Whether you are a cycling enthusiast or just like a relaxing ride or commute to work, riding a bike is a great way to get healthy and have fun at the same time. If you use your bike frequently, your bike can sustain damage or even just suffer from the wear and tear that comes with daily use.
It is entirely normal for the quality of your bike to deteriorate to a certain degree over time, and it does not imply that you bought a low-grade bike. However, to ensure that you get the most out of your bike, you need to make sure that you maintain your bike to the highest standard possible.
A bike is like any other mechanical object or piece of machinery. The more you look after it, the better it will perform and the longer it will last. This is why servicing your bike is just as important as taking your car to a mechanic for its check-ups so you can make sure all of the parts and components are operating as they should.
As well as performance and longevity, keeping your bike in pristine condition is vital for your safety. No matter where you choose to ride, you need to keep your bike well maintained and serviced regularly for your protection. In addition, to ensure your ride is as safe as possible, you should be able to detect any mechanical problems right away and have them corrected.
How often should your bike be serviced?
To ensure that your bike is running smoothly and no components are worn or damaged, you should regularly service it. You must service your bike as frequently as possible, especially if you ride it in dirt, sand, mud, and when it rains.
Likewise, if your bike has not been used for a while, it would be wise to service it. Without proper maintenance, your bike might deteriorate over time. As a general rule, we recommend servicing your bike at least once a year, regardless of whether you are experiencing any mechanical problems or not.
Why choose a professional to service and maintain your bike
Periodic maintenance is essential to keeping your bike on the road or path, and a professional is the best person to do this work.
When it comes to their working parts, bicycles are relatively simple, but this does not automatically mean they are easy to repair or maintain. Instead, it takes specialised tools, a certain level of expertise, and an eye for spotting any damage or deterioration, which the experts can offer you.
Your local bike shop’s maintenance personnel know what to look for and how to fix your bike if it shows signs of damage or wear. In the same way as getting your car serviced, getting your bike serviced should be done even if you do not notice any apparent problems.
When you fail to take proper precautions to avoid damages to some parts of your bike, they can happen suddenly and without warning. So always err on the side of safety and ensure your bike is regular inspected by the pros.
Simple ways you can service your bike
We understand that taking your bike to be serviced every few weeks can rapidly become an expensive exercise. Fortunately, there are several things you can do at home to limit the need to visit the experts.
It is common for brake pads to have wear indicators, such as lines and circles. These pads should be replaced if they have been worn out. All you need are a 2.5 and 4 mm allen key.
Your bike chain needs to be cleaned and lubricated to maintain its life, keep it shifting smoothly, and avoid making unnecessary repairs. Use a degreaser on the derailleurs and chainset to help keep them clean and then grease them up with professional-grade bicycle grease.
Regularly inspect your tyre tread for signs of wearing and make a habit of checking the air pressure. If it is regularly going down, you may have a slow leak.
Frequent use of brakes and gears can stretch brake cables over time. Pulling on the brakes or changing gear puts tension on stainless steel cables. An extended cable can cause a gear to slip or change suddenly because tension is loosened. With the right experience, you can tighten and replace these cables yourself. If you are not sure what you are doing though, take your bike to the experts at the first sign of loose cables.
For your bike to perform well, you should make sure your bike parts are properly cleaned and lubricated. A lubricant protects moving parts from excessive wear by reducing friction, preventing freezing up, and also helps to prevent corrosion and rust from coming into contact with moving parts.
Wash every part of your bike regularly, lubricate all moving parts, monitor your bike for signs of wear and service your bike regularly and you will minimise any danger of finding yourself stuck on the side of the road.
If you need further assistance on how to service your bike or advice on the best parts and components, contact the team at Sunmono.