On my list of things to do before I'm 60 I have the challenge of completing a long-distance bike ride. I have a bike - it cost me £10 from a charity shop. I even have a couple of panniers - they cost a couple of quid each from Lidl in Germany. So I'm all set to go, right? Well, not quite. I know nothing about bike maintenance and as my bike is old and cheap this could be a problem. I've read blogs by long distance cyclists who have experienced all kinds of problems with their top of the range bikes, so I'm sure to experience a few jitters from my super cheap bike.
- Puncture repair: wheel removal, locating punctures, fixing punctures, wheel refitting.
- Wheel truing – essential for better braking.
- Brake adjustment for powerful, silent stopping.
- Adjusting hub bearings for maximum life and smooth running.
- Gear adjustment: including fitting new cables and fine tuning front and rear mechanisms.
- Bottom bracket and headset adjustment.