In our Bike Maintenance series we're going to arm you with the necessary skills and know-how to diagnose and repair the most common bike problems.
Not only that but we're going to discuss how to get proactive with maintenance techniques so that you can prevent these problems from happening in the first place. Or stop them from turning into bigger issues.
There are three certainties in life - death, taxes...and things going wrong with your bike.
The more you ride your bike, the more problems you'll have. Components will wear out faster and things will go wrong.
Because riding your bike LESS is not exactly a great option it pays to have the skills to fix problems.
We can't do much about death and taxes, but we CAN get you ready to combat common bike "learning opportunities" with our posts on:
Basic Bike Maintenance Schedule: A recommended schedule of good habits for routine bike maintenance to ensure longevity, performance, and lower repair bills. Including, routine safety checks to perform before each ride to ensure your bike is in safe working order.
Cleaning Your Bike: Step-by-step guide on how to thoroughly clean your bike and the importance of regular cleaning.
Lubricating Your Bike: Instructions on how and where to lubricate your bike to keep it running smoothly.
Tire Inspection and Maintenance: Techniques for checking tire pressure and wear, and tips for maintaining optimal tire health. You'll be amazed by what your tire treads reveal about your bike riding.
Replacing a Bike Tire: A comprehensive guide on how to correctly change a bike tire and tube.
Brake Adjustment: How to adjust and maintain different types of bike brakes for safe and efficient stopping.
Chain Inspection and Maintenance: The importance of chain health, how to inspect it, and when and how to lubricate or replace it.
Fixing a Chain Slip: Instructions on how to troubleshoot and fix a slipping bike chain.
Front and Rear Derailleur Adjustment: Guides on how to properly adjust your front and rear derailleurs for smooth gear shifting.
Wheel Truing: Explanation and instructions on how to true a bicycle wheel to keep it straight and balanced.
Saddle Adjustment and Replacement: How to correctly adjust your bike seat for comfort and efficiency, and how to replace it when necessary.
Handlebar Adjustment: Guidelines on how to adjust your handlebars for perfect control and comfort.
Bike Bearing Maintenance: An explanation of the importance of bearings in your bike, and how to maintain and replace them.
Headset Adjustment: How to adjust your bike's headset for smooth and responsive steering.
Bicycle Frame Inspection: Guide on how to inspect your bike frame for any cracks, rust, or damage. Where to look and what to look for.
Replacing Brake Pads: Step-by-step guide on how to safely and effectively replace your bike's brake pads.
Bike Storage and Winterization: Tips on how to store your bike during off-seasons or extended periods of non-use. Also special tips on storing electric bikes.
Assembling a Bike from Scratch: Instructions on how to assemble a new bike out of the box.
Pedal Maintenance and Replacement: How to maintain, troubleshoot, and replace bicycle pedals when necessary.
Troubleshooting Common Bike Noises: Guide to identifying common bike noises and what they may signify about your bike's health. These noises are often the first sign of a fault so it pays (literally!) to pay attention to them.
Bike Lights and Electronics Maintenance: Guide to maintaining and troubleshooting common issues with bike lights and other electronic components.
Updating Bike Components: Guide on when and why you might consider upgrading certain components of your bike for performance or comfort. This includes two of the most common upgrades: tires and saddles.