Mud, grime and salt water can break down bike elements. The chain will final for much longer with thorough cleansing and lubrication on an everyday schedule. Previous to cleansing your chain guarantee you have got the appropriate instruments for the job. A very good degreaser, Easy Inexperienced works nicely, won’t injury the chain. A series brush or outdated toothbrush to clean. A towel for wiping of grease. And naturally chain lubricant for relubing the chain as soon as the chain is cleaned. To wash the chain combine 1 half water with 1 half degreaser. You’ll be able to combine this right into a bucket or cup. Dip the toothbrush or chain brush into the degreaser combination. Scrub the chain and sprockets to take away any constructed up grease or particles. As soon as cleaned wipe down the chain and sprockets. To lube the chain it’s endorsed to spray the lube whereas spinning the again tire. I like to recommend lubing all transferring elements and joints of the chain. Wipe up any entry lube when chain lubrication is full.
Verify the brake pads to make sure they don’t seem to be excessively worn. If worn and never making good contact exchange the brake pads. In case your bike has a hand brake then clear the brake cable. Guarantee there’s not extreme grease or particles constructed up on the finish of the cable.
Derailer (If 7 velocity bike)
The derailer could be cleaned just like the chain. The derailer doesn’t have to lubricated. It is going to require degreasing if there’s extreme construct up of grease or particles.
It is suggested to examine the tire stress earlier than every trip. Tires can lose stress in a single day. Get an honest ground pump and examine every day. The PSI (kilos per sq. inch) will likely be indicated on the facet of the tire. It’s also a good suggestion to take a look at the tires and examine for injury or extreme put on. Correctly inflated and maintained tires will last more.
The next areas will must be lubricated at the very least yearly: Derailers, All levers, All cables, Any transferring elements of the chain.
Additionally examine all nuts, bolts, seat stem and deal with bar stem for loosening and extreme put on. This needs to be accomplished at the very least yearly however extra typically if using in muddy, sandy or moist areas.
Clear your bike typically to maintain it operating nicely and looking out good. A pleasant teflon or silicone bike polish will assist to keep up your bike sheen, make it look nice and assist defend the paint. Merely clear the bike with water, comply with the steps above for sustaining your chain, brake and tires then apply polish. Benefit from the Experience!