends to help me out to make a better video and I found out that working with a crew is not that easy. The dynamics are totally different and communications are not necessarily obvious from one person to the next. I also realized that the crew is somewhat of an audience and that throws me off of my usual "one take" self.

Needless to say it was a complete disaster and we'll have to start all over again. In the meantime, I thought you might enjoy the blooper reel of this catastrophy in hopes of salvaging at least some of our work, well ok, we actually had a lot of fun doing this.

So in the name of meaningless entertainment, on with the show!

Until next time, ride safe and Godspeed.

Gerry :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


Here's a comprehensive list of the better how-to articles in this blog. More will be added as time goes by. I've also noticed while going thru these that some are dated and need some tuning up! I didn't realize until now how big this thing is getting and I have my work cut out for me. What am I saying? This is not work, it's actually a lot of fun, enjoy.

Repair How-to's

How to remove a bicycle wheel
How to fix a flat tire
How to grease wheel bearings
How to adjust a bicycle seat
How to emergency wheel fix
How to align a bicycle wheel
Regular bike maintenance routine
Springtime bike checklist
How to adjust brake handles
How to fix brakes
How to adjust the front derailleur
How to adjust the rear derailleur
How to lubricate your chain
How to use a chain tool
How to replace a chain
How to repair a 3 piece bottom bracket
How to remove a one piece crank
How to remove bike pedals
How to remove a freewheel
How to remove hand grips easily
How to remove a threaded fork
How to prevent rust on your bike
How to remove rust from chrome
How to repaint your bicycle
My pedal / crank keeps falling off!
How to prevent bike theft
How to get an inexpensive kid's bike
How not to buy a new bike
How ot ride a bike in winter
How to start a bicycle repair business
How to paint a bike the quick and easy way
How to install  a bicycle cargo rack

Bicycle builds

BMX rebuild 1
BMX rebuild 2
Vintage CCM muscle bike
1950 ladie's CCM
Homebuilt Recumbent 1
Homebuilt Recumbent 2
Homebuilt Recumbent 3
Homebuilt Recumbent 4
(note, this last project ended up being a failure, but it is still listed since you might find some valuable information within the articles written about it and the origin of the failure was the actual layout, not the work itself.)

Special projects

DIY Big Trailer
DIY Smal Trailer
DIY Hard Saddle bag for almost nothing

Gerry :)

Sunday, February 08, 2009


Here's a post for the local Montreal crowd. Once again you have the chance to escape the dull drums of winter for a few hours by getting your legs to Place Bonaventure from the 20th to the 22nd of February and spend some time drooling over the new offers for 2009 at the Expodium bike expo.

From bike manufacturers, accessory makers, travel agents and many representatives from various regions of the country(US and abroad as well). If you want to plan a biking vacation just about anywhere, this is your one stop shop. I'll be there myself on Saturday.

Hope to see you there.

Check out all the information on their website here: www.expodium.ca

Until next time, ride safe and Godspeed.

Gerry :)

The mountain bike for the beginner

Here's a publication that I found on issuu.com that explains everything about riding a mountain bike off-road. It is a bit hard to read since it's all hand written but the information is top notch and to the point. Enjoy!

Until next time, ride safe and Godspeed.

Gerry :)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Free Bicycle Maintenance Book, IT'S HERE!

Well it's been a long time coming, but it's finally here. I thought that writing a book about bicycle maintenance would be a pinch since I knew my subject pretty well, how wrong I was! Putting something down in writing like that is much more intensive than I expected despite the fact that I've been publishing this blog for almost 3 years now.

I decided to forgo copying and pasting the blog outright and went ahead by starting with a blank page. New images were made as well for this document. 40 pages of bicycle how-to's and tips for the novice bike mechanic with keeping in mind that not everybody is comfortable with a bunch of technical bla bla.

Many thanks to my darling wife who is a magician with Word. She took my pile of crap and made something awesome out of it. I love you baby. :)

I hope you enjoy this book and find it useful. Download the pdf for free right now and feed on my experience. Yeah, you read it right, free! Print it, use it. You're only invited to make a donation of the amount of your choice.

View the book here



Wow! 3 000 downloads in 12 days, amazing! I'm glad to see that the book is being appreciated.

As always, comments are always welcomed.

Until next time, ride safe and Godspeed

Gerry :)

You can read some excerpts of the book here