Fixing a Bike

Below are the common bike issues and simple tips to repair them.

Broken bicycle chain

Flat tire

Whether it is your first time to encounter a flat tire or it has been a repetitive scenario, it only means one thing, and that is trouble! There are several reasons why it is happening such as debris accumulated inside the tire, incorrect installation, or the tubes were underinflated. Despite these different causes, there is only one simple way to fix it.

Take note that the side of the tire has a recommended PSI or pounds per square inch. Get the lowest number to inflate the tube. However, you should inflate it to the maximum number if you are a heavy rider. When it is necessary to change the tire, ensure that there are no debris or any foreign objects inside it. Also, make sure that the new tube is not caught between the tire and its rim.

A chain making a noise

If you are not cleaning or lubing your chain regularly, it can bring noise while using your bike. Taking it for granted can also increase the wear and tear of its accessories, thus, leading to a costlier repair. To fix it, click down two or three gears in the back. If it isn’t the problem, try to shift into the smaller chainring.

If nothing improves, that means that you have to clean your chain. It is recommendable to do it every two weeks most especially when you use it frequently on muddy roads. If cleaning it doesn’t resolve the issue, you can consider a replacement when the chain is worn out or have your derailleurs adjusted.

The chain is not shifting correctly.

This problem may be a sign that there is excess debris that attracts the grime to the cassette and chain. Fixing it is not as complicated as you think. Just wash and brush the cassette and chain and rinse it. Then, let it dry. Before reinstalling it, apply a drop of lube on each roller. While doing it, turn the cranks backwards to ensure that the lube is evenly applied. Finally, use a clean rag to grip the outer plates of the chain while spinning the cranks. Then, wipe off the excess lube so that it won’t attract dirt or foreign objects.

Loosen bolts

Keep in mind that bicycles have specific components to hold them together such as nuts and bolts. It is, therefore, crucial to ensure that they are installed tightly. The areas like seat post, stem, handlebars can produce friction that may lead to loosening bolts. On the other hand, you also need to take note that overtightening them won’t resolve this issue, but instead, can damage the threads on the bike which can lead to a costly replacement.

Investing for a torque wrench could be helpful because it is designed to provide accurate tuning. It has a specific measurement that allows the user to control the force to use. You may also refer to the user’s manual to get information about tightening the bolt and installing the components correctly.

Stinky handlebars

It can be a daunting experience when you want to enjoy the ride and adventure, but your bike’s handlebars are not performing like the way it should be. However, there is a simple solution to that, and that is rewrapping the handlebars to make it work like new. Remove the old tape stuck to it. Then, grab a scrap of tape and stick it under the brake levers to fill the gap between the handlebar and the brake apparatus.

Wrap the tape over the top of the handlebar by starting at the bottom of this component while the edge of the tape is leaned on the underside. Make sure to fill the spaces and wrap it tightly. Then, repeat the steps on the other side.

Now that you already know these basic processes, it’s time for you to get ready and hit the road! You don’t have to be techy to make all of these suggestions. Being practical only takes a matter of idea and willingness to learn!