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Five Easy Ways to Maintain a Bike

All you need is a set of Allen wrenches and a screwdriver.



    How to Check Over Your Bike Before You Ride or Buy

    Don't skip these easy checks when you buy your first bike or pull it out for a ride after the winter. (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    As any community cycling shop mechanic will tell you, there are plenty of advantages to traveling a city by bike: it's cheaper and greener than taking the car or train, and a lot easier to maintain.

    Those gallons of gas and the coal burned to power trains adds up — transportation was the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, according to Environmental Protection Agency statistics. Most transportation-related emissions come from cars, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs.

    Bike rental programs in America’s cities are starting to make the option of short-term green alternatives readily available to environmentally conscious commuters, but they usually only afford commuters a trip measured in minutes.

    Karen Overton, director of educational nonprofit Recycle-a-Bicycle, itself a part of Bike New York, stressed that owning and maintaing a bicycle is one way to lessen overall air pollution and overreliance on gasoline and coal.

    “We can change that level of [air] pollution by changing your transportation patterns,” Overton said. “You don’t have to radically change your whole life — just one individual behavior, and sustain that change.”

    Below, David Heslop of Recycle-a-Bicycle explains five ways anyone can maintain their own bicycle without going to a repair shop, making the sustainable commuting method even cheaper.

    How to Patch an Inner TubeHow to Patch an Inner Tube

    What do you do when your bike gets a flat on the road? David Heslop of Recycle-a-Bicycle walks us through the steps to patch an inner tube using just a tire lever and a patch kit.

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    How to Change an Inner TubeHow to Change an Inner Tube

    Recycle-a-Bicycle's David Heslop shows us how easy it is to change an inner tube on your own bike.

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    Fixing Your Bike: How to Adjust Brakes and BrakepadsFixing Your Bike: How to Adjust Brakes and Brakepads

    All you need to adjust brake tension and brake pads on a bicycle are some Allen keys and a screwdriver. 

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    Fixing Your Bike: How to Adjust a DerailleurFixing Your Bike: How to Adjust a Derailleur

    If you're having problems shifting gears on your bike, it may be time to take a look at your derailleur. Recycle-a-Bicycle's David Heslop shows us how.

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

    Fixing Your Bike: How to Adjust a Seat PostFixing Your Bike: How to Adjust a Seat Post

    Believe it or not, there actually are right and wrong ways of sitting on your bike. 

    (Published Friday, April 20, 2018)

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