No matter how sturdy your bicycle is, it will need some repairs over the years, especially if you are an avid rider or love to take on more technical bike courses. If you find that your bike isn’t living up to your expectations, or performing as well as it once did, it’s time to take it in for repair. Here are some of the most common signs you need to look out for:

 

Rust

 

Rust is easy to spot but is often ignored, because most riders assume that since their bike is still functioning well, there’s no need to fix the issue just yet. However, rust is a sign that the structure of your bike is slowly breaking down, and the more you ignore it, the more it will spread.

 

At the very least, you either need to replace the rusted parts or apply a new protective layer to the parts that are rusting. If that doesn’t fix the issue, you need to have a professional check it out.

 

Tyre Pressure

 

Just like the sensitivity of the tyre pressure on a car, a bike could also cause accidents when the tyre pressure isn’t optimal. The pressure might be low either because of the temperature changes, or due to damage to the inner tube of your tyre.

 

You should first inflate the tube to see if the pressure holds up. If it does, then it’s the temperature factors. If it doesn’t, you need to replace your tyre tube, and if you don’t have the confidence to do it yourself, just take it in for repair and the bike mechanic will fix the issue with ease.

 

Squealing Brakes

 

Squealing brakes are like a cry for help from your bike. The sound is caused by the brake pads not being properly placed on the rim, or due to the pads being worn. Be sure that the brakes are repositioned and adjusted, or have new pads fitted as soon as possible. No one wants to be on a bike if its brakes fail.

 

Sticky Gears

 

If you are finding it hard to shift your gears while out on a ride, it’s a sure sign that they have to be repaired. Normally, gear problems are caused by tension in the system’s cables and might need adjustment or have to be replaced.

 

If your bike is showing any of the above signs, it’s time to get it repaired. Contact our friendly and experienced bike mechanics for more information.