Getting Your Head Around The Main Bike Parts
Bicycles are made up of many parts that are all dependent on each other. As a new bicycle owner, it is important to know the main and common parts so that you can easily identify what parts you need if anything feels amiss, or what you can do if your ride isn’t comfortable.
Bar Ends and Saddle
Bar ends are the extensions at the end of straight handlebars that allow for different/multiple hand positions. You need a high-quality set of bars that are properly fitted, as it will contribute a lot in terms of your performance and comfort.
You should expect the same performance from your saddle. If it’s not measuring up, the good news is that you can easily replace an old saddle with a new one without having to get a new bike. There are also various saddle designs for both male and female riders.
Brakes and Brake Pads
Brakes and brake pads are the devices used to slow down or stop a bicycle. Brakes are operated by the brake levers mounted on the handlebars.
It goes without saying, but your brakes and brake pads are the most important parts of your bike, and will go a long way in helping you to keep safe on the road. With powerful and predictable brakes and brake pads, you will be more confident in your bikes performance.
Bicycle wheel technology has come a long way in the last couple of years. These days you can have multiple wheelsets, each one suited for a specific biking activity. For example, you
can use a different set of wheels for riding on the road, and change the wheelset for a track race you have during the weekend.
Chainrings and Gears
Your bike can adapt to different roads and conditions because of the ability to change gears. The chain transfers the power adjusted on the gear to enhance the output of your bike, and you will use different combinations for the type of road you are riding on.
When looking at the pedals you have on your bike, consider what sort of riding you will be doing. It is always best to have cleated pedals as you will lose the least amount of energy while pedalling. That being said you may not feel comfortable or confident enough to use that style of pedal so look for a good quality aluminium flat pedal with good quality ball-bearings that will roll smoothly so you get the best out of your pedal stroke.
If you’ve got any questions about bike parts or accessories, feel free to get in contact with us today.