Mountain bike installation – Five common mistakes for novices

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1. Too tight

Bicycles have become lighter and lighter, and the fault-tolerant rate of installation is getting lower and lower. Excessive torque will cause slippage of the chainring, twisting of the handlebars, and serious breakage during cycling. For many novices, some torque values ​​seem very low, especially most of the control components. But in fact, these parts don’t need so much torque!

The brake lever is a good example. The torque required to install the brake lever is usually only 4 Nm, which looks a bit weak, but it is enough to prevent the brake lever from turning up and down. Moreover, the lower torque can ensure that in the event of uncontrollable events such as crashes, rotation, and absorption of energy occur to avoid damage to accessories. Although you need to readjust after this, it is better than seeing a broken brake.

Don’t forget to use a torque wrench, trust the recommended torque value when installing any components!

2. Spend too much/too little on accessories

Of course, we can’t tell you how to spend your money, so if you have a large budget, just spend it. However, for those who have to plan carefully, some upgrades will appear to be much more.

Those fancy/expensive carbon fiber handlebars may not enhance your riding experience. However, relatively inexpensive components like tires can have a big impact on your handling and average speed.

3. Do not bring spares, tools, etc.

Your mountain bike can take you to some amazing places, which means that it is necessary to bring spare supplies and portable tools, at least to ensure that you can come back from deep in the mountains.

Such as inner tubes, tire sticks, portable tools, and pumps are undoubtedly essential items! But if you plan to go further, or the riding environment is worse, then we have some suggestions worthy of reference. Such as a pair of brake pads, a pair of magic buckles.

4. Tire pressure is too high

Too high air pressure is a mistake that almost everyone has made, especially those stubborn novices. Although too high air pressure will not cause snake bites, it will greatly reduce tire grip and reduce comfort. These two points should be avoided!

We recommend starting from around 30psi and increasing or decreasing the tire pressure a little. Generally speaking, you will choose a slightly lower tire pressure to get the best grip and comfort, while excessive reduction may lead to snake bites. I know some truths are unclear, if you don’t believe it, please try and make mistakes yourself! Certain experiences should really make you try.

5. Like spray lubricants such as WD-40

If you want to clean disc brakes, choose a special cleaner like Muc Off. If you have to use a lubricant like WD40, don’t lose the slender plastic tube, it can lubricate the parts you need more accurately.

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