A Short Guide To Fixie Bike Maintenance
We know you’re excited to hit the streets, but there’s a little work you need to do before you’re out there enjoying a smooth, fun ride. It’s always a good idea to check your fixie bike for maintenance issues and make sure all the parts are in good working condition.
So without further ado, let us guide you with taking care of some of the more common maintenance needs of your fixie.
Apparently, many common maintenance issues you come across with a fixie bike tend to be caused by the front tyre being damaged in some way. It may be a crack, split, or just the usual wearing. Hence, you would always want to check your front tyre for these issues before heading out on the streets.
Apart from that, it’s also recommended to check your tyre’s pressure once a month, and inflate to the right pressure if needed. You can do this easily by following the manufacturer’s guidelines that came with the product.
It’s common for your bike’s tyres to lose pressure as you use your bike, and it happens faster if you’re using it very regularly. If this is not taken care of in time, it may lead to punctures and a sluggish ride.
Although less common, issues with your rim can be more frustrating, and sometimes even expensive to deal with. A good way to prevent these issues is to simple check your rim for any signs of wear. You also need to keep in mind that worn brake pads, too, may sometimes be responsible for damaging your bike’s rim in some way.
If you notice that the rim has turned a little concave in shape, it’s probably wearing away. Finally, checking for any cracks, dents or splits regularly is a good idea as well.
It’s important for the spokes to be of equal tension for a smooth ride. You can check whether they are that way or need some adjusting by pinching them together.
Also look out for loose spokes and tighten them.
Now, this can turn out to be a little challenging. While working on ensuring your front hub is in good condition, you first need to find out whether any of the wheel nuts have gone loose. You then need to tighten the loose nuts using a 15mm wrench.
However, the next part of this task is something where you’re likely to mess things up. So, if you haven’t done it before, we would recommend you to simply seek the help of a professional mechanic.
But if you’re sure about doing it yourself, then you can first gently hit the side of your front wheel. If it’s moving too hard, it may either be a sign of some kind of damage, or the cones being loose.
Of course, if it’s the latter, you can simply do it yourself. However, if the bearings have worn out or you’re dealing with some other kind of damage, you would probably have no option but to visit your local mechanic—unless you’re an expert bike DIYer yourself.
Other Aspects of Your Bike Maintenance
There are also some other things that may need your attention, but we won’t be discussing them here. Some of them may be slightly rare, meaning you may actually never encounter those issues. Some others, however, may be well beyond the scope of home maintenance or repair and may need the help of a professional mechanic.