Handy Hints

We have a few simple tips about bikes that we would like to share with you.

Inital Check:

After you check your tyre pressure, get in the habit of checking that your chain is lubricated and your brake pads are aligned with the rim and not worn too low.

These are the 3 simple steps to keeping your drive-train in clean:

1. Degrease

2. Lubricate

3. Wipe of Excess

Finish Line has a great demonstration in this picture sequence of how to lubricate you chain:

http://www.finishlineusa.com/products/howtolube.htm#chain

If your chain needs lubricating any oil will do, but we recommend you use a proper chain lube which doesn’t attract the dirt, so it doesn’t get as messy. At Hadleys we stock all Finish Line lubricants, degreasers, and cleaning equipment. For further information on the best way to clean and lubricate your chain and cables, read on.

Degrease:

Before any application of lubricant it is important that you clean you chain of any dirt and grime build-up, otherwise the lubricant will just simply not do its job. Starting with a clean chain will give you the best chance of improved shifting and a simple, easy, and clean lubricant application.

Degreasing your chain is the best way to clean you chain for lubricant application. Finish line stock a large range of degreasers and chain cleaners including a multi degreaser, speed degreaser, and our favourite, a citrus degreaser and chain cleaning device. These grease removers will reduce the mess when cleaning your bike as they are water soluble, don’t smell horrible, and are safe to use on plastic, carbon, and aluminium parts.

Lubricate:

Once the chain is degreased and clean, it is important to lubricate your chain as it will allow for smooth shifting and increase your drive-trains durability. Choosing the right lubricant is also important as there are different types for different conditions.

Oil Based Lubricants are the most common of all lubricants  due to their  durability. Wet Lube ensures maximum drivetrain efficiency and reduced ‘chain noise’. Finish Line’s Ceramic Wet Lube is good for off-road and on-road use and costs $19.95 for a 120ml bottle, which should do many applications.

Wax Based Lubricants are similar to Oil-Based Lubricants yet use a waxy protection layer to keep the chain from picking up dirt and grime. Wax-based lubricants work extremely well, yet do need to be applied a bit more regularly than oil-based lubricants. Finish Line’s Ceramic Wax Lube is a great option for this application costing $19.95 for a 120ml bottle.

Dry Lubricants provide incredible drivetrain efficiency without attracting an excessive amount of contaminants. Finish Line’s Dry Lube uses Teflon in the form of a very thin film, making this lubricant a very popular and very versatile choice. Costing also $19.95 for a 120ml bottle, this lubricant is perfect for dry and dusty conditions.

 

After Application of your lube, it is important to wipe off any excess lubricant with a clean rag. Wiping off excess will reduce dirt build-up and also concretae the lubricant to the inner-plates of the chain (where the lubricant is needed).

Any time you need to lube your chain, it’s worth dropping some lube on to brake cables and gear cables at any points on the bike where you see the braided inner cable disappear in to the plastic coated outer cable. Hold the bike up and let gravity take the lube in to the hidden part of the cable. Most geared bikes will have 2 brake cables and 2 gear cables. You’ll be amazed at how much easier gear shifting is, when you keep cables lubed.

You like your old bike but it isn’t comfortable. You don’t have to get rid of it. Fit higher handlebars and / or handlebar stem, fit a modern, comfortable wide saddle and it’s a different feel. Go out and enjoy your rides again!

To store bikes in your garage or shed, hang them up. You can use a simple storage hook in the ceiling and hang the bike by the wheel (careful if you have hydraulic disc brakes because fluid can drain to the reservoir and affect brake performance) OR you can use a bike hook which mounts to the wall and hang the bike horizontally. Either way you keep the area less cluttered and reduce the risk of damage to your bike.

Be careful! If you have pool chemicals stored near metal objects (including bikes) you are at risk of corrosion. We have seen items worse affected by pool chemicals than by storage near the beach.