Maintaining your Gear

Whether you ride off the road, on the road or both, your gear is one of the most expensive parts of your entire kit. Not only do these kits run well into the thousands, but you can’t take shortcuts either, which is really where the expensive part comes in.

Since we spend so much on these kits, there’s no doubt about a certain amount of pride when it comes to the gear, and we want it to last as long as possible, look good for much longer than expected and merely protect us when we need it. The best way to get the best results for it all would be to look after the gear, maintain it and keep it on the same level of service as the bike you ride.

In this guide, we look at some of the best ways to keep your gear in excellent condition and working as well as the day you go it for longer.

Keep it Clean

Though many might think this step applies more to dirt bike riders, it plays a role for all types of riding. There are loads of things on the road that could shorten the lifespan of your gear, including dust, the sun, grease, gas and much more.

It’s important to keep the gear clear as these harmful chemicals and dirt could eventually build up and damage your equipment to a point where you can’t get it back to looking decent anymore. Leather might be tight, but it positively doesn’t react well to being dirty as it gets hard over time and starts to crack the leather along with the dirt that’s built up.

There are loads of unique ways to look after your gear, including special treatments for leather jackets, special cleaners for boots and even your gloves. You don’t need to go out and buy a cleaner for each, but instead, use a cloth and wipe down your gear after a ride and be sure to treat it with oils to ensure fading and cracking from the sun is kept to a minimum.

Fix the Fixable

Whether the soles on your boots are warn, your jacket has been torn, or your helmet’s visor has a scratch, don’t rush to replace these items as there are loads of ways and businesses that can fix it and make it look as good as new at just a fraction of the price.

Some of you might think the stitching would be visible or the soles won’t be the same, but you’ll be amazed how well these items come out after being fixed. There are so many unique ways to get these items in perfect condition without showing any trace of it ever being used, never mind damaged.

If you fix your gear, be sure to follow the steps to maintain them and keep them new as long as possible, which is sure to save you even more cash or repairs and replacement.

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