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February 26, 2018
Always Start with an Inspection
The best defence against any major issues that can come between you and your ride is an inspection before every trip. This will help catch any potential problems before they turn into substantial issues or even hazards. A multitool is your best friend in this case as its versatility can usually tackle any loose components that may cause future problems.
Easy Inspection Steps
When conducting an inspection, the best method would be to follow the ABCs: air, brakes and chain. Check your 'air' by testing the tire pressure, this lessens the probability of encountering a flat tire on your ride. A patch and pump kit would also be something to think of bringing with you for especially long rides or for security! Check your 'brakes' by squeezing the brake mechanisms to make sure the bike’s brakes are engaged and are working smoothly. Lastly, check your 'chain' for any abnormalities prior to your ride. Keeping your chain lubricated will ensure a smooth ride with easy shifting.
Maintaining your bike consists of keeping the chain lubricated and keeping your bike clean overall. Setting time aside to maintain and clean your bike is always a great idea. This could be monthly or weekly, however, if your riding through wet or muddy conditions, take the time to maintain your bike more often.
This rule also applies to those riders who have a need for speed or if you’re riding long distances. Besides an overall cleaning, keeping your bike parts properly cleaned and lubricated is crucial for good performance and a smooth ride. Lubricating your bike’s chain protects moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction, prevents them from "freezing up," and helps to reduce and prevent rust and corrosion.
This being said, over-lubricating your Bike's moving components could also lead to issues. Too much lubricant on your bike’s chain can lead to poor performance and component damage (excess lubricant will attract dirt and other abrasive particles). As a general rule, an excess amount of lubricant should always be wiped off of the bike’s moving components prior to riding the bike.
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