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Top 5 DIY Home Mechanic Skills Everyone Needs to Learn

Every Cycling beginner would have heard this advice: “Listen to your cycle.”

Top 5 DIY Home Mechanic Skills Everyone Needs to Learn
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Every Cycling beginner would have heard this advice: “Listen to your cycle.”

So, what does this mean?

‘Listening to one’s cycle’ refers to understanding the cycle’s health. It can take a few months to a year to interpret a cycle’s health without a thorough inspection. An experienced rider can tell if the chains are in proper shape or if a spoke is loose. 

Whilst you are on this learning curve, Spoke Herd articulated the Top 5 mechanic skills every cyclist should learn. 

Properly inflated tires

The tire pressure is often overseen by riders but its importance is unparalleled. Having ideal tire pressure can be your biggest performance improvement. 

From additional discomfort to sacrificing speed, improperly inflated tires are every rider’s nemesis. 

To start, conform to the manufacturer’s recommended PSI levels, then factor in your weight for optimal inflated tires. Also, keep your tires inflated even during the off-seasons. A quality floor pump with a pressure gauge can be your best investment.

Lubricating the brakes

Without reliable brakes, even an experienced rider remains hesitant. Lubricating the brakes regularly is a simple, yet important tip to follow. Also, keep an eye on the brake pads and it’s working. Experiment with tightening the brake pads and how far you will have to pull on the brake lever to find your ideal position.

Both the braking pads and surface are vulnerable to dirt and oil. If not cleaned, wearing out is pretty easy.

Fixing the chain

A slipped chain would be the last thing you need during a cycle ride. As simple as it sounds, it is an unforgiving ache for every rider. Knowing how to fix a chain can be a blessing to you and your mates. 

Placing the chain onto the rear cog is your first step. Then, align the chain over the teeth of the chainring. Now, while slowly turning the pedal forward, establish the connection between the chain and the chainring. 

Know what? Your cycle is ready to pedal.

Adjusting the derailleurs

Efficient bike gears are what differentiates a seamless ride from a stressed one. The ease of cycling depends on how smooth the derailleurs work. 

Like faulty brakes, incorrect derailleur arrangement can be fatal too. Learning how to adjust the derailleurs can help you a lot during rides. 

Though it is a comprehensive process, you can learn and DIY, saving lots of time and money.

Art of changing a flat tire

There is always that rider who faces a flat tire and has no clue what to do next. Please do not be that rider and stay prepared for this common nightmare. 

Tools you need:

These 5 basic skills can insure your next ride. Learning these will also catapult your listening to the cycle process. Share it with your community and enjoy a safe and secure ride.

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