Simple, uncommon bike maintenance you should be doing Plus: the Spool Tool

Simple, uncommon bike maintenance you should be doing

Right now it’s absolutely pouring outside, so I’ve had to cancel my ride.  But, there is a silver lining – bad weather is the perfect time to give my bike some love.

Here are 7 uncommon acts of love You can do in minutes

  • remove and clean your derailleur jockey wheels and lube the bearings
  • spin your worn lock-on grips 180 degrees
  • place a drop of lube on every derailleur hinge pivot
  • lube your shift cables the easy way, or install new ones (and lube them too!)
  • thoroughly clean your gear cassette
  • lube your seat clamp thread to prevent squeaking (start here at step 9)
  • clean and lube your fork and shock with this guide

‘Old Skool’ Cassette Spool Tool

Sure, you can buy gizmos for twenty dollars that do the same job, but why not go ‘old-skool’ and recycle an old twine or thread spool instead?

The spool tool comes in real handy for keeping the chain tensioned when the rear wheel is off for transport or bike maintenance.

Do you have a handy tip of your own?  Why not drop it in the comments below?

2 Responses to Simple, uncommon bike maintenance you should be doing Plus: the Spool Tool

  1. Fred says:

    In the pic above with the spool tool to keep the chain tensioned, what through-bolt is that? Looks like a quick-release lever but the shaft looks to be 10 mm or so, which would make this a potential alternative to the DT RWS (and if it is cheaper then I want one!).

    Fred

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