Updated On: 21 September 2021 Dheeraj Nair
Do you know the different monsoon maintenance tricks for bicycles? If not, here is everything you need to know on how to keep your bicycle in pristine condition!
The monsoon season is just around the corner and it is a time when cyclists take pleasure in riding their bikes. Even with the downpour, bicycle enthusiasts and daily commuters prefer cycling. Despite the water clogged roads and puddles, people like riding bicycles as it presents them with an opportunity to experience the unique earthy smell associated with rain and the plush nature.
The human presence amongst nature on earth is indeed experienced with the help of this skill of riding a bicycle. While we believe it to be a fun activity, we prefer using rain gear to protect ourselves, however, what we often forget is the need for protecting our bicycles from the harsh conditions presented by rain.
Therefore, protecting our bicycles through regular maintenance especially during this coming monsoon season will not only increase the lifespan of the bicycle but also will maintain a continuity of the wonderful experience that we discussed earlier.
Since we are discussing monsoon season and its effects on a bicycle, we have put together a fine article that tells everything you need to know about the maintenance of a bicycle during monsoon season. Thus, let us begin with the tips and tricks seasoned cyclists follow during the rainy season:
Monsoon season can be quite harsh on the bicycles. The body tends to get filthy with mud and contaminants even with the presence of mudguards that can do only little to protect the components of a bicycle from getting dirty. Also, washing off the dirt and mud is an ordeal of its own.
At this juncture, we would recommend bicycle owners to chip in some money and get paint and body protection coatings that will not only resist the contaminants from sticking onto the body but also will protect the bicycle from its arch-nemesis- Rust.
During monsoon season, roads tend to get mucky and slippery which resists the tyres from maintaining an optimal level of traction to keep the rider and the cycle from not swaying and falling down. At this point, we would recommend each and every rider to maintain the correct tyre pressure as it not only helps in retaining balance over difficult terrain or slippery condition but also will reduce the chance of having a puncture.
NOTE: Recommended tyre pressure will be imprinted on the sidewall of the tyres for reference.
A clean bicycle not only gives a refreshing feel but also makes the next ride smooth and carefree. However, during the rainy season, it becomes a tad bit hectic as the bicycle is prone to get filthy with mud and grime, therefore, it is necessary to hose down the dirt and grime after each ride to keep the bicycle in pristine condition. Once all the dirt is washed away, do make sure to wipe and dry the bicycle to avoid rusting.
NOTE: Do not use a pressure washer to clean your bicycle as it can cause damage to the components and could cause minor scratches on the bicycle.
Like keeping the bicycle clean, it is also important to keep the drivetrain exceptionally well maintained as it is the major component of a bicycle. It is recommended to clean the grime off by using a brush with soft bristles so that no damage would occur to the chain and cassette. Also, make sure to wet-lube the bicycle chain as it can keep the chain in good condition for a prolonged time.
If the bicycle has a telescopic setup, it is recommended to keep them clean especially the stanchions. During the rainy season, the stanchions tend to get dirty and mud/water could get past the dust seals. Therefore it is necessary to keep them clean and lubricated to avoid rusting of the suspension components.
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