So you’ve been riding that BMX bike of yours and you’ve been having a blast? That’s great! Riding BMX is always a good time…except when something goes wrong with your bike and you’re stuck without a ride for a few days while it’s being repaired at the BMX shop. But this does not need to be the case! There are a few things you can do to help keep your BMX bike in check, meaning you can ride all day without worrying about any mishaps. Here’s a quick look at some of the best BMX bike maintenance tips!
Check your tire pressure
One of the most important steps to take in BMX bike maintenance is checking your tire pressure. Though you may not think it, it IS possible to fill your tires with too much air. Usually a tire with too much air will feel rock hard, and this is not good! It’s important to fill each of your tires up within the air pressure limit that your specific tire can handle. In order to maintain good pressure, you should be checking your BMX bike’s tires at least once a week to make sure they are not over or under-inflated.
Keep your bearings and chain greased
This is something you should be doing regularly on your custom BMX bike. Your bearings and chain are very important in the overall functionality of your bike, so make sure they are both nice and greased regularly in order to avoid malfunctions. Your BMX bike is only going to be as safe from damage and malfunction as you make it, so make sure to take regular maintenance seriously!
Tighten up your pedals
Some custom BMX bikes are fitted with metal pedals, which tend to make more noise than plastic ones with their constant squeaking. This noise can get pretty irritating overtime, so it makes sense you’d want to do something to put a stop to it. Regularly tightening the screws on your pedals is a great way to solve the problem, or if that’s not something you see yourself doing, you could always just opt for plastic pedals. Plastic pedals are cheaper and lighter, and most importantly they don’t squeak.
Keep your wheels trued
Truing your custom BMX bike’s wheels can be a difficult task if you are not experienced with BMX maintenance. Truing wheels is essential for keeping them functioning properly for long periods of time, so you need to make sure you are doing it correctly. New BMX owners may find it easier to trust a professional at a BMX shop when it comes to wheel truing.
Keep your bars tight
Your bike’s bars and stem are constantly under pressure, so it’s not a surprise they can get loose and start to jiggle around overtime. It’s a good idea to use a wrench and make sure your bars are always tight. This will not only make your bike look good with straight bars, but it will also improve your BMX bike’s safety. Landing jumps on loose handlebars is not the safest thing you can do.