A simple guide on how to take care of your bike

INTRODUCTION

In this guide we will analyze how to take care of your bicycle, through some simple interventions that, if done correctly and regularly, will avoid recurring visits by the mechanic ensuring a big saving of time and money.

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WHY DO IT

Maintaining your bike correctly means, first of all, ensuring its safety.
Keeping your bicycle clean and regularly overhauled will increase its durability and performance, and will also safeguard its safety by preventing sudden inconveniences.

HOW OFTEN TO DO IT

The respect for the deadline of the revisions is essential. At least every 4/5 months it’s advisable to bring the bike to your trusted mechanic, to carry out a complete check, to maintain a regularity of at least 2 revisions per cycling season.
During these checks it’s necessary, even if not completely worn out, to have the cables of both brake and groupset replaced. Regardless of the condition they are in, also replace the brakes pads.
If your bike has disc brakes and an electronic gear shifting, you should also check the oil level.
For the electronic gear shifting is a good rule to check the remaining battery life based on the recharges already made, to do so, just connect it to the PC and use the software provided by the manufacturer.
If you ride for between 20000 and 30000 km per year, it’s recommended to base the timing of the revisions on the distance; roughly every 4000/4500km is the correct range that seems appropriate to us. In case that you have to start for a long trip, a holiday or a specific event that is particularity important for you, it will be good to do a check even without waiting for the periodic deadline.
It’s recommended to do it ¾ days before the starting date, both for logistical reasons (if there is the need to replace a component not available in the warehouse it will be necessary to order it) and for reasons of adaptation of certain parts. A classic example concerns the chain that needs a few kilometers to adapt to the cassette. In case you own an E-Bike, it will be necessary to integrate the ordinary check with an evaluation of the count of the full and non-full recharges left before having to replace the battery. For many manufacturers, this data can be obtained simply by connecting the battery pack to your PC and entering the serial number on a dedicated section on the manufacturer's website.

WHAT PROBLEMS SHOULD BE SOLVED BY YOURSELF

The importance of knowing how to solve the most common problems is reflected in the success of your bike rides.
The most common problems to be able to solve are the following:
- Replace a worn inner tube or tire.
- Use a chain stretcher correctly.
- Replace the brake or gearbox cable.
- Grease the headset.
- Replace the stem and apply or eliminate one or more spacers.
- Assembly and adjustment of the saddle.
- Replacement of brake pads.
- Mount a bottle cage.
- Rear derailleur, derailleur and dropout adjustment.
- Disc brake adjustment.
- Proper washing of the bicycle.

These are just some of the problems that will be addressed in the next articles related to bicycle mechanics.

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