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TOP 3 TUNE-UP TIPS
All bicycles need a little Tender Love & Care from time to time. Our PUBLIC bikes are no different. With a few simple maintenance steps, a PUBLIC bike can continue to ride like butter. Here are our Top 3 Tune-up Tips to keep your bike running in tip-top condition.
Here are our Top 3 Tune-up Tips to keep your bike running in tip-top condition.
Make sure to always keep your tires pumped up so you do not get a pinch flat and your ride is smooth. The tire pressure is on the side wall of your tire – we recommend 80psi. If you do not have a floor pump, check out our Renkompressor Floor Pump that works on Presta and Schrader valves.
Adjust Your Gears
3-speed – Put your bike in 2nd gear. Look towards the rear hub to find the click box (image). On the click box there is a window with two yellow lines and a small yellow cube. In the proper position, the cube is perfectly aligned between the two lines. To adjust, unloosen the lock bolt right before the barrel adjuster - stems off from the click box and where the cable comes in. Once the lock bolt is loose enough, turn the barrel adjuster in one direction or the other until the yellow cube is centered between the two lines. Then tighten back down the lock bolt.
8-speed – Put your bike in 4th gear. Look towards the rear hub to find a gray plastic piece with a small window. Inside the window you will see two yellow bars. In the proper position the two yellow bars are perfectly aligned. If they are not, then look up to the gear shifter. Next to the gear shifter there is a black barrel with a cable running out of it. First make sure the cable housing is all the way inserted in to the barrel adjuster. Turn the barrel adjuster in one direction or another until you see the two bars start to line up.
7-speed and other deraileur bikes – For derailleur adjustments, we recommend going to your local bike shop. This should be done as soon as your gears start to slip or skip. The main cause of this is when your derailleur cable stretches from use. It simply needs to be tensioned. Call your local bike shop ahead of time or just swing by – it’s a quick fix.
Clean and Lube Your Chain
Things you will need:
How to do it: