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Book: Bicycle technology

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This is another book I liked and that is really complete. Bicycle Technology: Understanding, Selecting and Maintaining the Modern Bicycle and its Components”  by Rob Van der Plas was published in 1991. The author is a professional engineer that as a passion for bicycles. What to expect is a very detailed book with lots of exploded views, graphics, illustrations and pictures. It’s easy to read and I enjoyed all the details I didn’t know about parts and frames and construction of a bicycle. Don’t expect an high colored book. This one is black and white only. This doesn’t remove anything from the quality. Who needs to know the color of the little bit of frame you see in the picture anyways?

Bicycle Technology

A book a will most likely ad to my cycling library as the one I read was from my amazing library system.


Book: Radisson

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I’ve recently discovered the Radisson series from Berube. I thought they were appealing so I rushed to my library and found the 2 first tomes. First I have to mention that this series is in french. You got to learn french just to read those graphic novel. It’s worth it. The novel is based on the autobiography from Pierre-Esprit Radisson called the Extrodinary adventures of a “Coureur des Bois”. So the first album is called : “Fils d’Iroquois” and the second one “Mission a Anondaga”. They were published by Glenat.

Tome 1: Fils D’iroquois

tome 2: Mission a Anondaga

There’s now 4 albums and that the end of the series from my understanding. The library only had the 2 first tomes but I’m on the look for the 2 other ones. I enjoyed the graphics. They are different but yet appealing. The characters are warm and lovable even if some might be evil. Good quality of work in this book. I recall Berube saying it took him 5 years to complete the series. That’s a lot of work.

I’ve met Berube at the University of Quebec in Hull while I was studying there. He was quite talented back then and I’m not surprised of what he have done. Nice guy with nice personality. You cannot not like him. An author to discover.

The author: J-S Berube

People start booking your French lesson and learn about the Quebec history through Berube’s book. You won’t be disappointed. I know because I’ m a tough crow and I don’t usually enjoy graphic novels.

Tutorial: How to remove a one piece bottom bracket

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While fiddling with the screw in seat post bike I decided to keep the one piece bottom bracket. Those are common on kids bike but I’ve also seen them on cheaper/older bikes too. Those must be the easiest bottom bracket to remove in my opinion.

You need:
– flat head screw driver
– big crescent wrench
– a rag

Tools for the job

Sometimes I use a morale helper. He’s nice he comes to visit and he lays down and stay quiet while I work.

Hank the helper

What does that look like?

Bottom bracket on the chainring side

First thing to do is to remove at least the left pedal as it won’t fit through the bottom bracket hole.

The side we work on

Now you will need the crescent wrench and make it fit to the first bolt. Unscrew it clockwise.

Crescent wrench at work

Unscrewed bolt

Next there’s going to be a washer. You can see it in the picture above.


Next is the last bolt. It had two slices in it. There’s a special tool for it but I never needed it so far. This bolt can’t be tight otherwise it would squish the bearing and the crank harms would be unable to move. Usually I’m successful by hand. If it’s a little tighter you can use your screw driver to help. This one goes clock wise too. One the bolt is starting to loosen the bottom bracket you might want to have your rag close by.

Last bolt

What it looks like on the other side.

After this there’s going to be a bearing crown which is usually loaded with grease. I’ve seen the inside rusted and seized but this is not usually the case. Unless the seat wasn’t on the bike and the bike have been left out for year then there’s chances that it will be rusted.In the picture bellow you can see a bearing crow well greased and that’s on this side that it’s going out.

Bottom Bracket hanging out

What it looks like inside

I like to have my pieces cleaned up before I store them.

Bottom bracket apart and cleaned

The chainring can be removed from the crank harms too. I like to clean my bearing crowns every time the bottom bracket get opened up. This way I can avoid particles to stick to it and I like having fresh grease.

Tutorial: How to remove grips from a bicycle

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If you happen to not like the grips on your bike or they are worn or any other reason that makes you want to remove them. This is going to show you how. This apply to rubbery grips. Those who are able to stretch a little. If your grip is brittle or hard please be careful as you don’t want to ruin it.

Let’s get started
What you need:
– flat head screw driver (smaller sized)
– Hair spray, degreaser, WD40, etc… It needs to be slippery.
– That’s it!

Tools for the task

First your will need to move all the accessories on the handle bar to make room to work. If you have brake leavers and shifters it’s going to be easy. I usually loosen them and move them towards the center of the bar.

Grip and space to work

Once this is accomplished take your screw driver and insert it in the the grip. And raise it a a bit to make an opening. Then you can spray your hair spray in there.

Screw driver inserted in grip

Then you work your way inside the grip with the screw driver. If it doesn’t move around the bar get your tool out and reinsert it a little further. I also do twisting motion with with my hand to see the grip is turning. If not continue working around and you can always spray more hair spray in there to help. When the inside is slippery everywhere, your grip shouldn’t have any issue getting out.




Hurt bike

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I came across this home made repair to a bicycle seat post. People put a screw in the seat post in order to limit a seat to slide down. It might serve another purpose too. In this bike’s case. The tube have been drilled a few times. My understanding of this is that the post was too narrow for the seat tube to hold. I can’t really see someone putting a screw in a seat post for no reasons.

The victim was a Super Cycle Chinook for kids. Note the 2 holes under the screw.

SC Chinook

Another broken bike

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I knew I had another broken bike laying around the yard. I found it today. It’s a 10 speeds Super Cycle Grand Touring. This time I can’t say what happened to it. It’s sad because the bicycle was complete when I found it and in close to working shape. Oh well. It got stripped down of it’s good parts.

The Super Cycle Grand Touring frame


The outchie


If anyone as an idea of the cause of the booboo on this bike, don’t hesitate to pot a comment.

Cheers and don’t forget to pamper your two wheeler(s).

Recycling idea: shoe rack

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This is an idea I came up with while I was searching for a way to keep a few pair of shoes by the door. I have big and small dogs living with me. My shoes were kept by the door in a narrow hallway. Every time the dogs would go by there I’d be sure to have a few single shoe or pairs to go with them. I started thinker about something to use to that effect. I was not into those fancy and expensive racks you get in stores but into something cheap, portable and easy to clean. I remembered that old broken magazine rack I had put away in the garage. What was broken was a few spindles and missing some wood buttons. Perfect! It’s the perfect deal. It holds 4 pair of shoes, the bottom part is removable and with the handle on top it’s portable. Plus, it’s off the ground so there’s less dirt and dust on my shoes.

Magazine rack

Magazine Rack with Shoes


Feel free to use my idea. Recycling and reusing can be simple and easy. Happy recycling!