Basics of bike maintenance

7 Feb

One of the things that puts many people off cycling is fear of having a mechanical issue. However, it is easy to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance. I’ve rounded up a few key videos that will help you to learn the skills that you need.

    • fixing a puncture
    • how to do an M check etc
    • checking tyre pressure
    • replacing brake pads
    • wrapping bar tape
    • replacing a broken rear mech hanger
    • adjusting derailleurs
    • fixing a broken spoke
    • repairing a broken chain
    • replacing a brake cable

What’s the best bicycle maintenance tip that anyone has given you?

6 Responses to “Basics of bike maintenance”

  1. Pete Githens 07/02/2018 at 7:45 pm #

    And the key is to learn these things at home. Everything from changing a tube to fixing a chain. That way it isn’t a reason to panic out on the road.

    • Tamsyn Smith 07/02/2018 at 9:08 pm #

      Definitely – there’s world of difference sitting somewhere sheltered with a variety of tools available and having to do roadside repairs in inclement weather.

  2. Thomas 07/02/2018 at 8:20 pm #

    Great thanks! Adjusting derailleurs can be a bit tricky. I had an old LX which was a bit outworn and it was impossible to adjust it, replaced it with smth new and better and now its fine.

  3. bgddyjim 08/02/2018 at 1:03 am #

    Best advice I ever got was from the owner of our local shop. He said, “Go ahead and tinker with your bike. You can’t break it bad enough I can’t fix it.”

    I did, and he was right, I couldn’t break it bad enough he couldn’t fix it.

    • Tamsyn Smith 08/02/2018 at 8:32 am #

      I completely agree. I always want to learn more about fixing my own bike, so I’m stripping down my dad’s old bike and rebuilding it. When I think I’m done, I’m going to visit a bike mechanic friend and go over it with him. If there’s anything not quite right, we can fix it, but it will be a great learning experience for me.

      • bgddyjim 08/02/2018 at 9:19 am #

        That’s really smart, what you’re doing. You’ll learn a ton and gain fantastic confidence.

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