WHAT IS THE MAINTENANCE TO BE CARRIED OUT ON YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKE AFTER AN EXIT?

So that these dirty outlets always remain a pleasure, it is necessary to take care of your mount.

I propose you some tricks regarding the maintenance to be carried out after a muddy outing MTB to wish …

Cleaning

First, remove the wheels and install the frame on a stand or on any other device of your design to keep the bike upright.

The trick: use a chain rest to maintain the chain in tension and position during this phase.

Using a freewheel brush, remove dirt and deposits between the sprockets.

Apply a degreaser on the crankset, the front, and rear derailleurs, on each link of the chain and the sprockets.

Using a hard-bristled brush, let the degreaser penetrate and let it act for a few minutes before rinsing with soapy water.

Now you can clean the rest of the wheel (including the tire and the spokes) with a big brush and soapy water.

Rinse with clean water and then wash the chain, derailleurs, and trays. Using a sponge previously soaked in soapy water, rub all these elements in turn.

Finally, soap the rest of the bike up and down with another sponge.

Rinse the entire bike with clean water and then dry with a dry cloth and dry all the wet areas before proceeding to the next step.

The lubrication

This step is essential after washing. Otherwise, your bike will oxidize. Make sure that the drying has been carried out correctly, as this operation is ineffective if there is still water on the lubricated parts.

Pour a few drops of lubricant on the pivots of the front and rear derailleurs and the chain.

Note: Place a cloth underneath the chain to absorb excess oil.

Our trick: after the lubrication of the transmission, pedal and operate the speeds to use all the sprockets and plates. You will lubricate the entire transmission quickly and efficiently.

If you have replaced some cables and their ducts, consider introducing a few drops of lubricant into the tube and the new cable. Operate the cable several times to distribute the oil throughout the duct.

Note: It is also necessary to regularly lubricate the old wires.

Grease the hubs and the bottom bracket regularly. The direction of play requires less maintenance.

Our tip: you can drill the frame under the pedal to allow the water stuck inside the tubes to drain. This will protect your bike and the pedal shaft. Be careful though, some bicycles are fragile and if you are not sure about yourself, ask a specialist for this step.

Routine checks

Once your bike has been cleaned and lubricated, remove the abnormal clearances.

Inspect the frame for dents or cracks, warning signs of breakage.

If your frame is made of aluminum, check everything that is riveted (cable guides, derailleur legs for example …)

Inspect the insert mark located under the seat post clamp bolt as it may crack.

Also, check the wheels and the operation of the brakes.

Finally, observe the hanger meticulously and more precisely close to the clamps of the gallows. It is often in this area that the hanger can break.

For long-running, perform this routine maintenance after each ride. The life of your equipment will be extended, your security assured and your pleasure enhanced.

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