The Internet's Guide to Better Bike Maintenance
Eva Navisotschnig

Whether it’s your main mode of transportation or a source of exercise, there’s a lot to know about bikes. You don’t have to be a certified mechanic or need to know how to fix every possible problem, but there are numerous things you can easily do yourself to keep your bike in great shape.

We combed through the World Wide Web to find some helpful and fun links for you to learn more about cycling and your bike.

As a bike novice, the cycling jargon can be a little bit overwhelming. Before you can start with proper bike maintenance, you’ll need to know what you’re working with to create your perfect ride. 

A clean bike doesn’t just look nice, but it’s faster and will last longer because friction is not your friend. Good news: a proper wash can take as little as five minutes.

Be prepared when your ride goes flat. Here’s what to do when you have a flat tire.

It may seem like a simple wrapping job, but there’s a right and a wrong way to wrap handlebar tape.

Your chain isn't supposed to be the dirtiest part of your bike. Here's how to clean and lube it.

Chains occasionally fall off, stretch or at the worst of times, even snap. Determine when your chain needs to be replaced and learn how to do it.

Say no to abrupt (or delayed) shifting and skipped gears. A dialed-in derailleur system is key for a successful and fun ride.

Fact: riding a bike can be comfortable. The right saddle can turn a bike ride from a nightmare to a success.

At some point or another, you’ll most probably be riding your bike in a group. Whether it’s a ride with friends, a road race, endurance event or club ride, the ability to ride safely in a group is key.

Bike tires don’t retain air like car tires. If you’re riding regularly, check your tire pressure before every ride.

There are numerous things you can do yourself to keep your bike in great shape. We collected some helpful and fun resources about cycling and bike maintenance.
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