We all need a bit of love! Particularly after a tough ride. Give a bit of love to your bike with these practical tips.
Wash, clean and dry
It sounds easy but it’s not! This operation must be carried out with extreme meticulousness, first of all because it can help to detect inconsistencies or malfunctions of the frame, screws, components, suspensions and so on, then because a good cleaning and drying will allow you to reduce the damage caused by dirty and using your mtb.
Use running water and a non-abrasive brush, avoid too strong a jet of water, and always dry it with a rag. Do not forget to switch between gears or where water and dirt may stagnate. In any case, never leave it wet!
Change and align the wheels
Without the holes the mtb would not be so fun, but ... poor bike!
Often due to these shocks the wheels, even the most performing and resistant, can be damaged, so it is useful to review the mechanic to pull the spokes and reassemble the wheel.
In general, the wheels must be changed according to the route that is tackled and the type of activity that takes place: race, training or Sunday outing.
The suggested solution is to have a 29 race wheels, like the K1 Carbon wheels or the K4 Carbon wheels and the training wheels like the 998 HS.
Changing the wheel is an activity that you can do yourself, but we suggest you to get help from a good mechanic for alignment.
Grease and change the chain
After you have perfectly dried your bike, you can put on the chain. There are different types of products on the market. Some bikers use silicone based products in the form of grease or spray. Because we prefer to use the spray, we explain two simple steps to make the chain greasy. Spinning the chain sprays the oil and let it rest for a while, maybe taking a bike ride, then remove the excess oil on the chain with a clean cloth.
To check if the chain has greased well, simply touch it and check that the grease or dirt has not settled on the fingers.
Identifying when the chain does not perform its function correctly is quite easy as it "jumps" or "clicks". We suggest to change the chain at least once a season to avoid incurring unpleasant incidents during the race.
Change the brake pads
Remember that nobody likes to hear that noise ... you got it right, that "iron on iron" whistle. For this reason we suggest you change the brake pads before this event occurs, for your safety and for the hearing of all bikers.
Change the knobs
Cycling is great fun, but how much effort!
The knobs are one of the first components of the bicycle to require replacement because they wear out mainly due to the rubbing of hands and sweat. Also in this case the timing is to be evaluated according to how the bike is used and guided.
The shock absorber
Do you have a single cushioned or a full suspension?
If your shock is air, do not forget to pump it back to the proper levels. Always keep it clean and dry, especially at the point where the thinnest part enters the thicker one, do not forget to oil it, to ensure that it works properly.
The mtb tires must be changed much more frequently than those of racing bikes due to the type of route they are facing.
In any case, they must be replaced when the tread is worn, which depends on the use that everyone makes of their bike.
We also need to make a distinction between the tubeless tire and the traditional tubeless tire. The former offers the possibility of an easier repair, the second on the contrary is a bit 'more resistant to impact because the inner tube allows the wheel to deform less. The choice between tubeless or traditional tires is subjective and depends on the needs of each individual biker.
Change the sprockets
The sprockets are extremely durable components, if well made, so it is quite rare to have to change them ...
With this we do not want to say not to control them. If you notice that the chain is moving or springing, most likely your sprockets are worn out, so it's good to think about replacing them.
Before a race it is instead very important to choose the sprockets suited to the type of route. In fact, if the route will have a low average speed, then a path with a lot of climb, having a bigger sprocket pack behind it will allow you to be more agile, if instead the path has a higher average speed, you can mount a smaller sprocket that you will ensure longer changes and greater speed.
Change the handlebar
Keeping the handlebars clean and tidy is very important for safer driving. After a few years it could wear out and you could run the risk of breaking it during an exit. Again, try to prevent this from happening by repeatedly checking and getting help from a replacement mechanic.
Even the best biker relies on a good mechanic, why should you not?
Make sure to visit him regularly and your bike will thank you.