Have you been asking yourself questions on how to maintain a mountain bike? Well, then you need to spare some 40-50 minutes after every ride. Herein is short informative content that is going to guide you stepwise on what to do. The advice is going to help you maintain your bike in peak conditions. The information is for the saddle as well as the brake bikes. Try and familiarize and you will achieve your desired results.
TIPS ON STEPS TO FOLLOW AFTER EVERY RIDE
- REMOVE ACCESSORIES ON TOP OF HANDLEBAR
The accessories such as bell and lights should be removed. In case a bike has V-brakes, then release them; start with front brake. Put both calipers into the rim of the wheel so as to release tension from cable. Then ensure you lift the brake Cable up and repeat this with the rear brake Cable.
- TURN YOUR BIKE UPSIDE DOWN
So as to protect your saddle and grip, lay down an old towel or anything like that. Stand besides your bike, lean over it and seize its frame with both hands. The 1st hand on the down tube and the 2nd hand on the seat post at the rear part of the frame. Left up your bike and turn over.
- REMOVE THE WHEELS
This may seem funny. Open the release lever on the front wheel and lift wheel out. Ease that part with two cogs.
- CLEAN THE BIKE DRIVE SYSTEM
Take some soapy water and brush. Start by cleaning the rear Derailleur. Work the brush through all the moving parts.
- WASH THE BIKES UNDERSIDE
Use a rag and water which is and start washing front forks. Before you leave, wipe them dry. In the same method, clean the rear part of the frame and the center too.
- WASHING AND REMOUNTING OF WHEEL
With a wet rag, wipe the rims of the front wheel. Ensure you give the spoke a wash down and clean up the axle. In case you have disk brake system then you need to use a degreaser such as white lighting or mock off to clean the Disc
- CHECK THE WHEELS BEFORE LEAVING
Spin up each and every wheel as you make sure that it freely turns and it is straight. Hold fingers against the rims while the wheel is rotating. Feel any knocks or dents on either of the sides
- CHECK THE DRIVE SYSTEM
Spin both pedals as you check them. Make sure the pedals turn freely. Ensure no noise is coming from the worn out bearing. In case of grinding or noise then replace bottom bracket immediately.
- WASH THE TOP SIDE
Stand besides your Bike and grab the frame of the bike with both hands so as to turn your bike to the right place. Then lean your bike against the wall.
- CHECK THE BRAKES
Stand in front of your bike and hold the handlebars to test the brakes. Try and use the front brake and pull the bike towards you. The front wheel should not Move at any point. If you continue pulling the rear wheel will lift up from the ground. Else, the brakes will require adjustment.
- Check the headset of the bike
- Lubricate the drive system
- Check the front and back lights
Maintaining of your mountain bike is one of the key things that you should practice. If you fail to practice the above every time you make a ride, then be sure you are likely to incur more cost in maintenance and repair of your bike. Follow the tips above and sometimes contact a specialist to conduct the routine job.