Best Way to Perfect Bicycle Maintenance Tips For Cyclist

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It’s decided, the return announces the change in your life and it begins with the resumption of the sport. Running has never been your thing so you decide to take your bike out of the attic and walk the roads like Chris Froome. Here is the Best Way to Perfect Bicycle Maintenance: Tips& Advice, you are about to read.

Yes but now, your good old road bike has not seen the shadow of bitumen for a long time and you can not use it as is, at the risk of losing parts en route … The time of the interview has sounded!

Tips and tricks for a Perfect Bicycle Maintenance

The preparations:

To start, I always stabilize the bike. As a reminder, my bike is a road brand Eurobike Road Bike TSM550 Bike but the procedure is the same regardless of the bike, it is faster with a fixed bike for example because there is no tape or more trays to clean.

In short, there are several methods of Bicycle Maintenance and, in my opinion, the most effective (but not the least expensive) is to use a bike shop floor such as the model 500 B’Twin (maximum load 20 kg) of j use regularly for my road bike and mountain bike.

There are models of excellent qualities of the brand Park Tool very famous with the PCS-10 workshop foot that will accept without problem the road bikes and even VAE mountain bikes that exceed 22 kg!

I use a workshop stand to Bicycle Maintenance for several reasons :

  • working on the bike standing up is nice (no more back pain!)
  • go around the bike easily
  • adjust the derailleurs by turning the pedals with one hand and adjusting the other without problem.
  • access any part of the bike and clean under the bike without bending
Bike Repair Stand Adjustable
Bike Repair Stand Adjustable


The workshop stand is a bike stand that is equipped with a jaw that will keep your bike at the seat post and allows me to clean my precious without leaning, it is the high end to clean and maintain his bike.

If you have a bike size XS (like my girlfriend) and the seat post is too short, the jaw also works horizontally by tilting!

In this way, you can hang all possible bikes just like children’s bikes!

If you do not have the space or the need to buy this type of equipment, in this case, I place the bike upside down, letting it rest on the handlebars and the saddle (protect these elements well with a piece of cardboard or fabric to avoid scratching these elements with the ground).

If you are an expert in the field, you can even disassemble the wheels, which will facilitate further cleaning.

I specify that it is not mandatory to use to return his bike and that everything can be achieved with the bike on its wheels and the place!

The magic products that I use.

As a reminder, I use my road bike to go to work, so it is subject to the vagaries of time with rain, roads and paths following the outputs.
I try to wash the bike at least twice a month, but sometimes more often, for example when the chain of the bike begins to creak every turn of the pedal after the storms under which I drove for 2 hours who have stripped the transmission !

Here are the maintenance products for my bike that I use to clean my bike without spending hours there:

Bicycle cleaning kit
Cleaner, degreaser, chain oil, brush, go to clean his bike!


The first essential step: cleaning

The first step in proper maintenance is undoubtedly proper cleaning.

Personally, I use a 100% biodegradable cleaner because the liquid leaves in the soil when you rinse your bike so try to limit the environmental impact.
In addition, the spray spray is really ideal to access all components of the bike quickly.

Bicycle cleaning kit
Muc-Nano Tech Bike Cleaner

 

I spray everywhere:

  • the framework
  • the fork
  • handlebars
  • the pedals
  • all the transmission with the cassette, the chain, the derailleurs

 


 

The big advantage of this cleaner is that it is provided for all the bike including transmission and brakes, so you do not need to perform the step of degreasing if the cassette is not too dirty!

The Muc-Off cleaner is allowed to react for 3 to 5 minutes (according to the manufacturer’s instructions).

Sometimes, if the cassette accumulates too much dirt (which interferes with shifting or creaks the chain) so I use a degreaser if necessary to complete the maintenance of the transmission of the bike.

Regarding the saddle, if it is not waterproof, a small waterproof bag on it will protect it while doing the Bicycle maintenance.

To clean the pedals, brakes, or spokes, prefer the use of a toothbrush standby that will allow access to every nook and cranny to remove accumulated dust.

And if the transmission is clean, no need to degrease!

It only remains to rinse and no need for a karcher, a single jet of water is enough and avoids damaging the bike bearings by injecting water inside (I never had the case but I do not prefer to try).

For efficient transmission maintenance: degreasing

The transmission gets dirty because the current lubricant that protects the chain is like a glue that will catch all the dust that is on the road.

If you drive with an uncleaned transmission, you’ll hear louder and louder as you pedal, which is a sign that it’s time to clean up!

