The task of maintenance quickly arose soon after buying my bike. Things such as oiling, adjusting and indexing were fine and I was able to do them easily. However, my general rule was that if something needed doing or replacing that needed a special tool. The bike would quickly be sent to the shop and I’d pay way too much for the privilege. That couldn’t and didn’t last long…
The habit of sending the bike to the shop quickly got expensive and I simply couldn’t afford it any more. It was time for me to get my own tools and quickly learn how to use them. The opportunity to do this quickly came about when my bottom bracket started creaking after my club’s sportive ride. A quick removal, grease of everything in sight and reset was enough to stop it, while I was there I removed the chain and cassette, cleaning one and removing the spoke protector via the cassette.
It was a bit of a relief to know that I don’t have to spend any more cash putting my bike right again and instead I can learn a lot more about how it works. I still wouldn’t trust myself installing a groupset, I don’t even have some of the tools necessary, but this might be something for the future when I overhaul the bike before the start of next season.
Anyway, the plan for velostage was to produce instructional videos about everything on the bike. Some of the main things we outlined were;
- Basic cleaning.
- Basic greasing/oiling.
- Adjusting position.
- Indexing gears.
- Removal of items such as the Bottom Bracket.