If you are a newcomer in the field of cycling then even the smallest of tasks can seem to be very daunting. You are scared that instead of fixing even the smallest of things, you might create a mess, so it is better to leave it for the experts. But, bike maintenance can actually be quite easy if you pay regular attention to the small things. Some even call it deceptively complex. However, to maintain a bike, you must also have proper knowledge of the important bike gear parts and how you can maintain them.
In this article, we have written down for you easy ways to maintain the important bike gear parts and save your frequent mechanic visits and also the money! Read along!
The chain is the topmost important bike gear part. It is because of the chain that you can pedal and breeze your way forward from one destination to another. So, if you want to really look after your bike, you should be looking into the health of your chain from time to time. But how do you check for any wear and tear? Look for rust or dryness, the chain becoming stiff or an increase in the length of the chain. Any one of these three can cause immense harm to your bike. So if you spot either of these three, it is time to take the bike to the mechanic. Although, you can fix the first two issues by applying oil, if you are a beginner, we would rather advise you to take it to the pros.
If you cannot stop where you want to stop, there has got to be some issue in the brake pads. Being one of the most used and most important parts of the bike, the brake pads are more prone to wear and tear than any other part. If you are looking to check for wear and tear in your brake pads, try spotting out the rubber. If you cannot spot any, it is time to get a new pair of brake pads. And if you do spot the rubber and still can’t apply the brake when needed, you might need to get a few screws tightened and the mechanics know just what those points are.
Slowing down, speeding up, cruising easily through the streets – all of it depends on one thing – your tires. If you are a beginner, you might not know this, but just like all other things your tires have a lifetime too. You cannot go on for years with the same worn down tires. It will not only slow you down but also make you susceptible to a lot of accidents. So how do you check whether or not your tires are fine? Look for tread marks on the surface of your tire. If they are still visible, then they can serve you for some more time, but if you cannot see any tread marks, it is time that you buy a new pair of tires for yourself.
Looking after your bike and taking proper care is absolutely necessary if you want to ride safe and keep others safe. So make sure to look out for these things every once in a while. You will easily know when it’s time to visit the mechanic.