Early spring is perfect bike-riding weather -- it's not too hot, not too cold and there's an abundance of vibrant flora/scantily-clad joggers to admire along the way. Unfortunately, all that extra riding usually translates to added wear-and-tear in your bike. Here are six simple bike maintenance tips that anyone can master.
The following tips come from The Rolling Fix, a mobile bicycle shop that provides home servicing in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. While some bike repairs require a professional fix, you can usually keep minor issues at bay with a little T.L.C -- the key is to do it regularly. Here are six basic upkeep rules that every cyclist should get into the habit of following:
"Ensure that your tyres are pumped up to the recommended air pressure. This should be written on the side of the tyre. Also check that the tread is in good condition and has no splits in the rubber."
"Having a clean and well lubricated drive-train is one of the simplest ways to make your ride smoother and more enjoyable!"
"Good brakes are often the difference between a safe journey and a nasty accident. Check for wear on your brake pads and make sure the cable is the correct length so that the lever doesn't come back too close to the handlebar."
"Shift through the gears one at a time, while pedalling slowly and consistently to make sure your gears are all in good order. Without a bike stand, this is most easily checked by riding slowly on flat ground."
"Make sure there is no movement where the handlebars attach to the frame. Check that all of the bolts are tight, then hold the front brake on and rock the bike backwards and forward, there should no movement."
"By law you’re required to have a light on the back and front of your bike if you ride at night. Make sure you’ve got a fresh set of batteries in all of your lights and double check they are securely fastened to the bike’s frame."
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