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Bicycle maintenance: tips for keeping your bike running smoothly

Bicycle maintenance: tips for keeping your bike running smoothly

Bicycles are a great mode of transport and a fun way for you and your family to get exercise. But like any piece of equipment, they require regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly and safely. Here are some of our top tips for keeping your bike in good condition.

Keep it clean

Regular cleaning is one of the most important aspects of bike maintenance. Dirt and grime can build up on your bike, causing corrosion and other problems.

Use a gentle cleaner and a soft brush to clean your bike, being careful not to get water into the bearings. Dry it off thoroughly after cleaning.
Check your tyres

Your tyres are one of the most important parts of your bike, as they're the only thing between you and the road.

Check your bike's tyres regularly for signs of wear and tear, and make sure they're properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can make your bike harder to ride and increase the risk of getting a flat tyre.

Check your brakes

Your brakes are another critical part of your bike. Make sure your brake pads are in good condition and that they're properly aligned with the rims. Test your brakes before each ride to ensure they're working properly.
Check your chain

Your bike's chain is what transfers power from your pedals to the wheels. Make sure it's clean and properly lubricated. A dirty or dry chain can make it harder to pedal and can cause damage to your bike's drivetrain.

Check your gears

Your bike's gears help you to pedal more efficiently and make it easier to tackle hills. Make sure your gears are shifting smoothly and that they're properly adjusted. If you're having trouble shifting, it may be time for a tune-up.
Store your bike properly

When you're not riding your bike, it's important to store it properly. Keep it in a dry place, out of direct sunlight, and away from moisture. Use a bike cover if necessary to protect it from the elements.

Take your bike in for regular maintenance

Finally, it's a good idea to take your bike in for regular maintenance by a professional bike mechanic. They can do a more thorough check of your bike, make any necessary adjustments or repairs, and give you peace of mind that your bike is in good condition.

By following these tips, you can keep your bike in good condition and enjoy a smooth, safe ride. Remember, regular maintenance is key to keeping your bike running smoothly and safely for years to come.

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