Bicycles are a convenient, environmentally friendly form of transportation. Bicycles need much less care than cars or motorcycles, but you must have enough knowledge about Bike Maintenance properly to keep them in peak running condition.
Bike Maintenance: Locking Bicycles
Be sure to lock your bicycle whenever you are not using it.
- Locking wheels: If you use a lock on a chain, thread the chain through both wheels as well as around the frame to make it difficult to remove. Alternatively, equip your bicycle with two locks to secure both wheels from theft.
- Removing parts: If your bicycle is fitted with quick-release mechanisms for removing the saddle and front wheel, practice using them to avoid having any difficulty at your destination.
- Removing accessories: When you leave a bicycle unattended, remove any valuable accessories such as lights or panniers.
- Decorating a frame: As a precaution, paint colorful designs on a bicycle frame, or cover it with strongly adhesive colored stickers or tape. This will make the bicycle a less attractive target for thieves. So, you can do your own bike maintenance yourself for a longer time.
Bike Maintenance: Marking a bicycle frame
Scratch the number and zip code of your home on one or two hidden areas like the frame under the saddle and the back wheel rim. Photograph the identification, and note the parts of the bicycle shown.
Bike Maintenance: Examining a bicycle
See that a bicycle frame is aligned and undamaged. Check that the wheels are true and that the spokes are straight. If the bicycle has mudguards, make sure that they fit correctly. Look for any cracks in the tires, then check the inner tubes to see that they are in good condition. Make sure that the chain links are lubricated.
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