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Joy of Medina County Magazine | February 2020

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HEALTHY TRAILS

Bike Maintenance 101 by Robert Soroky

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The holiday season is over, and you are stoked because Santa got you a sweet new bike tricked out with all the latest cycling accessories. Unfortunately, the weather is keeping you inside (which is why we discussed indoor trainers in December, https://bit.ly/2N6PfLA ), but it is never too early to think about bike care and maintenance. Preventative maintenance will ensure your bike is running at peak efficiency, and it does not require any technical experience or know-how. The most important of these are proper tire pressure and a clean drive train. One of the many reasons bikes get flat tires is improper tire pressure. Bike tires lose air over time, so it is important to check tire pressure and inflate them on a weekly basis. Most bicycle pumps have built-in gauges, as well as the ability to inflate French, or mountain bike, valves that have an outer valve stem and inner valve body, and pneumatic valves, the type commonly found on motor vehicles. Recommended pressures are printed on every tire. Except for tubeless tires and off-road riding, tires should be inflated to the maximum pressure. Tires inflated below the recommended pressure have less resistance to big hits, increasing the chance of pinch flats against the wheel rim. Plus, low pressure means more tire material on the road, translating to more drag. The other important step is keeping the chain, rear gears (cassette) and front chain rings clean and lubricated. Lubrication allows parts to interact smoothly, but oil on the chain can collect dirt and grime over time, gradually wearing down the gears and resulting in increasingly poor shifting performance. Clean the chain and gears with degreaser on a rag, followed by light lubrication on the chain every few months to help ensure longevity of the drivetrain. The best thing for bike maintenance is a yearly tune-up. Tune-ups address the entire bike, including the adjustment of brakes, shifters, bottom brackets, crank arms, headsets, wheels, spokes, and hubs, as well as the preventative items mentioned above. Take care of your bike, and it will take care of you! Robert Soroky is a lifelong cyclist regularly participating in long distance charity rides and manager of the Century Cycles Medina location. Contact Soroky at robert@centurycycles.com to suggest column topics, for further information or to chat about bikes.

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