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What are the Common Bike Repairs You Need to Keep an Eye Out For?

9 Dec 2016 Posted by Rouleur Cycles

It often happens that your bike needs a repair. You generally take it to the mechanic. Get it examined by him. Sometimes hearing that the problem is just the user error! Certainly, sometimes, you take it as a joke. but, sometimes it makes you angry that you are being blamed for the problem. So, it is better to know the problems related to the bike repairs and how they come about.

It is also necessary to learn proper way to maintain your bike.  How to assist yourself in repairing your bike. If you have not learnt it before, put your worries aside. We are here to help.

General Problems of Bike Repairs:

You may come across the following general problems related to your bike repairing, cycle repairing and bike maintenance:

  1. The chain is not adjusting correctly. It might be skipping a lot.
  2. The tire of your bike is rubbing one of the brake pads.
  3. The tubes of the tires are leaking air and might be defective.
  4. There is a creaking sound while pedaling.
  5. A rattle sound is happening every now and then.

General Solutions for the Bike Issues:

Let’s learn how to remove faults yourself:

  • In case of the first problem, clean the chain and the cassette. Rinse and dry the back gears properly. You can keep good degreasers and chain cleaning agents at your home. Otherwise, you can clean it with the toothbrush and the common soaps.

    Turn backward and forward carefully. Take a clean piece of cloth and grip the outer plates of the chain. Wipe out all the excess grease from inside as it stays on the rollers inside. Because, outside the dirt can keep it dry.

  • In the second case, you may have reinstalled your wheel straight as it maybe crooked. During cycling hastily, it may happen that you drop one of the two skewer springs or they have been put on the wrong way around. This will not keep the wheel in the center. The tire may not be seated on the bead properly.

    Just open the quick- release lever and spin the nut to lose it. Then, gently shift it from the slots in the frame and fork. Position your bike to the ground when you are tightening. This will keep the wheel sit properly.

  • Two things can happen in the third case. There is too much dirt in the tire or you have not installed the tubes correctly. Remember, low pressure tire lets the tubes pinch against the rim. Look on the side of the tire. Inflate the tube to at least the lower number.

    In case of a heavy weight rider, fill your tire to the maximum number of psi. If you are inflating the new tube, ensure it is not catching between the rim and the tire. One more thing to do is to run your finger along the inside. This way, you will come to know about the presence of tiny piece of gravel or glass. Then, you will have to change the tire.

  • If you are riding on the hills, the chain has to move under load. It is already under heavy resistance. You cannot lose momentum obviously. But try to ease off as you shift gears.

  • Lastly, the noise of the chain is quite pinching you and the surroundings. It feels rough and sounds loud then chances are it needs lube. There may be cross chaining problem. Try moving two or three gears in backward and forward. Your chain may be worn out. You may be riding your bike in the mud. Pay attention to the regular bike maintenance.

  • Some creaks can easily be fixed by checking these basic things first. Grease the pedals and ensure they are tight. Put a small amount of grease where the surface area of the skewers touch the frame. Check the cranks, chainring bolts, stem, seatpost and seat rail bolts are all tightened to the correct NM. Other parts like the bearings for the bottom bracket and headset may need to be replaced by your local bike shop.

  • One good way to stop the annoying sound of your valves rattling against your rim on rougher roads is to use a small bit of electrical tape pushed over the valve and stuck against the rim, careful not to have the tape on the brake surface area.

Make precise adjustments after learning well. Otherwise, even a small mistake will cause great damages. Alternatively, it is recommended to consult an expert bike repair mechanic if you are not sure about the bike’s problem and do not possess the skills + experience needed for DIY bike repair. Two useful tools are the park tool big blue book and YouTube.