5 Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

Keen to try a bit of DIY bike maintenance but worried your ‘can-do’ approach might wind up as one major ‘can-D'OH’!? It is essential to know that even the most basic maintainance tasks can end up badly – sometimes comically – wrong. We prepared 5 common rookie mistakes and expert instructions on how to avoid grand catastrophes and everything in between.

Taking care of your bicycle yourself is a really good thing – it will spare you cash, and seeing how your bicycle works is useful for those roadside breakdowns that can happen now and again. As a cyclist – amateur or professional – you will definitely hit the wall sometime. There are some mistakes that nearly all cyclists make in their first months of biking. Let’s see what you should avoid.

 

#1 Not checking a tire for damage in case of puncture

Consistently I've heard feedback that a tire is flawed, or inward tubes are broken – the endorsement behind this claim being that the tire has endured numerous punctures, in brisk succession.

Tires and tubes can be defective – yet it isn't all that basic. What is extremely regular is for riders in a hustle to hop again on the bicycle after a flat tire, not easing off to check within it for debris – thorns, thistles or stones. I've done this myself on an icy ride – the outcome was ceasing 2 minutes not far off to repair the second puncture (as snow kept on falling).

Most punctures are brought on by debris and kunk – thistle, glass, rocks, flint – and on the off chance that you don't discover and uproot this little piece of object, it will puncture another tube notwithstanding. If you have a hard time finding it, pump up the old tube, and utilize the specific location of the puncture to match up on the tire.

Bike tire. What to do in case of a puncture. 5 Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid.

#2 Not wiping down a lubed chain

You should know that lubing your chain is great – it anticipates rust, and keeps it running easily without clatter. An excessive amount of lube is terrible – it grabs earth and debris, which adequately exfoliate the chain.

When you apply lube, run a little spill of it within the chain – and turn the pedal as you do this, changing between gears to get it evenly spread through the pinions. At that point, wipe the abundance of tenderly with an old cloth, again pivoting the pedal regressively as you keep the cloth still.

At that point, wipe the chanistays – to have removed any lube they may have gotten, that will just be a real magnet for debris and dirt.

An ineffectively lubed chain has a relatively shorter life span and lessens the bicycle's performance, so lube it about every 200 kilometers or at whatever point your bicycle gets wet.

Overabundance oil draws in earth, and over the long haul that debris will work some way or another to the moving parts inside, leaving you with a real mess that makes pretty much as much harm as no lube whatsoever. Take care of your chain, and it might last between 2,500 to 3,500 kilometers.

Lubing a chain. 5 Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid.

#3 Not lubing pedals and overtightening them

Whoopee – you've purchased new pedals! All you want to do now is get them on the bicycle, and take them for a twist.

In that moment, save a thought for "you" in 6 months time, a year, or 3 years – when you have to pack the bicycle into a bicycle box, or purchase new pedals. In the event that you forget to apply a thin layer of oil to the pedal spindle, and overtighten them, this will be amazingly hard, and can result in you pummeling your hand into the chainring with the power needed, or an outing to the bicycle shop.

The lube has to be only a modest fingerfull, spread equally over the spindle. Regarding thightness, try to do most of this with your hand, then utilize an allen yet to turn the pedal so it is solidly set up, however don't feel the need to wrench it tight.

#4 Over-fixing bolts

It really can be enticing to tighten a jolt as hard as possible – to be sure it won’t slip. This is redundant.

Bar clasps, steerer and seatposts are bolts that regularly get over-fixed. The segment or bicycle manual will let you know what the right torque is – normally 5Nm. On the off chance that you have a torque wrench, utilize that. If not, just ask somebody in a bicycle shop to reveal to you how tight that is, and figure out how it feels.

Best case scenario for over-tightening brings about rounded off bolts which need to be drilled out (because the allen key slips when you attempt to loose them).

Over-fixing bolts is bad. Read the 5 Common Bike Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid article.

#5 Leaving cable replacement excessively long

Brake and gear cables need to be changed regularly – most of the time once a year, however this will fluctuate relying upon how frequently and where you ride.

It isn't a difficult thing to do, yet it is a bit fiddly, and one that its very easy to put off. In any case, abandon this job and the cables can extend, making shifting tough and replacement an even bigger job if filaments of the cable are thin to the point that they get to be difficult to remove. They can likewise snap, which implies a long ride home in the same gear.

Leaving cable replacement excessively long is bad on the long term. This is a huge mistake you can make regarding bike maintainance.

Do not forget!

A clean bike is a fast bike. Once in a while you should apply water under high pressure to blast the dirt and debris into your bicycle’s sensitive concealed parts. Blow out the oil and lube that prevents rust and contamination and then apply a fresh one. You can also use a bucket with a soapy water, a sponge and a combination of brushes to clean your bike.

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