Have a bike? We often forget to talk about bikes
Planning to buy a new bike or bought a bike? Bikes are one of the best ways of transportation, especially in Indian cities as we are all aware of how bad traffic can get. If you are buying your first bike then there are some maintenance tips that you should follow if you want your bike to last longer and run smoothly.
Bike maintenance is nothing complicated and it is pretty simple. Second-hand bikes that had been used with good care can also be almost as good as a brand new bike.
Check your tires regularly
Check the strain and the track of your tires before you start any journey to ensure there are no openings, breaks, tears or any wear. Make sure that you check the manufacture date of the tires and that they are replaced after every 4 years. Also, check the air pressure of the tires.
Change Engine oil
Typically it is advised to change engine oil after every 5000 km travelled. This is important as engine oil as it reduces the friction between the cylinder and the piston and reduces noise and prevents your piston from wear and tear. Also, during summer the bike will take more oil and the oil will last longer in winter.
Clean Air filter
After the bike is on the road daily the air filter gets clogged because of dust. If the filter is clogged then there will be less Air, resulting in the burning of more fuel
Keep the chain lubricated
It is important that you lube your bike chain regularly as it can damage your gearbox bearing and wheels. The best time to lube your chain is after riding when the bike is still warm. Balance the tension of the chain and don’t make it either too tight or too loose.
Brake pads and fluids
You can change the brake pads whenever a grinding sound comes out while stepping on the brake. Brake fluids should also be changed after a year or two.
Changing spark plugs
A spark plug is what causes the spark that ignites and switches on your bike. This can be changed after 17000 km travelled but failing to do so can cause more damage to the bike.
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