Whether you ride your bike every day or twice a month, own a beach cruiser or a custom race bike, it’s essential to do monthly maintenance to keep it riding smoothly. Check out our three budget-friendly, DIY bike maintenance tips below.
1. Clean Your Bike
One of the easiest, yet most important ways to maintain your bike is to properly clean it. Read Bicycling’s article for some tips on how to wash your bike the right way, and don’t forget to pick up the WD-40® BIKE Foaming Wash. Its dirt-eating suds will help remove the most stubborn grime on your bike, leaving your bike sparkling clean and scratch free.
2. Check Your Bike’s Tire Pressure
You should always check your bike’s tire pressure before you take your bike for a spin. Proper tire pressure ensures safer and smoother rides, and can help you avoid getting a flat tire. To check your tire pressure, make sure you have a standard pressure gauge that measures pounds per square inch (PSI). You can pick these up at REI.
According to Bicycling, narrow tires need more air pressure than wide ones: Road tires require 80 to 130 PSI, mountain tires require 30 to 50 PSI and hybrid tires require 50 to 70 PSI. To learn how you can check your bike’s tire pressure follow eHow’s step-by-step instructions.
3. Check and Adjust Brakes
Checking your bike’s brakes is a necessity. Popular Mechanics recommends first looking at the pads. If you can see lines or metal poking through the brake pads, it’s time to replace them. If the brakes are making a grinding noise after aligning them, they may need to be sanded down.
The next step is to check your brake cable for wear and replace it if there are loose strands or rust. To learn how to replace a brake, watch this video from Performance Bike.
Tip: Use WD-40 Multi-Use Product to remove gunk and grime from your bike’s frame.