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Keep the creak out of your Pedals

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Pedals are often overlooked.  They are put through all sorts of weather conditions, and ridden under any and all kinds of cycling conditions, without being given a second thought.  Like all other components on your bike, pedals need TLC too.  Look after them and they will last you longer and perform consistently; but neglect them and you will soon enough find out how terrible it is riding on ill-maintained pedals.  These steps will ensure your pedals keep well maintained and leave you a happier cyclist:

  1. We all do it – walking in our cycling shoes on our cleats.  This will cause your cleats to wear a lot quicker than normal, so either stop walking in your cycling shoes after a ride; or get yourself a set of cleat covers.  This will save your cleats for that little bit longer.  Worn cleats big_6f46deb13b204aeeb52dcafd7b4c787amean that you will unclip unnecessarily and unexpectedly while riding; and is a sure sign that your cleats will need replacing.
  2. Although bearings are hidden away from the world, they still need attention.  Bearings need to be kept greased to work efficiently. Each pedal manufacturer has its own systems to grease the bearings and spindles; however if you are unsure how to to grease the bearings, bring them into Revolution Cycles Dubai and let our knowledgeable mechanics do it for you.
  3. Check for and tighten loose fasteners, and replace missing ones.  At the same time look for bent / broken springs and any other visual damage.
  4. Grease the pedal threads before installing the pedals on the crank arms.  If this is not done, there is a chance that the pedals will seize on the crank arm, requiring you then to replace both pedal and crank arm.

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How to keep your bike mechanic happy

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The bike mechanic is the hero of every rider. Using his/her knowledge and expertise to eliminate those creaks and squeals, and transforming your run down donkey into your well-oiled trusty steed. But your bike mechanic’s life is not always an easy one, where he/she has a lot of reasons for being so grumpy.

Not only does his/her hands always smell like oil, and his/her feet ache from standing all day, he/she is forever fighting for respect from clients who believe they know better than him/her.  Because no one likes a grumpy bike mechanic, next time you are booking your bicycle in for its next service here are a few do’s and don’ts to keep your bike mechanic happy: (more…)

30 Day Self Maintenance Plan

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30 Day Self Maintenance Plan

A few minutes caring for your bike every day for a month, gives a pleasurable and smooth bike ride

We all know that there are no enough hours in the day, with work, family, socialising and endless TV time with your favourite series. All this makes it impossible to set aside any time to concentrate on bike maintenance. However, devoting at least 30 minutes a day for a month too your bicycle you will get a much more satisfying ride than if you only attended to your bike here and there on every second weekend. Following this simple 30 Day Plan will mean:

– Less “major” issues detected by the Revolution Cycles Dubai workshop team;

– And more enjoyable kilometres out on your bicycle (more…)

Keeping Your Ride Clean

A quick wash and lube for your bike.

Although at times it is far easier to just take your bicycle to Revolution Cycles for a quick wash and lube at a fair cost, this can’t be done after every day, where weeks easily go past before your trusty steed is given the attention it deserves.

An unclean bike is sometimes the reason for a lot of the creaks and moans you hear when out cycling, and can easily be avoided if the necessary TLC is given to your bicycle. (more…)

Sand gets everywhere!

Dubai is filled with the finest grains of sand I have ever come across, this sand is so fine that it manages to work its way into areas that would normally be considered sealed areas. The biggest issue faced by riders here is the upkeep of bottom brackets and chains. My advice is to have regular BB services a minimum of every three months or 1,500km, a regular service will help prevent unnecessary wear and tear due to sand abrasion.  The next and most important part that needs to receive regular TLC would be the chain. The chain collects sand very easily this combined with the wrong lubricant will cause you more unnecessary expense. Personally I only use White Lightning Dry Wax lube in Dubai. White Lightning actually sheds dirt and sand build up. Wet lubes collect sand and form an abrasion paste that will wear your chain and cassette rings unnecessarily.

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