Bike maintenance tips

Here are a few simple things that anyone can do to improve your bikes performance :

  • Pump your tyres before every ride to a minimum of 100psi and a maximum of 120psi. Sean Kelly uses 120 in the back and 100 on the front.
  • Wash and degrease your bike often. Here’s how
  • Lube your chain. Just a few drops is all that is needed. If you can see the oil after a couple of revolutions you have too much on. A silver chain should look silver.
  • Swap tyres around every 500k. The rear wears twice as fast as the front so by doing this you will get 50% longer from a set of tyres.
  • Clean your brake pads. Small pieces of metal can become embedded in them which causes a grating noise and impairs braking performance.
  • Keep everything pointing inwards. The front skewer should always point towards the bottom bracket. The rear should point towards the saddle or bottom bracket. They should never point anywhere another rider could hook their wheel into and should never be clamped against a fork or seat tube which would make it much harder to open them. Skewers should always be on the non-drive or left hand side of the bike.



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One thought on “Bike maintenance tips

  • September 26, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Great tips! I’m looking for this and I’m glad I found it here. My dad promised me to help me fixing my bike. Absolutely great!


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