I’m going to tell you 5 necessary and easy things to do on a weekly basis so that your bike not only lasts you longer but in the long run, saves you money. More money being saved means more bike stuff or beer. Some of these are very fundamental but basic stuff is the most important.
1. Do not wash your bike on a regular basis
We all want our bikes so shiny that people have to wear sunglasses to look at it, right? 🙂 Let me be the one to remind you why washing your bike on a weekly basis is detrimental to your bike especially if it’s a full suspension. Water gets into everything. Water will go into your dust seals and degrease your bike. It can oxidize parts of your bike if you do not dry it completely. Now if your bike is muddy or super dirty, pressure washing can be tempting but do not pressure wash your bike. Especially if your bike is a full suspension bike. Water can dry out your bearings, bottom bracket and headset. If you want to clean your bike, follow step 2
2. Wipe your suspension dust seals
With a dry towel to make sure dust and grime doesn’t go into your moving suspension. This is probably the most important thing to do to your bike after your ride. Suspension needs maintenance due to the moving parts and the oil in there. Dropper seat post, rear suspension shock and fork should all be wiped and lubed. When applying lube, move the suspension so that the lube gets in the suspension and wipe off the excess.
3. Degrease and lube your chain
Degreasing your chain might not be on the top of the list of a weekly thing to do but lubing your chain should be. As a general rule of thumb, lubing your chain per every 50 miles is about where most manufacturers recommend. There are a lot of moving parts on the bike and the chain is what propels you forward. A lubed chain should be silent and having a properly maintained chain will extend the life of your drive train.
4. Tighten all major bolts
Make sure all bolts are tight and torqued to manufacturers recommendation. Check the stem, suspension bolts, seat post, your quick release levers, pedals, brakes too. One time, I had this huge rattle coming from my bike and I had no clue what it was and it was the brake bolts. Once tightened, my bike was silent again and I could hear my bike saying “thank you Abraham!” Yeah, my bike talks to me.
5. Adjusting the derailleur
This may or may not happen but to me it happens more than I’d like to admit. There are some pretty annoying things that can happen with your bike but shifting issues are one of the worse things you can experience. Not only can the chain snap and premature drive train wear but it sounds terrible. This to me is worse than getting a flat tire. Bring the flat tires on!
Especially riding on the mountain, derailleurs can get knocked out-of-place by a branch or a rock. As a result, this will make your shifting suffer.
If all you remember from these 5 tips are to clean your dust seals and lube your chain, that’s pretty dang good. Full suspension bikes have a lot of moving parts. The more moving parts, the more maintenance is needed. That is one downside to full suspension bikes. Also, be sure to get your suspension serviced at least once a year. This applies to people who don’t even ride much. The oil gets old and gathers dust in your suspension. Also, be sure to torque your bolts to spec! You don’t want to crack any carbon or strip any bolts.
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