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Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition offers bike maintenance tips for cyclists — InMenlo

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Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition presents bike upkeep suggestions for cyclists — InMenlo

In a latest Weekly Wheeler publication, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition provided these upkeep suggestions for cyclists:

For the reason that coronavirus pandemic took maintain in March, a bicycling growth has been evident throughout the nation. Native bike outlets are reporting big will increase in bike gross sales and upkeep requests to service bikes. For those who’re in want of restore since you’re dusting off an aged, beat up, or beforehand well-loved bike, you’re not alone. The difficulty is that riders are discovering it troublesome to get a fast tune up with many bike outlets being booked up for weeks (don’t let this dissuade you from reaching out to them, although!).

Reported the Los Angeles Occasions: “Rainer Zaechelein, the proprietor of Menlo Park’s Menlo Velo, a small bike store alongside El Camino, stated within the 25 years he’s run the store, he’s by no means been so busy. Waitlists for normal tune-ups, which often e-book out not more than a day or two, are working four-plus weeks.”

Nonetheless, should you’re in want of some primary upkeep tweaks, beneath are some suggestions that don’t require you to be a motorcycle aficionado and even depart your private home! And, you received’t want a shed of particular instruments to do them. Easy instruments like hex wrenches, tire levers, and Philips and flathead screwdrivers, are all you want in lots of circumstances.

For those who search the net for ‘bike upkeep’ you’ll discover oodles of recommendation, articles, and movies. To make it simple, we’ve chosen a number of which are simple to observe and from respected sources like Park Tool and the League of American Bicyclists. Park Device has many movies you’ll be able to scour via should you’re on the lookout for extra superior suggestions. Under are just some for primary data and minor fixes.

BIKE FIT
Fitting and Adjusting Your Bike  – video

BASIC BIKE CHECK
ABC’s of Bike Check  – video

TIRES/WHEELS
How to Fix a Flat Tire on a Bicycle  – video
How to Remove and Install a Wheel on Your Bike  – video
How to Patch a Bicycle Inner Tube – video
Tire, Wheel and Inner Tube Fit Standards – article
Tip – Reuse or recycle your old tubes. Tubes are tremendous versatile for all kinds of sensible functions  For those who don’t discover a use for them, Mike’s Bikes will recycle them for you.

BRAKES
Park Tool Guide to Rim Brakes – video
Rim Brakes – What Type of Brakes Do I Have?  – video
Linear Pull Brakes – Mounting and Adjustment  – video

SHIFTING
Guide to Derailleurs and Shifting: Introduction – video

CHAIN
Clean and Lube Your Chain – video

Tip:  70% Isopropyl Rubbing alcohol is an inexpensive and efficient degreaser! No want to purchase particular stuff. Pour rubbing alcohol into an previous rag and rub alongside your chain. You may as well use an previous toothbrush to get the sand and grit out.

Hopefully a few of these suggestions will assist get you in your bike very quickly. Remember to take a gradual take a look at journey after you make changes to make sure all the pieces is working correctly. Have enjoyable, be secure and luxuriate in your journey!

InMenlo file picture of Rainer Zaechelein by Scott R. Kline (c) 2012

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