The 8 bike commandments
1. Park it where it is dry and safe
If possible, park your bicycle inside. Even if a lubricated chain is water repellent, moisture can still damage the cables or the chain. And, of course, be careful always to use your lock, even for just 2 minutes. A bike can get stolen very quickly... Check cycloparking.brussels to find a parking spot and mybike.brussels to have your bike marked.
2. Keep it clean
Dry cleaning your bike (with maybe some degreaser) often does the job! Does your bike need a bath? Wash it with soapy water and then rinse it off. Then carefully dry off the whole bike in order to avoid rusting. Lubricate the bike when it is dry.
3. Check the tyre pressure every month
Riding with correctly inflated tires is more comfortable and prevents them from becoming worn prematurely. The recommended pressure is written on the tire’s sidewall (min-max bar). You can achieve the optimal pressure by using a pump with a pressure gauge. Also be careful not to go over curbs when riding too fast, especially with under-inflated tires!
4. Lubricate once a month
The chain and the drivetrain should be lubricated regularly. You can do it yourself by turning the pedals backwards and lubricating it on the inside with a bike chain lube (available in all the CyCLO bike shops). And yes, using sun flower oil instead is a bad idea… In our bike workshops, you can also have your chain lubricated for free!
5. Listen closely
Pay attention to your bike. Is it making a suspicious noise when you ride? Do you notice anything unusual? Come to one of our bike shops to have it serviced. It is the best way to ensure your steed’s longevity.
6. Check the brake pads for wear
Regularly check how worn your brake pads are. The wear indicator should always be visible. If it is not anymore, not only will braking be less effective, but the brake shoe (the metal structure) may wear out the rim prematurely. And replacing a rim is much more expensive than replacing a pair of pads…
7. Check the spoke tension
Try bringing the spokes closer together with your fingers. If they ‘re broken or they give a little, they need to be replaced or tightened. Otherwise the wheel is weakened and eventually cause it to warp. Head to one of our bike shops in time, because the wheel may become “untrueable”, and then you will have to buy a new one.
8. Check if there is no play in the bearings
Check for "play" in the bicycle’s bearings: play in the crankset, the headset and the two wheels. If you find that there is play, go to the workshop right away in order to avoid further damage.