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7 Mistakes of your BIKE MAINTENANCE (MTB or road)

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Published on Sep 8, 2016

7 Common mistakes we make when carrying out the maintenance and adjustment of your bike:

• Clean the bike with water under pressure: Do not use pressurized water to clean the bicycle, as we will wet wiring and bearings, causing it to lose performance and bicycle life. The best will be with a wet cloth and a dry one.

• Grease the chain without first degreasing it: First we must remove the dirt from the chain and then grease it. The area to be greased will be the interior, the one that touches with the pine nuts, and not the exterior.

• Oil in the brakes: Sometimes we spend time oiling the bike and droplets and particles arrive in areas that should not be greased, such as brakes. The best option, before lubricating the transmission is to cover these places with a bag, so as not to contaminate them and that they lose performance.

• Tighten the screws too much: with the desire to go more secure and not have any problems during the exit or race, we tend to tighten the screws in excess, which can lead to breakage of the cables (brake clamps, changes, seat post) , etc). In many cases the brand indicates the torque and if you have this tool we can tighten them to the indicated level. If so, we should try not to abuse and tighten the screws moderately.

• Low / high wheel pressure: The trades usually indicate a wide margin to which the tires can be inflated. If we swell we lose traction and bounce in excess, in case of inflating the wheels very little increase the chance of puncture, plus they will lose ability to roll and wear will be irregular.

• Excessive rebound of the fork: Sometimes we tend to adjust our fork with the fastest rebound (hare), since we have the idea that the fork recovers soon to be so prepared for the next compression. The problem with this is that if the bounce is too fast, the fork will "spit" upwards, losing contact with the wheel and therefore losing working capacity. The ideal is to adjust the rebound depending on the requirements, but without exaggerating in order that the fork works, but do not lose the wheel contact with the ground.

• Seat height too high or low: the eternal question. There are different methods that will help us to approximate our saddle height, but all are recommendations. A quick option is to touch the heel with the pedal and the knee is stretched. Another more complex is to multiply the height from the ground to the crotch with 0.885 and will give us the height from the axis of the bottom bracket to the saddle. Anyway, it would be more appropriate to perform a biomechanical test, but with these 2 models and the feeling itself to make several km, we should be more than enough.

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