Considering that you have already spent a lot of money on your fixie bicycle, you will want to make sure that you take care of it as best you can so that it continues to give you many hours of enjoyment and you get as many miles out of it as possible.
By learning how to maintain your bike, you will be saving a lot of money in check-ups and minor fixes that you could have done yourself. Also, if the bike needs some work mid-ride you may even be able to get it functional again with your new found skills.
1. Keep the bike clean
If you want to keep your bike in great shape then you need to make sure that after every ride you clean and dry the bike before you put it away. This is essential if you want to keep the elements from taking their toll. The best method for cleaning your bike is a gentle cleaning soap that you can use on your hands without gloves.
To clean the chainrings and pedals you’re going to need an old toothbrush to get at all of the dirt that you have picked up on your most recent ride. Once you have cleaned the bike as best you can you should make sure that everything is still lubricated and that your cleaning efforts have not knocked anything loose.
2. Check your brakes
This is something that you should do at the start and end of every ride. Your brakes can save your life and if they are at all sluggish you may need to replace them. This is a checkup that you can not afford to miss. If you notice anything out of the ordinary it may be worth speaking with your bike mechanic to see what they can do for you.
You can do this by first making a visual check of the brake pads. They should be wearing down evenly. If they are not then something is amiss and you should have it checked out as soon as possible.
3. Inspect the wheels
Your wheels are your only contact with the road. They need to be providing you with the grip that you need when you ride your fixie bicycle. To make sure that your wheels are in good shape you should inspect them to see if the tread has worn down too much and that it is wearing down evenly.
The wheels also need to be aligned perfectly if you want a smooth ride. If you elevate the bike you can then spin the wheel. It should spin around in a smooth motion with no side to side wobble. If you do notice this then you will need to get your tires realigned.
4. Take a look at the drivetrain
The drivetrain of a bike is what makes it go! This mechanism includes the pedals, chain, and chainring and a few other components. You should make sure that all of the parts of this are functioning perfectly. If any are out of alignment you will have probably noticed that something is wrong as you ride your bike.
5. How do the cables look
If you have noticed any problems changing gears and see nothing obvious in the drivetrain then this is where the problem may reside. This is usually something that you will need to speak to your bike mechanic about.
6. Lubricate the bike
If the drive train or any component that the chain touches is missing lubricant then you should add some oil to ensure that they mechanism continues to operate well.