If you bring your bike to a mechanic and do a full tuneup, it will cost you higher, but a worthwhile investment especially for those cyclists who have no tools or the time to do the maintenance. If you prefer to do the bicycle tune up of your own, then make sure that you have the right skills. Since it is easy and cheap to do some maintenance, it only takes an hour to complete the task for DIYer.
Dirt and dust are actually the number one enemy of bikes, so first look for a clean and open space. If you are using a pathway, it is best to sweep first. The tuneup often revolves around lube, cleaning and few adjustments. Cleaning is the easiest and important ways to keep your bike running for the years to come.
This is also considered as the heart of the bicycles. It is best to wipe it with clean cloth. If your chain is sticky with grease, dirty and rusty, you can use a spray from fine brushes or a degreaser from fluid and let it dry before adding grease to the chains again.
After maintaining your drive chain, it is also time to concentrate on the body. If you love to drive in the mountainside spaces, then there is also a chance that your bike will get muddy. Thus, you have to wash the bike, but avoid washing directly to the headset, bottom bracket and hubs. This will also cause the bicycle to rust the internal components in no time.
One of the major causes of such problems to many bikes is lack of lubrication. So, if you forget to lubricate your bike regularly, then the bearings and the rubs will also grind and it will stop working. If you done over lubricating, it may also lead to possible damages. If you are riding on roadways, it is best to add some extra lube on the chains.
To get started, check first the condition of your brakes. Check the pads and find possible damage or wear in the brakes. If you notice some, then you may replace them as soon as possible. Also, if the brakes are creating grinding noises after you aligned them, you may need to do some sanding application.
Repairing and troubleshooting a bike may take longer than an hour and require you special tools. With issues such as loose headsets, clicking gears and misaligned wheels, it is better take it to an expert mechanic or you may use the manual to fix the problem. If you have no idea about it, then you may only destroy everything.
Lubricating, cleaning and adjusting specific areas of the bike can make it efficient and make your ride very enjoyable. Do not wait until your bicycle has aged before tuning it. A regular tuneup can make a difference in how long the external and internal parts last and how perfect your ride could be.
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