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by Kristen Legan
August 26, 2015
Photography by Kristen Legan
WOMEN'S CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORBEA
Bike maintenance is an important part of cycling that many of us overlook, outsource or put off until it’s too late. Staying safe on the road should be our number one goal, and a properly functioning bike is the key to making this happen.
However, visiting a bike shop or mechanic for every small repair and adjustment can get quite costly. If you spend some time learning a few basic maintenance checks and repairs that you can do at home, you’ll save both time and money.
But before you can dive in and start learning about repairs, you’ll need some basic tools to get these jobs done. Most minor adjustments can actually be taken care of with the tools and equipment you carry in your saddlebag. However, more convenient tools and more advanced equipment are useful for your at-home bike work.
So stock up your toolbox with these basic tools and supplies and you’ll be wrenching on your own bikes in no time!
Chain lube is essential to keep your bike’s drivetrain running smoothly by regularly wiping down and apply lube to the chain.
Kristen Legan is an athlete, writer and coach. She raced triathlon professionally from 2009-2013, but has since switched her focus to exclusively racing bikes. In 2012, she was one of six women to complete the entire Tour de France route as part of the Reve Tour. Living, training and working in Boulder, Colorado, Kristen coaches for APEX coaching and has a degree in Molecular Biology & Neurology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.