Caring for Mountain Bikes

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Riding Tips

Cycling will feel comfortable when we drive a bike is always in good shape, how to care for Mountain Bike to keep it in maximum performance. One way is to always wash it, wash your mountain bike will make clean from dirt bikes that interfere with performance and optimal performance of our mountain bikes.

The following steps MTB bike wash properly:

1. Remove all of accessories that are in the handle bar (handlebar), example: bell, lights, speedometer, etc. If you use V brakes loose with a cable connecting the two sides of the calipers. Techniques to remove the cable v brakes this also applies if you use V brakes on the rear wheels.

2. Rewind your bike, to avoid blisters on the saddle and grips you can use the base that is not too hard and the soft for example, we can use a mat with 5mm thickness.
How to reverse your bike properly is standing next to hold the front suspension bicycles (down tube) and one hand on the seat post (saddle seat). Then rotate slowly until the bike upside down.

3. Remove the front wheel and rear, open front axle fasteners to open the locking clip if there is, if your bike does not use the clip, you should use a spanner to fit bolts are in use as locking the front axle.
To remove the rear wheel, rear axle loose fasteners, pull backward shift system (RD) rear derailleur sufficiently so that the rear wheels can pull up and apart.

4. Clean the drive system (chain, gears, pedals, rear derailleur). Prepare a brush and soapy water. RD Start brushing with a brush on wet soapy water, to clean the chain using a soft cloth, wet cloth with soapy water turn the chain by turning your pedals so that the chain rotates the fore. Attach a lap on your bicycle chain so that the dirt that is clinging to the last lap.
Continue with cleaning Crank (front gear, the pedal arm and pedal) with a brush that was in the wet with soapy water, brush evenly and thoroughly so that all parts exposed to water front drive soap and dirt off, then wipe with a clean cloth.
Clean pedal and the gear side with a brush soaked in soapy water, continue to dry with a clean cloth.

5. Clean the bottom of the frame, use a cloth and soapy water. Wipe evenly to all parts of the frame, handle bars (front handlebar), the top tube (top frame), and seat ways (rear frame). Do not forget to clean the gear shifting cable and roller brakes.

6. Clean Wheel System.
Use a cloth and soapy water front and rear wheels, you can use a liquid cleaner if dirt is dirt that is difficult in the waste, eg using WD-40. Clean the dirt on the axles, wheel hubs and a whole including the spokes of a wheel.
If you use the disc on the wheel you simply brush thoroughly in all parts of the disc.

7. Checking Wheel System
Replace the front and rear wheels, make sure the clip is attached premises fasteners wheel well and can lock the wheels perfectly. Maybe we’re a little trouble to replace the rear wheel, rear gear tips inputs between the chain and press down so that it can enter into the holder rear wheel perfectly, do it with caution.
After all the wheel spinning wheel mounted check both front and rear rocking observe carefully whether or not, if rocking likely need wheel radius re sets. You can fix it yourself by using the key jari2 wheel or take it to a bicycle repair shop.

8. Check braking system
Is one vital part of any bike brake, if it can not function properly our safety is at stake. To check the front wheel brake stand in front of your bike and hit the brakes the front wheel, then pull the bike forward when the frame and lift the rear wheels means the front wheel brake is functioning properly, if not immediately replace the front brake is still good.
For the rear wheel brake, stand in front of your bike and hit the rear brake, if the front wheel between your legs between the possibility of rear brake still works fine, if not immediately check and replace it with a new brake.
The two tips for checking the braking system can be applied both brakes with V brakes or disc brakes. Check all of the cable or brake oil (brake oil).

9. Lubricants
How to lubricate critical parts of your mountain bike is the chain, shifters, drive system front and rear wheels (FD-RD), Pedan and pedal arm.
Use a good lubricant should not use used oil, use a special lubricant for chains, many in the market is the lubricant for the chain 2 wheel motorized vehicle.

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