Road Bike Maintenance - Tips and Trips from Cycle Bella Italia

Tips for Cycling in Tuscany: Taking Care of Your Road Bike:

As any experienced cyclist will tell you, a little bicycle maintenance goes a long way, literally. It only takes a few minutes to ensure you’re not stranded far from home with a mechanical problem. Here’s a few tips and tricks to help you keep your rig looking and working beautifully as you join us for cycling in Italy:

Step 1: Wash, Rinse, Repeat

As you know, your beautiful new carbon fiber frame won’t stay “dealership” new forever. The realities of wear and tear won’t be absent as you take your new steed for its first or 100th ride of the season. Wiping down your bike after every ride won’t be enough to get rid of the dirt and debris that can accumulate in those hard to reach places.

  • To start out, rinse your bike in its entirety.
  • Pay close attention to the seat and handlebars.
  • Be careful not to use high-pressure around the hubs as this can cause massive mechanical issues down the road.
  • Use a soft brush to scrub away the first in hard to reach areas of the bike

Step 2: Lubricate

Just because you’ve gotten all the dirt off your bike doesn’t mean it will run like new. Have you ever tried drive a car without any motor oil? A good clean chain with adequate lubrication will help you stay off the side of the road with a chain or derailleur issue.

  • Using a thick rag, wipe your chain clean.
  • Don’t forget to wipe down the other moving parts (i.e. chain rings, rear cassette, derailleur, etc.)
  • Apply lubrication to the chain and work it through by rotating the pedals.
  • *Be careful* Solvents that promise to eliminate grease and grime can be detrimental to plastics and carbon so don’t lather all over your frame.

Step 3: Inspect your entire bike for potential issues

  • Check your tires
    • Are they well inflated?
    • Are there cracks or other deformities?
  • Check your frame
    • Is the carbon cracked?
    • Are there noticeable dings or scratches that need to be addressed?
  • Check your wheels
    • Are your wheels trued? Spin them around while in your bike stand. Do they appear symmetrical as they rotate around?
  • Check your cables
    • Are they free of wear and tear?
    • Are they cracking or fraying?

Whether you’re in the States or cycling in Tuscany with our team, we want to ensure you’re going to have a safe and enjoyable ride. Never take shortcuts with bicycle maintenance. If you notice something wrong with your ride that you don’t know how to fix, seek help from your local bicycle professional.

A quality maintained bicycle will yield an excellent and enjoyable ride.  We look forward to having you  riding with us in Italy at Cycle Bella Italia!  Buon viaggio!!!