Take Care of Your Bike: The Basics!

We all know biking is a great way to get around the city.  It’s fun, great exercise, good for the environment and often a faster alternative than hoping in the car.

Regardless of whether you rock a vintage Schwinn, your uncle’s hand-me-down mountain bike or the Huffy you rode when you were twelve, it’s important to know the basics of bike maintenance.  You take care of your car, so why wouldn’t you take care of your bike? It is, after all, the only thing between you and face-planting.

First and foremost, study the diagram above. Even if you can’t fix your bike, at least know the lingo.  Just being able to tell a bike mechanic where to look can save everyone a lot of time and money.

If you don’t own a bike pump, buy one. The vast majority of flat tires can be avoided by properly inflating your tires before every ride. The proper air pressure for your specific bike can be found on the inside of the tire near the spokes.  Generally, road bikes require much higher tire pressure than mountain bikes.

Depending on how frequently you use your bike, check and clean your bike chain with spray solvent and a rag about once a month. Doing this will extend the life of the most expensive components of your bike.

Finally, give the thing some love. Wash and wipe it down after use in the rain or mud, making sure not to direct the stream of water where there is grease.  If at all possible, store your bike in a temperature controlled environment.

And never underestimate the value of stopping into your local bike shop and having a conversation with a friendly technician.  They’ve got a pretty good handle on how to keep your bike riding smoothly.   Happy cycling!

4 Responses to “Take Care of Your Bike: The Basics!”
  1. mynkist says:

    Reblogged this on tryingtobike and commented:
    Good advice

  2. mynkist says:

    I like it clear and too the point

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