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Top Tips to Keep Your Bike Running Smoothly

February 21, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 158

Have you ever examined something you own for quite some time and wondered how unsightly it has become? Do you miss the spotless paint and the great look it gave when you first purchased it? Mostly, when you buy something you adore, you take care of it, but you tend to be careless about it as time passes. Eventually, one day you realize what a mess your possession has become.

Similarly, people tend to become careless with their bikes. It is important to keep your bike spotless so it gives you a great riding experience. Here are some tips to keep your two-wheeler running smoothly:

Pump up the Wheels One of the major reasons why bikes do not give the perfect performance is because bike owners overlook wheel maintenance. The more often you use the bike, the more often it is necessary to check the tires to make sure they are in good condition. You must check the tires for any puncture that may result in a flat tire.

When the tires go flat, some bike owners give up on the bike. Instead, it is good to take it to a bicycle repair shop to get it fixed. Mountain bikes should be checked on a weekly basis while checking road bikes before each ride, is necessary.

Grease the Gear To make sure no metal components of your bike grind against each other, lubrication is important. Metal parts need to be greased regularly in order to ensure you get a smooth bike ride.

Bikes come all freshly greased from the manufacturer but bike owners do not care much about regular touch ups that can keep the bike performing well. It is cost-effective to become your own mechanic. Otherwise, you always have a bicycle repair shop at your service to do the job.

Keep it Clean A bike full of dirt is unsightly. It is not fun riding it at all. Therefore, it is important to give it a frequent wash. A bucket of warm water and detergent should be just fine to give it a fresh and clean look. Especially, if you ride in the mud, it is essential to keep a cleaning kit. Make sure to clean the bike after every ride.

Do not wait to clean it before the next ride. The mud is likely to solidify on the bike, which can make cleaning difficult for you.

Mountain bikes require less frequent maintenance as compared to road bikes. However, it does not matter which one you own, just make sure you keep yourself abreast of any faults or glitches in your bike. This will ensure you get a smooth ride every time you start pedaling.

Santa Monica Mountains Cyclery has a wide range of top quality bikes for commute and trekking. It is also a complete bike repair shop which are Bike Repair Reseda and Bike Repair Malibu, which offers best bike services. For more information log on to:

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