Star Cycles - Elizabeth
  5 Barfield Cr. Edinburgh North, South Australia 5113
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Bike Maintenance

We are very proud of our range of maintenence tools and necessities. We carry a large range of tools for DIY bike servicing as well as several brands and types of bike lubricants.  If you want to know how to maintain your bike, call in and ask for some free advice.
Wet Lube
Bike lubricant that stays wet to the touch until it's washed off is known as wet lube. This type of lubricant is very oily, which makes it fairly waterproof and ideal for rainy weather. However, it attracts a lot of dirt in dry conditions, so wipe down the outside of your chain to get any excess lubricant off before riding. There are some wet lubes that are too thick to be used on a drive train, so look for one that is fluid enough for your chain to function.
Dry Lube
Drive train lubricant that goes on wet and is left to dry before a ride is called dry lube. It is made with teflon or polytetrafluoroethylene, and 'soaks' into the bike chain to leave it lubricated without moisture. Because it is dry, it doesn’t attract small particles like wet lube. For this reason it's better for dry environments where your bike chain will come in contact with a lot of sand, dust and dirt. That said, dry lube requires more frequent applications since it wears off so easily.

Which chain lube is suitable?
What should I take on my ride?
We often get asked " What tool should I take on my ride?"  Here we have listed the bare essentials that you should always carry.

1. Pump. This most basic of essentials should always be on your bike.
2. Spare tube. You WILL get a puncture sooner or later so this is essential to get you home without a roadside assistance call to pick you up.
3. Tyre levers. Makes getting that flat tyre off much more easy.
4. Multi Tool. You never know what lies ahead and even a basic tool might help you out in case of problems while out riding.
5. Puncture repair kit. There WILL be a time when you get more than one flat. If you carry only one tube a patch kit is essential.
6. Money. A mid or after ride coffee may not be an emergency but can be very enjoyable. A note is also a very handy repair item to fix a cut tyre. Just insert between the tyre and tube to get you home.
7. Underseat bag. Carry all you spares on your bike and you will rarely get caught out.
Other Lubes
There are several other types of lubes including wax and self cleaning lubes. If you are not sure which you need call in for some free advice
Bicycle chains don't actually stretch like a piece of leather. What actually happens is the holes that contain the chain's pins and the pins themselves wear over time (go from a circle to an oval) and the cumulative effect makes the chain longer in length.
You can measure the "stretch" in your chain by using a rule to measure over 24 links. On a new chain, this will measure 12". If your chain is more than 1/16th of an inch over 12", you should consider a new chain.
Why change your chain regularly?
1. Smoother operation and gear change.
2. Less wear on your sprockets and chainwheels.

For more information click How to check my chain for wear
Is my chain worn out?
Other items that you could carry and may come in handy are a few zip ties, some wipes to clean your hands, a bandaid or two and some electrical tape.
PH  08 8255 1979