Bike Maintenance




Introduction: Bike Maintenance

Every now and then it's a good idea to perform some maintenance on your which is something I've had to learn for myself recently, and since I've never done it before I tried looking for a basic tutorial but could never find one so I'm using the knowledge that I've learnt to create this bike maintenance Instructable for beginners.

Step 1: Materials

Chain grease

Bike pump

Replacements for any broken parts.

Step 2: Washing the Bike

The first thing you will want to do is to wash your bike. When you are washing your bike you first start off with hosing the whole bike down, and once you are done with that you then use some soap, water and a sponge to clean off any dirt that didn't come off the first time especially, on the drive train.excess

Step 3: Greasing the Chain

Once the bike has dried grease the chains and the gears to make sure everything moves smoothly.

Step 4: Pumping Your Bike

When pumping your bike with air you need to make sure you use the right amount of pressure for the right bike. For a mountain bike the tire pressure should be at 30 PSI and 80 PSI for a street bike.

Step 5: Further Wheel Maintenace

If you wheel does not turn smoothly you should first try put some grease where the wheels are connected to the bike, and if that does not work a replacement wheel is needed. There should either be some bolts or a lever in the center of the wheel that you can use to take it off if necessary.

Step 6: Safe Riding



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    5 Discussions


    2 years ago

    frankly. I'm trying to be kind here. Your knowledge of bicycles and their maintenance is extremely poor.

    Tyre pressures..I can't think of a single mountain bike tyre that will last 5 minutes at 30psi. If the inner tube is of the Schrader ( car valve) type, then it will need between 45 and up to 65psi. You make no mention of the three different types of valve. Woods are rarely seen now, but far more common on some mountain bikes and all but a very small number is the Presta valve, also referred to occasionally as a high pressure valve.

    Your notes viz using a hose. Pretty silly if the bike has open bearings. Washing it down by hand with a sponge is always best unless you know how to take apart lubricate and rebuild the bottom bracket, hub and head set bearings.

    You will not necessarily need a new wheel if the hub bearings are tight. You should start by removing the wheel completely....the lever thing you refer to is called a quick release...and was the first patented product of Campagnolo. Undo the cones using narrow cone spanners and............can you see where I'm going here?

    PLEASE Take your guide down. You certainly didn't try very hard if you were looking for DIY bicycle maintenance help and most of the books will cost cyclists far less money than following your advice.

    Sorry, but it had to be said.

    never ever use grease. Keep your drive train clean and dry lubed..see my note above. Fastest way to wear your chain and gears out is to use grease.

    never ever use grease. Keep your drive train clean and dry lubed..see my note above. Fastest way to wear your chain and gears out is to use grease.


    2 years ago

    I don't know who's given you the advice to use motorcycle grease on a bicycle chain, but please desist. Certainly do not offer its use as advice to others. Dry lubrication is best for all bicycles. A motorcycle chain take much more torque and along with its drive train, is much much heavier.

    Bicycle drive trains, espcially at the budget end of the market are more prone to wear. Adding wet, oily or greasy lubrication into the mix makes matters worse, because it attracts dirt from the road surface which becomes a heavily abrasive paste. At the least, this will cause poor performance and at worst ( and definitely likely) wear to chain, sprockets and chain wheels and the nylon jockey wheels in the rear derailleur. Teflon based lubes such as Gt85 are a good budget option, but your LBS will have a wide selection of chain maintenance equipment and lubes. NEVER USE GREASE