7 More Ways You’re Accidentally Ruining Your Road Bike | Bicycle Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid


– Coming up in today’s video, seven more ways you are
inadvertently destroying your bike. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you subscribe to the channel, and click on that notification icon, so that you get notified every
time we upload a new video. (whoosh) (upbeat music) Caring for your bike properly really can be as easy
as a walk in the park. Take this one for example. A few of us are fortunate enough to have a set of carbon wheels, and a set of aluminum wheels. Not using the correct brake
pads on both of these, is one surefire way to ruin
the wheels really quickly. Carbon wheels often
come with their own set of specific brake pads, and this is what you should absolutely use when using those carbon wheels. If you do use aluminum rim brake pads on your carbon wheels, you’ll notice that little bits of metal
and flint stone off the road will have ingrained
themselves into the pad. Using these then on your carbon wheels is going to wear them really quickly, ruining that braking surface. And it’s also worth noting, that I can ruin your
aluminum wheels as well, if you don’t regularly pick out the little pieces of stone and metal that make their way into these pads. (upbeat music) Do you live or ride
frequently in a sandy area? Sand has a habit of getting
absolutely everywhere that it really shouldn’t, and nothing will wear out a bearing faster than a few grains of sand that have made it past the
seal and into the bearing. I know we’ve all seen the
world’s top cyclocross riders training in the sand, but don’t forget they have
some fantastic sponsors, and the world’s best
mechanics looking after them, so next time you ride somewhere sandy, make sure you check your
bearings are spinning freely, and you give your bike a good rinse down. If you live near the seaside, this is especially important for you to take into account. Even if you don’t directly
ride through sand, sand that gets blown onto the road, or carried in the wind,
can really work its way into your bike. So if you think there’s
even a small chance you got sand on your bike, it really is worth giving
it a good deep clean. (light music) Many parts of even the most
expensive bikes on earth will eventually succumb to the elements if left uncared for, and one of the most prominent
things you can expect to see is the dreaded orange of rust. Moisture and oxygen are
the biggest culprits when it comes to rust, but fortunately we can
do something about them. We’re not going to tackle oxygen. Not only is it crucial to life, it’s also all around us, so it would be pretty hard to get rid of, but moisture is quite easy. Simply wipe down your bike on any parts that are
susceptible to rusting, after any session you’ve done, either indoors our outdoors. You may find it even easier to use a water dispelling spray, especially on your chain, your cables, or inside of your derailleurs. Doing this can assure the longevity of your equipment. (light music) A freely spinning bearing,
and the correct grease, is going to last much longer than one that hasn’t been greased at all, or one that was smeared
with the wrong grease in the first place. Pay good attention to your bearings, because these do bear the brunt of all the weather conditions
you’re likely to ride through. For winter riding, it’s a good idea to pack your bearings
with a bit more grease than you would in the
warmer, dryer months. That way they can stand
up to a bit more abuse from the weather. You can even get waterproof grease if you live somewhere
with really bad weather. This will create a bit more resistance when you’re riding. Basically it will be harder
to spin the bearings, so you need to make the decision whether a bit more speed
is more important to you than reducing the amount of
maintenance you need to do. (light music) In a world where bikes and
components are being made with increasing frequency
from lightweight carbons and alloys, it has never
been more important than now to use a torque wrench. This is to ensure we stay within the manufacturer’s
recommended settings. Always follow the advice
printed on your components, or in their user guides, to make sure that you stay
within their tolerances. (light music) One way to keep your
bike reliably functional, is to give it a quick once-over after the grimiest of rides. You do not always need to carry out a deep clean and degrease, but a quick wipe with a cloth will remove the worst
contaminants from your bike, and help keep it in good
working condition for longer. If you’ve ridden in really
bad conditions though, it really is worth giving
your bike a proper clean. It might seem like the
last thing you want to do after a properly grim bike ride, but you’ll thank yourself
for it later, I promise. (upbeat music) One of the most common causes of chipped paintwork on a bike, is a poorly maintained chain. A chain that’s become
clogged, thick, and grimy, will stick to the front chainrings, and it will get sucked up into the bottom of your chainstay. You can avoid this by giving your chain a quick once-over every now and again, or maybe even using a lighter weight lube. As an added bonus, a clean
chain is going to last longer, saving you money. The grit and grime on a dirty chain can basically act as a grinding paste that will eat away at the
rollers on your chain, and as that chain gets more worn, it will also wear out your
cassette and your chainrings, leading to a pretty expensive bill, if you need to replace all
of those parts at once. So there you have it,
seven common mistakes. Are you guilty of any of these, or do you know someone that is? Drop it down in the comments below, and if you want another
video to watch right now, click just there.

