Rich’s Tech Tips

Credit: Courtesy of Bicycling Magazine

  • If it’s threaded, grease it
  • You can’t properly adjust a bicycle that is dirty and not lubricated
  • Check tire pressure before every ride, especially if you’re running tubeless.
  • The three most important tools to have on a ride: a multitool with a chain breaker, a pump or CO2, and a patch kit or tube
  • If your bike makes a noise, it’s trying to tell you something. Don’t ignore it.
  • Never roll your bike into the shop and expect an on-the-spot repair. You don’t know what your mechanic is up against on any given day.
  • It doesn’t matter how you broke it. Just don’t lie to your bike mechanic.
  • Don’t touch disc-brake pads with your fingers. The oil from your skin can decrease their braking power.
  • Do not use a solvent to lube your chain.
  • Install quick-release skewers so the levers are on the non-driveside. Do not tighten the lever down right onto the fork.
  • A few drops of Teflon oil in cable housings can fix sticky braking or slow shifting.
  • Use rubbing alcohol to remove black grime from your rims.
  • When your chainring teeth start to look like shark fins, it’s time to replace your chainrings
  • Chains and cogs wear together
  • Get and know how to use a torque wrench. It’s the only way to properly tighten bolts.
  • Not all chain lubricants are the same. Choose the one that best suits your riding conditions.
  • Apply lube to the chain’s rollers, not its side plates.
  • Use both hands when operating a floor pump.