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how to maintain your bike

hi guys,
I want to look after my bike but have no clue where to begin. Are there any videos of what to do starting from the basics? I also need to get the tools, are there any lists of what tools I need? What should I look for when getting that pole for holding the bike up for doing maintenance please?

I think I need to start by taking the wheels off and trying to change the tube....


  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 12,549
    To change a tube, search Youtube.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 8,185
    Have a search on here at previous threads and also YouTube. Loads of how to lessons from various companies and individuals, parktools spring to mind
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • navrig2navrig2 Posts: 1,556
    Search on here in the Workshop section then look for appropriate videos on YouTube.
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,050
    Some good tips for cleaning your chain:
  • Some good tips for cleaning your chain:

    Ignore this dinesh. Not helpful at all. Stick to the other suggestions. The Park Tool ones on You Tube are usually really clear and really help.
  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 1,961
    Clean your chain regularly and lubricate it with a descent chain lube. Ignore the spoof ShledonBrown chain cleaning page!

    Old paintbrush, cleaned old takeaway plastic tub and some degreaser. Brush and ‘stipple’ the chain with the brush holding the tub of degreaser beneath. Bathe it well, then move on to the next section. Do the whole chain from the ‘inside’ - the bottom of the chain where it runs from chainring to ear derailleur. Then do the top of the chain from cassette to front chainring. Finally behind the chainring and then the cassette itself.

    Clean it all off with a hosepipe on gentle spray. Wash the rest of the bike and then dry it all off. I use a pet dryer (like an industrial hairdryer that blows hot air under quite some pressure). This drives all the water out of the chain, sprockets and the rest of the bike. I then wipe the chain with a rag to ensure clean. Then use a lube sparingly.

    That and changing inner tubes (if your bike runs them) are the two very basic maintenance jobs you need to master.

  • pblakeney said:

    To change a tube, search Youtube.

    Youtube how to true a wheel too! For anything else, google it. When astronauts detected an airleak on the International Space Station, they found the solution by googling "space craft leak" and "my space house losing air". It's surprising what one can learn on the internet. One example is the pros and cons of presta valves vs the normal ones. Or you can just ask here and hopefully someone will tell you. Rare tho.

    I'm not a racist! My f'in car is black!
  • Clean your chain regularly and lubricate it with a descent chain lube. Ignore the spoof ShledonBrown chain cleaning page!


    Gotta admit I did find it useful in the fact that it made me laugh. The full body hazmart suit lol! Even had to check if it really was spelled "ShledonBrown" and not "ChubbyBrown".
    I'm not a racist! My f'in car is black!
  • There are a lot of on line resources for basic bike maintenance. However, a fair few of them quite deliberately choose bits of kit / bikes that you’ve got no chance of actually finding, the reason is that the idiots that post those ‘helpful’ videos, just want subscribers / likes, in the vain hope that they might become super duper rich, insta famous mega stars. If you see a video using really strange combos of kit, move on. There are some genuinely helpful ones out there, they just need looking for.
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