You can be your own mechanic!

Even after a nasty face-plant, getting your bike back on the trail is easier than you think.

While some of you may not have a million acres of land to ride in, breaking down in your local park my require a walk out to the truck. But in many cases, that can be avoided with a little know-how. Most things are still going to require a professional mechanic, if you take care of your bike from day one, you can maintain it well and minimize the trips to the shop. You can even be your own bike mechanic and save a lot of money. Here are some tips for do-it-yourself -bike repair:

Keep Your bicycle Spic and Span

Do you remember how your bike looked when you first bought it? Yes, it was brand new and shiny. To maintain that look, make sure you keep your bicycle clean. Just get a cloth, a bucket of warm water with a bit of detergent, and you can give your bicycle a brand new look. You should know how to clean the tricky parts so you don’t smash them up.

Keep Your bicycle Well Lubricated

It’s important to keep your bike lubricated. You don’t want the metal parts to grind against each other and give you a bad biking experience. Make sure you clear up the old lubricant residue before you apply a new one. Layers of old lubricant can prevent the effectiveness of the new layer. The friction between metal parts can cause damage to your bicycle. In such a case, you can take your bicycle to the bike shop.

Keep a Regular Check on the Wheels

Surprisingly, most bike owners forget to pay attention to the most important part of the bike, the wheels. It is the wheels that are most used and come in contact with the road. Make sure to check regularly for a flat tire to avoid any inconvenience during the ride. Also, check for any mud build up, or other damage to the wheels.

Store Your bicycle Properly

If your part of the world has bad climate, where your bicycle can go all rusty in no time, make sure you store it properly. Storage of the bicycle is an extremely important part of bike maintenance. Bad weather can cause damage to your two-wheeler. If you think your bike is in bad condition, instantly take it to the bike shop.

Know Your bicycle

Each bicycle is different. The maintenance requirement is also different. You should know how your bike works and how frequently you need to maintain it. There may be some parts of the bike that require more frequent maintenance than others. Be your own bike repair person and keep a regular check on your bike to avoid any visits to the shop that can cost you hundreds of dollars.

Too simple, but what now?

These are the simple more common sense principles – but what about the more complicated maintenance items – well fret not, thanks to The Gravity Garage – we will be putting on simple videos and articles on how to “Get it Done!”

Buying A Used Bike

Looking to purchase a used bike, learn the tail-tell signs of an overly used bike are. Not knowing can cost you hundreds of dollars more in new components.

read more

Washing Your Bike

Very often bikes come to me to be tuned and they are totally dirty. Washing your bike is essential – to keep things working as expected. When washing your bike, this is the time to pay attention to all your components and make sure they are tight, no cracks or anything is broken or worn and needing replaced.

read more

What is Backpacking?

Backpacking is a fun and exciting way to travel. To understand what backpacking really is, it’s best to look at what a backpacker is.

read more

The Journey Not the Destination

A true friend is one who overlooks your failures and tolerates your success! When reaching out beyond your limits, it is always best to do it with true friends. This trip was no exception…

read more

Staying Dry in Your Tent

While setting out to enjoy the outdoors, it is always a good idea to follow some simple camping tips – especially those that should guarantee that you stay dry during your camping trip. Being cold and wet are the two things that can ruin a camping trip!

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

All Trails Lead to Riches!

All season long, I am outdoors testing new products and consider them for reviews, some I keep, many I don’t. For the ones I don’t keep, once reviewed and photographed, Il give them away to followers of The Outdoor Life who have subscribed to our newsletter! Products are typically for Biking, Hiking, Backpacking, Kayaking, Camping, and other outdoor activities. Once I accumulate 3-4 items, I use an online random picker and select a name for each item, email you for your address and send it on its way. No strings attached!