We’ve teamed up with our friends over at booom.bike who have created this weekly bike check in 5 simple steps. Carrying out the weekly bike check will help ensure a safe ride and keep your bike in good condition.
It should take just 10 minutes to complete this 5 step weekly bike check:
- tyre pressure
- quick releases and bolts secured
- brake levers tightness
- brake pads check
- saddle alignement
What do you need?
No fancy equipment, just a bike pump and a set of allen keys should do the trick (or maybe an adjustable spanner depending on your bike).
1. Tyre pressure
This is key for your comfort, security and durability of your tubes. Minimal and maximal pressures are written on the tire. You can adjust the pressure according to your weight, for instance closer to the minimal pressure if you’re light. You can also modify the pressure regarding the type of road, a lower pressure will allow the tires to absorb shocks on cobbles.
A pump with a gauge is a very good investment. You will be able to pump up your tires to the correct pressure and therefore ride more pleasantly and avoid punctures due to under or over inflation. We also recommend you choose a floor pump as shown above, it’s way more efficient.
2. Quick releases and bolts secured
Check that quick releases and bolts (especially on brakes, saddle and derailleurs) are correctly tightened. To close a quick release the rule is that you should feel the pressure halfway to the closing. Then continue until the lever is perpendicular to the axle.
To tighten correctly a bolt on a bike you have to turn the key/wrench clockwise until the pressure forces you to take the tool with a full hand. At this point rotate another quarter to secure the tightening.
3. Brake levers tightness
When tightened, the brake levers shouldn’t go further than halfway between their initial position and the handlebar. We won’t explain how to fix this point now, if you’re not sure you should go to your favourite bike shop or find a local mobile bike mechanic. If you’re living in London, use our postcode search in the blue tab above to find local people local can help.
4. Brake pads check
The pads should be aligned on the rim and placed two millimeters under the tire. It must never touch the tire. Make sure that they are equally worn out and that the grooves are more than two millimeters thick. We won’t explain how to fix this point now, if you’re not sure you should go to your favourite bike shop or find a local mobile bike mechanic. If you’re living in London, use our postcode search in the blue tab above to find local people local can help.
5. Saddle alignement
To avoid ruining your back, make sure that the saddle is correctly aligned on the axis of your bike.
We hope to show more of the brilliant work from Boom.Bike in the future. You can always jump across to the booom.bike website to view more educational stuff for the everyday person who wants to learn some of the basics of looking after your bicycle.
They’ll soon be launching their own book of bike maintenance know how. Sign-up for our once a month e-mail update and we’ll let you know when it’s ready.
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