DIY Mechanic Tips To Maintain Your Mountain Bike
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Mechanic Tips To Maintain Your Mountain Bike

If you’re looking to have a long standing, hassle-free relationship with your bike, then we’ve got some pro bike mechanic tips that’ll keep it looking, feeling, and riding like a dream.

Wear and tear is inevitable when it comes to downhill mountain biking so staying on top of these basic, at-home bike jobs will ensure a longer, safer life for your mountain bike, as well as a better riding experience.

Considering you’re resting your fate in this two-wheeled machine as you hurl yourself off rock drops and mountain tops, we figure it’s nice to get to know it a little bit. Getting into the nitty gritty of your bike is bonding, and with an increased understanding of how it works comes a greater sense of trust. And we love that for you.

 

Scrub-a-dub

Alrighty folks, hands up if you’re occasionally guilty of leaving your bike caked in mud after a ride! Yep, thought so, literally all of you. We get it, you’re only human. But when it comes to your bike’s lifespan, you’ve got to keep ‘em clean.

Dirt and dust can get stuck in places it shouldn’t, causing damage as well as annoying squeaks & squeals that yell “help!” every time you take a seat.

Hose your bike down and dry it off. You’ve got this.

Cleaning your mountain bike

 

Chain Care

Speaking of cleanliness, degreasing and re-lubricating the drivetrain is also up there on the must-do list. If there ever was a heart of the bike, this would be it. The drive chain is the chain as well as the components that drive it.

If the chain is left to its own devices, it can wear out the cassettes and chainrings fast, causing all sorts of chain admin when you’re on your ride which is undesirable to say the least.

Grab a rag and the appropriate degreasing product and get rid of any build-up or discoloration. You can relubricate it once it’s clean by running the chain through the derailleur with some fresh oil. Be sure to use the right products for your bike.

Cleaning your drive chain on your mountain bike

 

Get Aligned Again

Because you’re such a downhill shredder, the wheels on your bike can tend to get kicked around causing the axles to loosen. A bad wheel alignment will slow you down, make pedaling harder, and affect your downhill agility. Which is not a vibe!

Before you hit the slopes have a look at the axels and tighten them up when required, it’s a simple step that’ll greatly affect your experience.

Mechanical tips for mountain bikers

 

Tyre Check

While you’re in the area, you may as well do an ol’ classic tyre check. You want to be checking your tyres for pressure before you head out, but it’s also important to have a good look and feel of your wheels to look for cuts and abrasions.

It’s a good safety measure to stay on top of, as well as avoid any unwanted breakdowns mid-trail.

Mountain Biking in New Zealand

 

Brakes… Obviously

We’d say that being able to stop your bike is a pretty fundamental feature that you don’t want to be messing with. Brake pads wear down quickly, especially in dusty & rocky terrain. The more worn down the brake pads, the less efficiency you have in braking. The disks can also get damaged if the pads aren’t properly supporting them, this will mean a trip to Bike mechanics to get them replaced.

For disk brakes, the rule of thumb is to have no less than 1mm of padding. You can check this by popping off the wheel and using a couple of credit cards to see how you’re measuring up. It’s another one of those easy, at-home maintenance hacks that could save you & your bike in the long run.

Mechanical tips for mountain bikers

 

Nuts and Bolts

It’s always a good idea to do a general rundown of the bike, tightening up any screws that naturally loosen over time. It’s a labor of love but worth it and we’d recommend a once-a-week date night with your bike (give or take depending on how often you ride) to give it the TLC it deserves.

A bike-specific multi-tool will do the trick, this will allow you to have a crack at all the varying components around the bike.

Mountain Bike Maintenance

 

All in all, the memo is this; paying attention to your bike will go a long way to ensure the safety of your body as well as your wallet. With these simple at-home tips you can stay on top the most common wear and tear hiccups and keep your mountain bike in good condition.

If you’re feeling like you need a little more direction, or if your bike is in serious need of some TLC, come and visit our on-site workshop. Our bike mechanics are a pretty passionate bunch, ready and willing to offer a helping hand. You can book in a service, get some repairs done or just come and get your gear-tech banter on – you’ll be in good company.

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