There are few pleasures in the world sweeter than a calm bike ride through a quiet town on a lovely summer evening. But nothing can ruin this perfect cycle quicker than your chain catching or the bike being a slog to cycle due to poorly maintained wheels.
So, we are briefly going to explain how to properly oil and maintain your bike. So that you can stay on the road longer.
The first thing you need is a proper bike lubricant or bike oil. The name depends on the branding on the product but they work the same. Generally, stores like Halfords or bikize will have everything you need.
The next step is to put your bike on a stand or rest it up against a wall, with the chain facing outwards. What you want to do is get the oil into all the little crevices. Make sure not to use lots all at once. Add it slowly and cycle the chain through as you do.
There are a few things you need to check regularly on your bike. The main one being the tire pressure and quality. You can use a simple pressure gauge or, to keep it simple, just check the firmness of the tire by giving it a squeeze. It should be firm, yet ever so slightly squishy. Enough to allow the bike to ride properly.
You will also want to make sure the connectors for the wheels are oiled and free of rust. It can be worth getting some limescale cleaner to tackle the rust and just generally clean the bike regularly while you are oiling it.
Lastly, make sure the seat is attached firmly and the cushioning is still comfortable. Nothing is worse than a bad seat while going for a long cycle.