You won’t be born with bicycle mechanical skills that will help you maintain your bamboo bicycle. Instead, you will develop this skill yourself when you start with your bicycle maintenance. Or you can just ask someone experienced, and we are sure that they will be more than happy to teach you how to maintain your bicycle regularly.
And that’s why we have prepared our own personal guide that will provide you with some tips to help you maintain your bamboo bicycle.
1. Keep Your Tires Inflated
One of the most important things when it comes to the quality of your bike ride is tire pressure. In case if the pressure’s too low, then you’ll have to work a lot harder to maintain the same speed that you will with proper high pressure. Plus, you will be getting flats when you hit a curb hard. And in order to solve this problem, you should consider buying one of the most important tools in your arsenal, and that’s quality floor pump with the inclusion of pressure gauge. You can check the pressure from the tire’s side. The rear tire takes more weight of the rider as it’s located in the front. And that’s the main reason it must have more pressure. Make sure that it does. We advise you to check the pressure level of your tires at least twice in a single week. And if you are planning to go on a vacation or aren’t going to ride your bicycle for a long period, then you should keep your tires inflated. However, if it’s not actually possible, then we advise you to take off the tires totally. This will lead to the prevention of cracks on the side of the tires.
2. Keep The DriveTrain Lubricated & Clean
Isn’t it just annoying when some people try to tackle you with loud rattling as well as squeaking sound from the sprockets and chain? And maybe the same problem might be with your bamboo bicycle. And that’s some really annoying sound of metal rubbing against grime and metal and mud due to the worn off lubrication. And that’s a real good way to go if you are just looking to shortening the life span of sprockets and chain. It’s not that cheap to get them replaced. And if you are simply looking forward to saving some money, you should clean and lubricate the drivetrain. All you will require is bike oil, disposable rags, toothbrush, some degreaser product as well as a flat-headed screwdriver. Try to get all of the dirt off the chains, chain wheels, and sprockets. After you have successfully cleaned all the dirt, turn backward the cranks in a slow manner. Finally, now apply bike oil on the inside.
3. Get Your Brakes Adjusted
If you just love riding at a faster speed, then you need to get the brakes adjusted regularly. If you don’t get your brakes adjusted in a timely manner, then they won’t simply work effectively. And this might lead to the probability of an accident. If you simply have to pull the lever of the brake until it comes in contact with the handlebar and still are not able to see something happening, then you need to adjust the brake pads closer to the disc.
All you need to do is to the barrel in the brake arm end or brake lever. This will lead to the screws moving the pads closer to the disc. You might also require to unscrew the bolt which holds the wire, then tighten the wire and finally screw the bolt-on.
4. Learn To Fix A Flat Tube
You will find a lot of videos on Youtube in any language you want guiding you on how to prepare, glue on the patch as well as remount the tire. If you are experiencing too many flats with the same wheel, then you should check your tire, and the rim’s inside for protruding poke or sharp objects.
First of all, we advise you to learn how to separate a tire from the rim as well as put it back on. All you require is patience and two plastic tire levers. You will learn over the course of some time.
5. Keep The Bolts & Nuts Tight
Don’t overtighten them. We advise you to keep all the bolts, screws as well as nuts in your bike where they actually belong. Check them regularly in case they are getting loose. You will find it really annoying to lose the screw that holds the mudguard in the actual place. It will be really annoying to hear the sound of rattling as well as banging all your way. And if you are simply gifting yourself a new bicycle, then we advise you to ask the shopkeeper a bag of spare bolts and nuts. You will get them at almost no cost. However, if you go out to buy them, you won’t find them really expensive. You will get them for dirt cheap.
Master, all of these skills and you, are ready to go. Practice them on a regular basis. And if you don’t have too much time to maintain your bamboo bike yourself, you can simply contact a local bike shop, and you will be good to go!