How to Maintain Your Bicycle Parts

There are several parts that you absolutely have to make sure you check routinely. You must check the tires, brakes, wheels, and the handlebars.

The tires are one of the most important bicycle parts on your bike. The tires bear most of the weight when you are riding and are therefore prone to deflation. You will need to regularly check the air pressure in the bike tire to make sure that it is optimal and fill it up with air when necessary. Bicycle manufacturers often include the correct air pressure measurement in the instructions with the bicycle or on their company websites. You should also take a close look at the tire and check for wearing, tearing, or rips that might have occurred.

The wheels are one of the bicycle parts that tend to need some of the most repairs and tweaking. Look them over closely for dents or twists in the wheel due to impact damage. You should check the wheels every time your bicycle makes contact with a hard object or if the bike falls. Checking the wheels is pretty simple. Spin the wheel quickly and look for unusual movement. If the wheel moves side to side the wheel has sustained some damage.

Another group of bicycle parts that are of great importance for maintaining your bike is the spokes. The spokes are the part of the bike responsible for helping to distribute and support your weight when getting on the bike. If these are damaged it can cause serious accidents and ruin your bicycle. The spokes should be tight against the rims of the bike. If they are bent or broken you should replace them immediately.

The handlebars are also one of the most critical bicycle parts you need to maintain in order to make sure your bicycle is safe to ride. Make sure to check the elevation of the handles regularly to make sure they are not too high up or too low. You want to have a comfortable ride and be able to reach the handlebars easily. Check to make sure the handlebars are properly aligned with the bicycle’s front wheel. This maximizes your ability to steer the bike and can help you avoid accidents should you need to swerve suddenly.

The brakes are the bicycle parts that are the most critical for the rider’s safety. Checking the brakes regularly can prevent many bicycle accidents and injuries. You can check the brakes by using your hands to squeeze the levers that control the brakes and making sure the pads are coming into contact with the tires to prevent them from moving forward. If your wheels move at all as you move your bike slightly forward you will need to tighten the cables or replace them.