Your bike is your trusted companion for many adventures, but like any mechanical equipment, it requires regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly and ensure your safety! As part of our #ActiveTravel project in partnership with Cheshire West & Chester Council, we're helping the people of Ellesmere Port to get their bikes back on the road to encourage the use of more active modes of transport around the town!
You may not have ever thought about servicing your bike, so inn this blog post we'll explore seven key signs that indicate your bike might be due for some professional attention. By recognising these signs early, you can prevent bigger problems down the road and enjoy a safer, smoother ride.
1. Strange Noises
Unusual or persistent sounds coming from your bike, such as squeaks, creaks, clicks, or grinding noises, are often a clear sign that something needs attention. These sounds can be signs of loose components, worn-out bearings, or issues with your drivetrain.
2. Difficulty Shifting Gears
If you find it increasingly challenging to shift gears smoothly, it could be a sign that your bike's derailleurs or cables are out of alignment or need adjustment. Proper gear shifting is crucial for an efficient and enjoyable riding experience, so try not to ignore this issue.
3. Braking Problems
Inconsistent or weak braking is a major safety concern. If you notice that your brakes are not responding as they should, it's time to get them inspected. Squeaky or screeching brakes may indicate worn brake pads, while a mushy feel when squeezing the brake levers could be due to air in the brake lines.
4. Sluggish Performance
Does your bike feel slower than usual? Sluggish performance might be due to tyre issues or under-inflated tyres. Regular maintenance can help keep your bike in top shape and ensure peak performance!
5. Loose or Wobbly Parts
If you notice that parts like the handlebars, saddle, or pedals are loose or wobbly, it's time to tighten them up. Loose parts can affect your stability and control, posing a safety risk.
6. Chain Wear and Skipping
A worn-out chain can cause issues such as skipping, poor shifting, and even damage to your drivetrain components. Regularly inspect your chain for signs of wear, and replace it when necessary to maintain a smooth ride.
7. Excessive Wear and Tear
Inspect your bike for visible signs of wear, including rust, dents, or cracks in the frame, fork, or other components. The presence of these issues can compromise your bike's structural integrity, leading to safety concerns.
If you've detected that your bike might need a service, you've come to the right place! As part of the project, we're offering free bike checks, repairs and servicing at our Bike Repair workshops at Ellesmere Port Market with Bren Bikes!
16th November 10:30am - 12pm
30th November 10:30am - 12pm
7th December 10:30am - 12pm
Book in a slot or just turn up on the day, we can't wait to help fix your bike!