Just cycling to the university and zack there it happened. Your bike breaks apart, and you’re going to take a half-way, elegantly set on the road. How could that happen? Perhaps you should have looked for signs that told you that your bike is slowly getting old. If you do not know exactly which should be, then read the rest.
Many have probably already experienced it. You get into the pedals and suddenly the chain hangs loosely at the wheel. What happens now and then with a new wheel, occurs more and more with increasing age. The reason for this is the rubbed pegs on the chainring. The chain is simply not held properly and tends to jump out again and again. Remedy is luckily quite simple and inexpensive. Simply replace the chainring and already holds the chain in the track.
The frame itself is a bit more complicated. Every bike is always experiencing a blow or a fall. What initially looks harmless, however, can leave traces behind the frame after years of use. Often they show on the surface as fine cracks or dents. These can give way during the next vibration and the frame breaks. When this happens, it is usually painful, because the break is uncontrollable and the rider cannot adjust to the upcoming situation.
Here it only helps to sift and check the frame again and again. If you notice something that looks funny, let it be checked by a professional.
With each ride the rims and spokes of your bike are heavily loaded. They have to swallow some shocks and can bear visible traces of time. If a broken spoke does not have much grief, several can cause your wheel to lose in stability. If this happens, the ride will quickly become an unstable ride and a fall is sometimes the result. So always go through the spokes on your bike and exchange the wheel if necessary.
Of course, screws are an important part of every bike, and especially in the case of wheels that often are outside, they should always be checked again. Screws can easily rust and when this happens they are rapidly porous and break. Especially if your bicycle does not have a quick release on the wheels, but these are fastened to the frame with screws, caution is advised. These screws have to withstand the greatest stress and you can imagine what happens, your front wheel should be self-sufficient.
The most important is to control the essential parts of your bike again and again. Just when your bike is often out or you have not used it for a long time, you should look at it in peace. It is also advisable to have the bicycle checked by a workshop after the winter. This usually does not cost much and gives you the best security.