Riding a bicycle is a great experience, the thrill of the wind rushing through your hair; the rush of pedalling your heart out whilst racing uphill… it is a feeling unlike any other. But so as to guarantee this feeling continues as long as you can, it is vital that your bike is properly cared for. Here are the top tips to keep your bike in tip top shape:
Wash your bike
If there is one thing you can do to prolong the life span of your bike, it is keeping it clean. Tedious, but true. No fancy cleaning kit required – a bucket of soapy water, a sponge and a classic toothbrush is everything you need, though a suitable degreaser can help break down the oil and grit at the series and gear sprockets.
First of all, give your bike a mild all-over rinse to be able to get rid of any debris or excess dirt; if you jump right in and start scrubbing then you will just wind up spreading the grit and scratching your frame. As soon as you’ve given it a great rinse, prop the bicycle against the rack, grab a sponge, fill up a bucket with warm soapy water and provide your cycle a excellent thorough wash. Use the brush to remove any stubborn regions of dirt, being extra careful to not leave any scratches. Give your bike another quick rinse to remove all the soap suds, then use the fabric to wash everything thoroughly. After everything has dried out, spray both wheels and the bicycle with your preferred degreaser and let that soak in for a moment.
Clean your seatpost
– Mark your chair’s height using a piece of tape by wrapping the tape around the post right where it matches the framework.
– Eliminate the post and wash it off using a clean rag.
– Jam that rag down into the seat tube as far as you can and pull it out.
– Smear some grease in the seat tube and slip the post back into the frame up to the tape line.
– Ride away content with the knowledge that you have staved off your mechanic’s wrath for a little. – Try this at least twice per season. Or else.
– And btw, you may use regular grease with carbon dioxide.
Clean your saddle
Your saddle can take a lot of wear and tear over time, so if it’s looking a bit worn it may be well worth buffing it up. When you have an authentic leather saddle, don’t be afraid to restore it with shoe polish, just be sure to buffer it correctly before riding again, as you may not want to stain your biking gear. A good polish will also help your saddle withstand the weather, though it’s definitely worth keeping it covered when not in use.
Lube your bottom bracket’s cable
Want to improve your shifting dramatically in 10 seconds and to save your money? That tiny trough that your derailleur cables glide onto needs some focus. It gets gummy out of your sports drink and crusty from street dirt, both of which contribute to the evil friction that interrupts the accidental flow of a exact cable adjustment. And drip a few drops of oil onto it every single time you lube your chain.
Oil your chain
When mechanisms talk about lubing a string, what they mean is adding lubrication in between both sides and beneath the center roller. Lube any place else serves no positive purpose. (If you don’t think about a grotesquely embarrassing wreck positively). Anytime you lube your chain you should allow it to soak in for a couple of minutes and wipe off as much of the surplus as possible. Then wipe the string off again following your ride. And again after the next ride. There is no need to include more lube until your chain starts squeaking.
Keep your tyres inflated properly
Tyre pressure is a serious aspect of how well your bicycle will deal with. When the tyres are under inflated, then you are going to be riding on flats and wasting energy. Pump up your tyres too far and you risk them exploding as they’re more vulnerable to damage. The max compression will be published onto the sidewall of your tyre; utilize a pressure gauge to be sure you’re not inflating it all the way, checking it at least once a month to be certain it falls too low.
Check if your wheel is true
Turn your bicycle upside down and spin your wheels. Do they wobble a bit from side to side? If this is the case, they need “truing”. This is a quick fix, but maybe not one for an amateur, as you need special equipment. A bicycle shop will do so for a small fee.
Check your brake pads
Worn brake pads equivalent rubbish brakes. You can tell they are worn out if you can barely find the grooves any more. Adding fresh brake pads is a really cheap and easy to fix. You simply require a set of Allen keys along with some patience.
Tighten saggy brakes
If your brakes have become sluggish and lacklustre (if you squeeze the brake lever and it moves over halfway towards the handlebars) – you will need to tighten up them. The simplest way to do this is twiddle the barrel adjuster by the brake lever. If that doesn’t do the trick, you will need to get your Allen keys out and free the brake cable by opening the brake nut, pulling it tight and shutting the nut again.
The above is only a brief guide on how to properly look after your street bike; but it’ll certainly help you with getting started. There is always more you can do to make sure your bike stays in its best condition. For all your biking needs, including a wide range of cleaning products visit www.afletik.com