Common problems encountered by bike shop mechanics… and how to fix them
1. Lack of general maintenance
Stay on top of keeping your bike clean and in good condition.
Keeping on top of the maintenance of your bike is the best single piece of advice any mechanic can give. This means regularly cleaning and lubricating it to save component wear in
When a bike is sold, the buyer often doesn't know what needs to be done to keep the bike in good condition, from cleaning to storage. However, you need to learn the craft first. If you are going to do it yourself - read any instructions or follow 'youtube' videos. There is a wealth of information out there. Otherwise, It can mean that even cartridge style brake pads can be fitted backwards. You should have a go, if you are confident enough but if you are unsure and it is safety related, have it checked by John or Perry.
2. Creaking bottom brackets
One of the most common problems we have come across overr the last 12 years isdreaded bottom bracket creak.
Given the amount of specifications of bottom brackets, and their complexity, it is unsurprising
Specific tools such as a bottom bracket press to instal and a different tool is necessary to remove. Occasionally when we complete a pre-delivery assembly, we find that the factory has not installed the component correctly.
Given the varying standards and complexity of bottom brackets, the best piece of advice is to constantly maintain the bottom bracket with every service. If you own the tools and have the time, then ensure bearings are cleaned and greased, especially after extended periods of poor weather where dirt and water ingress can be a bottom bracket’s worst enemy. Often there’s not a huge amount you can do for them even if you do have the tools – it’s wear and tear.
Make sure bottom bracket servicing is near the top of the to do list for addressing any creaks or grinding as soon as they arise – don’t delay.
3. Disc brake maintenance
Cable rim brakes were one of the simple jobs a home mechanic could try with relative ease, hydraulic disc brakes are another story.
There’s a lack of knowledge around how disc brakes are operated and serviced, we find that mountain bikers understand it better because they’ve been using them for about 20 years. Even to the extent of getting them to operate properly when new and the initial bedding in process.
The most common issue is from rotor and contamination on the disc followed by cross contamination onto the pad - care are needs to be taken when lubing other areas of the bike.