Copacabana Beach Cruisers Bike Maintenance

We’re often asked how frequently bicycles should be serviced. It’s a difficult question to answer because it depends on how and where it’s ridden as well as its condition. Assuming your Beach Cruiser Bicycle is in good working order and that you ride sensibly (i.e. don’t abuse your bike) and not in nasty weather a lot (muddy and snowy rides accelerate wear), the following guidelines will keep your two-wheeler running trouble free for years. If you are close to the ocean, the salt in the air will corrode components much more quickly. If at ALL possible, store your bicycle indoors.

Every Ride-

  • check tire pressure & add air if needed
  • check the tire tread for wear and embedded debris that could cause a flat
  • check that the quick releases for the seat are tight and that the wheel nuts are secure
  • check chain & add lube if it looks dry

Every 6 Months

  • test with a wrench, the tightness of the: crankarms, pedals, seat bolt, seatpost bolt, stem bolts, handlebar bolts and all accessory mounting bolts/screws
  • If you have a multi-speed Chubbys Cruiser lube the cables to prevent binding and check the cables for fraying and rusting and replace if necessary
    check the wheels for loose spokes
  • clean the bike with a rag (or soap and water if it’s real dirty)

Do you remember the pride of showing off your new wheels? Was your custom beach cruiser bicycle a sight to see? If your bicycle has been used and abused, here are some basic steps that can help you out in rejuvenating your ride. Keep in mind, the same tips can keep a new bike running and looking new. Tires, lubrication, storage, and cleaning are all critical in your bike care.

One reason bikes fall apart is because some people tend to ignore their tires. Bicycle tires have very little air in them. Bicycle tubes, made of butyl rubber, are porous – allowing air to seep out. Tires soften over a short period of time, about 30 or so days for beach cruiser bikes, it does depend on tire size though, also.

When tires soften, people stop riding thinking they have flat tires and put off fixing their “flat”. Other people don’t realize that the tires have softened and ride the bike anyway. When you ride with a soft tire, there’s a risk of bicycle rim and tube or tire damage. If you hit a rock or pothole when you have a soft tire, the impact compresses the tire, hence, the object to rams into the rim, possibly bending the rim and puncturing the tube. When you have soft or under-inflated tires, it is harder to pedal, and the tire will wear out quicker when used with less air.

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