Cycling is a great way to keep fit and enjoy the outdoors but overtime your bicycle will suffer with general wear and tear. To continue to enjoy this activity it is essential that you carry out regular bike maintenance.
Below you will find my top 5 tips for keeping your bike in good working order.
Correct Tire Pressures
Incorrect tire pressure can lead to uneven or premature wear on them, if under inflated it can also mean more effort is required to overcome the drag caused on the road surface.
Check the side wall of the tire for the pressure (usually in P.S.I.) and use a good quality pump in conjunction with a tire pressure gauge at least once a week.
Keeping the chain and gear train clean and lubricated
By maintaining the bike gear train and chain it will help to reduce surface wear and last longer. The chain can be cleaned whilst in situ using either a degreaser suited for bike maintenance or with hot water. You will need an old toothbrush or similar to carry out this essential bicycle work.
Simply clean the chain and gear train thoroughly, dry and then use a suitable bicycle lubricant across all moving surfaces.
Depending how much use your bike gets and in what conditions it is used will determine how often you should carry out this procedure but around once a month should generally be okay.
Maintain the bike braking system
Keeping the braking system nice and tight will mean better braking and less effort required to stop the bicycle. It will also help to reduce squeaky breaks.
To tighten your brakes you can either unscrew the brake barrel adjuster found near the brake lever, or alternatively loosen the cable fixing and pull the cable through to create more tension.
Either way will work fine and produce the desired effect.
Storing your bike when it is not in use.
There are going to be times when you simply do not want to use your bike, for example through the winter months, unless of course you are a hard core bicycle rider.
During these periods ensure your bike is stored in a dry, undercover area away from damp and dust.
Garages sheds and purpose built storage containers are all excellent solutions to help keep your bike maintained when not in use. Consider a folding bike if storage space is a limitation.
Professional bike maintenance services
While these tips aim to help you carry out basic bike maintenance yourself you should still consider having your bike serviced at least once a year by a professional technician.
This will ensure your bike continues to provide you with years of enjoyment.
Keeping your bicycle maintained regularly will save you money over the long term, make sure it works efficiently and provide lasting years of enjoyment.