Keep your bike dry
Keep your bike inside if you can to avoid exposure to
water which will rust moving parts, if this is not possible, consider buying a
Keep your bike clean
This prolongs its life. Pay particular attention to the
moving parts which will rust if left dirty. Do not use soap and water as this
can leave a salty residue - which causes corrosion. Just use a damp cloth or
if your bike is really dirty, use specialist bike cleaning liquid.
Lubricate the chain and pedals
This will keep them working properly and reduce wear and
tear. Use a specialist bike lubricant which helps clean and protect. Hold a
cloth underneath to catch any excess. Do this about once a week. Don't allow
the lubricant to get onto the brake blocks or pedals as this will stop them
Check that the tyres are fully inflated before you ride.
If they feel soft, pump them up. The correct pressure is written on the side
of the tyre. You can see that this tyre should have a pressure of 75 to 100
pounds per square inch. If your pump has a pressure gauge, you can pump it up
to this precise figure. If it doesn't, just pump till they feel hard.