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Bicycle Survival Kits

It’s actually quite easy to do routine maintenance on your own bike. And having the right tools for the job can mean the difference between enjoying an all-day ride and having to pack your bike up and head back home when something goes awry. So, what tools do you need to take along for the ride? First and foremost, you should have the tools to repair a flat fire. Next, invest in the tools needed to maintain your chain and brakes. A basic bike survival kit should include: Tire patch kit Pump Chain tool Screwdriver Spare tube Wrenches in various sizes A more extensive bike survival kit would include: Chain cleaners Solvents specifically designed for bike chains Lubrication These basic supplies should have you covered for most everyday mis-haps that every rider is sure to encounter at some point....

 


Bike Racks Are a Boon

What do you do if you want to take your bikes on holiday? You can't exactly cycle there in most cases, but you'd like to cycle around once you get there. The answer is to simply attach your bikes to your car using a bike rack, and then drive them there. It's a lot easier than taking them on public transport, and cheaper than renting bikes once you get there. Bike racks sit on top or on the back of your car, and can hold a surprising number of bikes, sometimes as many as five on one rack. They are very useful, yet generally inexpensive, and you can buy them at any good sporting goods or bicycle store. Don't worry too much about which model you get: as long as it can hold the number of bikes you need it to, it'll generally be just fine. If you're going to fit a bike rack to your car, however, it is important to realize that it could potentially be a hazard not only to you and your car, but also to the other drivers on the road. For this reason, you need to make sure that the rack is secured to your car exactl...

 


Doing a Quick Once-Over on Your Bike

The last thing you want when you've gotten out on the road or trail is to have a problem with your bike. So, here are a few quick tune-ups you should do before you hit the road. Brakes: Ensuring your brakes are working well is vitally important. Make sure you check your pads often to prevent rim damage and to ensure that your bike actually stops when it is supposed to. Adjusting the tension is also important. Chain: Degrease the chain and re-lube it. Clean rear sprockets with a brush tool. Gears: Check derailleur gear action and cables. Degrease chain and re-lube. Clean rear sprockets with brush tool. Pedals: Make sure the axle spins freely. Check bottom bracket axles for looseness. Steering: Make sure handlebar and stem is tight. Frame: Check for damage. Make sure the seat is adjusted appropriately for your height. Wheels: Make sure spokes and nipples are tightened and wheels are trued. Check tire pressure and condition. If your suspension fork is quick release, make sure they are tightly fas...

 




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