As the weather slowly warms up after spring, it’s time to ride again and everyone is raring to go, getting into cycling and starting recovery training. This time will usually feel a heavy bike, this is normal. There are friends who will feel that the more you ride the bike slower and slower, the greater the resistance, then this time you need to check if there is a problem with the bike.
Sometimes it is likely that the role of the heart, a long time not riding a bike, an unfamiliar road, physical strength is not as good as last year, can only see the cruising speed is slowing down, often psychologically will feel that the bike problems. The road is slightly uphill, the state has not recovered, feel the bike more and more slow ride is likely to be completely psychological factors caused.
When feeling a lot of resistance to the bike to first rule out the wind resistance, in the spring riding, due to the weather or riding to the open, due to wind resistance, will feel the bike more and more heavy, which is nothing to worry about, very normal, and is not the problem of the bike. Also just started riding, more excitedly often physical strength is not properly distributed, there will be similar problems.
In addition, low tire pressure will also cause the bike to become heavier and heavier. Usually, people like to use their fingers to press the tires to feel the air pressure, because long time not riding, the feeling of pressing is not very sensitive, it is better to use the air pressure gauge to measure. In addition, the bike will be placed for a long time will lead to the aging of the rubber part, resulting in the slow spreading of air, finding the problem, and solving it.
Lack of oil in the transmission part will also lead to increased resistance. Check if the chain, flywheel, and disc are lack oil, dry, or even rusty. Dryness in the transmission will lead to increased resistance, poor gear shifting, and even chain jams and jumping teeth. Oil each joint of the chain and wipe off the excess grease by going through each cog several times to see if the chain joints are flexible and free.
When the bike gets heavier, listen to the sound of noise or friction. Sluggish rebound or no rebound of the brake clamps and no rebound of the lining are problems that lead to increased resistance. Check the cable pulling rebound, whether the brake is still rubbing against the rim or brake disc in the released state.
So, after checking the tire pressure, the transmission is not short of oil, and the brakes are not faulty, you can basically decide that you are not in good enough shape, and after a few rides get back to the original peak.