How To Do Basic Bicycle Maintenance
VideoJug provides a basic guide to looking after your bike. Learn tips on basic bicycle maintenance and get that bike back on the road without delay with VideoJug's help.
Step 1: You will need
- 1 cloth
- 1 bucket of water
- 1 specialist bike cleaning liquid
- 1 specialist chain & pedal lubricant
- 1 pump
- You might also need a bike cover.
Step 2: Keep your bike dry
Keep your bike inside if you can to avoid exposure to water which will rust moving parts, if this is not possible, consider buying a cover .
Step 3: Keep your bike clean
This prolongs its life. Pay particular attention to the moving parts which will rust if left dirty. Do not use soap and water as this can leave a salty residue - which causes corrosion. Just use a damp cloth or if your bike is really dirty, use specialist bike cleaning liquid.
Step 4: Lubricate the chain and pedals
This will keep them working properly and reduce wear and tear. Use a specialist bike lubricant which helps clean and protect. Hold a cloth underneath to catch any excess. Do this about once a week. Don't allow the lubricant to get onto the brake blocks or pedals as this will stop them working properly.
Step 5: Tyres
Check that the tyres are fully inflated before you ride. If they feel soft, pump them up. The correct pressure is written on the side of the tyre. You can see that this tyre should have a pressure of 75 to 100 pounds per square inch. If your pump has a pressure gauge, you can pump it up to this precise figure. If it doesn't, just pump till they feel hard.
If you think you've got a puncture - watch Video Jug 'How To Fix a Puncture'.
This basic bicycle maintenance will keep your bike in good working order. Happy riding.