Common bike maintenance mistakes

I’m sure you like to take care of your bike and if you could, you’d pay for it to always look as good as the first day you took it home. That’s why you attach so much importance to its cleanliness and maintenance.

But wait a minute! What if we told you that the maintenance you do can be harmful to her? Maybe out of inexperience, or simple ignorance, you’re doing your two-wheeled friend a disservice. In this article we’re going to review some of the most common maintenance errors and show you how you can avoid them.

Although it would be simple to describe many stumbling blocks done with the best intentions of many bicycle owners, let’s focus on 5 of the most common. Take note, because maybe even the most expert has ever fallen for one of them.

Some mistakes in maintaining your bike that can be expensive

Tighten the screws too tightly

We could also call it overzealousness. There’s no need to mention that almost every part of your bike is tightened with screws. You have to adjust them moderately, so that you ride safely but don’t damage them.

The risk of over tightening them, as well as not being able to move them later, is that you damage the frame or some other part of the bicycle or that they go too far, so they will let you fulfill their function.

In some components, to serve as a guide, the torque is even marked (if you don’t find it with the naked eye, consult the manual).

Washing your bike with water or pressure

Neither the bearings, nor the cables, nor almost any part of our bicycle is going to thank you for applying an intense jet of water. Quite the opposite.

No matter how much mud has taken hold of our bike and how tempting it is to remove it all at once, it is not a good idea to resort to this shock treatment that represents the use of pressurized water.

Use the traditional but effective wet cloth and then dry each part with another dry cloth. It will take longer, but you will take care of all the components as they deserve.

Grease the chain without first cleaning it

Going out for a few kilometres with your bicycle and before that greasing the chain a little is, for many, all one. However, if we grease the chain without cleaning it first, we are reducing its useful life and worsening the performance it offers us.

Clean it first, and even do the same with the chainrings and sprockets. And remember not to fall on the other extreme, that of cleaning too often and over-lubricating.

To do this, after making sure the lubricant has entered the bolts and rollers, use a cloth to remove the excess by moving the pedals in the reverse direction.

Lubricate the brakes to correct a squeal

Lubricant and brakes shouldn’t even be in the same sentence. In the case of using traditional brakes, look at the brake shoes and reposition them, almost certainly the problem comes from there. If they are well placed but still the noise remains, may be the use is taking bill, so consider replacing them.

If you have disc brakes, clean the rotors and replace the pads.

Ignore tire wear

Tires give us good clues to their wear thanks to those grooves or small holes that many manufacturers include in them. When they disappear due to use, it means that they have finished their useful life and it is time to look for replacement.

If our tires do not have these marks, we must be careful that they do not have a concave braking surface. If they do, the time has come to replace them with new ones.

Do you use the right accessories?

If you go to the doctor, wouldn’t you trust one who uses out-of-use or inappropriate tools? Having the right tools and accessories will help you perform good maintenance with ease.

Note that having the necessary equipment does not mean spending a large amount of money on the last of the last. Investing in a toolbox and the right materials will pay off in the medium term, but buy only what you’re really going to use.

Equip yourself with tools such as pliers, different types of wrenches (allen, torx, cones, pedal wrenches), degreaser, oil, screwdrivers, scissors, a nylon hammer, chain cutter, chain meter, locking pins, scissors, assembly paste, a cassette extractor and cleaning brushes.