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Bicycle: The Green Vehicle

Jun 6, 2008
Amidst the smoke and fumes that are emitted daily by the Mercedes and the BMWs, there is one mode of transport which is increasingly gaining popularity in today's world. In spite of its simplicity, the bicycle towers above the other more sophisticated vehicles due to its health benefits. Not only does a bicycle give you thinner thighs and a shapely backside, it also reduces your chances of heart disease.

However, bicycle riding is fraught with many dangers too, in case you happen to be a novice at it. It's important to become an expert on the bike before joining the mainline traffic.

While riding a bike, be sure to wear a good sturdy helmet. Researches indicate that a good helmet reduces the chances of a head injury by as much as 85%. It's also imperative to ride on the correct side of the road. Children should always ride a bike under the supervision of an adult cyclist.

A bike does not need much maintenance, as compared to other vehicles. However, there are certain points to be remembered while doing the periodic maintenance of your bike:

1. Chain: Most people prefer chains with a wax based lubricant rather than oil. The reason behind this is that oil collects dirt faster which is abrasive to the chain. Use a solvent to degrease the chain at least once a year, so that your bike functions at the optimum best.

2. Derailleur components: It is essential to lubricate the pivot points and derailleur cables using good petroleum based lubricant. Once you lubricate them, you also need to adjust the cables since they have a tendency to stretch over winters.

3. Brakes: Lubricate the brakes with petroleum or wax based lubricant depending on the degree and roughness of use. Here, pay attention to brake pads. It's essential that the brake pads hit the rims evenly. In case of fluid actuated disc brakes, check the level of brake fluid in the reservoir.

4. Wheels: Spin the wheels to see if they wobble. In case they are wobbling just a wee bit, they can be adjusted using a spoke wrench. If the wobbling is quite pronounced, then take it to the bike shop and get an expert to fix it.

Apart from these maintenance tips, it's also important to tune up your bicycle regularly. Enjoy your bike and take care of it. Riding a bike is one of the most beautiful experiences of life. With the wind on your face and the sun on your back. What could be better?
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