Maintenance and Repair
When should I replace my brake pads?
You generally want to get new brake pads before your old ones wear out. If you don’t, you limit your stopping power which can lead to a crash.
To check your brake pads, just take a look at them. New brake pads will generally have grooves in them. They help to keep water off your rims in wet conditions, but also work as an indicator for wear. If the grooves aren’t there, it’s time to change your brake pads.
Disc brakes are a little different. The designs vary, so either check your bike’s manual or come into the shop and we’ll take a look for you.
How do I prevent my chain from getting dry and dirty?
After purchasing the right kind of chain lubricant, anytime you notice the chain starting to look dry, apply a drop to every link. If you hear squeaking, that means you’ve waited too long and the links have become dry. If this happens, it can accelerate chain, cassette, and chainring wear.
After applying the lube, leave it alone for a bit and wipe off any extra. If you use too much oil, your chain will pick up dirt that will build up in your chainring and derailleurs.
To clean your chain, depending on how dirty it is, wipe it down with a rag. Don’t forget to wipe the chainrings and derailleurs.
How do I prevent my chain from jamming?
Since the number one cause for this is a worn chainring, the best thing to do is to replace it. An exception to this would be if there is built up dirt and grime on the chainring, causing your chain to jam. If that’s the case, just clean the chainrings. Something else that can cause the chain to jam is if you are pedaling too hard while shifting (e.g. while riding uphill).
If you think something else could be causing your issues, just bring your bike into the store and we’ll take a look for you.