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Not everything lasts forever and the wheel rim of your BMX bike, too, will need to be replaced when necessary. So, when is it necessary to replace the wheel rim of a BMX bike? Well, if you have been using the same wheels on the bike for a long period, you should understand that the rim is constantly compressed because of your weight. And, for every rotation the wheel takes, the spoke is loaded and unloaded, causing fatigue and wear on the wheel. Other aspects that contribute to the wear of the wheel include lateral loads. Lateral load simply means the load the rider transfers from one side of the bike to the other side when pedaling. When the rims are worn off, there is no other solution but to get them replaced.

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You should be on the lookout for particular signs before deciding to replace the wheel rim of a BMX bike. You should see if the spokes are fatigued and if they start snapping. You should see if the bearing races in the hub are worn. If you identify those signs in your bike wheel, you should replace the wheel rim of your BMX bike pronto.

You need not worry about replacing the wheel rim of your bike if you follow the simple steps below. The steps will also come in handy if you need to disassemble your bike and make it portable for transportation.

Removing Your Front Wheel Rim

  • You should first proceed to release your rim brakes or cantilever brakes if you´ve got them. In order to that, you need to release the cable tension. If your bike boasts of a rim brake, you can release some cable tension by using a lever near the caliper.
  • You can either use a mechanical repair stand or flip your bike over to release the wheels. This prevents the bike from falling off after the removal of the wheel. In order to remove the front wheel, you will generally require an adjustable wrench, ratchets, and socket sets. You can then loosen the nuts that are used to keep the wheel stable.
  • If you have rim brakes, you should remove the front wheel slowly, making sure that the calipers are not dislodged.

Putting a New Front Wheel Rim

  • You should place your new front wheel rim into the fork without dislodging your calipers. The nuts of the new front wheel rim should be backed off so that you can place your wheel rim into the fork. And, your washers too must always be up against the nut and not on the other side. You should avoid installing your new front wheel rims if the wheels don´t have washers.
  • After placing the wheel, you should ensure that the wheel is aligned to the center of the fork. Then, you can proceed to tighten the nuts, bolts, and whatever necessary.

Removing Your Rear Wheel Rim

  • In order to remove the rear wheel rim, you will generally require an adjustable wrench, ratchets, and socket sets. You can then loosen the nuts that are used to keep the wheel stable.
  • You should then disengage the brakes in order for you to take the wheel off. Then, you should take your chains off; moving the pedals backwards will help you remove the chains easily. After the chains come off, you should be able to remove the rear wheel rim.

Putting a new Rear Wheel Rim

  • You should place your new rear wheel rim into the fork and then put the chain onto the chain wheel. After doing so, you can then re-engage your brake and then proceed to put the chain back onto the freewheel. You can then tighten the chain.
  • Make sure the wheel is aligned evenly with the body frame of the bike before you proceed to tighten the nuts. While tightening the nuts, you shouldn´t tighten the nut on one side of the bike all the way before proceeding to the next side as it is not good for your hub.
  • After the rear wheel rim is firmly placed, you should then spin your wheel and ensure that the brake pads aren´t rubbing the rim or the rotor. And, if you see that your wheel is not spinning well, it could be because it is crooked in the fork´s dropouts. If that´s the case, you need to loosen the axle and fix the wheel before proceeding to tighten the axle again. Repeat this process until the wheel spins normally.

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How To Tune Up Your Bike http://thealbion.cc/how-to-tune-up-your-bike/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:03:45 +0000 http://thealbion.cc/?p=23 Having a bike at your disposal will undoubtedly aid you in your quest of reaching your health goals, allowing you to work on your leg strength, coordination, and balance while providing you with cardiovascular training. If you live in places that feature seasonal climates, you may not use your bicycle when it gets cold outside. … Read More

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Having a bike at your disposal will undoubtedly aid you in your quest of reaching your health goals, allowing you to work on your leg strength, coordination, and balance while providing you with cardiovascular training. If you live in places that feature seasonal climates, you may not use your bicycle when it gets cold outside. During such times, you may not pay close attention to the upkeep of your bike. Hence, you will have to tune up your bike before it can be deemed safe for usage. We have listed some important tips to help you tune up your bike. The tips are easy to follow and will prevent you from spending a pretty penny at a bike shop.

