What Does A Bicycle Tune-Up Consist Of?

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If your bike has been sitting in the garage for a while and you want to get back into riding it, or if you’ve been riding it and it needs some maintenance, you need to make sure you’re doing everything you can to maintain it in excellent form.

A bike tune-up could be exactly what you need. While a bike mechanic may be the best person to do it for you, a bicycle tune-up is something you can do yourself with the appropriate instructions.

Steps For A Bicycle Tune-Up

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  • Cleaning any dirt, oil, or old grease from the bicycle is the first step in a bike tune-up.
  • Damage to the gears and derailleurs is examined, as well as their alignment.
  • The drive chain is examined for kinking or straining.
  • The wear and grip of the brakes are checked.
  • The tyres are examined for signs of wear, cracks, and swelling.
  • All necessary tension adjustments to the various cables are accomplished.
  • The alignment of the wheels and the frame is verified.
  • The spokes of the wheel (if any) are checked and tightened if necessary.
  • Unwanted movement in headstocks and sitting poles must be checked.
  • To keep the bike steady when riding, every nut and bolt must be tightened.
  • Where necessary, appropriate lubricants and greases are applied to moving parts.
  • Bike Maintenance
  • Make sure your bicycle is clean before you begin the tuning operation. This will allow you to examine the bicycle more closely during the inspection.
  • Furthermore, washing the bike extends the life of its components. To help with the cleaning, you can use any basic biodegradable cleaner, an old toothbrush, and a dry towel.
  • Dip the towel in water and wipe down the full length of the bike; for tougher stains, scour the dirt smudge with the toothbrush.
  • Make sure that all of the components, including the seat, brakes, pedals, derailleurs, frame, drivetrain, chainrings, and so on, are dirt-free. Before reattaching the seat post to the frame, remember to remove it and add some lubricant.
  • After drying, the chain and other important sections of the drivetrain should be lubricated with a good lubricant.

Check That The Gears And Brakes Are In God Condition.

The tune-up must include the gears and brakes. It will take some time to persuade the gears into a smooth adjustment. Check that the chain is smoothly traveling up and down the gears.  Make sure the brake pads are aligned, so they don’t screech when they come into touch with the rims. If the pads are worn out, highly recommend that you replace them. Adjust the brake wires’ tension and the position of the brake arms so that both brakes effectively stop the wheels. You may need to sand the brakes down to the proper size if they make a grinding noise after alignment.

Check That The Wheels Are In God Condition.

Your bike’s wheels should spin easily with no symptoms of wobbling and make no contact with the brake pads as they spin. Quick-release levers are located at the hub of most wheels, making wheel removal simple. If the wheel has sideways played, the external tension on the wheel bearings must be adjusted. Check the bike spokes for any loose, broken, or missing spokes using your fingertips. To keep the rims straight, replace any broken spokes with new ones and tighten any loose ones. Check the tyres for cracks, tears, or flat places, and replace them if necessary. If the pressure in the tyres is incorrect, use your bike pump to adjust the pressure.

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