Tips On Bike Maintenance

Written by Andrew Caxton


First of all, and before start any bicycle maintenance you have to clean your bike, that doesn't mean a bit of wipe with a cloth, you have to clean it appropriately and there are a few things you will need in order to dorepparttar job. Probably, you will have to buy some tools. However, notice that most of them can be found aroundrepparttar 142428 house. Try to find them underrepparttar 142429 kitchen sink, but donít let your wife or mother catch you.

What isrepparttar 142430 required equipment: -

  • A bike workstand or handy tree/washing line to hang your bike on.
  • Old rear hub or old axle or stick
  • Degreaser or diesel fuel (careful diesel is not good for your hands).
  • Hot water.
  • Washing up liquid.
  • 2 buckets (1 with soapy and 1 with clean water).
  • Paint brush.
  • Old water bottle.
  • Bottlebrush.
  • Soft scrubbing brush.
  • 2 sponges.
  • Cloths.
  • Oil.
  • And for that extra shinny finish, spray polish.

An important premise when you are cleaning your bike is to keep your eyes well opened. Itís necessary to remember anything that may need fixing later, this is how a mechanic on a professional cycling team does it, but he might have 10 bikes to look after, so itís a lot easier with only one.

You can start fromrepparttar 142431 bike wheels, and then cutrepparttar 142432 top offrepparttar 142433 old water bottle and put some degreaser in it, you can use a spray degreaser, but you waste most of it. Withrepparttar 142434 paintbrush workrepparttar 142435 degreaser intorepparttar 142436 sprockets being careful not to get too much intorepparttar 142437 bearings. Then with some hot water and washing up liquid scrubrepparttar 142438 sprockets clean, then scrubrepparttar 142439 rims clean of old brake block residue, you can use a little degreaser to help this, but donít get it on your tires. Scrubrepparttar 142440 tires clean, with soft scrubbing brush, at this point look atrepparttar 142441 tires for any cut inrepparttar 142442 tread that could puncture later and inspectrepparttar 142443 rims for damage or if they are wearing thin. With a soapy sponge washrepparttar 142444 spokes and then rinse them in clean water and put them to one side to dry, not in direct sunlight.

Now takerepparttar 142445 bottlebrush or a sponge and a bucket of soapy water and clean underrepparttar 142446 cycle saddle, underrepparttar 142447 bottom bracket, underrepparttar 142448 brakes and underrepparttar 142449 forks, userepparttar 142450 scrubbing brush to shift any stubborn dirt, then take a soapy sponge and clean off allrepparttar 142451 degreaser and loosened dirt. Then with a clean soapy sponge clean every part ofrepparttar 142452 bike, start withrepparttar 142453 handlebars and saddle and work your way downrepparttar 142454 bike making surerepparttar 142455 whole bike is sparkling clean, then rinse with clean water. Remember keep your eyes open for things like worn brake blocks, gritty bearings, tight or frayed cables or any cracks or damage torepparttar 142456 frame, if all is OK putrepparttar 142457 wheels back in.



Docking Techniques in Boating

Written by Thomas Holley


Whilerepparttar docking techniques in boating are always going to be dependent uponrepparttar 142297 weather conditions, there are a few simple things that you should always keep in mind. First of all, in this particular case practice makes perfect. Although we can provide tips, please remember thatrepparttar 142298 docking techniques in boating are going to be something you will have to personalize to your experience, your particular boat and of course,repparttar 142299 dock itself. Secondly,repparttar 142300 most common mistake boaterís make when attempting to dock their boats is to try and approachrepparttar 142301 dock in a straight line. By approachingrepparttar 142302 dock from an angle, however, it will much easier to get close without scraping and to hitrepparttar 142303 spot you're aiming for. Thirdly,repparttar 142304 speed at which you come in torepparttar 142305 dock must be controlled. Anything you've ever been told aboutrepparttar 142306 best docking techniques in boating probably mentioned that it requires you to run your boat in atrepparttar 142307 slowest possible speed. This however, is not as easy as it sounds. Often, even idle speed on a boat is too fast. Coasting, however, as a docking technique in boating, causes problems in and of itself. Coasting reduces steering capability, which makes it even more difficult to accurately line up withrepparttar 142308 dock. The best way to counter this problem is to alternate between power for steering (short shots of forward gear) and coasting for speed control. Being able to userepparttar 142309 best docking techniques in boating is not automatic.

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