Your bike will always perform at its best when kept well-maintained. Follow these simple steps to ensure your bike is always looked after.
To keep your bike well-maintained, there are a few basic tools that you will need:
Ensure your tyres are inflated to the pressure marked on the side of your tyres. It always helps when your pump has a pressure gauge. Properly inflated tyres will reduce your chance of getting a flat and make pedalling far easier. You should check your tyre pressure before every ride.
The brake pad comes down on the wheel as you squeeze the brake levers. To test your brake pads, check that they are hitting the rims or disc (depending on your kind of brakes) evenly and aren’t missing the rim or disc at any point. It’s good to keep an eye on general wear and tear on the surface of the pads. Most rim brake pads have grooves that act as markers, and once they are worn away, it’s time to replace them.
Your chain should be clean, lubricated and quiet! If you hear anything more than a smooth clicking noise, you should check it for any maintenance issues. It’s important to lubricate your chain regularly, and be careful not to get any on the wheel rims.
Below are some regular tips and actions on top of the ABC maintenance that you can take to ensure your bike is well-maintained after each ride and in-between services.
It is important that your bike is serviced by an experienced mechanic every 12 months. As a Cycling Brisbane member, you have access to a number of bike service deals and discounts from sponsoring businesses. Check out your closest service provider and take advantage of your membership.
For more information on simple bike maintenance tips, you can also check out Ride On’s resources.