Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Basic maintenance at home

Even though the mechanics here at Jack and Adams are more than happy to work on your bikes, there are a few things that you can do at home to keep your bike in good working order. One of the most important things is to keep the proper air pressure in your tires. If your tires have the right amount of air in them, not only will it be easier to ride, but you will get less flats and your tires will last a lot longer. Another important thing to do is to keep your chain properly lubricated. If you keep your chain properly lubed it will not only work better but your bike will run smoother and the life of your chain will be prolonged quite a bit. The easiest way to make your bike last longer and look better is to keep your bike clean. Not everyone can use a hose and bucket at home, but anyone can at least wipe down the bike if it is just a little dirty or you know someone with a yard and a hose that you could borrow for a few minutes. When you keep your bike clean, everything not only works better, but it will help lengthen the life of your drivetrain and help you to find any issues with your bike whether it is finding a crack in your frame or simply keeping your hands clean when you have to change a flat. I try to wash my bike at least once every couple of weeks under normal riding conditions and after every ride that is wet or muddy. One bonus of keeping your bike very clean is that Sam may upgrade your status from amateur to pro or if it is really clean maybe even get that coveted Belgian status. If all else fails bring it to us here at the shop and we would be happy to clean it and if you want we can show you some tips on how to clean your bike quickly without skipping over anything.

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