Tips For Road Bikes Maintenance

A clean bike will function better than a​ dirty one and​ is​ a​ pleasure to​ work on. Before you start any bike maintenance you have to​ clean your bike, that doesn’t mean a​ bit of​ wipe with a​ cloth, you have to​ clean it​ properly and​ there are a​ few things you need to​ do the​ job, you might have to​ buy some equipment, but most of​ it​ can be found around the​ house, try under the​ sink, but don’t let your wife/mother catch you.

First what equipment do you need

• a​ bike workstand or​ handy tree/washing line to​ hang your bike on.
• Old rear hub or​ old axle or​ stick.
• Degreaser or​ diesel fuel (careful diesel is​ not good for​ your hands).
• Hot water.
• Washing up liquid.
• 2 buckets (1 with soapy and​ 1 with clean water).
• Paint brush.
• Old water bottle.
• Bottlebrush.
• Soft scrubbing brush.
• 2 sponges.
• Cloths.
• Oil.
• and​ for​ that extra shinny finish, spray polish.

The most important thing to​ remember when you are cleaning your bike is​ to​ keep your eyes open and​ look for​ anything that may need fixing later, this is​ how a​ mechanic on a​ professional team does it, but he might have 10 bikes to​ look after, so it’s a​ lot easier with only one.

The starting point

Start with the​ wheels, cut the​ top off the​ old water bottle and​ put some degreaser in​ it, you can use a​ spray degreaser, but you waste most of​ it. With the​ paintbrush work the​ degreaser into the​ sprockets being careful not to​ get too much into the​ bearings. Then with some hot water and​ washing up liquid scrub the​ sprockets clean, then scrub the​ rims clean of​ old brake block residue, you can use a​ little degreaser to​ help this, but don’t get it​ on your tires. Scrub the​ tires clean, with soft scrubbing brush, at​ this point look at​ the​ tires for​ any cut in​ the​ tread that could puncture later and​ inspect the​ rims for​ damage or​ if​ they are wearing thin. With a​ soapy sponge wash the​ spokes and​ then rinse them in​ clean water and​ put them to​ one side to​ dry, not in​ direct sunlight.

Now the​ rest of​ the​ bike put your bike on your bike workstand or​ other handy item you can hang it​ on. Put the​ old hub/axle/stick in​ the​ rear end of​ the​ frame so the​ chain can rest on it, then using the​ paintbrush and​ the​ old water bottle with the​ degreaser clean the​ chain, the​ front and​ rear derailleur, chain rings and​ cranks, brakes and​ any other metal parts, try not to​ get it​ on the​ saddle, handlebar tape and​ don’t get too much on the​ headset and​ bottom bracket bearings. Also use the​ degreaser and​ paintbrush to​ clean under the​ down tube, as​ you’ll find any spillage form your feeding bottle will make this a​ very sticky place and​ the​ degreaser should shift it.

Now take the​ bottlebrush or​ a​ sponge and​ a​ bucket of​ soapy water and​ clean under the​ saddle, under the​ bottom bracket, under the​ brakes and​ under the​ forks, use the​ scrubbing brush to​ shift any stubborn dirt, then take a​ soapy sponge and​ clean off all the​ degreaser and​ loosened dirt. Then with a​ clean soapy sponge clean every part of​ the​ bike, start with the​ handlebars and​ saddle and​ work your way down the​ bike making sure the​ whole bike is​ sparkling clean, then rinse with clean water. Remember keep your eyes open for​ things like worn brake blocks, gritty bearings, tight or​ frayed cables or​ any cracks or​ damage to​ the​ frame, if​ all is​ OK put the​ wheels back in.

Things to​ look for​ while you are cleaning your bike

• Worn brake blocks.
• Damaged or​ thin rim walls.
• Damaged or​ cut tires.
• Damaged chain.
• Damaged or​ bent handlebars and​ stem.
• Twisted or​ damaged saddle.
• Torn or​ worn handle bar tape.
• Damaged or​ worn chain rings and​ sprockets.
• Damaged or​ worn chain.
• Damage to​ cranks or​ pedals.
• Condition or​ gear and​ brake cables.
• Damage to​ frame tubes.
• Loose or​ broken spokes.
• Condition of​ brake calipers.
• All bearings should run smoothly.

So your bike is​ now clean, dry it​ with a​ clean cloth and​ if​ you want it​ to​ really shine, get the​ spray polish out, but don’t get any on the​ brake surface or​ you wont be able to​ stop the​ first time you go out. Next you have to​ oil the​ chain and​ all moving parts, brake pivot bolts, front and​ rear derailleur, pedal springs and​ the​ pivots on the​ brake levers, wipe away any spilt oil, check your gears and​ brakes work well, pump up your tires and​ away you go on your clean and​ sparkling bike. Oh! and​ remember to​ put back all that stuff from under the​ sink before you go on your bike ride or​ you’ll be making your own dinner when you get home.
Tips For Road Bikes Maintenance Tips For Road Bikes Maintenance Reviewed by Henda Yesti on January 30, 2018 Rating: 5

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