Tighten, Lube & Pump
From time to time we like to host mechanics workshops where you can learn a thing or two about how to keep your biking running smooth. Having done it a few times, we’ve also got a pretty good handle on the three easiest things to keep your bike running right. Most simply, there’s three things to check.
1) Tighten everything up. Make sure nothing is loose on your bike. Usually to do this all you need is a set of hexagonal wrenches. Pick up a bicycle mutli-tool and you’ll have everything covered. Make sure the nuts and bolts on your bike are tightened up nicely. If you hear any rattling or groaning that means that likely something’s loose. Don’t expect these sounds to just go away! If you can’t figure it out take it to a pro.
2) Lubricate any moving part. Bikes are pretty simple but it has a lot of little moving parts. Pick up a basic bottle of bicycle lubricant (don’t use any old oil or grease) and use it on any bit that isn’t stationary: your chain, derailleurs, brakes, and even inside the housing of your bikes cables! Lube insures everything moves smoothly and can make a bike that feels sluggish and rough ride easy and quiet.
3) Pump your tires regularly. A pump is an awesome investment. Despite popular belief, rubber is in fact porous! This means that your tubes will gradually leak air over time. Making the effort to check your tire pressure regularly serves several benefits. It will give you maximum grip on the road. It will protect you from damaging your bike or more easily getting a flat. Most importantly a tire with proper pressure will make your bike ride much more effortlessly!
If you’ve got any more questions. That’s what we’re here for. Stop by the shop and ask us what you need to take care of your bike. With the right tools and a little know-how you can save yourself a lot of time and hassle down the line if you just take the time to figure out the basics and keep up with maintaining your bike!