Next Level Road Bike Maintenance Hacks | How To Make Your Bike Amazing

Next Level Road Bike Maintenance Hacks | How To Make Your Bike Amazing


Host: Now, we all have our own bike maintenance
routines, but how can you go the extra mile to make your bike faster, run more smoothly,
and most importantly look amazing? Well, here are some of our Next Level Bike Maintenance
tips. [music]
Host: Instead of wrapping your bar tape starting at the end of the drops and finishing on the
tops. If you wrap it the other way and start on the tops first, you don’t need to use a
tape, because you can just wrap the bar tape under itself, securing it. Hold it tight and
make sure that you wrap it very tightly all the way along, and then finish it at the drop
with the normal bar bun method. Then, you’ll end up with this really nice clean look. Very
pro. [music]
Host: Now, here you can see my very neat and tidy brake cable on my Pinarello, and it’s
got a little ferrule on the end to protect the cable and stop it getting frayed. Now,
ferrules can come off, just with normal wear and tear and riding, and if they do your cable
can become frayed, making it very difficult to put one back on the end to protect it.
Without one on there, the cable can continue to just get more and more frayed, and then
you might have to replace it. If your brake cable’s relatively new and you
don’t want to replace it, there’s a solution. Using a soldering iron and some flux or solder,
you can tidy up the end of frayed cables, fix them and it’s a great little hack, this.
To do it, hold on a soldering iron on to the end of the cable and just heat it up, and
then apply in some of the solder. [music]
Host: Now admittedly, my soldering skills aren’t the best. This is the first time I’ve
used a soldering iron since I was 13 years old, but hopefully, you get the idea.
[music] Host: If you want to get the most out of your
chain, then we’d recommend waxing it. Waxing your chain rather than using a standard lubricant
has a number of advantages. It often would pick up less dirt and grime and stay cleaner
for longer and more efficient. Also, waxing it reduces friction in the chain, if done
properly. This can mean that you’re saving a few precious watts. Meaning, you go ever
so slightly faster for the same effort. If you want to know how it’s done, well, we’ve
done a video showing you how you can do it. It basically involves, firstly, stripping
the chain and getting it as clean as possible. An ultrasonic bath can come in good handy
here. Then, you want to treat the chain with the wax itself and let it penetrate all of
the links. This should be good for around 300 miles or so, or around three weeks riding.
While on the subject of your drivetrain, there’s this other thing you can do to optimize it
as well and save some watts. You can go for ceramic bearings throughout, so in your bottom
bracket and also in your hub and your jockey wheel bearings as well. You can go for oversized
jockey wheels or pulley wheel systems. The idea behind these is that they allow the chain
to go through less tight angles, and this reduces friction in the chain.
If you think about the plates of the chain being my hands, then if they only have to
move against each other that much, there’s less friction compared to a tighter angle,
where they have to move against each other that much.
Doing this can typically save just three to four watts or so. It’s not much, so if you
are going to do it, make sure before you do that, you’ve invested in some lower rolling
resistance tires and some latex inner tubes, as this will elicit a bigger performance gain
and it will cost significantly less. [music]
Host: Don’t underestimate giving your bike a nice good polish. It won’t just make your
bike look cleaner and shinier, it can also help protect it from dirt and corrosive things,
like salt on the road as they’ll be less able to stick to it as you ride through them. Also,
there’s a rumor that applying a silicone spray to the surface of your bike can make it faster,
too. A lot of pro teams have been spraying their riders’ bikes with silicone spray before
time trials. I don’t know if this actually works, maybe it’s something we should do a
video on and test. Anyway, I’ll give it a go.
[music] Host: Disc brakes are still relatively new
on road bikes. Meaning that us, roadies, still got a lot to learn and a bit of catching up
to do when it comes to learning how to properly maintain them. I’m mainly talking about myself.
Now, one of the main things you need to do is to avoid getting degreaser or oil on the
rotors, because doing so will contaminate them. It can decrease braking performance,
increase pad wear, and most annoyingly of all, cause a loud banshee-like squeal whenever
you apply the brakes and I for one don’t want to be responsible for the heart attacks the
old ladies trying to cross the road will have when they hear it.
The solution to this is once you’ve cleaned your disc brake rotors, apply specific disc
brake cleaning product to the rotor. Allow that to evaporate off and then wipe off any
remaining residue or excess with a cloth. This should keep your rotors nice and clean.
Interesting science fun fact for you, the main ingredient in Disc Brake Cleaner appears
to be a compound called methyl ethyl ketone which I know from my chemistry nerd days is
just a really good solvent at dissolving soils and greases. Basically removing contaminants
from your disc brake and it’s really volatile too. A bit of nerdy science. You didn’t need
to know that, but now you do. Anyway, they were some of our Next Level Bike
Maintenance tips. I hope you found them useful and if you did then please give us a like
and a follow. What did we miss? Let us know in the comments any of your Next Level Bike
Maintenance tips and then we’ll probably include them in a future video. Until then, I’ll see
you later. [00:06:13] [END OF AUDIO]