Having bought an item, be it a car, a microwave, a scooter or even a bicycle, you expect it to serve you well for several years to come. However, how long the purchased item serves you depend on how you maintain it. If you use something carelessly with little or no maintenance at all, then you will be sorry for even with its 5 year guarantee, it won’t last a year. Although fixie bikes are quite common nowadays, they need regular maintenance like any other items in your possession. If you have such a bicycle in possession, then read on.
Here are some great and efficient ways to ensure your bicycle gives you the wanted service for a long, long time and thus you getting value for your money in the long run.
Tires form an important part in a bicycle as without them you won’t be going anywhere with it. As such, always check the following when it comes to your bike’s tires.
o Pressure: Ensure that your tires have enough pressure in them as this will save you a lot of headache while out riding it for example having a flat tire and the likes. This also protects your rims from getting damaged. How do you check if your tires have enough pressure in them? Simply press or feel the tires to confirm whether they have sufficient pressure on them or not. This is something that should be done every time you want to use your bicycle.
o Tear and wear: This is where you check the tires ageing signs. This check is important as worn out tires will not be much of a help when braking. These sorts of tires could cause you to skid on wet surfaces as they do not have a grip.
Lubrication should be a regular word in every bicycle owner’s vocabulary. This applies to both the movable and non movable parts of a bicycle. The following are the parts you should especially pay closer attention to when it comes to lubrication
o The chain: No explanation is really needed as to why you need to regularly oil your chain as its functions are well known to all bike owners.
o Bolts: This applies to every bolt on your bicycle but more so the ones that hold the braking system in place for efficiency
o Pivot points: This is any area that has movement such as the derailleur and the brakes.
c. Brake pads
These need to be carefully checked in regular basis so as to try and detect potential problems before their occurrence. It is vital to check the following when it comes to your bike’s brake pads.
o Alignment: Ensure that when you brake, the pads land on the rims and not on the tires or halfway.
o Dirt: If your brakes are dirty, then you can be sure that they will not properly function. To help avoid this, simply check around the brake pads and use objects such as a knife to remove loose dirt, grime and the likes.