- check the tires for wear, cracks, splits, punctures, foreign objects
- inflate the tubes to the proper pressure, use a gauge.
- inspect the chain to make sure it is in good shape and clean
- oil the chain
- clean the drive-train, completely. Use a pressure washer if necessary
- spin the wheels, look for wobble or rubbing anywhere
- straighten the wheels by adjusting the spoke nipples as necessary
- inspect all the cables for wear or fraying. Make sure there is at least 2 inches of cable past the lock nut.
- check the brake and gear levers for tight mounting on the handlebars
- check the tightness of the handlebar and stem, tighten if any movement is found
- check ALL nuts and bolts on the bike, tighten as necessary
- make sure the bike is clean and ready for riding
Even though there is 5 feet of snow at the end of your driveway, it's time to start thinking about getting your bike ready for the spring cycling season.
It's not too far away now. Soon all that grey-white slush will be gone and the withered grass will start to grow again. It's the perfect time to think about what needs to happen before you can get in the saddle and start pedalling down the quiet roads and lanes in your area. Maybe your youngster is asking to go biking with you? That means teaching them how to deal with obstacles and maybe even traffic.
But, first things first, a spring tune up.
Getting that bike of yours back into shape. Making sure everything works as it should, efficiently and safely.
Your brakes need to stop you, your gears need to help you go forward. We don't want to hear you coming down the road because of a squeaking bearing and we don't need to hear you stopping because of squealing brakes.
These are the basics of a spring tune up. Making sure the bike is safe and does all the mechanical things it is designed to do.
Let's go down the list of a basic tune up.
Now it's time for a test ride. Then go over anything that makes you question adjustments. If the brakes seem
soft, tighten the cable or replace the pads. If the gears don't shit as quickly as they should, or seem noisy make the necessary adjustments.
The spring tune up is important for making sure that the bike is safe and comfortable. Without it, your riding pleasure is diminished and you won't want to ride.
Make sure every bike in your house gets a tune up every year. It's a worthwhile investment
Life at the bike shop
Mike Taylor is a cyclist, mechanic, parent, photographic artist and healthy lifestyle enthusiast. Stop by often during the warmer months to see what is happening around the blog.
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