1. Thoroughly Check Your Brakes

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You wouldn´t want to risk your life by riding a bike with a poor braking system now, would you? A good braking system would allow you to speed through your travel without having to worry about abrupt stops and obstacles on the road.  Therefore, it is of paramount importance for you to thoroughly check your brakes. During inspection, you should see if the brake lever rubs against the handlebar before halting the bike; if that occurs, you should consider replacing the worn pads. If you see the brake pads wearing down unevenly, you should consider adjusting your brakes accordingly. And, if you see the cables slacking and stretched, you can adjust the barrel adjuster to maintain tightness in the brake cable.

2. Pay attention to the drivetrain

What does the bike´s drivetrain comprise of? Well, it comprises of the chain ring, chain, pedals, rear wheel cassette, and derailleur. And, what does the bike´s drivetrain do? Well, it basically helps transport the force exerted by the rider through to the rear wheel, helping the bike move. When you shift through the gears, it should be smooth; if it isn´t smooth, you will need to adjust the derailleur. You should only attempt to adjust the derailleur if you know what you are doing. Any wrong move during adjustments could further damage the components of the drivetrain.  When scrutinizing the bike´s drivetrain, you should check if there are missing teeth, excessive wear, scrapes, and dents on the components. It is also important to apply oil lubricants to the components of the drivetrain. Doing so will prevent the components from collecting dirt and grime, in turn, increasing the performance of the bike by making braking and shifting smooth.

3. Keep Your Bike and Bike Chain Clean

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The cleaner the bike, the longer the life cycle of the bike. When cleaning your bike, you can simply use a towel, an old toothbrush and a biodegradable cleaner. You need to clean all the components of the bike including the chain, cassette, pedals, brakes, frame, chain rings, and seat. While cleaning the chain, you can use wet chain lubes. You should then use the lube on the chain and hold the lower part of the chain with a towel before pedaling backward. Repeat this process until you witness the chain sparkling. And, if you see rust spots on the bike, you can get it fixed by simply rubbing the spots with steel wool. We would advise you to wear work gloves while doing so as steel wool and naked hands don’t go well together. However, if you see rust in your chain, it is perhaps better to seek professional help.

4. Inspect Your Tires

Without a proper set of tires, it would be impossible for you to travel on land over surfaces such as dirt, gravel and the concrete pavement. Hence, if you want a comfortable ride, you will need a proper set of tires. When inspecting your tires, you should be on the lookout for cracks, tears, and splits. If you witness such signs, you should get your tires replaced promptly. Replacing tires is inexpensive and it will not burn a hole in your pocket.

5. Tighten Loose Bolts and Nuts

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You shouldn´t be surprised to find loose bolts or parts in your bike over a certain period of time. And, if you identify loose bolts and nuts, you can easily add tension to them by using a torque wrench. When inspecting the bolt torque, we would advise you to scrutinize the stem bolts. Is there any way that can help you identify and locate loose parts? Well, there is and you will need to drop your bike 3-6 inches off the ground. If you hear rattling and odd noises, your bike could potentially have loose parts.

6. Inspect the condition of your wheels

Riding your bike with damaged wheels can result in the uneven wear of your brake pads and tires. Flat and blown tires generally occur because of the uneven wear of the tires. If the damage is beyond repair, you should replace your wheels at once. However, if the wheel seems to be in fine condition and spins smoothly without wobbling, you only need to give it a wash. You only need to scrub the wheels with a clean, dry cloth dabbed in alcohol to keep it clean. If your wheel wobbles when spun, you can easily get it fixed by adjusting the rim with a spoke wrench.

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