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Whether you own a full suspension bike or any kind of mountain bikes, it is important that you keep your mountain bike in optimal conditions. You spent some money buying your bike, so why not care for and maintain it so as to get the best out of it?
Regularly caring for and maintaining your bike will leave your bike rolling safely and for longer.
Maintaining it yourself also will save you some cost on labor, and it will also serve as a priceless skill to keep just in case a mechanic or any repairer tries to ruin your bike. Maintaining your bike is not hard.
What are these way?
- Clean your bike: This seems quite obvious, but it still has to be said. Doing this can and will keep your bike in your possession for a long time, and one way to do is by consistently keeping it clean. You can use basic biodegradable cleaners like a liquid soap, a sponge, a towel, and a used toothbrush to do the cleaning. You focus on parts like the chain, the frame, the cassette, chain rings, derailleurs, brakes, seat and pedals. For a thorough clean, you can do well to remove the seat post and add some grease before setting it back in place.
- Check the brakes: These are vital parts of the bike, and making sure that they are in proper working conditions, and are properly adjusted, can help you in times when you need to smoothly glide around the corner and not lose control that could lead to grave injuries. You should make sure that you check the brake pads, small/rectangular metallic rubber-type surface that rubs against the wheel rim. These need to be replaced from time to time as they wear out over time.
- The wheels: These keep your tires firmly in place, and they also provide stability and smoothness while riding. Properly tuned wheels means you have consistent contact between tires and dirt. Raise your bike and spin its wheels, make sure that they both roll smoothly without shaking. If you have a shaky wheel, you can adjust it with a spoke wrench or you could simply give it to a mechanic to help out.
- Examine the drivetrain: The drivetrain includes the pedals, the chain rings, chain, rear wheel cassette, derailleur. The drivetrain is vital because it helps to transfer power that is generated by you and your legs to the rear wheel which moves the bike.
- Check the tires: Mountain bikes tires provide good traction with the ground, and they allow you to travel over a variety of unlikely surfaces like mud, rocks, ladder bridges, roots etc. They also form a flexible cushioning that helps smooth out bumps along the way. Always check your tire pressure. Pressure differ from terrain to terrain, but you would want to keep it between 30 – 45 psi.