Treat Your Bike Right

At any rate, maintenance is very simple. The first thing you need to learn is to know what type of a bike you have and keeping it on its designated road. For instance, if you have a mountain bike, reserve it for any nature trips and avoid using it for your daily commute. If you have a road bike, try not to use it in areas where you expect it to climb steeper roads. While using your bike on its unfamiliar terrain may not damage it directly at first, it can deal a huge blow to your tires.

Speaking of tires, while you need to keep them inflated, avoid packing in too much air. If you feel that your ride is a little too bouncy, chances are your tires are overinflated. Heavy riding sessions with a bloated tire will lead to you looking for a new one.

After using your bike, wipe off the excess grease on your bike chains. There’s a good chance that the chain is filled with sand and dirt that’s been kicked from your front tire. Make wiping them off a habit after every ride. If your chains start squeaking, you may benefit from adding more lubricant. When doing so, lube only between the chains. Don’t lather the whole thing in lubricant as it is just a waste of lube.

It’s also always a good idea to give your bike a good and thorough cleaning. How often this cleaning is done will be up to you depending on how often you use your bike. At any rate, there are a lot of bike-cleaning kits out there that can help you get the job done quickly. Otherwise, there’s always the good old soap and water. Make sure to remove the chains and gear hubs before splashing, as they need to be degreased before their proper washing.