Cycling Top Tips

A bike that is uncomfortable won’t be very inspiring. Make sure your saddle is comfy remembering it can be adjusted up, down and tilts.

What are the correct pressures for my tyres?

Dependant on the type of bicycle you have and where you will be riding you may need to adjust your tyre pressures. Here is a handy guide to help you out.

Muddy off road track – 35 psi
Hard pack track – 40 psi
Family bike ride – 45 psi
Commuting to work – 50-65 psi
Long Road Trip – 90-120 psi
Road Racing – 120+ psi

Check you have about 45psi/3bar of pressure in your tyres for a mountain bike, 55-75psi for a road bike such as a Trekking bike and around 80-100psi for a racing road bike. It is advisable to check the side of your tyre for the manufacturers specifications. There are a variety of tyre pressure gauges available from the traditional design through to very accurate digital options.

 

Road safety

Be sensible… Abide by the same rules as all other road users, i.e. red lights mean stop and pavements are for pedestrians. Remember to keep calm and try to keep in single file. Wear hi-vis clothes at dusk times to help motorists see you.

 

Preparation is key

Make sure your lights have good batteries in so they don’t let you down on those darker evenings. If space allows secure a panier to the rear of your bike and keep spares and handy tools in case you’re tyre run low or you need to repair a puncture on the go.

 

What to wear

Baggy clothing will slow you down and be uncomfortable but clothes that are too tight will feel restrictive. Sports orientated shorts and t-shirt will make for a good compromise. Add a light softshell jacket to keep the wind off.

 

If it squeaks, sort it out!

Don’t ignore squeaks or noises. A correctly working bike shouldn’t make too much noise at all, any apparent noise is usually an indication that something is wrong. Our team of experienced technicians will be happy to assist you.

 

Tight but not too tight

Make sure all the nuts and bolts are tight. Take care not to over tighten bolts as over tightening can cause the metal to fail and make the bike dangerous.

 

Inspect the cables

Keep an eye on the gear and brake cables. As water and muck builds up the cables will become corroded. This is the most typical reason gears start to change by themselves. Drop it in to your local store for a service if they look a bit dull or rusty.

 

Protect your bike

Whilst cycle security is obviously very important, the weather will also damage your bike if it’s left out for prolonged periods of time. When possible keep it in the shed, or better still, a garage.

 

Keep it clean

A mucky bike will squeak, groan and wear out a lot faster than a clean one. A little bit of car shampoo or bike cleaner will do a good job of lifting the dirt off. A bit of de-greaser will bring those gears up nice and shiny.

 

Wet Wet Wet – not Dry Dry Dry!

All too often we see bikes come into the workshops with insufficient chain lubricant on the gears. A little bit goes a long way but you should dribble some 3-in-1 oil (or better) on the chain every couple of rides, then wipe the excess off.