Since 1924 the Jamestown Cycle Shop has been Southwestern New York's leader in competitive and recreational sporting goods.
10 Harrison Street, Jamestown, NY 14701
Open Daily 10-7/Sat 9-4
216 Liberty Street, Warren, PA 16365
Open Daily 10-6/Sat 9-3
BOTH LOCATIONS CLOSED SUNDAYS
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Bike maintenance covers a wide-ranging topics and the certified bike specialists at Jamestown Cycle Shop are here to educate riders. You can always count on the professionals at Jamestown Cycle Shop; however, day to day maintenance is crucial to your bike's health and some simple "know hows" will keep your bike in great riding condiditon.
Your bike is a collection of moving parts. When these parts come into contact with mud, grime and debris, wear and tear is inevitable. This speeds up the deterioration of your bike's components. Not surprisingly, your first line of defense against breakdowns is proper bike hygiene.
Jamestown Cycle Shop offers a comprehensive cleaning of your bicycle and its parts. However, in between professional cleanings you should keep your bicycle clean. The supplies you need to clean your bike depend upon the components you're cleaning and their condition. Here's a short list of basic items that address most cleaning tasks:
Bicycles are held together by dozens of nuts, bolts and screws that can wear down or wriggle loose as the result of normal use. Maintaining a "tight ship" is important because loose (or improperly tightened) bike parts can:
Keep in mind that there's more to keeping bike bolts properly tensioned than simply cranking down on every nut and bolt in sight as hard as possible. Over-tightening can cause as much damage as under-tightening, and it can also lead to component failure and/or unsafe riding situations.
To make sure your bike is properly adjusted, perform frequent overall inspections so you can catch problems before they get serious. Also, keep your eyes and ears open for trouble (rattles, squeaks, wobbles) while you ride so you can check out the problems once you're back home.
The best defense against loose components is a thorough pre-ride inspection before every ride. Regular pre-ride inspections will help you catch potential problems before they develop into safety hazards. Most pre-ride inspection adjustments can be made with a simple bike multi-tool.
The other important aspect of maintaining your bicycle is a regular bike shop visit. If you're a regular rider, bring your bike in for twice-yearly checkups to ensure that complex, hard-to-evaluate components such as spokes, bearing surfaces, derailleurs and cable systems are inspected and serviced regularly. Remember: There are certain parts of a bicycle that should always be serviced and adjusted by experienced mechanics.
Keeping your bike parts properly lubricated is crucial for good performance. Lubrication protects moving parts from excessive wear caused by friction, keeps them from "freezing up", and keeps rust and corrosion from attacking exposed metal components.
Be careful, though. Over-lubricating can lead to poor performance and component damage (excess lubricant will attract dirt and other abrasive particles). As a general rule, excess lube should always be carefully wiped away before the bicycle is ridden.