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Maintaining Your Bike With Confidence

Aug 12, 2008
All metallic objects, including bikes, can rust. If you leave a bicycle outside in the elements, other moisture speeds up the rust process. That kind of corrosion can destroy your bike frame, cease up your steering, or stop your gear and chain. It's just like mom and dad said, put your bike away when you're done using it.

What you should do is keep it protected from the elements, in a place like the garage, carport, or shed. You can also put it in your home, just keep it out of the weather. If you are forced to still have your bike outside, it's crucial you at least cover it with some kind of water resistant tarp. Tying it down isn't too difficult, you just put the tarp on top of the bike and use bungees, rope, or some stones to keep the tarp in place.

Make sure you do a good job so the wind doesn't remove the tarp. Maintaining bicycle tires is one of the easiest things you can do for your bike. Not to mention how critical tires are to a bike. Tires should be inspected and filled before and after every ride! Make sure you also note the suggestions on the side of the rubber and to take them into consideration. Careful inspection of the tire is necessary to avoid problems down the line. The tire shouldn't have any scrapes, cuts, bumps or tears. Those kind of tire issues tend to equal a flat tire.

Another thing to note on the tires is the treading, it shouldn't be too worn. If you notice the wheel has a leak or has weak spots, you should probably replace your tires. Tune your brakes if you want your bike performing at it's best. Screws and nuts should be fastened down, and cables should be properly connected. Make sure you take the time to align and adjust your brakes regularly. Otherwise, they'll interfere with the rotation of the tire. And make sure to replace your brake pads if they are showing signs of wear and tear.

The difference between walking and riding is that chain on your bike, so keep it in working order. Keep dirt and debris out of the gear and make sure you've lubricated them. The easiest way to lubricate your gear is to simply flip the bike over and apply the lubricant. Look carefully and check if there's anything looking out of place. If the chain isn't tight enough, fix it. A loose chain actually tends to fall off the bike altogether right in the middle of pedaling. That can be annoying, but also extremely dangerous depending on where it occurs. The chain shouldn't be too tight, but it definitely shouldn't come off easily.

So what's the minimum you need to fix a bike on the road? Typically a tire pump, a tube spare, and a repair kit. Make sure that kit has a general tool sit that includes all the basics like screwdrivers, a spoke wrench, wrenches, and a chain master link. A bike is like any other machine and need to be regularly maintained to function properly at all times.

A bike that hasn't been cared for can literally leave you stranded, but a bike that actually has been cared for, you may use for years.
About the Author
Chris Jensen is a contributing author of Jetfly Shop. For more related articles and views visit Jetfly Sports & Recreation Blog now. Also, for the best up-to-date related online products, check out Jetfly Bike Parts Shop for todays current online deals.
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