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62 thoughts on “7 More Ways You’re Accidentally Ruining Your Road Bike | Bicycle Maintenance Mistakes To Avoid

  1. I find customers that use dry lube get rusty bike components. People like myself who use oil I have bikes over 10 years old with no rust on them.

  2. I'm learning so much from GCN. Thanks for the info! Confession: while I haven't ridden that many miles relative to avid cyclists, I only recently started regular washing. I think I can hear my neglected bike from here.

    I've never cleaned a brake pad. I switched to a disc brake bike recently, so I'm in the clear, but my kids bikes need a look. -Joseph

  3. Washing a bike does little to make it last longer, just like washing your car also doesnt. You need to focus your energy where it counts. That is chain, bearings, cables and pivots, just like you change engine oil, filters ect.

  4. We all like a sweet looking, bling chain… usually in gold. But, really, I think it is the best idea to buy the cheapest chain that is compatible with your system. Especially if you live in the muck and rain and sand.

  5. Thanks for reminding me of cleaning my break pads! I just did it and pulled out two splinters of aluminium from the pads. Rim does not look too bad though. I'm using them for this winter and get new wheels in spring.

  6. As Hambini said in the interview with your channel: Greasing industrial ball bearings is not useful, esp. if it involves removing the dust caps. Just replace them.

  7. Got an issue with the grease quantity of my chain, therefore all chain contact points. ☺️ Always over lubricated! So guilty as charged.

  8. … ways you're inadvertently ruining your bike, if you haven't already done so… – ugh WTF? 😅✌️. I know it's supposed to be a period but Chris talks so fast it sounds that way

  9. Here's another easy tip. Once a month, mark your seat post height with some blue tape. Then take it out and wipe the post and frame clean. Then apply a little lube or grip grease. That should prevent the dreaded stuck seat post.

  10. Guys you forgot the most obvious one.
    Riding the bike anywhere in any condition will wear out all the moving components.
    The message here should be…
    Stuff wears out. Replace it. Keep riding. Simple.

  11. Man, I had no idea, that a dirty chain can cause chainsuck! I had that a couple of times but I always wondered where it could come from! But that makes a lot of sense – thanks for the info, really appreciate it and I gonna make sure to clean my chain and chainrings more regularly!

  12. So if bolts on your bike aren't marked and the manufacturer doesn't give you any guidelines, how can you figure out how much torque to use?

  13. Great advice.

    I clean my drivetrain thoroughly after every ride, am going on 8 yrs. with the same 105 and it works like new. And smart cycling companies will start including a torque wrench as an option (if you haven't already got one) with a new bike.

  14. My girlfriend always gets sand into her crack when we lie naked at the beach. No more since I lube that crack inch thick with high viscous marine grease!

  15. I say again, 7 more things not to do so you can justify upgrading new parts and/or a new bike!

    Just joking around. Thanks for another good video on the topic.

  16. GCN videos like this one pull me into awareness of these common problems and
    out of my procrastination of them. You guys, (and ladies), do good work. Thanks.

  17. Titanium frame. No carbon rims. No riding on sand etc. Only riding in the dry. Wipe down with a damp cloth. I stick it in the attic between Oct-April and I now use the winter bike on Zwift so that doesn’t need cleaning either!

  18. There is some helpful advice here, but I would need to have spent way too much money on my bike to take it apart like that all the time.

  19. Its not that hard to protect your bike from oxygen. Just put it in a chamber filled with an inert gas, problem solved. You dont even need a vaccum chamber. Glad to help.

  20. Government cut backs mean the council's rarely bring out the road sweepers, allowing for ferrous metals and carbon's from vehicles to get mixed with the massive puddles, making for a good cutting paste and basically a rust in a can type soup that gets in everywhere!

    But it's obviously not just bikes that are effectively having their components life span cut?

    Try it, stick two different sets of pads on your commute machine, one for a really wet week and one for a dry week….

  21. Been 7 years on the same drivetrain . I felt kinda stupid when gears kept slipping. Just to find out my chain was stretched out. XD

  22. you'll find sand in the air no matter has landlocked u r. Be it carried high in the stratosphere from the sandstorm of the great desert or from the building site across the road it's there grinding away like shaggys Mr fantastic

  23. Roadie are the worse for not cleaning their drivetrains, they’re really easy to clean and maintain, even without special tools (ie, the kitchen sponge and paint brush used in the video. Paraffin based lubes help to, doing it every ride also helps, even if you just spraying gt85/wd40 etc on a rag and dragging your chain through it a few times and reading it through the cogs will help keep the gunk from building up.

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