With primary care and proper maintenance, we can rid our bicycle of repairs and tuning, but this does not mean that from time to time, they must go through the workshop.

Whether it is necessary, as is the case of the replacement of bike parts for wear or breakage, or simple maintenance and tuning by professionals, who can predict and detect possible defects in the bicycle that can go to Older. When do we know it's time to take the bike to the workshop?

The optimal frequency of revisions and tuning

Our bicycle, like any other means, needs its own "ITV" or review from time to time. Not only to avoid and detect possible breaks that hinder or impede its proper functioning, but also so that our bicycle expert recommends us how to keep it in perfect condition or those improvements that increase its performance.

Therefore, beyond when strictly necessary, a visit to the workshop is appropriate in the following periods or situations:

  • A month - six months after buying it: the objective of this first review is clear. It should be done whenever possible in the same establishment where it was purchased, and it is none other than the one that can verify the perfect functioning of the bicycle, which Response appropriately to what is expected of her before the wear and tear affect her. In the same way, in this first review, we must express our impressions so that they can improve their functioning or prevent us from improper use.

  • After one year of purchase: this review has the same character as the first visit, and it is none other than the contrast that everything that was reviewed. Which was found to work correctly or on the contrary, was changed, remains in an optimal state of use? Once these reviews have been completed. All of the following will be marked by frequency of use or wear due to time.

  • Between 3 and 5 years: At this period, many components begin to suffer wear and need replacement, so we went to the workshop for replacement.

  • Before a period of important activity: if we are great fans of cycling, we will be at some point attracted to the idea of ​​making a route of great depth or duration, such as the Camino de Santiago or the Danube route. In this case, even if we consider that our bicycle is in good condition, we must take it to the workshop to have it checked and pay attention to those hidden defects that may pose a problem on the road. On the other hand, within these routes, it is common to find workshops that can help us so that our beloved bicycle does not suffer too much wear on our adventure.

Checks by kilometers or frequency of use

General maintenance aside, each component of the bicycle has a marked use of life that is exhausted or close to being depleted, requires its passage through "boxes."

This is the case, for example, of the chain, which, although we degrease and lubricate correctly, sooner or later ends up stretching. A fact that usually occurs between 1,500 and 2,500 kilometers of shooting.

Something as innocuous because of the amateur cyclist as the saddle, where we fall into the error that by the simple fact that it serves as more or less comfortable support is already useful to us, it begins to lose efficiency at 8,000 kilometers.

And how effective are we talking about? Of a non-visible structure whose fissures can end with a break in the full shooting that can cause us to lose our balance.

Finally, we must pay attention to those elements of the bicycle whose wear is not measured in rolled kilometers, but in apparent marks such as that of a wheel whose cover has partially or lost the drawing or a brake shoe markedly diminished by friction.

Types of maintenance

As we have seen, we can significantly extend the life of our bicycle with proper maintenance and frequent inspection by a professional. But not all revisions have the same preventive or restorative character. We usually find in all the workshops two types of maintenance as we have a clear objective on our bicycle:

  • General support: the aim is to have a bike in the perfect state of use, without going into detail on how it could improve its operation and fixing the control in essential points of the bicycle such as brakes or transmission. It is usually done in the first years of the bicycle's useful life or when we have a clear breakdown in case of malfunction.

  • Integral maintenance: control points are increased so that not only a good use and performance is ensured, but also to be able to apply improvements that enhance their performance exponentially. It is done when the bicycle has thousands of kilometers of taxiing or when it is going to be boarded, or it is planned to make a long journey.

Published by Rose bella