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Common Problems and Tips For Troubleshooting your Bicycle

1. Skipping Chain

Probably the most frustrating problem of the lot is skipping of the bicycle chain. However, fixing this issue is actually very simple. The chain will skip while pedalling, if it is too long or it is too loose. 

To fix this, all you need to do is to loosen the bolts of the rear tyre, move it back until the chain starts to straighten and reaches the appropriate tension, where it moves only about half of an inch in both directions. However, if the chain doesn’t tighten after this and has been stretched, then you need to replace it.

2. Wheel Alignment

At times, the front wheel of your cycle might bend or the wheels of your bicycle can fall out of alignment. For such a scenario, all you need while troubleshooting your bicycle is to do is place the bicycle upside down , then move the wheel slowly; while doing this you must watch for the spot where the bicycle tyre moves close to the brake pads. 

After locating the spot, you need to tighten the spoke underneath on the opposite side of the spot so that the wheel gets aligned to the middle. Then, attach the spoke key to the spoke nipple on the loose spoke, make short turns of about a half of a rotation and check the rotation after every turn.

Continue this until the wheel runs smooth in a straight line for a full rotation.

3. Deflated Tyres

You were riding along fine until the tyres got punctured or suddenly you realized that you had to put extra effort to pedal because the tyres were under inflated. Sounds familiar? The deflation can be either because of a puncture, a leak in the air valve or just normal deflation because of a long gap after you last filled one or both tyres.

If it is a puncture or a valve leak, we recommend you take it to the nearest cycle repair shop . You might need to change the tubes if you are riding on tubed tyres.

For tubeless tyres, a patch will do fine .

For tyres with less air pressure, you will require a tyre inflator pump, which is typically a floor pump or a foot pump, but also comes in other varieties.You just need to locate the valve in the cycle’s tyre, unscrew it and then inflate the tyre using the pump.

4. Loose Brakes

We’ve all had our fair share of experiences with loose brakes and many of us may have had bitter-sweet experiences because of this. However, like every other problem, this too has a solution.

Start by squeezing the calliper brakes and remove the brake cable for troubleshooting your bicycle. After that, clean the break parts and if necessary, lubricate the parts and reattach the brake cable.

Follow it up by aligning the brake pad and tightening the brake pad in place. Adjust the screws on both calliper arms then tighten or loosen the brake adjuster on the handle as per requirement and tighten the lock nut.

5. Stiff Pedals

This can be caused by a stiff chain link and may lead to accidents. One of the solutions for troubleshooting your bicycle starts by searching for the stiff link. For that, you need to check the smallest rear sprocket and run the chain backward by rotating the crank.

By doing this, you will be able to distinguish the stiff link as the one which jumps over the pulley.

To fix it, you need to work the plates loose by twisting the chain then point the stiff link upward and firmly grab the connecting points on both sides. Then, twist the chain from one side to the other.


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