Basic Bicycle Maintenance

Fall is a great time of year for cycling. The weather is cooler and the scenery is beautiful with changing colors. Whether you enjoy mountain biking on difficult trails or cycling on rural roadways, you'll have a more enjoyable ride if you know how to do basic bicycle maintenance.

When you're putting in the miles on your bike, things are bound to break down and need repaired. It's great to have a local bike shop who can do bike repairs but you can save some money if you know how to do some basic bicycle maintenance. Two easy repairs are fixing a flat tire and adjusting a rear derailleur.

How to Adjust a Rear Derailleur

Knowing how to adjust a rear derailleur is a simple way to get your bike running more smoothly. Watch as Sierra Trading Post's intern Chris Toly explains how to make the adjustments necessary for having a rear derailleur that shifts well.

How to Fix a Flat Bike Tire

Getting a flat is bad news, but luckily fixing a flat bike tire is simple. To repair a flat, you'll need two tire levers, a tube that is the right size for your tire (the size of the tube you'll need is marked on the side of the tire) and a bike pump. Begin by removing the wheel. Next, remove the tube and check for damage and debris in the tire. The third step involves replacing the damaged tube with a good one. Finally, replace the wheel and you're all set!

Watch the above videos to learn basic bicycle maintenance then subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see more how to videos.

Bicycle maintenance

Check out these other cycling resources:

Learn how to properly fit a bicycle in our Bike Fit Guide, learn all about cycling gear and cycling footwear in our gear guides or learn about bike frame materials, bike components, and tips for first time bike buyers in our bike buying guide.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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