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TIRES/BRAKES

A former member
Post #: 1
This is some general information to be passed along about bike tires.

1) TIRE WEAR

Generally, the tires on your bike should be replaced once every 2 years,
depending on how much you ride it. Check your tire's treads monthy, and
if you notice one wheel wearing quicker than the other (usually the rear),
rotate the tires.

2) TIRE ROTATION

Bike tires should be rotated three times a year for optimal performance,
and even wear.

3) BRAKE PAD WEAR

Depending if your brakes are horseshoe, v-type, or disc, brake pads
should be replaced once a year, twice a year if you trail ride frequently.
Brake pads can be rotated, but once the wear is past 50%, they should
be replaced immediately.

4) BRAKE USAGE

Use both front and back brakes evenly when stopping or slowing down
too much emphasis on either brake will increase the wear and leave the
bike's stopping power uneven. This is bad.

That's all for now.

Cheers.

-J. Buchholz
Sandy
MackEye
Toronto, ON
Post #: 1,145
Thanks for the tips!

I follow 3+4 religiously (brakes are the *worst* catastrophic failure you can have, IMHO), but I need to be more conscientious about 1+2.
A former member
Post #: 3
1 and 2 can be just as important as 3 and 4.

Yes, brakes failing while riding is not good at all, as I did a ride on
the weekend, and my rear brakes failed, and a pedal arm broke off!

Needless to say, bikes can be just as frustrating and time consuming
as cars! Also....another thing I would like to stress is:

5) PROPER LUBRICATION

Your bicycle should be lubed once a week if your an avid cyclist
that goes out more than twice a week. Proper lubrication is key
to the functionality of your bicycle. If the gears/deraillers/brakes
are properly lubed, nothing will jam. Lube the wheels at the axles
as well. I recommend WD-40, as it penetrates much better than
most liquid bicycle oils.

Feel free to ask me any questions you guys might have!

-J. Buchholz
Andy Z.
user 8723216
Toronto, ON
Post #: 5
I would add to this that WD-40 is a great DEgreaser. It is awesome for cleaning, and will indeed penetrate the moving parts of your bike well. But, I would always use bike lube after using WD-40.


  • Maintenance should include wiping your bike down with a damp cloth to remove all dirt from it.
  • Look for any parts where the paint might be scraped or peeled and seal those parts. (Clear nail polish works great)
  • Clean any dirt out of your gears and off your chain. Do a first coarse pass with a rag, then with WD-40, then with a (clean) rag again.
  • Finally, re-lube the bike's moving parts.

A former member
Post #: 4
WD-40 is great for a lot of things it seems. Makes a great cleaner to
get sticker residue or gooey stuff off of things and such.

Also....some paint scrapes and minor peeling isn't much to worry
about. If anyone here is going to do that, sand the whole area
down with a medium grit sanding pad (or sheet paper), like a
150 or 180 grit, and then apply a clear sealer, like a sprayable
spar urethane (made extra tough for marine applications), or
an automotive grade sprayable clearcoat (Canadian Tire has
some good stuff for this).

Clear nail polish might be a quick fix, but it breaks down rather
quickly when exposed to the outdoors for too long. Also....it
doesn't bond too well with metal or painted surfaces.

That having been said, it brings me to this:

6) BICYCLE FRAME MAINTENANCE

Check for paint-related wear regularily, as large enough scrapes
and dings can turn into rust if not properly treated. The best thing
you can do is sand the area with a medium grit sanding pad, then
use automotive grade touch up sprays to recoat. (Canadian Tire
or PartSource).

Lastly, check the fork a couple times a year to check for any spreading.
Frequent usage and wear and tear can lead to metal fatigue, which
could weaken the fork first and foremost.

-J. Buchholz
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