Those who love to ride on challenging mountain terrains know that they get the most pleasure when their bicycle is properly maintained. Everything from the wheels to the brakes should be in top form at all times. When you keep up with your mountain bike maintenance, you only have to worry about enjoying yourself while you’re on the trails.
Cleanliness is something that can slip a rider’s mind, sometimes. All the dirt and mud found on trails is capable of damaging your bicycle. It should be cleaned as soon as possible, even if you just use a stick to scrape away the worst of it. Once you\’re back home, you’ll be able to find some mild soap and a towel, and you can use a hose to get everything nice and clean.
If you have never had to change a flat tire, there are a few things to consider. For example, the first thing to do is refill it with air. That might be all you need to do if it went flat because of disuse. Otherwise, you might be able to locate the leak, for example you can check the valve stem.
The valve stem might only need tightening, and that is best performed with the proper tool. If the problem is due to a puncture, the tube will need to be repaired or replaced. In that case, you must loosen the nuts that hold the tire in place, and remove the tire. Use a tire iron meant for bikes and slide it in to release the tire from the rim.
Hold the tube down in water and you will see the remaining air bubbling through the puncture hole. If the hole is small, it can be repaired. Follow the instructions on the repair kit, and the tire is fixed. When you put it back into place, make sure you’ve aligned the brake pads correctly.
Repairing a flat and cleaning are two maintenance needs, but there are many more. It could be that the chain must be replaced at some point, or the wheels may be out of true. More needs include replacement of spokes that are broken, adjusting the brakes, and more.
Fortunately, it’s easy to find information about mountain bike maintenance. There are plenty of books and manuals that will be specific to your model, and the Internet is filled with tips and instructions. Make sure your equipment is in good condition, and you’ll be able to have an enjoyable ride every time you head to the mountains.