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Bike Maintenance 101: Essential Tips for Fixing Common Issues on the Road


So, you've got your brand new bike and you're eager to hit the trails or explore the open road. But before you embark on your cycling adventure, it's crucial to be prepared for unexpected mishaps that can arise along the way. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the essentials you should always have on hand, provide step-by-step instructions for fixing a flat tire, and offer solutions for common mechanical problems. Get ready to become a self-sufficient cyclist!

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Essentials to Carry:

Before you even leave your house, it's essential to pack a few items that can save the day when you're faced with a bike emergency. For tubeless setups, we recommend carrying a Tubeless Repair Kit, a CO2 inflator, and a pump . If you have room, consider carrying a spare Inner Tube as a backup. For bikes with tubes, it's advisable to have a tube, a pump, and some tire levers. Additionally, carrying a Multi-Tool is a must for addressing mechanical issues anywhere on your bike.

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Fixing a Tubeless Flat:

Imagine you're cruising along, enjoying your ride, when suddenly you feel the dreaded sensation of a flat tire. Instead of feeling helpless on the side of the road, let's tackle this issue head-on. To fix a tubeless flat, start by inserting a tire plug (also known as "bacon") into the puncture. Then, use a CO2 inflator to quickly inflate the tire. Give the sealant some time to work by rotating the puncture to the bottom. Finally, use your pump to top off the tire's air pressure, and you're ready to get back on your bike.

Tubeless repair kits can be purchased here:
Replacement Co2 Cannisters

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Addressing a Tube Flat:

Now, let's say you encounter a tube flat during your ride. You hear the hiss of air escaping, and you suspect a mischievous trail troll is to blame. Don't worry—we've got you covered. First, remove the affected wheel. Then, use Tyre Levers to remove one side of the tire. Remove the old tube and prepare the new one by partially inflating it with the pump. Install the new tube, put the tire back in place, and inflate it to a rideable pressure. You're good to go again!

Our full range of replacement inner tubes

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Tackling Mechanical Mishaps:

In addition to flat tyres, mechanical issues can also occur during your ride. One peculiar problem involves the seatpost slipping into the frame. If this happens, affirm the seatpost, raise it back into position, and tighten the clamp to the specified torque. Remember to mark your seatpost's ideal height for future reference.

If your shifting starts to malfunction, cable tension adjustment might be necessary. Locate the barrel adjuster (usually at the shifter for MTBs or at the derailleur for road bikes). To improve shifting into easier gears, increase tension by turning the barrel adjuster counterclockwise. For sluggish shifting into harder gears, decrease tension by turning the barrel adjuster clockwise. If you continue to experience issues like skipping gears, a bent hanger might be the culprit, requiring more extensive repairs when you return home.

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Dealing with a Dropped Chain:

Sometimes, due to poorly adjusted derailleurs, your chain may fall off. If this occurs, find a safe spot away from traffic, flip your bike over, and extend the derailleur cage for slack. Using your hand, guide the chain back into its proper position. Take your time if the chain is wedged in an awkward position to avoid further complications.


With the knowledge and tools necessary to handle common bike issues, you can confidently embark on your cycling journeys. Remember to carry the essential items mentioned earlier and be prepared for the unexpected.

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