Mountain Bike Maintenance Essential Knowledge

- Jan 30, 2019-

When we are determined to perform a bicycle maintenance, the first thing to do is to clean the bicycle. This step is an indispensable step in the process of doing maintenance.

The cleaning frame can be drenched with water onto the parts, so that the mud pieces stuck under the frame can easily become soft after encountering water. At this time, the dirt can be easily removed by wiping with a rag. I personally do not agree to use high-pressure water guns to flush the sludge on the bicycle. Because of this cleaning, water easily enters the middle shaft or the drum, which affects the life of the parts.

At this point, you need to pay attention to some places on the frame that are easy to accumulate mud, such as the position of the five-way on the middle axle. After washing the muddy water on the frame with water, then pour a little detergent on the rag. After rubbing it with your hand, you can scrub on the frame. When you encounter dirt on the frame, just lighten it. Gently rub back and forth a few times and the frame will be clean. It is generally not recommended to use powerful detergents such as washing powder. Because many bicycles are made of aluminum, the alkali components contained in the washing powder will chemically react with aluminum. Over time, the parts of bicycle aluminum will have some strange colors. Marking, so a flexible detergent - detergent is definitely a better choice.

Wheel set, front and seat tube

When washing the wheel set, you can choose to brush the sand on the tire with a brush brush. In the car wash, it is best to replace the rag with detergent, carefully wipe the brake pad on the brakes. A simple scrub on the spokes is fine. When washing the hub, do not use a high-pressure water gun to remove the detergent. Simply rinse through the water and wipe it with a clean cloth. When washing the tube and sitting on the bag, be careful not to let the mud water flow into the seat tube along the seam of the pipe clamp. Under the bag, it is often the place where the muddy water comes up the most. Carefully wipe the mud off with a rag.

For the tires, a slightly harder brush can be used to remove the sand and dust from the tires for simple maintenance.

Dial, forward, and dial

After washing the above accessories, the next step is to wash the fingertips. The dialing inside is more complicated, and there is more butter in the parts to lubricate. It is best to wipe it gently with a rag when cleaning the finger, and it will be clean. When washing the front and rear dialing, you can use the water pipe to directly align with the space in the front and rear dials, so that the muddy water and sand stuck in the front and rear can be washed away. After washing off, the detergent can be washed off with the detergent.

Fork, pedal, brake

Cleaning the fork and pedal is easy, just wash the mud off the foot. It is best not to rinse the fork with water. When scrubbing the inner tube of the fork, wring the water on the rag and then wipe the inner tube of the fork. After using the inner tube of the front fork for a period of time, some impurities will remain on it. It can be wiped off gently with a cotton swab. It is best to develop the habit of keeping the front fork clean. This is also the most basic maintenance of the front fork. When washing the brakes (subject to the V brake), you can use the water pipe to directly flush the sand left in the brakes, ready for the next maintenance.

For the wheel, front and rear transmission, guide wheel, etc., you can use a brush to remove dust and small dirt.