One of the great things about owning a bike is how easy and affordable it is to fix when something breaks down. While a car can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars to fix depending on the issue, most bike repairs can be done for less than $100 — and this price tag decreases even more if you learn to do it yourself.
The good news is you don’t have to go to a bike mechanic school to handle pretty much any repair your bike might eventually require. All you’ll need are the right tools and a little bit of knowledge. From basic maintenance to more complex repair jobs, these online bike repair resources help get you started.
A company known for making bike tools, it makes sense the Repair Help section on its website is one of the best resources you’ll find for bike repairs on just about any topic. From brake bleeding to adjusting a bottom bracket, it explains simple maintenance jobs and more technical repairs in a way most cyclists can easily understand. Most topics have video instructions and are free to everyone. Its shop talk section is also a good resource to keep up with the latest in bike maintenance, and if you’re interested in learning more about repair or want to become a professional bike mechanic, it offers a bike tool school, too.
GLOBAL CYCLING NETWORK
The videos on GCN’s YouTube are high quality and don’t require you to have a lot of first-hand knowledge. Each week, it posts a new maintenance video to its Maintenance Monday section, which currently contains about 227 videos, most about road bike repairs you’ll need to deal with at some point during your bike’s lifespan. Two favorites are the front derailleur adjustment video and a quick and easy video to true your wheels.
What we like most about the repair guide on this site is the categories are broken down in a way that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. The brake repair guide, for instance, has separate videos for v-brakes, side-pull calipers and even adjusting your child’s hand brake. Instead of lumping all brake repairs into one video, the separate tutorials ensure you get the right advice for the corresponding part on your bike. Road bikes, recreational bikes and mountain bike repair topics can all be found, and are generally good quality and easy to understand.
This is one of the first legitimate bicycle repair sites with extensive knowledge. While it might not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other bike repair sites and it doesn’t contain any videos, if you can’t find what you’re looking for elsewhere it’s a sure bet you’ll find it here. Since there can be some differences between repairs on newer and older models of road bikes, this is a site you’ll want to utilize if you’re fixing up or repairing an ‘80s or ‘90s bike, in particular. Examples of the unique information you’ll find here include how to build your own bike wheel and adjusting synchronized chains on tandem bikes.
Similar to GCN, the Global Mountain Bike Network is a YouTube channel, but this is dedicated to all things mountain biking. Its tech playlist has loads of good info about maintaining and repairing your mountain bike that will save you money instead of having to make frequent trips to your local bike shop. The video tutorials are handled by different experts in the field and often have pro guests offering insider advice. How to get my gears to shift properly and how to fix a tubeless mountain bike puncture are two we thoroughly enjoyed. If you have a specific problem you can’t solve, you can also send your question in and it might be able to answer it on its weekly show.
GET BIKE WRENCH
Not replacing your bike parts routinely can cause issues throughout your drivetrain, eventually costing you more money down the road. Get Bike Wrench keeps track of your bike parts mileage and provides reminders when it’s time to consider replacing them. Something as simple as getting a new chain can prevent premature wear on your crankset and derailleurs and keep your bike working smoothly.
BIKE DOCTOR APP
While this is the only resource on this list you’ll have to pay for, the app is handy and reasonably affordable. It provides you with step-by-step instructions to make most repairs and also offers advice for detecting issues early, keeping your bike clean and how often to replace your parts. If you’re someone who doesn’t like to do a lot of searching, this might be your best bet.