Here we have created an easy little list of tips that will help you keep your speed consistent from your bike’s point of view. These tips in particular were chosen due to their easy nature. WE’d like to thank our cycling experts for supplying us with these tips. So without further wait, here are 4 easy and fast ways to get your bike’s performance at its capacity!
Regularly oil your chain
Much like keeping your car engine in good condition, if you are looking for a stable and unproblematic cycle, you must keep your chain in a good condition. The chain is the most important part of your bicycle, as it’s the part which channels your pedaling into acceleration, so it’s very important to upkeep maintenance of the component. This is an easy process, as making sure that the chain is clean and lubricated is enough to have the chain in great working condition.
Remember, never wash the chain, if you are looking to clean excess dirt from the chain, apply a wet cloth (with no soap) to the chain and lightly scrub until the dirt is removed. Whilst also applying fresh oil and using your hand to rotate the chain by working the pedals.
Adjust your brake pads
You might not even notice it, but we often get cyclists baffled at trying to discover the reason they are losing speed. One thing which goes under the radar is the position of the break-pads. In a lot of cases, when a bike is being manufactured, the break-pads will cautiously be applied too close to the tyre in an attempt to create a safer cycling experience of the user. Although, this isn’t exactly appropriate for an experienced cyclist who is comfortable in their ability. If you are looking for more speed, it’s highly recommended that you make sure that your break-pads are in a good position and not rubbing against your tyres and breaking speed. This can be done with an allan key
Replace your pneumatic components
Due to the pneumatic components in bikes being so fine and articulated, it’s important that we look after them with the best equipment if you want the best results with your speed. Buying equipment such as pneumatic cylinders which are perfect for increasing the air pressure levels within your tyres so that you have the best-optimized levels for increasing your speed.
The great thing about the pneumatic cylinder is that you can use it to improve your acceleration in many different ways. These cylinders are immense for injecting compressed air into the insides of the frame, which will get rid of any excess dirt and dust, keeping your bike clean inside and out. You can get pneumatic cylinders from airline pneumatics in many sizes on their website, which makes them perfect for a miniature handheld bike tool.
Keep your bike clean
Making sure that you wipe down your bike with the right chemicals is very important to not only the appearance of the bike but the performance. The build-up of dust or dirt can over time, inject problems to the more articulate components of the bike. At least once a month it’s recommended that you take the frame out from the wheels and give this a wash with suggested bike cleaning products to make sure that the condition of your bike is always tip-top.
Correct Your Saddle Height
One of the questions I’m asked most often is ‘what should be the ideal position of my seat?’ It’s a very important question and one which every cyclist should ask at some point, as the position of the seat affects your contact with the pedals and the handlebar. With all this considered, let me share some advice so you can correctly position your seat, improve your efficiency and avoid injuries.
The Heel Method
This is my favorite method purely for its simplicity. This method works best when used with everyday shoes. Don’t wear shoes with a prominent heel as it may alter the results.
So how does it work? Place your feet on the pedals and start pedaling. Pay attention to the flexion of your knees. Your knee should be fully stretched out when your feet are in the lowest position of the pedal rotation and your heel should be about to lose contact with the pedal. Raise and lower the seat accordingly until you find this position.
The Lemond Method
The renowned American cyclist and three-time Tour de France winner, Greg Lemond, came up with this famous method. It’s not my favorite as the bone structure can vary between people, but many use it and find it incredibly useful.
Standing barefoot, put a book between your legs (holding it with your thighs) and try to measure the distance between the floor and the top of the book (ideally someone could do it for you!). This calculates your crotch to flour measurement. Multiply this by 0.833 and you’ll get the height that your seat should be positioned. I should repeat that this method isn’t for everyone, so don’t be frustrated if it doesn’t work for you.
Essentially both methods are aiming for the same result: to have your leg almost fully extended at the lowest point of pedaling. Above all it’s about feeling comfortable when you ride and every person is different. There are other methods that can more accurately define the ideal height of your saddle, but these require the help of a specialist.
What do you think?
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