We all like to keep things looking at their best. Especially our bikes. But reality is, that over the course of time, your precious paintwork will eventually get chipped, scratched and worn down due to usage. Thanks to modern engineering and technology, paint and frame quality is a lot better these days than it was a few year back. Nowadays most bike can take a fall, crash or even a slight knock and not have any issues.
Even if you don’t ride your bike too much, sunlight, time and the elements will take their toll on your bike. There are ways you can slow this process down though. It involves periodic maintenance and cleaning of your bike. Just 10-20 minutes spent cleaning and keeping the bike clean will ensure that it stays that way for long.
5 TOP TIPS FOR FRAME AND PAINT MAINTENANCE
Here’s a video by GCN on how to care for your paintwork by regular polishing after a wash:
- If you aren’t using your bike too often, keep it under a cover – especially if your bike is kept outdoors. Sunlight, water, and air are a deadly combination for your paintwork.
- Avoid leaning your bike’s frame against another hard surface that might cause scratches. If your bike doesn’t have a stand (most road bikes don’t) keep the frame and paintwork away from other objects that might scratch it.
- After riding in the rain or washing your bike. Keep it out for drying. Rust usually sets in in the bottom bracket, dropouts, and headtube area. If you spot any rust, immediately head over to your local bike shop for treatment.
- Try and wash your bike regularly. Get any mud, oil, bird dropping off your paintwork as soon as possible. Bird droppings especially can do a lot of harm to your paint.
- After a wash, apply some bike protectant, polish or wax to preserve the paint finish. This will also make it easier to get the dirt off the bike the next time you wash it.
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WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING
I’m an avid mountain biker and I like riding fast and flowy singletrack. As I keep riding, I continuously work on honing my riding skills. I like to ride whenever possible, especially with friends. I also like to influence folk into getting to ride more often.
Working on bicycles has also been a keen interest of mine for quite some time.
DISCIPLINE: Mountain biking and Road biking
CURRENT BIKE: RockRider 5.3 & Specialized Allez Elite DSW
DREAM BIKE: Santa Cruz 5010