My Biking Mistakes
Read What I have Done Wrong So You Won’t Make These Same Biking Mistakes
Buying an Inner Tube with a Presta Valve
Did you know there are two types of bike valves? Me neither. There is the “normal” one, called a Shraeder valve, which is on your typical bike and all your vehicles. Then there is the “Presta” valve which apparently is used on mountain bikes and What else I don’t know.
The problem is, everything is made for a “S” or Shraeder valve which makes sense. You then have to buy an adapter to work with your Presta valve. The Presta valve is also tricky to use. You have to unscrew the little metal top to be able to pass air into and out the inner tube.
Conclusion: Read the label on the inner tube box and don’t buy a Presta valve.
Brake Pad on Backwards
Inspect your bike before riding. In one of my tire changing epic moments, when I got the brake pads back on the bike, I flipped one upside down. It still worked. I didn’t notice this until I was changing the next tire on the bike and adjusting brakes. I should have noticed this sooner.
Conclusion: look your bike over now and then, make sure your brake pads face the right direction, tighten up any loose screws.
Adjusting Brakes-it’s called a quick release
Getting my rear brakes working again after changing a tire has been a challenge. I discovered that there is something called the “quick release” so you don’t have to fight your bike to remove the tire to change a flat.
Conclusion: Understand the quick release on your rear brakes.
Using An Allen wrench the long way
I even know the name “Allen Wrench” now. Sigh. I did not set out to become a bike mechanic, but if I am going to ride my bike, I am going to make sure I can fix some things on it.
You can turn things much easier using the allen wrench like this |______ rather than like this
Conclusion: Have a collection of allen wrenches. But don’t call them allen wrenches. The correct generic nomenclature is “hex key”. You’ll be a more cool rider when someone asks for a “hex key” and you know what they are talking about.
Make Sure Your Cleats Are Tight
If you are using clipless shoes, make sure the cleats on the bottom are tight on your shoes. If they are not, you may find yourself unable to remove your shoe from the bike. When you are doing the little twisting action to release your foot, the cleat simply moves around.
If you can get your foot out of the shoe, and the shoe off the pedal, that’s great. I had to watch numerous You Tube clips and remove the pedal with the shoe and take it off to the vise.
I was able to successfully FINALLY remove the cleat from the pedal. I had lost one of the screws from the cleat. I then had to buy more screws from Amazon for my shoes.
Conclusion: Make sure your screws are tight on your shoes. Buy and have available spare screws-I have already somehow lost another screw, glad I had a stash of screws.
Carry your allen wrench. Carry your hex key.
You Tube Videos
You Tube Videos are the bomb. Just type in something close to what you think you are trying to accomplish, you will either see a video or something suggested to get you closer to what your true problem is.
What’s your Newby Biking Mistake? Please share so I can avoid another one!