Showing posts with the label bicycle maintenance

Dealing with a Bike Mechanic Mess-Up

When Your Wheels Spin Out: Dealing with a Bike Mechanic Mess-Up I am lucky. I have a great bike shop that always does everything it can to make my rides a little better. I have had one issue in 17 years when I went in for a tune up and found out on my ride that the bike was "not right" after my first ride. I returned to the shop and talked to the mechanic and he looked at it and corrected the issue that day. He seemed to appreciate that I came back to talk to him and let him fix the issue without resorting to bad reviews or going to another shop. That is what this post is about. What should you do if you have a similar issue that I did. We trust our local bike shop with our beloved steeds, expecting them to work their magic and send them back purring like well-oiled machines. But what happens when the tune-up turns into a nightmare, and the mechanic's magic touch leaves you with a clunking, grinding, derailed disaster? Fear not, fellow pedal pushers, for there are ways to

How to Winterize Your Bicycle

Winter presents a harsh environment for bicycles, with the cold weather, snow, and rain taking a toll on their components and finish. However, winterizing your bicycle can effectively protect it from the elements and ensure its readiness for the spring riding season. This process is straightforward and can be completed in a few hours. By following these simple steps, you can keep your bike running smoothly and safely throughout the winter. Clean Your Bicycle: Begin by thoroughly cleaning your bicycle to remove any accumulated dirt and grime that could lead to rust or corrosion. Use a mild soap and water solution to clean the frame, components, and wheels. Rinse the bike thoroughly and dry it off with a clean towel. Lubricate Your Drivetrain: Lubrication is crucial for the drivetrain, including the chain, cassette, and crankset, to reduce wear and tear and protect against rust and corrosion. Choose a lubricant suitable for your riding conditions, opting for wet lubricants in wet and mud

How to Change a Flat Tire on Your Bicycle: A Detailed Guide for Cyclists

As a fellow cycling enthusiast, I completely understand the fear that can arise when faced with the possibility of a flat tire. When I first started riding my bike, I was always apprehensive about venturing too far away from home. I was afraid that if I got a flat tire, I wouldn't be able to fix it and would be stranded. But one day, I decided to face my fear and learn how to change a flat tire, and it changed my life. Now, I regularly travel hundreds of miles from home on my bicycle, all by myself, without any fear or hesitation. The truth is, learning how to change a flat tire is one of the most important skills you can have as a cyclist. It's not a matter of if you'll get a flat tire, but when. So, being prepared and knowing how to handle the situation can save you a lot of time, frustration, and even money. I am going to put a couple of options for tire changing kits you can purchase at Amazon down below. Some give you tools that include a mini-pump but I prefer using C

Bicycle Maintenance: 3 Important Maintenance Chores to Regularly Take Care of on Your Bike

Bicycle maintenance is not something I do enough. It always ends up making the chore of maintaining my bicycle more difficult but it is just the way I am. I do some of this myself but I also take my bicycle to the local bike shop for more difficult items such as changing cable.  I am going to cover 3 bicycle maintenance items that you really need to stay on top of. The Importance of Cleaning Your Bicycle Chain and How Often to Clean It: I usually put off cleaning my bicycle chain until it starts squeaking too much and then I clean it. I know that I am taking life out of my chain but it is just something I procrastinate about. Having said that, here is why you should clean your bicycle chain and how often you should clean it in order to keep it in good working condition. A bicycle chain is one of the most important components of a bike, as it allows the transfer of power from the pedals to the wheels. However, like any other part of a bike, the chain can become dirty and clogged with de