Points to consider on your road or gravel bike if it is already 2 or 3 years old
Before we begin, it must be said that many of the sections we will review should probably have already been touched upon or reviewed. But if not, don’t let any more time pass.
Cleaning and greasing: in theory, this point must be done, practically, after every exit. Or at least every week. In the rainy season, because the dirt from the road or the mud that can accumulate and in dry seasons because of the dust. Either way, here are some articles that can help and guide you.
Transmission: beyond the correct operation of the derailleurs (which you will surely have had to adjust at some point), you have to pay attention to other vital components such as the rear cassette or the chain and their respective wear and tear. Similarly, if you use electronic switches, keep an eye on the life of the batteries because you may need to replace them in a little while. Below are some articles that deal with the subject.
Wheels: we are dealing with an element that should also be checked, cleaned and greased (the bushings, especially) and be very careful when changing the tubeless and/or the tires. In addition to the correct alignment of the spokes and their centering, a task that we recommend you always entrust to experienced mechanics. Here are some articles related to wheels.
Tires: it will depend a lot on the kilometers you do per week but, in two or three years of the bike’s life, if you haven’t changed the tires, that’s a bad sign. A component that, even if you don’t use it too much, can deteriorate. He thinks that they are the first safety element of our bike, since they are what keep us in contact with the ground. Check their condition and, if necessary, change them. We leave you some articles that may interest you.
Brakes: You may have had to change your brake pads, but did you know that the fluid also needs to be replaced every now and then? If you don’t, it loses properties and ends up getting some dirt into the system. The most normal thing, with intensive use of the bike, is to do it once a year. If you haven’t done it since you bought the bike, now is the time. And the same goes for shoes, if you still use rim brakes. Check their condition and prevent them from crystallizing, because when that moment comes it will be like going without brakes. Here are some articles on the subject:
Footwear: ok, it’s not a component of the bike itself, but the shoes, and especially the cleats, are items that we also need to replace at least once a year (we’re talking about the cleats), although it also depends, like everything, from the wear and tear they suffer. In any case, bad cleats or shoes that no longer fit well are detrimental to your performance and safety on the bike. We leave you some articles with advice on this.