How to Tune and Maintain a Bike




A quick video on how to tune and maintain a bike in good working order. We used a 15 year-old BMX bike that has been maintained with the same techniques shown in the video and we have never had any problems with it. The stand we used to hold the bike was a PVC pipe Duct Taped to the backs of two foldable chairs (That in itself should be an instructable on cheap bike stands). We used the stand because it allowed the back wheel to spin during chain cleaning and it also held the bike in place for easy adjustment of the brakes.



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    14 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of WD-40 I would repack all bearings. If that is not possible I would use a lubricating oil (i.e. motor oil) instead of WD-40 which is a penetrating oil for loosening rusted hardware.

    This may be useful. I like to collect some older bikes (Like my good ol' Proflex 455 from 1995 or my Murray Sebring), and sometimes when I buy them from yard sales they're in......Less then good condition. So this may help get them back into a good working order quicker.

    5 stars.

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    if only i could find something worth buying at the sales <-__->
    any good bmx or mtb, road bikes i could make money off of.
    i need to go to more yardsales :P

    Yeah, you really do. I've seen a whole crap load of bikes, such as a:
    -Haru BMX bike ($10.00 and it was near mint, no rust at all. I almost bought it, but I figured my dad would kill me if I brought home another bike)
    -An old ladie's street bike from England. It was at least from the 60's or 70's. It was rusted out pretty good, but nothing a little steel wool wouldn't take care of.
    -Several mountain bikes from high quality designers, such as Murray, Girvin, Novara, etc.
    -Several medium quality bikes from Next, Huffy, etc.
    -Several no-name bikes from no-name bike designers that nobody really cares about.
    - A Schwinn chopper style bike.

    And an awesome 26" tricycle made for adults. It was custom made.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    can you link to the video the embed isnt working


    9 years ago on Introduction

    that bmx is pretty old and rubbish
    what brakes are they my guess they are cantiliever?


    9 years ago on Introduction

    dont put wd40 0n your bike if you put it in your bearings it will strip away any grease and leave the bearings metal on metal try sraying wd40 into a jar and dropping some grease then leave in for a few days what you see?the grease has been dissolved by wd40

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    Junk Mailsharlston

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The point of WD40 is not as a grease. WD40 stands for Water Displacement Formula 40. You spray it all of the bearings so that water doesn't collect there and then lead to the oxidization (rusting) of the important components. If you feel the need, you can lube up the bearings after a while.

    However, its not really even all that necessary as the WD40 is a lube itself. Yeah, it will get rid of grease if you spray too much of it on, but it will pretty much replace the grease and the bike will function just as well if not better because its been cleaned and by disoving the grease you also remove a fair bit of the dirt that cause the bearings to get sticky and then give you troubles.

    When I first got the bike all the moving parts were stiff and greasy as the bike hadn't been used in many years. I sprayed WD40 on all of the joints, polished the frame, straightened the wheels, replaced the tubes and tires, cleaned the chain, and now it works like new. Ive been using WD40 on it for probably 5 or 6 years and the ride has always been perfect.

    sharlstonJunk Mail

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    i run a bike shop and i repack hundreds of hubs per year with grease and no one as no problems so ill stick with grease