How to Maintain And Protect Your Bike
There are plenty of ways that you can maintain your bike even without the help of a bike technician. You do not have to be a professional to know the anatomy of your bike. You can learn through the Internet or read a user manual on how you can clean and maintain it efficiently.
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Cyclists take pride in maintaining their bikes, to ensure that they are safe and have a smooth ride when they go on bike tours. Failure to maintain it properly can often lead to serious accidents or tire malfunction. It is always important to check everything so that you do not get into any accidents.
Best protection for your bike
As a cyclist, it is always important to protect your bike from theft. Failure to do so means that you will have to pay the consequences of not securing a lock or making enough effort to protect it from thieves.
You do not have to be a professional bike wizard to know that protecting your bike is important. Always make sure that you have the right padlocks and chains to keep your bike from getting stolen, or better yet you can take it indoors when you are not using it.
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It is a different story however when you leave it outside, there are bike chains and locks that can be purchased, and are fairly cheap. This will help prevent the risk of getting your bike stolen.
Make sure that when you park it somewhere, that you securely tighten the chains and make sure that the lock does not easily come off, or can be unlocked with a key.
Thieves have a lot of creative ways to get through a lock easily, which is why it is important to get locks like: U locks, and chains. Do not buy cable locks. If the thief is particularly experienced, he will have no problem breaking the lock with a pair of pliers.
U locks are recommended, because it is small, it will leave less leverage room for the thief. Make sure that you secure your entire bike frame down to the wheels, and that it is securely in tact.
It is also a good idea to ensure that there are no immovable rigs that the thief can tinker with. These guys are very crafty, and will do anything to steal a bike. Thieves don’t care about the branding or the look, as long as it is a working bike, they will do anything to steal it.
How to Change A Flat Tire?
When going out for a bike ride, it is always important to check the status of your tires, if they are running particularly low on air, make sure to always check your tire pressure whether you have gone out recently or not.
Tire pressure can run out even while the bike is dormant in your home, checking it at least once every 7 to 10 days will ensure that your tires are safe. Checking it with your fingers by pinching it, like some bike owners would do, will not give you much accuracy.
Make sure that you use a tire gauge to get the most accurate tire pressure. You can use the detail listed in the gauge to fill up the tire with air. But sometimes, you can get a flat tire for no reason at all, simply because it is not used or could be because of a hole punctured by a nail or a sharp rock.
If you do not know how to change a tire, or have no idea where to start, here’s how to change a flat tire properly:
- Start with the back tire (or the front, whichever feels more comfortable for you, but the back tire would be more recommended to change first) if your bike does not have any gears attached; loosen the nuts and bolts from the chain sprocket. If you have gears attached, shift the gear to the highest and remove it from the sprocket.
- Detach the brakes, by unhooking it and pulling the “noodle” or otherwise known as the two wires connected to the left and right brake. Unhook it to release the brake mechanism.
- Remove the tire, by pulling on the quick release lever and loosening the opposite side in a counter clockwise direction to five turns. If you do not have a stand, ask someone to lift the bike so you can pull the tire out. Or if you are by yourself, you can always turn the bike upside down so you can do the pulling yourself.
- Deflate the tire by pressing on the valve core with a fingernail or anything that is sharp enough to prick the valve core. Then take out the tire from the rim.
- Check for the cause of the flat by running a rag through the length of the tire. If you do find a hole in it somewhere, do not patch it, as this will not do you any good. Make sure to buy a new one instead.
- Once you have checked for holes, you can now put the tire back in place. Reverse the steps to put the tire back in place, but make sure that you try not to use the tire levels, as this can usually damage the tube when you put it back in.
- Make sure to align the air hole in the rim. Unless you are familiar with the entire process, do not take out the tires at the same time, as you may end up putting the wrong one on the wrong side. Make sure to do it one by one to avoid mistakes.
If you encounter a flat tire on the road, it is important that you have the right tools with you every single time. You can repair your tire using a patching kit. This will suffice as a temporary fix until you get home.
It is always important to make sure that you know some safety tips to ensure that your bike is safe from thieves at all times. It is also important to make sure that you know how to repair your tires in case there are issues when you’re out riding your bike.