Basic Bike Maintenance

The Bike Affair

Are you a new rider? Here are some essential tips to help you enjoy your ride better.

Before Your Ride

  1. Correct tire pressure: Ensure that the tires are appropriately inflated. Low tire pressure means more rolling resistance and a greater chance of puncture.
  2. Brakes: Ensure that the brake pads are not rubbing the rims when brakes are not applied. If it is rubbing, some minor adjustment is required.
  3. Quick Release: Ensure that the front wheel, rear wheel and seat post quick releases are all closed and pointing in right direction (back or upwards).
     

During Your Ride

  1. Use appropriate gears based on the terrain. Your bike may have 21, 24 or 27 gears, but not all gear combinations are recommended. Here is a list of recommended gear combos.
Front Gears  \ Rear Gears  7 Gears 8 Gears 9 Gears
1 1-3 1-3 1-3
2 3-5 3-6 3-7
3 5-7 6-8 7-9

2. Pedaling action should be smooth. Set the gears in a manner so that you wouldn’t have to struggle to pedal. Else, it is bad for your knees and the bike.

Basic Bike Maintenance

  1. Maintaining correct tire pressure: Refer to the recommended tire pressure indicated on the sidewalls of the tire. Running on lower pressure might lead to punctures. It’s recommended to check the tire pressure before every ride.
  2. Cleaning and lubricating your drive train: If you are riding every day, it is a good idea to clean and lube your drive train once a week. An ill-maintained drive train would decrease the life of your cassette, chain, and chainrings drastically.
Note: Do not use regular oil or grease to lubricate your chain. This will make your chain a dirt magnet. Use bicycle chain lubes only.
 
If you need help following any of these, call us at 7207215530 for clarification.