No matter how well you keep up with bike maintenance, there’s always the possibility of a roadside fix. We recommend travelling with a simple tool kit for that reason. But before you can put together your cycling tool kit, you need to know what fixes are likely to be required.
In our experience, there are four roadside maintenance fixes that seem to keep popping up. So let’s take a look at what they are, and how you can approach them – on the roadside!
Like a car, flat tyres represent one of the most common roadside bike maintenance fixes
Flat tyres are unavoidable. Regardless of how consistent your bike maintenance is, flat tyres will leave you stranded on the roadside without the right fix. Of course, there’s no chance of travelling with a spare wheel. Unlike cars, bikes don’t exactly offer the space for spare wheels or tyres! But they do offer space for spare inner tubes.
Spare tubes should be a stalwart of your roadside bike maintenance kit! Coupled with a small hand pump, a spare inner can get you back on the road in no time. What about tubeless tyres though? These tyres are generally tougher, and designed for off road use. But that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. We suggest carrying a tyre repair kit, with some plugs in case of puncture.
Loosening stuck seats is another common roadside maintenance fix – here’s why it’s important
The position of your bike seat will have a pretty significant effect on your ride. It will have an impact on the comfort of your trip, and your performance throughout. So what can you do if the seat placement is off, and the seat won’t budge? This is a surprisingly common problem, and it regularly calls for some roadside maintenance.
Most bike seats are designed to be positioned without the need for tools. But if they become stuck, and small pair of pliers can really help. Coupled with some lubricant – machine oil, WD40, or something similar – pliers can have your seat at its best in no time!
Detached bike chains require some roadside maintenance ingenuity – here’s an easy fix
Aside from punctured tyres, loose bike chains are probably the biggest cause of roadside maintenance. Over time, bike chains and sprockets can deteriorate, or even shift slightly. This can cause the chain to fall off during strenuous use, or over rough surfaces. It’s frustrating, sure, but it needn’t be the end of your ride! Refitting a bike chain is possible without tools.
All you need is some chain oil, and your hands. Start by slipping the chain over the rear wheel sprocket, then slide it over the smallest sprocket behind your pedals. Make sure the rear wheel is off the ground, and gently turn the pedals if you need to. This should allow your chain to slip back into place with ease.
Loosened components are a common cause of roadside maintenance – the fix is simple though!
Bikes are held together by nuts, bolts, and hand tightened clasps. That makes roadside maintenance a breeze! However, it’s also the cause of a lot of roadside maintenance – ironically. Over time, nuts and bolts loosen. That means parts of your bike may start to develop play, especially over longer rides.
Luckily, the fix is as easy as it sounds: pull over and tighten them again! All you need is a small set of Allen keys, some sockets, and perhaps a little pair of pliers. Add that to your roadside bike maintenance kit, and you’ll face few problems capable of holding you up for long.
To avoid roadside maintenance, get your bike fixed up by the pros!
Of course, even though it’s easy, roadside bike maintenance is not the way you want to spend your rides. Take your bike to our store to get the best in maintenance, and fixes!