Simple Maintenance Steps For Your Bike
Riding a bicycle is a great cardio exercise that can actually be very enjoyable. Bicycles can be relatively inexpensive ways to get in a great workout and some fresh air. Best of all, if treated right and maintained well, bicycles can last for a really long time. If you have a bicycle or a beach cruiser and are interested in seeing it perform at its best for years to come, read the below tips on keep it maintained.
Your bicycle’s chain is integral to its working. Keep it clean by inspecting it after each ride. It will only take a minute. This is especially important to do, though, if you rode on wet concrete which means your chain may have deposits of mud stuck in it. Lubricate the chain as well to ensure that it’s able to rotate through the sprockets without unnecessary friction. Lubrication only needs to happen every thousand miles or so and should be done with a lightweight oil made specifically for bikes. Wipe off any excess when you’re done. Thicket types, like motor oil, will do more harm than good as it’s too heavy and will give dirt and debris something to stick to.
The brakes and derailleurs will benefit from scheduled lubrication as well. Both have several pivot points that make an easy entry point for dirt and other kinds of debris. Just about any place where metal touches metal while your biking can probably do with cleaning and lubrication from time to time.
Don’t forget about the brake pads either. They’re essential to your ability to stop your bicycle on demand. Check to make sure that they maintain their alignment. Your brake pads are the rubber clamps that squeeze the metal rim of your bike to slow or stop your progress. These can sometimes lose their alignment, meaning they’re missing the metal rim and could even be grabbing the tire. Another issue with breaking can happen when your pads are no longer “toed-in.” You want the front edge of your pads to make contact first when you break. A sign that this has quit happening is a squeaking noise when you try to stop. Generally you should be able to bend the pads back into place, but occasionally you will need new ones installed.
If you love biking, extend that affection to your bicycle. These are easy maintenance steps you can take that won’t cost you much in the way of time or money.