Things I Don’t Understand About Biking

Things I Don't Understand About my Bike

This could be a long laundry list of things I don’t understand about  bikes and biking. Where to begin?

How to install water bottle and bike kit? Where do I carry the tire inflator and spare stuff? I don’t see how this fits on the bike.

What is the best way to fix a flat? I’ve only changed the tires twice. Both at home, not on the road.

How often do I need to clean my bike and oil the chain?

When do I need to replace the brake pads? Am I breaking too much going downhills?

What is a power meter and do I need one? Is a power meter the same thing as a bike computer? Do I need a bike computer? How will it help me?

How do I know what kind of brakes I  have? When do I need to replace the brake lines?

Why do my brakes squeak? Should they squeak?

How often should you replace your helmet? I do know to replace after a crash. I haven’t crashed. I think my helmet is about five years old.

Got any answers for me?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Understand About Biking

  1. Kristen

    Hi Kim! I’m a newbie biker too – I just started last year and was totally overwhelmed by how much I didn’t know! I actually just went to a women’s bike maintenance class last week and learned a few of these so I can kind of help you out with some of these:

    How to install water bottle and bike kit? Where do I carry the tire inflator and spare stuff? I don’t see how this fits on the bike. – Every bike I’ve ever ridden on has two little holes on the bottom tube in the middle of the bike (like the area you stand over). You can buy a water bottle holder and screw it into those two holes! I also have a detachable water bottle holder that attaches with velcro, so I can easily take it on and off and use it on multiple bikes. The bike kit and tire stuff can go under your bike seat!

    What is the best way to fix a flat? I’ve only changed the tires twice. Both at home, not on the road. – I feel like there has to be youtube videos for this. I learned in that class I just took, and my friends and I are having a tire changing practice together next week because it’s kind of tricky to learn how to do it and we want to make sure we have all the right gear! Basically, you have to take off the entire tire and change the tube.

    How often do I need to clean my bike and oil the chain? – In that maintenance class I learned that you should do this every 100 miles.

    Good luck with figuring this stuff out! Biking is so much fun!

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    1. Kim Post author

      Thanks for the tips! My local bike shop-which is 40 miles away-had newby bike classes in February, when I was in New Zealand. You Tube has been a good friend to visit for my biking education.

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