5 Bike Maintenance Mistakes Every Triathlete And Cyclist Should Avoid

5 Bike Maintenance Mistakes Every Triathlete And Cyclist Should Avoid


– Okay, we’ve all been there. We try to make a quick fix on our bike, only to make it worse and
end up costing us more money. Now that’s painful,
but that’s not the type of painful I’m talking about today. I’m talking about the kind of mistake that leaves you jumping around in agony, probably saying a few words that I can’t repeat in this video. So first up, the knuckle shaver. It’s a classic. These horrible chain
ring teeth have a habit of finding themselves in your knuckles, and if you’ve managed
to avoid it until now, well, you’re very lucky. But if you have done it before, you’re probably not gonna
be rushing to do it again. The most common cause is
when you’re trying to remove your pedals, and it tends
to be in desperate times when the peddles just won’t release or you’re in a rush perhaps. And it happens when you
position the spanner above the chain rings. And you’re probably
gonna have mixed emotions when you do actually land your knuckles in the chain rings because on one hand, you will have just released your pedals. But then on the other hand, well, actually the same hand, you will have just taken a chunk of skin out of your knuckles.
(man screams) So to avoid it, I’d
suggest putting your chain into the outer ring, so that then the teeth
are actually covered. And then, rotate the
pedals around to the base and place a spanner in like so. Frayed cables. Now these cabling caps not only
make the cables look neater, they also save us a tonne of pain. If you lose the cabling caps
off the end of the cable, the cables can end up fraying, or they can even break partway along. And they turn the cable into
some kind of wolverine claw. And similar to the chain rings, they have habit of finding our skin. And they may look fine and
maybe not that painful, but trust me, they can even make grown men feel very sorry for themselves. So if you do end up losing the cable ends, I suggest trying to replace
them as soon as possible, and they are very cheap, after all. Fingers in spokes, this
is making me squeamish just thinking about it. Landing your fingers in the
spokes of a spinning wheel. Yeah, enough said. And fortunately, it’s
something I haven’t done, but I know plenty of people that have. And when you’re intensely concentrating on the alignment of your gears and the fine adjustments,
(man screams) you can forget that the wheel is spinning and just how close your fingers
are getting to the spokes. And in most cases, it’s
just a quick glance, but it’s enough to hurt. So my suggestion is make sure
that the wheel stops spinning when you make adjustments to your gears. Missing things with a hammer. Now it’s rare we suggest
taking a hammer to your bike. In fact, just don’t. But there’s some things
that need a delicate tap, and because you’re being so careful, you tend to have your hands close to the object that needs hammering. And you miss and hit your hand. Yeah, we’ve all seen the cartoons. It’s not pleasant. Don’t do it. Tearing your hair out looking for things you’ve dropped on the floor. You’re carefully unscrewing a bolt and then it falls on the floor, brilliant. Now I’d hate to add up the amount of time that I’ve spent tearing my hair out looking for things that
I’ve dropped on the floor. And I can tell you, black floors seem to be
particularly bad for it. My worst experience was
losing a rather specific bolt from my seat clamp just the day before I flew out to a pretty big race. I never did find that bolt. My tip would be not
only to remove the parts and bolts carefully,
but then to place them into something that’s gonna
prevent them from rolling away. Now there are just a few
of the painful mistakes you can make whilst your
maintaining your bike. But we’d love to hear some of yours, providing they’re not too bad. If you like this video,
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another maintenance video on how to remove and
replace your cassette, you can click down here. And to see how to ride in the
wind, just click down here.