7 Ways You’re Ruining Your Road Bike | Bicycle Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

– You may not be aware of
it, but you could well be destroying your bike,
sometimes in an instant and sometimes just accelerating the natural wear of components. Today then, we’re going to
look at some of the ways in which you could well
be destroying your bike, and importantly, how to combat it. But before we go on,
make sure you subscribe to the GCN Tech channel and also click that little
notification icon and bell so you get alerted each and every time we put a video live. (funk music) Not every time you wash your bike does it have to be a very thorough affair, but I would recommend certainly
every couple of months to give it a very good going over. Try and get it to look as
new and as clean as possible. That way you’re going to
uncover any potential disasters that have been hiding
underneath the dirt and grime, plus you’re less likely to have any mechanical faults going on because it’s going to be working smoothly. And besides, a clean bike is a fast bike, and a clean bike is a bike that you’re going to want
to go out and ride on. (funk music) That’s right, if you go
ahead and wash your bike after every single ride
trying to get it to look like it should be inside
of a catalog or something, you could well be doing
it more damage than good. The reason being, lots
of bicycle components have grease inside of them, and it’s there for a very good reason; slick and smooth operation. If you go ahead and use
the wrong cleaning products or harsh chemicals, or
even sometimes a jet wash, you could be removing all
of that useful goodness inside of the components and replacing it with nothing. Best leave it to when
it actually needs doing. (funk music) Many times, people head out on a bike ride and they look down at
their chain and think, that needs some lubricant, and quite often they apply the wrong one. Few kilometers, few
miles (mumbles) the road and they hear that squeaking sound, or even worse, the dry, metallic noise. If you’ve heard it,
you’ll know all about it. The reason being, it’s
just simply washed off. In the winter months,
it is vital that you get the right lubricant on there, so you want to use a wet lube, but put the right amount on. If you go and cover it,
you’re going to attract every known bit of grime, dirt, sand, road debris you can find on the road. It’s going to clog up the chain,
it’s going to wear it out, which is never good. So keep the wet lube for wet conditions because the dry stuff is never
going to stay on the chain, and keep the dry lube
for the dry conditions. It sounds logical; it is logical. If you use the wet stuff in the dry, you’re going to attract
all of the dirt and grime from the road to your
drivetrain quicker than ever. It’s going to almost be like a magnet. Trust me, been there, done
that, got the grubby chain. (funk music) Many of you I’m sure own
more than one bicycle, and if you’ve got a top of
the range lightweight bike, if you use that all
year round relentlessly, you’re going to end up
wearing it out pretty quick. Because in the winter months, if you don’t take care of it, those lightweight components
aren’t going to last that long. The entry-level stuff tends
to be slightly harder wearing. Essentially it’s going to
cost you in the long run if you just want to show off to your mates on that top of the range bike. If you got a winter bike,
make sure you use it, and also keep it nice and clean. (funk music) Avoiding stress on parts of your bike is certainly going to add to its lifespan. It’s easier said than
done in some situations, particularly if you’re riding
in the middle of a group and someone doesn’t point out a pothole. But you could almost be prepared for it even if you don’t have time
to undertake a bunny hop. One way you can do it is to release a little bit of weight from
the actual bike itself. You’re not going to be
able to do that obviously without getting off of the bike, but you could use your limbs
as a bit of suspension. Let your arms take a bit of the shock out if you were to ride into a pothole so you’re not forcing it inside. It’s rather finding its own way out. And likewise with the back wheel, lift your bum from the saddle and let that wheel float over it or float through it a little bit easier. If you flat spot or dent that rim, you’re going to know about
it, and on the way home, it’s likely could cause you
more problems than ever. And quite often it’s
difficult to get ahold of replacement rims. Yeah, been there, done that one, too. (funk music) Virtually every component
on your bike wears out at a different rate,
and if you were to wait until everything needed replacing, that’s going to cost you
a fair amount of money, and in some cases,
probably make more sense to actually buy a complete new bike. Let’s take the chain then as an example. A chain is normally
replaced two or three times compared to a cassette. By staying on top of
that chain replacement, it’s going to ensure that
your cassette lasts longer, and also they cost more, too. Sometimes just being a little
bit wise about these things helps your bike last longer and also keeps your pocket healthier, too. (funk music) Last but by no means least, leaving your bike
outside is going to do it no favors whatsoever. I do appreciate that
not everybody out there has the luxury of being able to keep their bicycle indoors, but moisture, air, and sunlight all possess
quite damaging properties in their own ways. If you are going to be keeping it outside, try and get a little cover of some sort so the UV rays aren’t going
to be damaging your paint work or maybe the cables on the bike. And also that way you’re going to try and keep surface rust
to an absolute minimum. There we are; some ways which you could be inadvertently damaging your bike without even knowing about it. Let me know if you’ve
got any tips like that down there in the comments section below, and as ever, remember to
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