So, hopefully you've read the first post, and now you're back for more of our thoughts on good bicycle maintenance.
We talked about how buying bike upgrades every so often will keep you enthusiastic about your bicycle, learning proper repair techniques will mean you aren't afraid to get your hands dirty and actually enjoy bicycle repair, and the last thing we discussed was how good and little bike maintenance often will reduce the dread of having to carry out maintenance after months of neglect.
So, what's next for cyclists who want to maintain their bikes.
Believe it or not, there's a holistic approach to cycling and bicycle maintenance and we feel that cycling clothing plays a big part in that.
You might call it vain, but it's not always about how you look while cycling as it is about how you feel. If you are putting on cycling clothing that you take pride in, then you are more likely to take pride in how your bicycle looks.
It doesn't even have to be expensive clothing, there is some great cycling clothing available at great prices. You don't even have to buy a lot of cycling clothing, just take pride in the clothing you do have and wash it regularly so that you can have fresh clothes and we have always found we are more likely to wash our bikes regularly too.
In the first post, we were very briefly discussed how cycling accessories can play a big part in helping you to maintain your bike and we're going to elaborate on that a bit further here.
Cycling Accessories covers a whole array of stuff you can change in and out on your bike, add to your bike or have somewhat related to your bicycle. One bicycle accessory that will really help with the maintenance on your bicycle, especially over the course of a winter training season, is a good set of mudguards. Even though they might not look great, they will help prevent a lot of muck getting onto the frame of your bicycle - and in the event of weekend group spins, the very least you should do is add a mudguard to your rear wheel so you aren't splashing muck into the face of the rider behind you.
So now you have a much cleaner bike coming home, and you've overcome half the battle of removing dirt from your bicycle frame.
Keeping a good bike will also include keeping good tyres. This serves three main purposes: one, it looks good, and two, it provides a safer cycling experience and three, in preventing crashes it will also help you prevent future damage to your bike and yourself.
So take a look at the bicycle tyres that are available to you and invest in a pair that offers good puncture protection, low rolling resistance, light weight for a lighter bicycle, and most importantly good grip for the weather conditions you will be cycling your bike in.
If you aren't going to be doing a lot of outdoor cycling training in the winter, then be sure to invest in a good turbo trainer tyre so that you aren't literally burning rubber as you go through countless tyres being worn away on the flywheel of your turbo trainer. Both Tacx and Continental Tyres do some great turbo trainer bicycle tyres and you should consider getting one, as ultimately it will help you cut down on the time spent changing worn out tyres, and help you spend more time keeping your bicycle in great working order.
We hope to have given you some good insight into bicycle maintenance, and we hope to provide even better deals in our online bicycle shop.