Bicycles are fun to ride. And at Velocrush India, bicycles are even more fun to maintain. However, bicycle service doesn’t always need to start from your bicycle shop. Love and care can be given to your bicycle at home too. A good wipe down and some oiling is all it takes.
Then there are times when your bike might need some extra attention and a thorough check by the experts. This can only be done at a professional bicycle shop.
As a cyclist, it is important to listen to your bike for telltale signs of help. Timely servicing at the cycle store will not only keep your bike running as new but will also help you stay safe and make the most of your cycling experience.
Listed below are 5 common signs your bicycle needs servicing by a professional:-
1. Unusual sounds from the bicycle
This is a common sign experienced by most cyclists and often left unchecked. Clicking noise, a subtle squeak, a clunk every now and then are some signs your bicycle needs some love. Most of the times, these sounds might not mean something major, but if your bicycle hasn’t been serviced or tuned up for a long time, now would be a good time to ride to your nearest cycle store for some maintenance checks.
2. Your gear shifts are not smooth
Your gears are the most complicated part of your bicycle. Too many small parts work together to function as a unit. Hence, they need to be maintained regularly to give you some flawless shifting that just feels like a great day. Remember, anything less than that is only going to worsen with time, so make that appointment and bring it in for a service/tune-up right away.
Also, if your bicycle has started squeaking from the chain, it’s asking for lube. Chain slipping from gears or bicycle chains not being changed for a long time could all be other major issues that need immediate attention.
3. The brakes are not slowing you down
Brakes are one of the parts that are frequently used and go through a lot of wear and tear. Many a time, our lives depend on these brakes. And keeping them functioning at their best is a must. The moment you sense the brakes taking longer to slow your cycle down or come to a stop, it’s time to take action and get your brakes tuned or pads replaced.
After all, good working brakes give you confidence and make you feel in control in any weather condition or terrain.
4. your bike is very dirty and greasy
Many of you only ride your bike and fail to clean it or maintain it due to various reasons. As a result, a lot of dirt, grease and grime accumulates on the bicycle parts. Keeping your bicycle clean will not only ensure your bike is functioning smoothly but also avoid any future mechanical failures.
Remember, a clean bike is the best bike. It will work smoothly and cost less in the long run.
5. there are signs of rust
Rust should have no place on your bicycle or bicycle parts. If you live close to the sea or leave your bike out in the rain, it is likely to catch rust. And the sooner your act, the better for you and your bicycle.
A small amount of rust can be removed using the right dispersants, whereas some other parts can be replaced if required. So if you don’t want to spend a lot on replacing rusty parts with new ones, bring the bicycle to the shop as soon as you start noticing rust on your bike.
We know you love your bicycle, but if you want it to love you back, keep an eye out for these signs. And we guarantee, the both of you will have a great time.
If you are looking for a free bike check-up, we offer them at our workshop in Thane and Worli. All you need to do is be there at the store with your bicycle. Whatsapp +91 8928041081 to know more.
Edited by Tracy Alvares