Whether your bicycle of choice is a cruiser, fixie or carbon fibre speed demon, Spring has well and truly sprung and your daily commute just got that little bit sweeter. The start of the warmer months also means your two wheels will need some TLC to ride safe and smooth the whole season through.
The Rolling Fix is a convenient mobile bicycle mechanic service that provides scheduled maintenance and emergency bike repairs across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Thomas and Cameron, the bona fide bike enthusiasts behind The Rolling Fix have generously provided their top tips to ensure you’re ride is safe, roadworthy and ready to hit the pavement.
Ensure that your tyres are pumped up to the recommended air pressure. This should be written on the side of the tyre. Also check that the tread is in good condition and has no splits in the rubber.
Having a clean and well lubricated drive-train is one of the simplest ways to make your ride smoother and more enjoyable.
Good brakes are often the difference between a safe journey and a nasty accident. Check for wear on your brake pads and make sure the cable is the correct length so that the lever doesn’t come back too close to the handlebar.
Shift through the gears one at a time, while pedalling slowly and consistently to make sure your gears are all in good order. Without a bike stand, this is most easily checked by riding slowly on flat ground.
Make sure there is no movement where the handlebars attach to the frame. Check that all of the bolts are tight, then hold the front brake on and rock the bike backwards and forward, there should no movement.
By law you’re required to have a light on the back and front of your bike. Make sure you’ve got a fresh set of batteries in all of your lights and double check they are securely fastened to the bike’s frame.