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Keep it clean!
Bike maintenance is key to prolonging the life of your bike, from cleaning the chain to making sure the tyres are properly inflated, all the small things count.
It may sound easy, cleaning your bike, but we at Pedal Revolution would like to share a few hints and tips on making the whole process a little bit more easier for you.
Keep it clean
Keeping your bike clean is a tough job to start of with, but the feeling of satisfaction is well worth it. It's one of the most important things you can do to prolong the life of your bike, just get a bucket of soapy water and a sponge, plus an old toothbrush! Sourcing a proper degreaser (available at Pedal Revolution)
will help break down the grease
and oil on the chain and gearing mechanisms.
If you are riding with under inflated tyres, you are more likely to be prone to punctures, and everyone hates a puncture! Small durable hand pumps are the way forward for your back pocket while riding, and
a strong standing track pump with
a pressure gauge is recommended while you are setting up for your ride. On the side of your tyre you will find a number followed by the letters PSI. That tells you how much air to put in.
Check your brake pads
Worn brake pads need replacing, end of. One way of telling they are worn is if you can hardly seen the grooves in the pads. At that time, you will need to replace them as they can be dangerous. You can come into the store in Norwich, Cromer
or Gorleston and we can show you the range of brake pads on offer, and we can even fit them for you. If you prefer to fit them yourself, you will need a set of Allen keys and some patience!
Having dirt on your brakes often results in a screeching sounds, which isn't pleasant! Get a cloth and clean both the rims of the wheel, and the brake pads, and the majority of the time leads to the squeaky sounds disappearing.
Get a professional service
Getting a professional to look over your bike is always nice, and we recommend at least once a year, ideally at the start of spring if you've been brave enough to cycle though winter. Just think of it as an MOT
for your bike. The staff at the Great Yarmouth Bike Project offer out tutorials on servicing your bike if you have plenty of time on your hands. Lubrication is the way forward Getting the right lubricant for your bike is another key part in keeping it maintained. There are lots available on the market, both online and
in bike shops. The team at Pedal Revolution will help you in choosing the right lubricant for your biking needs. Little things like cleaning your chain thoroughly before oiling
it will help no ends.
Get your saddle perfect
If you get a sore bum when riding experiment a little with your saddle, raising or tilting it slightly to suit your riding style. If you get sore knees while cycling, you might have your saddle too low. The position on your bike should be comfortable, and your legs should be almost straight on the downwards revolution. This will help you get the most out of the energy you put into riding, and help keep the gear flow smooth.
If you need any advice or guidance on how to maintain your bike, pop along to the Pedal Revolution stores in Norwich, Cromer or Gorleston
and talk to our team, have a cuppa and they will be more than happy to assist you.
The Tour de Broads on Sunday 7th September in Weston Longville,
just outside of Norwich, is a great opportunity to test yourself, with planned routes of 65km and
114km, which include full signage, refreshment stops, celebrity rider and a finishers medal. Go to www. tourdebroads.co.uk for more information. If you want to learn more about bikes, bike maintenance and the way they work, search 'Great Yarmouth Bike Project' online.
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