Did you know that a new bike requires bike parts that can last a good many years? A well-maintained bike is more likely to function properly and to last longer than one that was not well cared for or stored properly. In fact, the best care is preventive care – making sure your bike isn’t exposed to harsh elements, such as dust and the sun, that could weaken the bike’s parts. If this is one of your top priorities in your mountain biking activities, you will want to take a little time to learn how to select the best parts for your bike.
One of the first steps to consider when buying bike parts is to determine what part you need. How many times have you noticed that when you are changing a part on your bike or when you are installing a new one, you have to remove the wheel from the frame? What makes the inner tube or tire valve stem necessary?
Probably one of the most important factors that you will want to take into consideration when looking for the right bike parts is how well the bike components work with each other. A lot of people don’t like purchasing used parts because they fear that they won’t fit properly or they may break when taking them off the bike. However, it is important to know that a used dealer will usually fit as snugly as a new one and it will usually work just as well as a brand-new one. A lot of people fail to take into consideration that even though the used derailer may be less expensive, it just may be because the previous owner did not replace the brakes, the gears, and the metal parts as they would have if they had purchased a new one. Even though it is better to save money when it comes to the parts of your bike rather than spending thousands when you need to replace something, it is still beneficial to buy new parts if you can.
When you install new bike parts, you may find out that your favorite brands do not work as well as they should. For example, Shimano has developed a reputation for making high quality and dependable shifting systems. On top of that, there are a number of different Shifaro shifters to choose from so you should have no problem finding one that works great for your specific needs. The shifters work great with both semi-automatic and automatic mountain bikes so you will have no problems doing it in the woods or the city alike.
Also, no matter what type of mountain bike you ride, there is usually a part called a hub that goes between the frame and the chain. This part, called the Hub Arch, attaches the chain and the seat to the frame so that you can easily change them from one style to the next. However, many people do not like changing their bike’s hub because they do not want to disassemble the bike to remove the Hub Arch. For those people, a good option is a Metal Wire Hub which attaches to the frame with screws. This type of hub is much easier to clean and more aesthetically pleasing than the previous style which was made of plastic.
Finally, the final piece of any quality bike frame is the Big Ten hub which connects the pedals to the rest of the bike frame. Many BMX enthusiasts prefer this design since it is made out of very strong material and does not rely on a weak chain to provide the torque needed by the rider. The only downside to this hub is that it does not have the same benefit as the other components. Having said that, for most riders, it is a very good piece of equipment and can last for years.