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Ensure a smooth bicycle ride

entertainment Updated: Dec 02, 2010 02:10 IST

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Tyre shouldn’t tire: Tyres are the most important thing in a cycle. Any hint of wear and tear, and the tyres should be replaced. Maintaining a proper air pressure too, is extremely important as it’ll help prevent frequent punctures and ensure a smoother ride.

Sound check: While riding a cycle in city conditions, you are either hooked on to your music or listening to the traffic orchestra around. Pay heed to any squeaking, rattling, or brushing sound emanating from your cycle. The sound will guide you to the ‘ailment’. Keep your two-wheeler well-oiled to help break breaks and chain sound free.

Speed check: Get the brakes checked first while getting your cycle serviced. Check the rubber padding, ensure it’s not hindering the spin of the rim. Also, ensure that just a pull of the brake ensures a total stoppage of the wheel.

Pedal hassle-free: The pedals should not be loose or have any cracks. Turn the bicycle upside down and rotate the pedals to check the spin of the wheels.

Cover story: Cover your bicycle when not in use to keep it dust and rust-free.