If you are deciding to purchase a bike, or you’ve just bought one, it’s important to know to take care of it and keep it in the best condition possible if you want to make the most out of it. There are a few simple things you can do at home, without having to visit a bike specialist. It is always a good idea to purchase a bike tool kit, to have to hand. These are available from most bike stores and places such as Halfords.
Inspect brake pads
This is a simple and easy check to do. Make sure that your brake pads are properly aligned and are hitting the rims evenly. The best way to check your brake pads is to apply the brakes and attempt to push the bike forward.
Clean and lubricate your chain
Plan on doing this every 1,000 miles or so. This needs to be done to prevent your bike from slowing down and wearing out these components. It is always best to use oil specifically designed for bikes. Make sure to wipe away any excess, to avoid getting a greasy chain mark on your leg. Try and wipe down your chain after every ride.
Check your tyre pressure
It is important to maintain the correct air pressure in your bike tyres and this is one of the simplest things you can do for your beloved bike. The correct pressure will make pedalling easier, prolong the life of your tyres, and protect your bike rims. Try and check our air pressure once a week. Also be sure to check that your tyres aren’t bulged or bald.
Clean your seatpost
Clean your seatpost to prevent it from sticking, this is a simple and easy task to do.
Check the pedals
Give them a spin to check their condition, make sure to check for any looseness.
After all of your hard maintenance work, don’t let someone else reap the benefits. Make sure that your bike is locked up somewhere safely, where thieves can’t get their hand on it. Otherwise all of that maintenance will have been done so that the thief’s can get away with it quicker! If you are in need of something more substantial to store your bike in, Asgard has a range of high quality, metal bike storage units. These units are made from tough weatherproof steel, have strong locking systems and pick resistant locks. So in one of these metal bike storage sheds your bike will be protected from both the elements and theft.