How to care for you cycle:
- Start with the little tasks first, like brake pads, bar tape, brake and gear cables, cassette swap/clean, chain removal etc, and get confident with those. Learn how to fit a tube. Oil your chain, keep your bike clean. Progress slowly to get more confident with the bike and your mechanical skills.
- Buy the right tools for the job, and most importantly learn how to use them. Youtube tutorials can help, but bike mechanics can show you the real deal.
- Don’t do your bike maintenance on the decking in the garden, near waste water drains, on a steep slope or thick grass. You are sure to drop something and guaranteed it will go down the gaps and you won’t find that little screw again.
- Carry an extra tube set, portable bicycle pump, bike tool, and an extra set of lights while riding. Wear a helmet that is within safety compliance regulations and light reflecting clothing or accessories when riding at night.
- Covers and sheds: bike covers do a great job, but they are not as good as keeping a bike inside. The same is true for a shed, although generally to a lesser extent, depending on how well sealed it is. A bike kept under a cover outside but not ridden for months on end will still rust and potentially seize up due to the moisture content in the air.
- If you want to keep your home clean, perhaps invest in a VeloSock bike cover ? Still remember to clean your ride! All the dirt and grime from the streets gets on your bike, give it a thorough clean once in a while to prevent damage, dirty clothes, and messy home.
Safety check BCTL before riding
*Brakes: are brake calipers, brake lines, brake pads working properly.
*Chain: is it tight and well oiled.
*Tires: are the tires well pumped, check for possible punctures.
*Lights: are they working properly, are unobstructed by clothing or cargo, is the position and angle adjusted for visibly.
STAY AWESOME AND STAY SAFE!