I’ve recently bought a new bike. A Giant hybrid bike if you’re wondering. My old mountain bike currently resides in Sweden. A perfect destination if you want to experience some good quality mountain biking. Now that Im using a bike a lot more often in the UK I’ve found a few downsides. Especially concerning upkeep and maintenance. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an amateur. Yet I’ve somehow come across a lot more issues here in the UK, than my golden mountain bike has faced in its 5 year lifetime.
Without gloating I like to ride aggressively. Whats the point of owning a hybrid bike and not making the most of it. Anyway. Unfortunately for me some of the more regular issues stem from general maintenance. And, not the bike being of inferior quality. Or, the fact Im a pro-biker (I wish). Some of these problems have included:
- The bikes handlebar loosening too quickly
- Squeaky brakes
- Clicking saddle
- Multiple punctures (my fault)
Having dealt with these problems pretty quickly, here are some of my pro-cycling tips. So that you don’t end up in a slight pickle like I was:
Freshen your breaks pads when they start squeaking
I haven’t had the need to change the break pads yet. Nonetheless, a handy tip I’ve learnt is to scrub the pads with sandpaper when they’ve glazed over. The telltale sign is squeakiness when you hit the breaks.
Don’t over lubricate your chain
If you do there can be consequences. Including: chain slippage, unnecessary dirt being attracted and a half life.
Buy a set of allen keys
You never know when something will loosen. If you dont own a set of allen keys and you’re riding with a loose handle bar you’re putting yourself in unnecessary danger.
Bike maintenance infographic
I recently stumbled across an infographic made by Halfords which I found extremely useful. It contains a range of information on bike maintenance and lists the tools needed to fix these issues. Make sure you give it a read!
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