Ever so often a bike needs a bit of love to be kept running smoothly and to keep providing a comfortable ride free of annoying noises.
So recently I got myself down to the local bike shop and picked up:
Well, the lock and chain cleaning tool were actually from Amazon and Halfords but never mind.
I’ll go through each upgrade and let you know why I chose to do it which may help you decide if you want to show some similar love to your bike.
A new chain is an upgrade that for me is long overdue. The old one had become rusted and was stretched. This meant it was wearing away at my drivetrain components such as the rear cogs which are much more expensive to replace than a new chain which costs around £12. Therefore it was time for the old chain to go to bike component heaven.
My sparkling new chain is suitable for a 9 speed bike with a quick release link so I can take it on and off much easier. I also went for a narrow chain as they tend to change more smoothly. Your local bike shop will be able to advice you on a good one for your bike.
New brake cables
My old cables had become frayed and so the braking was not as smooth as I would like it to be. This is one of those upgrades that instantly makes you feel happier about your bike and life in general!
Replacing a break cable is a very simple and cheap upgrade. Your local bike shop should be able to supply you with a new cable set but you may need to be cheeky and borrow their professional wire cutters to be sure you do a good job because the cables tend to be incredibly strong.
New brake pads
Brake pads do not take long to wear out especially not on V-brakes. So I binned the old ones and bought two new sets. The total cost of this repair is around £12. I would like to say it is simple to do but I find it a bit of a pain to line up all the washers and to toe it in which is why I tend to put off doing it. Thought it is a good idea to keep an eye on them as worn out brake pads provide poor stopping power and wear out the rim. I tend to do this upgrade 2-3 times a year.
New lock and chain cleaning tool
I’ve already reviewed the new chain cleaning tool last month and tomorrow I’ll be reviewing my new bike lock so keep an eye out for that!
I like slowly upgrading parts of my bike as it gives me a smoother ride that I enjoy much more. I hope this list is useful to anyone thinking about doing some upgrades on their bike. Let me know what you are thinking of upgrading next or what new accessories you are considering buying.
What is next on your upgrade list?
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