You should always take good care of your bike to get the best out of every ride. An unmaintained bike can be dangerous and will not last as long. If you want to have a lifetime to safe rides there are a few things you can do to keep your bike in top condition. Here are some useful tips on ways to keep your bike in great condition for you future rides.
Keep in Clean
Cleaning your bike is one of the necessary things you must do to make your bike last longer. You may find it hard work, but you must do it if you want to enjoy your ride. You don’t need any specialized equipment to wash or clean your bike. Soapy water, an old toothbrush, and a sponge are enough to make your bike shine like never. You also need grease and oil to lubricate the gearbox and the chain.
Check Your Tires Properly
Tires that are poorly inflated will puncture easily. Don’t trust hand pumps; look for a standing track pump that has a pressure gauge and tests all your tires. On the side of tires, there is a number, then followed by letters PSI. This tells you the amount of air to pump in.
Check Your Brake Pads
Your brake pads are essential for safety when you ride. Regularly check your brake pads to see if they are in good shape. Worn out pads pose a risk on the road; you need to change them. When your brakes make some squeaky sounds, it means there is dirt in the rims. Clean them and if they continue making the same noise, adjust them carefully. If your brakes are so loose that when you squeeze it, they get close to the handle, then you need to tighten them. You can do it by twiddling the barrel adjuster close to the brake lever. Consult the internet if you find it a little difficult to handle. You can ask professionals to handle your bike issues for you if you wish. There is nothing wrong with bringing them in at least once a year.
Don’t Forget to Lubricate
Some lubricants are specially made for bikes. Get some and apply on necessary parts especially where metals rub each other. Don’t rub oil on your chain except after cleaning it. This will endure that the parts to not wear out sooner than they should.
Check for Wobbly Wheels
Sometimes, your wheels may be wrong, and you do not know. Check for wobbly wheels by turning your bike upside down and spin the wheels. If they wobble from side to side, then you may need to visit a bike shop for wheel alignment.
Set Your Saddle
Your saddle should allow for comfort. If you feel soreness in your knees, your seat might be too low, and you need to raise it higher. Usually, the length of your leg to the revolution should decide how you set the saddle. This will ensure that you are riding properly, meaning that you are using the rest of the bike correctly as well and making sure you have a safe ride.