1. Patch Your Tubes
When you get a flat, don’t just throw the tube away. Hang on to it and patch it when you get home. Patches are fairly inexpensive and can give your tube new life.
If you’re having trouble finding where the puncture is, inflate the tube and place it in a bathtub with water. The air will bubble out of the hole, allowing you to find the puncture.
We tend to pile up punctured tubes in a box, and save patching for a rainy day.
2. Clean Your Bike Regularly
Dirty bike parts will wear out faster, requiring more frequent replacements. It’s easier, and cheaper, to take a few minutes now and again to maintain your bike to slow part wear and improve performance.
-Never put away a dirty bike. Wipe down the frame, rims and tires after every ride
-Clean and relube your chain every 100 miles
-Do a full bike clean every other month
3. Learn To Do Your Own Maintenance
Full overhauls are still best done by the shop, but minor things like stem installations, brake and derailleur adjustments, and fixing a flat tire are easy to learn to do yourself.
4. Upgrade Wisely
Who doesn’t love new bike day? But sometimes you can get bigger performance gains by upgrading what you already have. New wheels or a stiffer crankset can vastly change how a bike rides and improve performance.