Mistakes to avoid when fixing a bike

Mistakes to avoid when fixing a bike

Bike maintenance can seem tricky, but if you avoid these mistakes your whole riding experience could be changed. Plus, its one less visit to the bike mechanic.

Over tightening screws and bolts

What you're doing:

Never over tighten fragile bolts, it can cause the wear of threads and actually make the bike dangerous to ride in the long run.

What you should be doing:

Always grease the threads and the base of the bolts before use. Use a short handle wrench rather than a long lever and tighten until you come to a stop, release the tension slightly and shake the tightened part to make sure it is securely in place.

Not oiling your chain enough or properly

What you're doing:

It's easy to forget about your chain and let it keep going round until something goes wrong, it's also very common to splatter your chain in lube every couple of months thinking that is the right thing to do. Under oiling your chain and letting it go dry will diminish the bikes performance over time, whilst over oiling can attract dirt to the moving parts and cause a build up gritty mess.

What you should be doing:

Oil your chain on the upper side, letting it drip through to the underside, use a cloth to wipe the sides of the chain free of oil for a couple of minutes, through around 5 rotations of the pedals.

Pressure hosing your bike when dirty

What you're doing:

Using a pressure hose can seem like you are blasting every inch of dirt from your bike, however you're actually making things worse. Using the pressure hose pushes dirt into the sensitive hidden parts of your bike as well as taking out lube and grease that stops rusting in the long run.

What you should be doing:

We recommend using a hose and soapy water, sponge down the frame and then use brushes to get into the sensitive areas to take out any unwanted dirt. This video will explain it all.

Not checking your tyres thoroughly when getting a puncture

What you're doing:

It's a common mistake to replace your inner tube without giving you tyre a full once over. 

What you should be doing:

When sorting a puncture, always fully remove the tyre and run your hand along the inside both anti clockwise and clockwise feeling for stones and looking for what caused the puncture in the first place, the last thing you want is to replace the tube to then get another puncture within minutes of riding again. This video will show you the correct way to fix a puncture.

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