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How To Make Your Road Bike Last Longer – Bike Maintenance Tips

How To Make Your Road Bike Last Longer – Bike Maintenance Tips


let’s face it bikes are not cheap so once you’ve made your purchase and investment it’s a good idea to look after it to ensure it lasts as long as possible coming up are a few tips to help you do just that the first and most obvious thing is to regularly clean your bike now if you leave things like dirt or water or grit or oil or even silk from the road sitting on your bike for days or weeks on end it’s not going to do it any good at all and let’s face it the good job of cleaning it is not particularly difficult all you’re going to need is a bucket of water a sponge bike specific brush and three decent bike cleaner and you’ll be able to do a very thorough job indeed then once you’ve washed it we need to do is dry it down an old towel is perfect for that job to prevent anything going rusty and then just lube the moving parts such as the chain jockey wheels etc with some bike specific products like this now we do understand that those of you living in an apartment do you find it hard to find a space to clean your by but we’ve had loads of photos from viewers showing that they clean their bikes in their bath or their shower however we would recommend checking with your partner or family before you do this before you get yourself into lots of trouble now long way of lubricating your chain some of the other moving parts in the drivetrain there are other parts on the bike which will need grease or some kind of grit paste I’m thinking things like the hubs the headset bearings here or the grit pace that you can put down on a carbon the seat post to stop it seizing and also in the threads of things like pedals as well now you can prolong the grease lifespan by avoiding jet spraying directly towards these parts but even if you do avoid doing that it’s still not a bad idea every so often to take them apart clean them and reapply some new grease just to make sure they’re all working properly and lasts as long as possible we’ve got a whole host of videos here at GSA and on our maintenance playlist which will really help you in this regard now the next thing that you can do to prolong the lifespan of your butt is to use a torque wrench you might be wondering how but I’m about to explain now these are becoming increasingly important when it comes to tightening bolts on lightweight components and particularly carbon components because over time these parts can lead to extra stress which ultimately in a worst-case scenario can lead complete component failure which is of course the last thing that you want to happen when you’re out riding your bike now the good news is that you can pick up something like this pretty cheaply on the market these days it should last you a very long time indeed another thing to watch out for with lightweight frames and particularly carbon frames is any kind of bike rack or bike stand which clamps around the tubes top tube here the down tube for the seat tube now carbon frames are only designed to be strong in the directions they need to be when you’re out riding and not when something is clamping around it that can lead to the tube being crushed or squashed so what we would recommend is by wonder stands like the pro mechanics use whereby the Forks going to the dropouts at the front and stand then supports it underneath the bottom bracket here however if you do have to use some kind of stand like this one we’d recommend clamping it at the saddle not tightening it too much and also adding some kind of cushioning so you’ve got less chance of squashing the seat post you also want to make sure that you change and renew your chain at regular intervals that’s because over time when you ride your bike the chain was stretched slightly and where and in turn it will then wear the chain rings and also the cogs here at the rear cassette what that means that eventually you have to replace the whole lot which can be far more expensive and replacing the chain every so often now there are a few ways to measure the chain wear and we’ve got a video it shows you how to do just that you can find a link to it in the description just below this video now just as if you let your bike stay muddy and mucky after a ride it won’t do it any good also riding that particularly mucky or gritty road where all the components out far quicker so when the weather’s grim you’ve got an option try riding on some slightly cleaner roads and if there’s no option what you could do is invest in a much cheaper bike to use on days when the weather’s not so good which will mean that you keep your best bike and much better Nick right we’re going to leave you with three more suggestions which almost go without saying first up whenever you leave your bike in a public place make sure that you lock it up securely and we’re not saying that your bike won’t last a long time if it’s stolen it’s really not much good to you if it’s in somebody else’s hands secondly try to avoid crashing lightweight carbon frames such as this one really aren’t designed to take huge knocks so a crash could hurt your wallet just as much as it hurts your body and finally try to get your bike stored indoors or at least undercover leaving it outside and exposed to the elements is only going to speed up the aging process of the bike as rust starts to set it now if you would like to see our video which shows you how to do a really good 30 minute thorough bike wash you can find that just in the top corner there meanwhile just in the bottom corner is our advice on how to use a torque wrench on you might want to subscribe to the channel it’s free there’s gonna be loads more videos just like this with plenty of advice and all you’ve got to do is click on the DC and logo somewhere in this box

7 comments on “How To Make Your Road Bike Last Longer – Bike Maintenance Tips

  1. JUST bought a new CF bike. My previous "good" bike is 30 years old (my standby bike is 41 years old), so I know about making a road bike last! I have never washed by bike(s)! My "good" bike has Dupont Imron paint, which would make todays green weinies gast if they knew about it. BUT it's is durable, not like today's milk toast paint. Lubrication: I have replace the bearings several times, the last time (2 years ago) with ceramic hybrids, oh, and Phil Wood grease. Torque wrench: what a hoot in the old days. Fact is wrenches of a given size are engineered to provide the proper torque with an "average" pull (what ever that is). I do us torque wrenches on my CF bike. I get mega miles out of my chains…. which I use with a personally mixed formula (canning wax, PTFE, Talc & synthetic gear lube). In 30 years, 4 chains, and many thousands of miles I've only replace my chain rings twice and rear cassette NEVER! But this is a tale of a dinosaur, an endangered feces. Enjoy your world of endless obsolesce and marketing replacement.

  2. This is glorious, I have been researching "bicycle tutor front derailleur" for a while now, and I think this has helped. Ever heard of – Viyackson Yenacob Review – (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my neighbour got excellent results with it.

  3. I have a problem with front brake grinding on the brake pads, I try card method to get it to work, but I still have the disk grinding on the brake pads. Can you please give me some advice!

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