Weldtite make the world’s most comprehensive and innovative range of bicycle maintenance products. Everything created by Weldtite is designed to fulfil the specific needs of cyclists around the world. Roadside, trailside or in the workshop, we exist so you can ride.
Our heritage stems from the 1940s, making tyre and puncture repair materials for the British Military. Since then our puncture protection range has expanded, incorporating the latest technologies to meet and exceed the demands of today’s cyclist whether they ride tubes or tubeless. From our UK factory on the banks of the River Humber, Weldtite exclusively develops and manufactures TF2 Lubricants, Dirtwash cleaning products, Cyclo Tools, Jetvalve Inflation, Pure environmentally responsible products, eCare for eBikes and Adie branded products.
With the evolving technology and design of bikes today, it’s not a surprise that bike mechanics are now being faced with a range of maintenance issues that cyclists are struggling to fix themselves. Although a lot of these problems require expert knowledge there are some common problems that bike mechanics see very often that can be sorted with little experience and skill.
Learning how to repair the basics on your bike will not only save you money from taking it to a mechanic every time something goes wrong, but it will also save you the long walk back home if you ever find yourself stuck on a ride!
The drivetrain is the mechanical core of your bike so it’s no surprise that it’s often the area that requires the most maintenance. The importance of assessing wear on your drive train can be simple and it can save you the cost of replacing several pieces if left unchecked.
A simple answer to keeping your drive train in best condition for longer is to thoroughly clean it more, especially through the winter months. Another solution is to stay on top of the individual component’s shelf life rather than leaving every part of the drive train to wear down. If you’re starting to notice the first signs of wear, we suggest swapping the chain and saving the rest of the kit before every component needs to be replaced.” Investing in a Chain Wear Indicator can save you a fortune in the future!
No one wants a flat tyre but unfortunately, it’s one of the most common bike problems that we face as cyclists. Fortunately, it’s also one of the simplest fixes and a skill that will come in handy for years to come.
To avoid a flat ruining your day when heading out on a ride we recommend always carrying a spare inner tube as a backup, a JetValve CO2 inflator, a couple of tyre levers and our self seal patches. If you ride tubeless, our tyre sealant is a preventative that will instantly seal punctures.
If the inevitable happens, inspect both the tyre and the tube for the cause of the flat and remove debris. Rough up the area around the puncture, stick the patch to the tube and pump it up with a small amount of air. Place it back into the tyre and inflate the tube to its full pressure before fitting the wheel back on the bike.
Having a slipped chain mid-ride isn’t fun and it can be even more of a nuisance to put back on. Slipped chains can be caused from different things including poor shifting technique, the chain being too long, or a worn-out chain or rear casters.
If your chain slips whilst on the move, hop off the bike and use gear leavers to move the derailleurs to the positions of the smallest sprocket at the back and the smallest chainring at the front. Push the rear derailleur forward with your left hand giving the chain some slack. Then lift the top of the chain so it sits on the small chain ring, let go of the rear derailleur and the chain should be reseated! If the problem persists and the chain repeatedly slips off this could indicate a kink in the chain, a link which is too tight, loose chain or debris and gunk clogging the chains.
Seized seats are often an issue that goes unnoticed with riders but can develop into a more major issue down the line. When a seat post becomes chemically stuck to the frame the quality of the frame is compromised. To prevent your seat getting stuck it’s important to keep the post clean and regularly greased.
Overall, preventative maintenance is the best approach to keeping your bike in general good working order. From lubricating and cleaning to servicing and storing, all of these elements contribute to the overall condition of the bike. If you’re wanting to stay on top of these common issues maintaining general upkeep of your bike with quality products will save you money and effort in the long run.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a good scrub post-shred.
Our Dirtwash bike cleaning spray washes off grime in seconds, meaning less waste and more time to ride.
For maximum clean in minimum time reach for our cleaning brushes. Constructed with quality bristles to tackle the toughest grime, they will ensure you never miss a difficult spot again.
Change the way you clean your drivetrain. Our unique formula combines professional cleaning with a powerful jet blast spray to give you an out of this world finish.
Whether you’re a racer, commuter or mountain biker, fitting a pair of tyres with some sort of puncture protection is the first step to reduce your chances of getting a flat.
We all want the fastest, lightest and grippiest tyres for our bikes but they can sometimes be more likely to attract flints, glass and other objects, risking a puncture. Not all bike tyres are created the same so choosing the correct ones depending on the type of ride is key.
Most durable tyres on the market will come with a dense puncture resistant layer that will help stop sharp objects penetrating the tyre but it’s always best to choose your tyres wisely depending on your bike and the type of cycling you do. Some cyclists will be put off buying puncture resistant tyres due to the extra weight but if you want to avoid getting flats we think it’s only a small price to pay.
Do you remember the last time you checked your tyres? Probably not.
A tyre that is worn down is more likely to puncture as there is less rubber tread on the tyre. It’s easy to forget to look when you’re in a rush but regularly checking your tyres after a ride will prevent small sharp objects lodging their way in and pushing through to the inner tube, saving you time and money further down the road.
If you do find any small pieces stuck in your tyre we suggest removing them with tweezers unless the hole has already made its way through the tyre, which instead it will need to be replaced.
This might seem like an obvious tip “Don’t ride in glass” “Watch where you’re cycling” but it is astonishing how many cyclists ride through flint and glass – without realising too.
A lot of the bits that will puncture your tyre are likely to be lurking at the edge of the road, in the gutter and even sometimes in the centre on a single track road. Try to avoid these areas and look out for clear paths set by cars and other cyclists.
As well as keeping clear from the gutter, looking ahead for potholes, hedge cut trimmings and other hazards as they approach will give you the chance to react in enough time and avoid getting the unexpected flat mid ride.
Sealants and tapes can be used as a convenient solution for a lot of bikers. Liquid sealants can be used to fill inside the tyre or inner tube and seal punctures up to a certain size when they occur, but for most tubeless tyres using a sealant is just part of setting the tyres up which means the punctures will be sealed straight away.
You can also invest in resistant tape and strips that sit between the tyre and the inner tube for an extra level of protection against punctures.
Whilst you can try to prepare your bike against a flat tyre, you can also prepare yourself. A small saddle bag can be easily filled with puncture tools and spares whilst not adding a lot of weight to your bike.
We suggest always keeping one or two spare inner tubers as a back up and a Jetvalve CO2 inflator in your bag as well as a couple of spare patches if you’re heading out on a long ride. Our variety of puncture repair kits are the perfect size for a saddle bag and contain all the essentials to meet the needs of every type of cyclist.