On this page I am going to run you through a few bicycle tips for maintenance. Some of the tips on this page may be obvious, but you will be surprised at how many people end up ‘forgetting’ about them when it comes to ensuring that their bicycle is in tip-top condition:
You should be checking that tire pressure before you head out on every ride. You want to make sure that it is absolutely perfect (check out what the manufacturer recommends for your particular bicycle). Using a tire gauge to check the pressure is especially important if you have a tubeless bike.
You should always ride with a few different tools. In fact; I never leave home without a multitool for my bicycle (preferably one that has a chain breaker), a pump, and a tube or puncture repair kit. You never know when your bicycle is going to need some quick maintenance! The last thing you want to do is walk back along a 20 mile track, right?
Check your crank bolts regularly. In fact; it is recommended that you check them at least once a month. You should purchase a torque wrench for this purpose. Just like the tire pressure; you should be consulting the manufacturer’s guide to make sure that you adjust and set the crank pressure properly.
Is your saddle creaking? Well; you will find that a couple of drops of oil at the ‘adjustment point’ will go a long way towards eliminating it.
Seek Help From A Repair Center
If you do not actually know what you are doing then you must head to your local bicycle repair center. I have seen so many people out there who do not have a single clue about adjusting their bicycle. They give it a go anyway; perhaps as a way of proving that they can actually do it, or simply because they want to save money. Most people will invariably end up breaking their expensive bicycle. I therefore must say it again; if you do not know what you are doing then make sure that you take it to somebody who knows what they are doing!
Check Your Brake Pads
Learn how to check whether your brake pads are worn. If they are worn, or at least starting to wear down, then you should replace them as soon as possible (they are not expensive, particularly when you consider that keeping them in place could result in serious injury or death). If there are no grooves left on the brake pad then they have worn. If there is a gritty sound when you brake then they have worn. If the braking action is not smooth and it almost feels as though the brake is sticking then they are worn.
Do not let oil get near those brake pads! You may be surprised at the amount of people who do this when lubricating their chain. You have to realize that oil is meant to be smooth and allow things to glide. You get some on the brake pad and they will need to be replaced.