BIKE MAINTENANCE

Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along the way to keep it in tip-top shape. You have the role of the primary caregiver.  

"So when you need some help or you do not enough time you can leave the tough stuff to us" - Dave Preeper, Owner

      Mount Forest Bicycle Maintenance 
 

SOME HELPFUL ADVICE

 

* You can’t properly adjust a bicycle that is dirty and not lubricated

* Check tire pressure before every ride, especially if you’re running tubeless

* The three most important tools to have on a ride. (a multitool with a chain breaker, a pump or CO2, and a patch kit or        tube)

* If your bike makes a noise, it’s trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore it

* Three signs your brake pads are worn: You hear a gritty scraping sound, the grooves in the pad have all but                      disappeared, or you feel stickiness when you brake

* Don’t touch disc-brake pads or rotors with your fingers. The oil from your skin can decrease their braking power

* Do not use a solvent to lube your chain

* After lubing your chain, backpedal a few revolutions then wipe off the chain with a clean, dry rag. The lube is now in the    rollers and between the plates. Too much oil will attract road dust

* Even if you haven't rode your bike for some time, remember your lubricated areas will dry out

* If you have a pinch-flat,  the PSI in your tires is almost certainly too low

* Never use a brake housing with a shift cable OR a shift housing with a brake cable

* Never turn your bike upside down to work on it. You could ruin cables, accessories, even your saddle. If you don’t have a    repair stand, find a way to suspend it

* Blasting your bike with a high-pressure water hose forces in unwanted grit and dirt and blows out much-needed grease      and lube. Use a bucket of water and a sponge instead

* When your chainring teeth start to look like shark fins (sharp), it’s time to replace your chainrings

* Regularly inspect your carbon-fiber frame for cracks, and touch up scratches with a couple coats of clear nail polish

© 2015 by Pathfinder Bicycle Repair.- Affordable Mount Forest Bicycle Repair

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