• at July 07, 2018

    I have decided to start riding a bike again after many, many years. I have never been a technical sort of person. I can screw up the simplest of tasks, lol. I was just wondering what are the more common bike problems I may encounter. Any advice on what to look for, how to deal with it and even how to prevent (or prolong) it would be appreciated. Cheers!

  • at July 07, 2018

    Don’t worry too much about it. Just do some simple stuff with it which does not require any in-depth knowledge. That will come as time goes by. Even if it does not, it is no big deal. You could always ask a friend to help, chat here for advice or if there is a bike shop nearby, you can take it in.

    You can start out by washing your bike. Use a nylon brush and warm soapy water. Get rid of any grimy parts. Dry it with a towel. That’s not too bad of a start is it?

  • at July 07, 2018

    Lol, yes, I think even I can manage that. I suppose keeping it clean will help.

  • at July 07, 2018

    Yes, it will. You don’t want any of that grit getting into sensitive parts. That can cause a build up and create an issue, so start with simple cleaning and maintenance. Besides, it makes the bike look nicer. Things like road salt can cause corrosion and damage the finish of your bike frame. You will also end up having to replace things more frequently than you should.

  • at July 07, 2018

    While I agree with what the other person said, I’d like to add that you should make a habit of checking your tire pressure. You can do this every week, but for you, I would suggest you do this before every ride. Get familiar with it again, since you said you’ve been away from riding for years.

    Remember that a tube is not airtight. Over time, the pressure can drop. Inflate to the recommended pressure.

  • at July 07, 2018

    Both good suggestions, thank you. Yes, I can do that.

  • at July 07, 2018

    Check all the nuts and bolts and make sure all connections are nice and tight. You can do this on a monthly basis. If anything comes loose, you could have an accident.

    Be careful, years ago, you could tighten things until you couldn’t tighten anymore. Nowadays, parts are sensitive, so tighten, but do not over tighten. Pay attention to cleat screws and chainring bolts.

  • at July 07, 2018

    Good god, what are those? See what I mean? I have no clue even if it hit me in the eye!

  • at July 07, 2018

    These parts tend to be ignored. It’s hard to show you here. I suggest you ask someone to visually show you, because this can cause big problems. I suggest you ask someone at a bike shop, either someone who fixes them or even someone who sells them, like Regal Bicycles. If you don’t know what it is, at least they will show you. Strike up a conversation with them and ask them about it and what problems can arise. It’s a start. Then when you know what and where they are, you will feel a little more confident.

  • at July 07, 2018

    OK, will do. Thanks for the tips. Happy riding everyone!