Basic Maintenance

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Nobody likes to get their hands dirty (okay, some people actually do.) But the better you care your equipment, the better it’ll serve you and the longer it’ll last.

Although we would all like to take our bike to the shop every week, it’s not always affordable or practical. The best way is to wash, clean and re-lube your bike after every ride and then to take it for a proper clean and service to your local bike shop every now and then, or as needed.

CLEANING YOUR BIKE

  • Park your bike outside immediately after a ride
  • Use a proper bike cleaning product (like Motorex’s Bike Clean), spray only the most necessary parts:  drivetrain, chain, etc.
  • After letting it stand for about 5 minutes, use a brush to clean down inbetween the chainrings, derailleurs, chain, and so on.
  • Let the product do its work for about 5 minutes
  • Hose down with clean water
  • Then wash the bike (frame) down with a gentle soap and rinse
  • Let it air-dry
  • If you care as much about your bike as we do, then you’ll spray the frame with Motorex Bike Shine and polish it off with a clean cloth
  • Lube the chain lightly within 24 hrs (we like using Motorex Wet or Dry Lube)

BASIC BIKE REPAIRS

  • Flats
    • Putting a plug in
    • Using gaters
    • Putting a tube in a tubeless tyre
  • Fixing a broken chain with a magic link
  • Replacing brake pads
  • Setting your brakes
  • Knowing if it’s possible to fix a bent/broken derailleur
  • Adjusting your suspension
  • Setting your gears

Which spares to always carry on your bike:

  • Cable ties
  • Duct tape
  • Gas bomb(s) and/or handpump
  • Extra tube with slime
  • Tyre levers
  • Multi-tool with chain-breaker
  • Plug kit
  • Bike lube

MECHANICAL WORKSHOPS

Dates and venue:

Year Schedule

Book Spook for a 1-on-1 or small group Mechanical Workshop where you will be able to learn your own basic maintenance.  You can email Spook on spook@daisyway.co.za or call him on 083 60 11 22 1.