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Maintaining the mechanical parts of your bike is essential to ensure its longevity and smooth operation. This will ensure that it lasts over time, without the need for regular component replacement. Chain lubrication, derailleur adjustment, brake maintenance... Find out in this guide how to properly maintain the mechanical parts of your bike!

Regular bike cleaning

To start with, get into the habit of thoroughly cleaning your bike after every ride. Start with warm water to remove the bulk of dirt, leaves and clumps of soil, then use a bike cleaner like our Bike Shampoo to clean thoroughly. Remember to clean at low pressure so as not to damage the bike, and from top to bottom so that the cleaner spreads everywhere! For more specific advice, follow our guide on how to clean your bike properly!

Cleaning the mechanical parts

When cleaning, take the opportunity to care for your mechanical parts. Start by cleaning with a low-pressure water jet to get rid of accumulated dirt without damaging sensitive components. Then you can move on to degreasing the chain, chainrings, derailleur, derailleur pulleys, cranks and pedals. Our Bike Degreaser is perfect for this step! As for the previous step, we recommend that you read our article on how to clean your bike for more details.

Lubricating your bike's mechanical parts

After letting your degreaser work for a few minutes, you can rinse and dry your bike chain and other mechanical parts, then lubricate them. Be sure to use a lubricant suited to your riding style and weather conditions (dry, wet or both). And make sure there's no excess lubricant, as this tends to accumulate dirt! Discover our full range of lubricants here!

Adjusting and checking worn parts

Inspect the overall condition of your mechanical parts. A quick glance can do the trick, to check for rust or anything stuck in the mechanism that could block or damage your parts. Remember to apply anti-corrosion and anti-rust grease such as our Pro II Grease to the entry and exit of brake and derailleur housings to improve cable sliding. Also apply grease to the seatpost and seat tube entry. Don't wait to change a worn part on your bike, as this can quickly lead to damage to other parts, or even an accident!

But you'll also need to change your parts, because even if you maintain them properly, they have a lifespan. For example, a chain should be changed after 3000km. Respecting this will extend the life of your cassettes and trays.

By taking good care of the mechanical parts, you'll extend the life of your bike and get the most out of it! And don't forget to schedule regular servicing by a professional bike mechanic, who can detect and solve any problems you may have overlooked, ensuring maximum safety!