I have recently put together a load of repairs on my bike. The three that I think have made the most difference have been:
1. Changing the brake cable
This was a long overdue repair on my bike and I’m glad its done now. The cable had started to really become untangled and was slowing my braking. I could tell because my break levers where not returning to the normal position. Luckily this is a cheap repair and only costs about £10 as the brake cables where very cheap from my local bike shop. I did have to ask to borrow his tool though which he was not happy about!
2. Changing the brake pads
This is and old classic one but it has to be done occassionally. They seem to wear out faster than you would think. But it is essential. The braking now feels much better and while I was doing it I also re-aligned the bicycle brake arms so they now line up correctly and provide good stopping power
3. Cleaning the bike
This was a good one to do as I could tell it was long overdue. Not a task I enjoy performing but probably only because I leave it for so long each time! This was obviously the cheapest of the three repairs though I did destroy at least a couple of cloths getting it clean again. In future may dissassemble to do a more thorough job.
That’s it for now!