on getting your new bike!
are some things
every bike owner should know...
are just four things you need to do to keep a bike in good
shape for years to come, and they are:
- All bicycle tires have their recommended inflation
pressures printed on the sidewalls. Below a certain minimum
pressure (about 35 psi for mountain bikes and 95 psi for 700x25
road bikes), the tires will wear out very quickly, the rims
will get dented more easily, and you will feel as though you
are glued to the pavement. It is normal for air to seep out
over time, and you lose more pressure when it gets cold at
night. Check your tire pressure with a gauge, and do
it often. The single best bit of preventive maintenance
you can do is to buy a high quality pump with a gauge built
in. I've had mine for 28 years.
Think about the timing chain in a car engine: it runs in an
oil bath inside the engine, so it never gets dirt and grit
between its links and every link gets lubricated every single
time it gets flexed. How many times do the links on your bike
chain flex in between oilings? Brattleboro Bike Shop recommends
wiping off the dirt (even better, flush it off with water)
and oiling your chain after every three hours of use. With
this care, a quality, seven-speed bike chain is good for 2500
miles of clean, dry, road bike riding. This expected service
life decreases the more wet weather or dusty, dirt road riding
you do, and it is also less for eight and nine-speed chains.
Change your mountain bike chain every 100 hours of trail riding,
sooner if you get muddy a lot. Once you can feel a burr on
the edges of the cog teeth, you'll need to replace those,
Dry wiping to remove dirt from your glossy, clear-coated finish
will dull it over time. Get a sponge and a bucket and flush
off the dirt and mud. Be very careful with a hose. Any water
that gets past the bearing seals in anything that spins will
just sit in there, corroding the bearings. Water in your suspension
fork is the beginning of the end.
ever let anyone else ride it
(except maybe your mother). Really, this is no joke. At the
very least, loan out your bike with the certain knowledge
that nobody else will care about it the way you do, and it
just might come back broken. Hey, if you really love someone,
you wouldn't mind that so muchand you should only consider
lending your bike to someone you really love, right?