Taking Care of Your Bicycle in Monsoons !!!


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Take Care of Your Bicycle in Monsoons !!!!!!!!!!

Bicycle Care during rainy season Rainy seasons come hard on both the
biker and the bicycle. Slippery roads and humid conditions make riding
difficult. One must look out for problems such as rusting, hardening of
cycle joints and slipperiness due to poor tyre condition.
Regular maintenance is the most crucial factor in ensuring the well being
and longevity of your bicycle. Quick inspections done everyday can save
you expensive repairs later. Here are some quick checks for you to do
before using the bicycle.

1. Tyres should be inflated only upto the rate pressure recommended.
Always use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure. Inspect for cuts,
bulges or tears and remove nails, glass or stones if any on the tyre. Do not
ride when the tyre looks damaged. This will reduce the chances of
skidding/ slipping especially during monsoons.

2. Brakes must be checked regularly for your safety depends on it. Check
your brake pads for wear. If the ridges in your brake pads are entirely worn
down, replace them immediately. Make sure the brake pad do not rub
against the tyre or dive into the spokes, they should merely hit the rim.
Make sure your hand brakes travel at least 1 inch between the bar and
lever when applied.

3. Cranks and chain Crank bolts should be tight and chain should not be
worn down. Remove dirt from chain using a cloth and later grease it
holding the bicycle upside down. Move the pedals you’re your hand
while lightly running the cloth to remove excess grease (which will
otherwise attract and accumulate dirt). If the chain does not sit well on its
cassette it might need an adjustment.

4. Take it out for a ride Best way to check if your bicycle is “feeling well”,
take it out for a ride. See if the ride feels good. The brakes and gears
should “listen” to you and do your bidding. Ensure you’re your bicycle is
able to stay in gear and is able to shift to low or high gear smoothly. If you
hear some rankling sounds, lift your bicycle and give it a good shake and
look out for falling broken parts. Get a thorough check up done
immediately.

Here are some tips for a thorough monsoon checkup.
Rims
Aluminum rims are safer and better than steel as brake pads grip
aluminum rims better.
Tyres
Fat tires have better traction. If your tyre is less than 1 1/4 inch wide then
use them in an under inflated condition on wet streets. Also use tires with a
deep tread pattern.
Frame and other components
Salt and rust damage Wipe your frame, rims, spokes, and grease your
chain. You can use a toothbrush for hard-to reach parts.
Fenders
Plastic fenders are very good and inexpensive. But make sure they are
installed properly, as they can break if installed incorrectly.
Bearing
Bearing Damage Always put your bicycle in a dry place after riding in
inclement weather. Allow the bearings to dry.
Brakes
Brakes Do not allow grime to build up on brake pads, which will make
them squeak or scratch your rims. Run a rag between each pad and the
rim and keep them clean. Occasionally remove the wheel and check
pads for wear.

Safe Cycling!!!!!!!!
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