You’ve probably seen a load of “New Year, New You” lists already, but this is our take on that; ten ways to freshen up your bike for a new year of shredding. Don’t forget to share this one!
You don’t have to go out and buy a new bike to get your bike riding and looking new again. In this video, Doddy tells you exactly how you can do that on a budget. Tell us your mountain bike maintenance hacks down in the comments.
1. Changing your inner gear cables
Your inner gear cables can collect lots of crud, and they’re easy enough to change. Welcome to smooth, crisp shifting!
2. Give your shifters some TLC
On the smooth shifting note, your shifters can also hold lots of muck. You should be able to take your shifters apart give them a clean. A bit of spray grease will keep them smooth for many epic rides to come.
3. Apply threadlock to your loose bolts
Loose, rattling bolts that just won’t stay tight? Depending where they are, some non-locking threadlock (usually the blue threadlock) could be just the thing.
4. Lacquer your scuffs and scratches
Scuffs and scratches on your bike are part of mountain biking – you might even wear them with pride. But, left unchecked, you could be opening up your pride and joy to a bit of damage. Depending on your frame material and paint, some lacquer (or even clear nail varnish) will do the trick.
5. Lube your fork seals
Smoother suspension = bigger smiles?
6. Check your tyres over
Everyone hates punctures. You can’t make them a thing of the past, but you can make sure that they happen way less often just by making sure your tyres are in good condition.
7. Check for loose spokes, tighten and true
Over time, your spokes may work loose. With a spoke tool – which you’ll find on most good multitools – you can tighter them up as a temporary fix.
8. Apply grease or anti-seize where it counts
Seized bolts are not a mountain biker’s friend. Doddy tells you how and where to use the right products.
9. Degrease and lube your drivetrain
A clean drivetrain is one of the best ways to save money on constantly replacing your bike parts.
10. Check your chain for wear
A worn chain has a knock-on effect and can wear out all of the other component parts of your drivetrain. The chain is generally the cheapest part of the drivetrain, so you can save on the bigger items by replacing it when it’s worn.
Have you got a mountain bike maintenance tip? Let us know down in the comments.
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