How to Take Care of Your Bike

A bike can be taken anywhere and can be the perfect mode of travel when you go out for a trip with your friends. You can use it to go on an outing with your friends or to cycle your way around the neighborhood in the morning to exercise. However, your cycle will require care and maintenance to keep it in a proper shape, so you can continue to enjoy the benefits of cycling for a long time.

You should undertake regular care and maintenance practices for your bicycle so that it stays spic, span and in form.

Here are a few things you can start doing right away for your bicycle.

Keep it clean
Your bicycle can accumulate dirt, which can very easily wear out the bike components. Not only will your bike appear to be shoddy and dirty if you don't clean it, it will also have parts and elements that will wear out prematurely because of the sand and dirt.

Clean it with soapy water, avoiding greased areas, such as pedals and chains.

Check the tires
This should be done every time you go out for a ride on your bicycle. Soft tires will make you pedal harder.

Sometimes, soft tires are the reason bikes fall apart. Bicycle tires have a limited amount of air in them, which leaks out with time. Many times, people keep putting off getting the tires pumped up, because they think it won't do much harm to the tires.

However, if you keep riding with soft tires, there is a high chance that rim, tube or tire can get damaged if the bicycle hits a rock. The object can compress the tire and have a direct impact on the rim, possibly bending it and puncturing the tube.

Also, you will find it much harder to pedal with soft tires. If the tires are underinflated all the time, they can quickly wear out and you will have to buy new ones. You could get a good pump from a bike shop and pump up the tires, keeping in mind the recommend tire pressure.

Check the brakes
It is important that you carry out a regular check up of brakes so that the bike can stop smoothly when brakes are applied. Clean the wheel rims and brake pads. Make sure wheels are centered between the pads and the pads are aligned to contact the center of the rim.

Inspect your bike regularly
Your bike will sustain damages over time. Inspect it regularly so you can get to know in time about any brake failures, fraying or rusting in the frame. You can get your bike tuned-up and inspected regularly form a bike shop.