Things I do to my bike each week
February 28, 2007
I recently bought a Velomann Bike Star repair stand and it has made the biggest difference to being able to maintain my bike myself.
It was such a hassle having to turn my bike over every time I wanted to work on the wheels or gears. The brake and gear levers were awkward to get to resting on the floor, plus they were upside down.
I can now easily clamp the bike off the ground and run through this basic checklist in 20 minutes:
- Clean and oil the chain checking for wear
- Make sure the brake pads are aligned well and the wheels are true
- Check tyre pressures and dig out any flints or shards of glass
- Run through the gears and make adjustments if everything isn’t running smoothly
I’m continually surprised at the size of the flints and pieces of glass I dig out of my tires but I hit 1,600 km without a puncture today so something is working.