The Pedalshift Project 225: Extending the Life of Your Touring Bike

The Pedalshift Project 225: Extending the Life of Your Touring Bike

A listener texted in and asked, “how do you keep your bike around year after year?” On this episode, my thoughts on keeping all parts of your bike in tip top shape so you can maximize extending the life of your touring bike!

The Pedalshift Project 225: Extending the Life of Your Touring Bike

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We have a two-parter “Best Of” starting next week (Thanksgiving here in the US). It will be the Brompton tour of Washington State featuring foul weather and a big multi-part transit fast forward from Seattle to my start point on the other side of Puget Sound. Fun trip and worthy of two episodes! After that, we’ll have new  episodes through the end of the year!

Gear Talk: Extending the Life of Your Touring Bike

Got a text from a listener:

I wonder if you would at some point discuss your bike. You are unique in that you don’t push out content about buying the latest and greatest upgrades or technology. I’d like to know more about how you have gotten so many years out of your bike, including tips on maintenance and what the most important upgrades have been for your bike’s longevity.

Here’s how I approach extending the life of the bikes I own:

  • Brake Pads/Disc Brake Rotors and “Hardware”
  • Drivetrain
  • Cables
  • Rims
  • Bottom Bracket
  • Headset
  • Pedals
  • Hubs
  • Frame and Forks
  • Bottom Line: Cleaning

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