For my part, if I have not cleaned the bike for weeks, then the transmission is completely covered with dirt that can go up to me to blow the speeds.
Being equipped with 11 speeds in the back, the chain is very fine so the dirt made it quickly deviate from its axis.

I use a degreasing product (see photo below) but I just discovered that Muc-off has also released a biodegradable degreaser, and I will order because I find it very good that we can clean his bike in remaining concerned about the planet. 😉

Otherwise there are other brands such as the WD-40 Bike.


While Bicycle maintenance, The use of a degreaser is economical to clean the transmission because it is used only for this function so the amount used is lower and you will be able to clean more than ten times your bike.

You can try cleaning your transmission with dishwashing liquid as you can do during the previous cleaning step, but having tested many times, it works poorly because the lubricant on the chain is designed to resist water.

For the smallest and hard-to-reach places, an old toothbrush can do the trick, or invest in a complete Muc-Off kit for example, which contains that contains several types of abrasion-resistant brushes.

The principal will then remain to arm you with a good elbow grease for 5 minutes!

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Summary of cleaning and degreasing steps of Bicycle Maintenance

If your transmission is relatively clean:

  1. spray the cleaner
  2. let stand for 3 to 5 minutes without being in direct sunlight (manufacturer’s instructions)
  3. rub with a sponge or toothbrush all over
  4. rinse with water
  5. dry with fabric and in the sun

If the transmission is very dirty and the cleaner does not take off everything, in this case, it is necessary to degrease by adding a step:

  1. spray the cleaner
  2. let stand for 3 to 5 minutes without being in direct sunlight (manufacturer’s instructions)
  3. degreasing on the chain, the derailleurs and the cassette
  4. rub with a sponge or toothbrush all over
  5. rinse with water
  6. dry with fabric and in the sun

If there is sun and a little wind, the bike will quickly dry. Feel free to go for a few minutes.

Some even use an air compressor to blow completely on the bike and thus hunt water without a trace.

Regular lubrication, essential to the longevity of your bike

The last step is to grease correctly, and regularly, all the elements that make up the transmission of your bike.
This avoids the premature wear of the chain and continues to maintain the silent transmission, moreover, the shift is greatly facilitated.

Again, on the side of available products, you are spoiled for choice. Note however that, ideally, it will be necessary to favor the use of grease, often in the form of paste, for the bicycle maintenance of mechanical assemblies (seat tube, stem, ..), while the oil will concern more the transmission elements, ie the moving parts.

There are several types of oils and for having spent time asking me what to put as a chain lubricant, here is what I retained:

  • DRY: oil for dry weather, more fluid and less sticky such as WD40, Muc-Off. Do not hesitate to put on a regular basis.
  • WET: oil for wet or rainy weather such as WD40, Decathlon or Muc-Off. It is thicker and more sticky to resist water.
  • All the time, some brands offer lubricants that perform well on time such as Finish Line, Zefal, or Decathlon with Teflon (Teflon reduces friction)

 

Bicycle Maintenance

 


Personally, I use the ‘all time’ oil with RocRide Eco-X Bicycle Chain Lubricant Eco Friendly All Purpose Bike lube with PTFE

To apply it without saturating oil:

  • pedaling to spin the transmission
  • the lubricant is applied on the chain
  • shift the gears from one end to the other to distribute the oil in the chain
  • repeat 1 or 2 times

Then I quickly turn back the transmission to evacuate the last drops!

 

Be careful not to put too much oil on the chain otherwise it will usually be projected on your right calf when you pedal.

Regular lubrication of the chain is essential, as well as that of the rollers and the derailleur, without cleaning the bike every time. And when the transmission is really too dirty, in this case it is necessary to carry out the complete cleaning by degreasing all the elements to start on a healthy base.

Finally, take advantage of this moment of lubricating elements to give a boost to your beautiful leather saddle. It could not be easier ; use an oil specially designed for leather or a moisturizing milk to soften the material.

Ready to roll

After these detailed steps to properly maintain your bike, you are finally ready to go out and take care of him as he deserves.

In short, remember that regular maintenance, which involves quick cleaning after each ride, is the secret to success. Keep in mind that proper cleaning and regular greasing are just as necessary as riding a bike or mountain bike.

Here is the cleaned cassette and the bike that I have to dry, but the cassette is not as black and greasy as before:

I am a fan of Muc-off products because their cost is moderate, and since they are biodegradable, it’s a big plus for me for Bicycle Maintenance. 🙂

Good cleaning! Happy Bicycle Maintenance!

 


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