Water will not hurt your bike. After a ride in the rain, wipe it down and spray some lubricant on the chain. Note that braking may take longer.
Proper bicycle chain maintenance will allow you to keep your bike in tip-top condition for riding. Learning how to take care of your chain can save you time and energy.
A bicycle chain is known for failing at the worst time. This problem of a jumpy or jerky chain can be removed entirely, though, if you do some chain maintenance on it regularly. This means that you check your chain at least two times per month or after you ride it about 10 hours if you ride quite a bit. You also want to be sure to do a chain check if you have been riding in bad weather.
You should replace your chain if it is rusted, tight, worn out, or you have ridden more than 1000 miles on it. A new chain with 24 links should measure 12 inches, and if it is too long even by 1/16 of an inch, then you want to replace it so that it does not damage the chain ring or sprocket. If you are replacing the chain rings or sprocket, then you need to go ahead and replace the chain so that you do not damage the new chainrings and sprocket.
The metal parts of the chain do not stretch, but the chain does get longer because of the sleeves and pins wear and tear. Lubricating the chain regularly will help the chain to last longer. If you want to lubricate correctly, then you will want to put just a lubricant drop into each chain pin. This may take you a little time, but it will be well worth it when you increase the life of your chain.
Leave the lubricant on the chain for about 15 minutes and then wipe the excess off with a clean cloth. This will help to keep the chain from catching dirt and grime while riding. It will also keep your chain in tip-top condition.
If you need to clean your bicycle chain, then you can use a degreaser or dish soap. This is a great way to remove lubricant, grime, and grease to help your chain to work better. After you clean it, remember to lubricate it again. It would help if you put the cleaner on the center of the cleaning cloth or sponge and then place it around the chain. By backpedaling, you should clean the chain sufficiently. Please make sure that you rinse the rag each turn until you do not get any more dirt on it.
Leave the chain on the bicycle when you are cleaning it to keep it from becoming weaker. While you are getting the chain clean, then you can inspect it for any links that may be too tight. A tight chain can cause the chain to jump and jerk. If you find a link that is tight, then you can loosen it by flexing it between two points that are located at about give links away from the tight link. If you cannot loosen it, then you will have to replace the chain. Keeping your bike chain lubricated and clean will help it to last much longer and work much better.
If your chain seems to be making some noise and cleaning does not stop the noise, then you will have to replace it. If pedaling becomes difficult, then it will be time for a chain change as well. By paying attention to detail and maintenance, then you will have a bike chain that you can use for a long time.
Disc Brakes Or Rim Brakes
This can be a critical decision when you
are buying a mountain bike. There are two answers to the question of disc brakes or rim brakes.
If you want better, more consistent brake performance
in all conditions, disc brakes are what you should
Be choosing. On the other hand, if you want the
lightest set up you can have, and you are willing to
accept small variances in brake performance, or you
want the lowest price possible, rim brakes are
what you should be choosing.
Over the years, mountain bikes have gone through many design changes. They started out with the
original cantilever brakes, then went through the U
Brake years, and are now with V Brakes. In most
conditions, the V Brakes seem to work well.
In wet or muddy conditions, rim brakes will perform poorly.
Over time, they can wear right through the
side of your rim, causing the side of the rim to blow right off.
Disc brakes, on the other hand, have been around for a long time in cars but weren’t used on bikes much Until the late 1990’s. There were some issues in the earlier models, although the cable actuated or
hydraulic brakes of today seem to work quite well.
Regarding performance, disc brakes seem to work
better than rim brakes, especially in wet or muddy
Areas. Disc brakes usually require less force
to apply and aren’t affected by the rim or wheel
Cost is an issue, as disk brake systems tend to be
more expensive than rim brakes. Mechanical or cable
actuated brakes are a closer match, although they
will still cost more. Hydraulic brakes, on the other hand, cost a lot more.
When you make that final choice, weight out the above options then make your decision. Some riders prefer
disc brakes, while others prefer rim brakes – making it
a matter of opinion.