Checklist: how to maintain a conventional bicycle

Check out these tips from iFood Decola and find out what you should check to pedal well

Adopt bicycles as a mode of transport, including for make deliveries, alleviates the impact on the environment, since it is not powered by fossil fuels. 

Cycling is also good for your health, especially when the skinny one is the traditional one, which demands physical exercise. But, to make the most of these benefits, conventional bike maintenance needs to be up to date.

Carrying out preventative maintenance on your bike is a matter of traffic Safety —after all, failure to check the condition of the bike can cause accidents. Furthermore, not taking care of it can increase expenses due to premature wear or unusability of its components.

A simple example of how the lack of maintenance destroys the bicycle is in a brake component, the shoe. It is the rubber pad that causes friction with the wheel to brake the vehicle.

When it is misaligned, it can cause cuts in the tire. If the shoe rubber is too worn, it could even damage the wheel.

Lack of lubrication is another problem that cannot be neglected, as it leads to premature wear of the gear and chain — and increases the risk of falls.

Keep an eye on the checklist and signs

To guide anyone who wants to know what maintenance is required, the iFood News gathers tips from the course “Bike mechanics: what you need to review”, made available free of charge by iFood Takes Off (platform for quick personal and professional qualification content for iFood partners) to delivery drivers. The course was developed in partnership with Sesi.

To begin with, anyone who uses a conventional bike needs to keep an eye on the frequency of each type of preventive maintenance. And pay attention to the signs that something is not going well with the bike. 

Loose chains, for example, generally indicate gear wear. If they make noise, there is possibly a lack of lubrication.

As for the brakes, the tip is to check if they lock the wheels when activated and if they are released when the levers are released.

The alignment also needs to be on the radar. Check that the distance from the front tire to the fork is the same on both sides and do the same inspection of the rear tire in relation to the frame tubes.

To check if the tires are underinflated, simply press them with your hand. If they are, you will need to calibrate them. The maximum and minimum pressures recommended by the manufacturer are usually indicated on their side. Use maximum speed for asphalt and minimum speed on unpaved roads.

When it comes to washing, avoid using high-pressure cleaning machines: prefer a cloth and specific detergent.

Maintenance care must also be aligned with good traffic practices, such as the use of safety equipment for the driver, such as a helmet, and signaling with your arms when maneuvering.

Want a summary? Check out this checklist for conventional bike maintenance, which shows what needs to be checked — and how often.

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