posted by Josh Learner

Bring your bike back to life

Rescue your bike from the shed and get it riding like new again with Josh's simple checkup

As part of Remade month, we partnered up with the London Bike Kitchen to learn a few basic skills on how to get our bikes ready for the road.

Now I know what you’re thinking. That you’re not a bike mechanic and you wouldn’t have a clue where to start. That’s exactly what we thought too. But, there are a number of things we can all do at home, with a few basic tips.

The first thing your bike will probably need is a quick clean. A damp cloth will get rid of those dusty cobwebs, but a little bit of chain oil is also a good start. Companies like Green Oil offer green bike products so you can avoid putting any nasty chemicals into the environment.

Once you’re cleaned and oiled, try running through this basic bike safety check (as seen at our repair workshop earlier this week) which helps you spot and fix any problems before you get out on the road. Or if you’d rather see it in action, check out the video at the top of this post. Yes, I know, I’m a natural in front of the camera, but I’m no bike expert and you don’t need to be either. After all, this is what Remade is all about, sharing skills to fix our favourite things, reducing the waste and CO2 that come with buying new.

It’s good to learn the basic anatomy of your bike too, so you can easily explain what’s going on if you need to book it in with a mechanic. And if you think you’d benefit from some face-to-face lessons, Evans Cycles do free bike maintenance classes at their stores all over the country.

With this, I’m sure your bike will be ready to ride – just don’t forget to give it a quick check up now and again to make sure everything’s still running smoothly. Happy riding!

Get more help fixing your favourite things: check out our Remade series.