How to Keep Your SAVA Bike in Top Shape?

Riding a bike is a great way to get around, stay in shape, and have fun. However, just like any other machine, bikes need regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly and safely. Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer to the sport, this bicycle maintenance guide will help you keep your bike in top shape.

Clean your SAVA bike regularly

One of the most important steps in bicycle maintenance is cleaning your bike. Dirt, grime, and dust can accumulate on the frame, gears, and other parts of the bike, leading to rust, corrosion, and other problems. To clean your bike, use a soft cloth and a mild soap solution. Avoid using water or cleaning agents that are too harsh, as they can damage the bike's components.

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So, how should the carbon fiber frame be maintained? What matters should be noted?

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No sharp objects and excessive force

Although carbon fiber material has very high stress performance, sharp objects or excessive compression of the fastening device may damage the carbon fiber structure. The recommended torque values for bicycle parts are included in this manual, please use the recommended torque values to tighten the parts. If you need to adjust the position or angle, please loosen the parts before doing so.

When repairing or loading carbon fiber bikes with parking racks, avoid clamping on the main body of the frame; pay attention to the clamping position when repairing and assembling, and do not clamp the frame.

Also, be careful when clamping the frame tube with the repair stand or car bike rack, and do not squeeze the bike. When you need to mail or transport the bike, it is recommended to use the original carton to pack it. If the carton is lost, please go to the store to pack it and use the protective film to wrap the frame and accessories.

Use carbon fiber special anti-slip agent

The relatively low torque required for carbon fiber frames and parts also has the disadvantage that they tend to slip off. When you install or adjust the carbon fiber seat tube and handlebars, you must not try to tighten them vigorously. You need to apply the carbon fiber non-slip agent evenly to the parts that need to be tightened to increase the friction between the contact surfaces and prevent them from slipping off, and then tighten them with the appropriate torque.

The scope of application of non-slip agent: carbon fiber seat tube, handlebar, full carbon fiber saddle bow and carbon fiber fork riser handlebar locking parts.

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No high temperature exposure

Although carbon fiber is resistant to high temperatures, prolonged sunlight exposure may cause damage to the exterior paint, so please do not expose your bike to high temperatures outdoors or place it indoors in a vehicle with high temperatures.

Regular cleaning

Regular frame cleaning is also an opportunity to examine the bike. While cleaning the frame, check it for damage or scratches. Do not use non-professional chemical solvents to clean the frame. We recommend using a professional bike cleaner.

Do not use strong acids, strong alkalis (detergents, sweat, salt) or other chemical-based cleaning agents to clean your carbon bike to avoid damaging the frame paint.

Check the tire pressure regularly

Another important aspect of bike maintenance is checking the tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can make it harder to ride and increase the risk of punctures. Over-inflated tires can lead to a bumpy ride and increase the risk of a blowout. To check the tire pressure, use a bike pump or gauge. Most bike tires have a recommended pressure range printed on the side.

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Lubricate the moving parts

Lubrication is essential for keeping your bike running smoothly and reducing friction between moving parts. Regularly lubricate the chain, derailleur, brake and shift cables, and other moving parts. Use a bike-specific lubricant, as some lubricants can harm your bike's components.

Check and adjust the brakes

Brakes are one of the most important safety features of a bike. Regularly check the brakes to make sure they are working properly and are not worn out. If the brake pads are worn down, replace them. If the brakes are not working as well as they should, adjust the brake cable tension.

Check the gears

Gears are an essential part of a bike's performance. Regularly check the gears to make sure they are shifting smoothly and not skipping. If the gears are not shifting smoothly, adjust the cable tension or have the gears professionally serviced.