4 Tips To Keep Your Bike Rolling
With the warmer weather, people are getting outside with their kids and getting active! Biking is a favorite summer activity and, as much as we want to get them out and start riding, bikes do require some maintenance. Here are the four most important bike maintenance tips to get your bike going and keep it going.
The chain is a very durable component that keeps your bicycle moving, but it needs attention every so often. Over time, chains tend to stretch, which can wear out your drivetrain. Unfortunately, chains do need to be replaced once a year or every 1,000 miles. There is a chain wear tool to determine how stretched out your chain is, but you can also take it to a mechanic to measure your links for you. Once your chain checks out, make sure to lube your chain often, depending on how often you ride. Always add lubricant after riding in rain or through puddles. If you start to hear squeaking or unfamiliar rattling, it's time to grease it up. Your chain shouldn't make any noise when you're riding.
Always keep your tires inflated. You don't have to fill them up every time you go for a bike ride, but every few days during the summer is good. Even when you're not riding, your tires lose air. It's important that they're inflated properly to reduce the risk of flats and give you more control when you're riding. It also makes riding much easier. The one instance in which you want your tires to be slightly deflated is when the roads are wet. If your tires have some give you'll be less likely to hydroplane and your tires will be able to grip the road a little bit better.
Make sure your saddle (seat) is at the right height for you. Parts of your bike shift while in winter storage, and your saddle might not be where it was when you put your bike away in the fall. It should also be adjusted once about mid-summer. Having your saddle adjusted to the right height helps you pedal more efficiently and comfortably, and it reduces the risk of injury for the long term. The type of bike determines how the seat is adjusted; road bikes, mountain bikes, and cruisers all require different positioning of the saddle for optimal comfort and riding.
Make sure your brake pads are not worn out. When your brake pads are worn out, you can't stop when you need to stop and it puts you at risk for an accident. They don't wear out very quickly, so it's easy to forget that they need to be swapped out every once in a while. The best way to tell if your brake pads are worn out is if you can see that they are thin, but a good indicator that they need to be changed is if they squeak when you try to stop. Brake pads aren't difficult to change, but mechanics can get the placement of them better than a layperson.
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