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DIY Bike Repair – Learn How To Fix Your Bike – LoveToBicycle.com
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DIY Bike Repair – Learn How To Fix Your Bike

Is A Rusty Bike Chain Keeping You From Riding Your Bicycle?

Don’t let that stop you from getting out there on the bike trail. Keeping up your bicycle or even all of your family’s bikes is a problem and frequently, overwhelming.

The prices that bicycle shops charge you an excessively high price for fundamental fixes and routine maintenance! The rates for parts and labor are so high!! With 3 bikes in our family, proper care and upkeep at a repair shop were over $250.00!!

I thought wouldn’t it be easier to have an online manual and some videos that take me to step by step on how to repair our bikes, or fix a bike chain, repair a flat bike tire, tighten bike brakes and notice minor issues before they become major problems.

a man very sad his bike is broken and he is on the ground next to in sitting there bumming out. Poor guy. I hope he is not hurt. If he is okay he should turn around and look at the beautiful lake behind him.

How To Lube A Bike Chain

The Chain – Apply a generous amount of mountain bike lube to your chain as you move the pedals around backward. It also helps to find a spot to steady your hand such as the frame while you move the pedals around and around. Make sure you watch out for the cranks and chainrings as they move around.

Front Derailleur – On the front derailleur, lube the pivots.  Use a spot of lube everywhere you can see movement when you move the shift lever.

Rear derailleur – Just like the front derailleur, lube the pivots. 

Pedals – There are some types of clipless pedals that will need to have the release mechanism lubed.  You should only lube this mechanism if you have this type of pedal.

Test Ride – Pedal around, shift your gears and bounce your bike around.  If you hear anything squeak, there’s a moving part there are it should be lubed immediately.

Wipe Down – Once you’ve lubed everything and wiped it all around, simply wipe it all back off.  Use a rag to wipe away all the lube you used, including all the lube off the chain.  Wiping it away will leave the lube in between the parts but clean it away from everywhere it isn’t needed.  This will keep your bike from collecting dirt while you ride.

How To Use A Chain Tool

Once your mountain bike chain becomes damaged, you should immediately replace it with a new one.  It is possible, however, to repair a broken chain using a chain tool.  For this very reason, most mountain bikers travel with a chain tool.

Your chain has three basic components – the metal side plates, the rollers between the side plates,  and the rivets, or pins which go through the rollers and help to hold the plates together.  These pins allow the rollers to freely turn as the chain moves around the cogs.

If your chain happens to break, you’ll need to remove the broken link and replace it with a spare link. To do this, simply reattach the two ends of the broken chain and ride on a shorter chain until you can get it replaced. 

To remove a broken link of the chain, place it in the chain tool.  Now, turn the tool counterclockwise until the rivet pin of the chain tool touches the chain rivet.  Continue to turn the tool until the pin pushes out of the roller.  Be very careful, as you want to stop turning when the pin is right at the edge of the roller before it moves through the outer side plate.

Now, turn the tool in the other direction, and back it out of the roller.  Set the tool to the side, then work the chain very gently from side to side and extract the inner side plates and roller.

man hands holding a bike chain tool and fixing a bike chain.

Now is the time to re-route the chain through the bike.  You may want to have a chain retaining tool or some to help you hold the chain in the right spot as you route and repair it. 

Now that the broken link has been removed and you’ve re-routed the chain, you’re ready to insert a new link or simply connect the links that were beside the broken one. 

The process here is the same – align the two ends so that the link with the inner side plates will fit inside the link with the pin and outer side plates. 

Now, use the chain tool to push the pin inward until it’s positioned evenly between the side plates. The easiest way to learn how to do this or feel comfortable doing it is to have someone show you, then actually practice with a chain and a chain tool. 

You’ll have no trouble at all making a temporary repair in a mountain bike chain once you’ve seen it done by a professional and practiced it yourself a few times and practiced it yourself a few times

I learned about this amazing DIY Bike Repair Video series. You can do this too with this complete bicycle maintenance guide! It is so user-friendly and if I can do it you can do it too!

