5 Signs It’s Time To Tune Up Your Bike

5 Signs It’s Time To Tune Up Your Bike

February 24, 2023

Riding a bike on a daily basis can be a great option for many people. Not only can riding a bike be fun and a great way to enjoy nice weather, but it is also a good form of exercise and an efficient form of transportation. If you are a bike owner, you will need to do repairs and complete maintenance on occasion. One common form of maintenance that you will need to do is a tune-up. There are 5 signs its time to tune up your bike.

Odd Noises

One of the most common signs of an issue with your bike is if you notice odd noises coming from it. Creaking or clicking noises from your bike can come from various issues. Some of these include loose components, malfunctioning bearings, or even lack of lubrication. During a tune-up, a technician will identify these issues and make the necessary repairs.

Brakes Are Not Responsive

The brakes of your bike are very important as they ensure you are able to stop when necessary. If you notice that the brakes are not working right, or are making grinding or squeaking noises when in use, it is important to have the brakes fixed. This could take place during a standard tune-up service.

Visible Signs of Corrosion

As a bike can be used in many weather conditions, and it is typically stored outside, or in a garage, there is always a chance that small parts could get wet and start to wear out. While you can try to prevent these issues, it is bound to happen over time. If you notice signs of corrosion, a tune-up can help, as a technician could clean out the rust and replace any necessary parts.

Issues With Tires

The bike tires are essential to help ensure it moves efficiently and safely. Excessive or uneven tire wear can be an indication of various issues, including poor tire pressure, poor suspension, or misalignment with the wheels. If your tires are starting to wear down too quickly, you should have a tune-up as soon as you can. The technicians will be able to identify the cause of the challenges and make any necessary repairs.

Issues With Gears

The gears on your bike should work smoothly, allowing you to change the gears when increasing and decreasing speeds. If the gears feel stuck or are too abrupt, it can indicate an underlying mechanical issue, and calling a technician is a good idea. The gears can be fixed throughout the tune-up process.

For bike owners, a common question asked is when does your bike need a tune up? Overall, it is important to keep up with maintenance and make repairs when it seems necessary. There are five signs in particular that you will need to have your bike tuned up.  

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