Jenni works with bikes all day, every day at the London Bike Kitchen, so we asked her what the most common problems are that she encounters.
“People oiling their chain, and then not wiping it down afterwards. All that extra oil on the outside of the chain attracts more dirt, grit and grime which makes a greasy sand-paper-like paste that eats away at your components in no time at all.”
So after oiling your chain thoroughly, loosely hold a piece of kitchen roll on the chain and run through all your gears so that the chain and lubricate the cassette, and surplus oil will catch on the kitchen paper rather than clogging up on the chain.
“Another problem is letting rim brake pads wear down to past their wear-line. This is dangerous because if you go past the wear-line, you could be exposing the metal post that’s in the brake pad, and this will start scraping away at your rims, causing irreparable damage as well as weakening your rim.”
Remember your ABC’s with your routine bike check to ensure your brakes aren’t too worn, and if you see they are getting close to their limit, it’s time to invest and replace.
So spruce up your bike with some essential cleaning and regular maintenance in order to keep it running smooth, and riding great.
And if you really fancy treating your best bike friend, then you can always upgrade to carbon components.
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