Bike Care Tips

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Maintaining your bike – Some must-know bike care tips and taking good care of it!

Bicycles are among the best options when it comes to doing some natural exercise and recreation. Riding bikes are fun too! But to make sure that your bike stays fit to be your pal on the road, you got to maintain it properly. This article shares some must-know maintenance tips for ensuring the durability of your bike.

First things first, a bicycle owner must know when the tires should be replaced. It’s a good practice to check the bike to spot trouble signs. Learn how to assess issues quickly and when you really do – don’t linger about solving it. A stitch in time can really save nine! Observe the tires closely for cracks or deeper cuts. A smaller knick or two might not be anything to get worried about, keeping your eyes open really can help. And when there are clear signs of deeper wear & tear, you know it’s time you got rid of those. Similarly, if the tires have too many cords hanging loose, replace them with new tires ASAP!

If you feel needed, just replace only a single tire of your bike. Sometimes one of the tires is worn off faster and quicker. And severe punctures can also make it essential for you to replace a tire sometimes. When a tire can’t hold air, check for holes. Sometimes there’s a hole in it but the tire is still good. Then just replace the tube inside and the tire is good as new! But before replacing the tubes, make sure that the inner side of the tire is good enough. And buying new replacement tires is easy… just get the size right and that’s it. Sometimes the size is written onto the side walls of tires. If you’re willing to use the bike for recreational activities you could go for the regular tires. But if you want to use the bike for professional purpose, get professional grade tires only.

While filling up the tires, use a good tire gauge which suits specifically to your tire. Keep one of those gauging devices handy to occasionally test the pressure of your bike tires. Usually, the suitability of the air pressure varies on the basis of a few factors. Monitor the tires on a regular basis as this will let you ensure that you’re not overloading the tires with too heavy loads.

You also need to know how to handle your bike in rough weather. A lot of people end up ruining the durability and performance of their bicycle by misusing it in bad weather conditions. When it rains, equip the bike with reliable rain gear. Also keep these brake pads well. Check to ensure that there’s sufficient clearance in between the tires, brakes, or fenders. If you really have to, carefully adjust fender angles as this can minimize hassles of the back-splatter coming from the rainwater. While riding in snowy situations, especially when the streets and trails aren’t cleared, ride without fenders. Installing wider and knobby can give better traction in such snowy or icy tracks.

Be serious about the chains as well. Use a 12-inch ruler to gauge whether the chain needs to be replaced. Hold your bicycle chain straight (laying it onto a flat plane can help) and gauge from its center to the central spot of its rivet closest up to 12-inch away. If this distance appears anything over 12 1/8″, you know it’s time to replace the chain!