How To Maintain Your Bike

How To Maintain Your Bike

pexels-photo-30127Spending a decent amount of money on a top quality bicycle is one thing, whether it’s for fitness, sport, commuting or just getting around more easily. However, it’s another matter if you can actually look after that bike and keep it in the best possible condition for future use. If you want to get the most out of yours, consider some best practices and understand how to properly take care of your new purchase.

THINGS TO CHECK

Brakes

One of the most important factors for staying safe while cycling is having working brakes. Fortunately this is not difficult to check. Make sure your brake pads look symmetrical and are aligned so they can actually grip the wheel, then make sure the brake handles actually move them properly. Hold the brakes and try to move the bike to make sure.

Tyres

Another major thing to take care of constantly is your tyre pressure. Keeping this at the correct level will maximise the lifespan of your tyres so as long as you check this every week or so you should cut down on replacement costs in the long term.

Pedals

Spin your pedals to ensure they aren’t getting caught, and check that they engage with the chain system correctly. They shouldn’t be too loose as this will affect your control.

THINGS TO CLEAN

Chain

Every 1,000 miles you should be cleaning and lubricating your chain to make sure it doesn’t lock up. This isn’t too often for most people, but be careful not to forget. You will be able to do this with specific cleaning fluid and oil designed for bike chains.

Seat

The seat itself and the seat post need to be kept in good, clean condition to prevent them from becoming stuck or damaged. You might not think about it, but failing to keep the seat in working order could mean you suddenly can’t use your bike.

Frame

Just to make sure nothing gets stuck or damaged, you should regularly clean your entire bike frame. A lot of areas will stay clean or be washed by the rain, but it’s likely that some parts of your bike will get dirty after a while.

 

When everything is checked, clean and in working order, you should be keeping your bike somewhere safe and dry to protect it from the weather as well as criminals. This should definitely help to prolong the life of your bicycle and keep you riding safely for longer.…

The 5 best bike modifications that you can easily make

There are many upgrades bicycle enthusiasts can do with their single-track vehicles to improve its purpose and aesthetics. Here are some quick DIY modifications you can do to bring a personal touch to your bike:

modyfication1. Handlebar Positioning and Upgrade

No matter which bike you use, it needs an upright handlebar, as it affects the stability of your bicycle.

If the handlebars are too far from your reach, with handles too distant from each other, or simply too bulky, consider getting a new one. We usually recommend flat handlebars for most bikes. These are versatile, simple, and precise pieces for bikes of any type.

Now that you’ve got the replacement parts begin by removing or just loosening the old bar’s hex bolts with an Allan key. Once the old one is out, position the new handlebar to your liking while making sure they are centered. Finally, tighten back the bolts.

2. Cable Brakes and Shifters

Changing your handlebars may also mean altering your brakes and shifters, which are important in controlling the gear mechanism of your vehicle.

First, adjust the gear into the smallest for the least tension. Then, loosen up the screws on the derailleur clamp using a screwdriver as well as the bolts with an Allan key. Slide the new handlebar into the clamp and position them in an easy reach. Tighten them back into a snug fit.

3. Grips

Another upgrade you can do by yourself is changing your bike grips. To do this, loosen up the shifters or breaks that are placed right beside the grips to give you some space to work with. Next, lubricate the inside tube of the old grip by pinching it and applying alcohol or canned air. Twist and turn until it is completely removed.

Before fitting the new grips into the handlebar, make sure the area is dry and clean by wiping it with alcohol. Your new grips should stick just fine with the use of paint, hair spray or alcohol. Secure the end caps back into place.

4. Seat Upgrade

Any changes in the distance of the seat to your handlebars can give an uncomfortable experience. If you move it too far, you may end up straining your back and shoulders. If it gets too near, your legs and hips will feel awkward while pedaling.

Now that you have the right measurement start by loosening the bottom clamp bolt(s) with an Allan key until you can slide the old seat back and forth. Twist the metal top plate that sits on top of the saddle rails. Remove the old and place the new seat with the right measurement in mind. Lock-twist the metal plate and tighten the bottom bolt(s).

5. Wheel Upgrade

Changing the front wheel of your vehicle could be the easiest alteration to do with a bicycle. Bike shops frequently have easy to install wheels.

To do this, open and rotate the quick release and unscrew the nut at another end until the front wheel can be …

3 amazing public places to ride a bike in the UK

Cycling is not only an excellent way to shed off some pounds and keep our bodies healthy, but riding a bicycle also allows us to go to the best places with minimal cost and more heartfelt, breathtaking experiences, literally.

For any enthusiast, whether pro or not, as long as there is land and the right type of gear and bikes, cycling can be anywhere. As long as you know how to balance your single-track vehicle, the location should not be a problem.

However, if you’re also after the view and the landscape, then you may have to go a little farther from home. If you happen to be in the UK, your problem will not lie on where to go. Rather it would be an issue of where to go first.

When in the United Kingdom, there are a lot of areas to go cycling. Imagine choosing among four countries, with each nation having various bike rides to exhibit. Here are my top three personal favorites.

3 Lake District National Park

If the crowd doesn’t upset you much, Lake District is a must-go. The scene is perfect to be enjoyed while riding your bike. If it does, then go biking along the northern and western lakes.

If you haven’t been here before, let me give you a heads up. There’ll be slopes and passes making your bike ride an adventure. If you have enough guts, try the Hardknott and Wrynose passes, between Eskdale and Langdale. For a more action-packed adventure, try going back and forth. There are other areas to explore if you still have time, energy, and air.

2 The Yorkshire Dales

If you want to experience the first stage of 2014 Tour de France yourself, go to this area of standout scenery. Professional riders come to the Dales to train for their competitions, with its quiet roads and landscape.

History and science come your way as you drive along the Dales. See limestone formations, moorlands, and historical villages nearby. Whether you prefer a smooth ride or a challenging bike adventure, you’ll find the perfect spot at the Dales.

1 Moidart and Glencoe

In Scotland, you’ll find Moidart as a remote area 20 miles west of Fort William while Glencoe arguably the most romantic or cinematic Glen in the area, more than ten miles below Fort William.

The 80-mile long Glenuig Loop stretches from Fort William to Moidart, where you can take the Coran ferry to Ardgour. On your return, you’ll pass ‘Road to the Isles’ road, where you move along Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, elevated at least 1300m from its base.

These are just three places where you can go cycling around the UK. If these places are far from where you are and traveling will be an issue. Don’t fret. There is always a nearby place where you can go biking while enjoying the scenery.

Better yet, while you haven’t found the place to be, start outside your home and explore.…