As we've said before, cycling can be a great way to get around off the grid, and even has the added benefit of helping you stay in shape. However, it's not necessarily as simple as hopping on a bike and going for a ride. Like any vehicle, it's essential to keep tabs on the maintenance and wear items. Otherwise, you could end up stranded and pushing a broken bicycle on the journey back home.
The following infographic from Visual.ly shows ten of the most important mechanical components of a bicycle, and gives a few helpful tips on how to maintain each item.
Obviously, it won't be necessary to meticulously check each of these items before every ride, but they're good to look out for if you buy a used bike or remove one from long-term storage. For bikes that are regularly ridden, a simplified version of this bicycle maintenance checklist can be used, and is often called the “ABC” check. Here's what each letter stands for:
When it comes to survival, simplicity is key, and vehicles don't get much simpler than a bicycle. Just give your bike a little maintenance now and then, and it will reward you with reliable, speedy transportation for years to come.