The maintenance plan for a bike can differ to some degree on how regularly it’s ridden and especially what conditions it is exposed to. Bikes that are ridden in rough terrain or in the rain or mud will require somewhat more care and maintenance than bikes that travel to the park once an in a while on streets or bike paths.

Proper care and maintenance are vital for a smooth and safe ride. After all, you want to stop when you squeeze the brakes right??

Person on a mountain bike on the top of a mountain about to bike down it. He is WAY above the tree line! Hope his brakes work. Holy buckets.........

Learn How To Fix Your Bike, Or Fix Bike As A Side Hussle

Envision having the knowledge to fix, maintain and overhaul your bicycles effectively and in a most limited time WITHOUT paying for costly workshop expenses.

Imagine teaching this skill to your children these life long skills so they can learn how to properly care for their bike and be safe while riding. You want their bikes functioning perfectly in all conditions and stop when they need to stop without falling.

Now you can and you can do it from your home, in weeks not years without squandering cash, time and exertion on expensive repairs and routine maintenance at repair shops just like we did.

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Be a Master Bike Repairer with DIY Bike Repair Videos. You will also feel peace knowing your bike and your family’s bikes are safe to ride.

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6 thoughts on “DIY Bike Repair – Learn How To Fix Your Bike”

  1. afolabi anumicheal

    Thanks for writing this article on how to repair a rusty bike chain, I must commend you for a job well done for taking your time to do your findings and research before writing it. Although this is my first time of hearing about DIY bike repair video series. Learning how to repair myself with a video that will guide me is really going to be sweet. I can make some money fixing my friends bikes too. I will not have to give out my money again to bike repair shop because I can remember how much I spent last year repair my bike and my brothers bike. Way to much! DIY bike repair video series is important to have at home with the tools to repair bikes! Thanks for looking out Nicole! 

  2. smarthomekitchen

    Hi Nicole,  I’ve been concerned lately about the condition of my son’s bike. He cannot use it for some reasons. We could really use this DIY bike repair tutorials. It will be great to fix his bike together! And cheaper than a bike repair shop! Thanks for the recommendation on how to repair the bikes on your provided link. As well, the bike repair kit in Amazon seems good. I will look into it in the coming days. Thanks for these helpful tips. Take care!

  3. Hello Nicole,

    This article is very lovely as a reminder of my childhood days. Beyond many injuries from falling down and minor accidents on the main roads, I always love to ride my bicycle. It was during school days, many years after, I got another chance to ride a bicycle when I was at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. Everyone uses a bicycle except a few. Sometimes when needed to repair it was a hard moment to go to the repair shop. The opening time of the shops was very short in Shantiniketan. This post is of great help for bike riders. So kind of you for writing such a valuable post.

    Warm regards,

  4. Hi Afolabi! Thank you for being here and your kind words! I am so happy you and your brother will be able to keep your bikes maintained and on the bike path! How awesome you can help your friends out and keep them pedaling too! Maybe a bike repair business is in your future! 🙂 All my best! Nicole

  5. Hello Smarthomekitchen! Thank you for being here! I am so sorry to hear about your concerns with your Son’s bike. The DIY Bike Repair tutorials will be the perfect solution for you. It will provide you with the step by step instructions on how you and your Son can fix his bike together. What a wonderful way to spend some quality time together and learn some life long skills you both will always have. I would love to hear how it is going for you both and how the repairs are going! Look forward to hearing from you! All my best! Nicole

  6. Greeting Ranao! I agree, it can be difficult to get a fast turn around times with scheduling repair appointments and make it to the bike repair shops. Many people need their bike fixed immediately as they rely on their bike for transportation. It is self empowering to be able to make DIY bike repairs, to know when you need a repair vs an adjustment and truly know when a part really needs to be replaced. Thank you for being here and for your kind words. All my best! Nicole 

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