One of the easiest things to overlook in your preparation for Spring Cycle is checking that your bike is ready to ride. Here is a simple checklist created by The Rolling Fix to review to ensure your bike is fit for service.
From the bottom up!
Poorly maintained tyres increase the chance of getting a flat tyre.
- Check your tyres for any splits, bald spots or sharp objects like glass.
- Ensure that they are fully pumped up to the recommended pressure (this will be written on the side of your tyre).
Having a clean and well lubricated chain is one of the simplest ways to make your SPRING CYCLE smoother and more enjoyable.
- Spray bicycle specific degreaser onto your chain and gear cluster.
- With a disposable cloth, firmly hold the chain at the bottom of the dérailleur and spin the pedals backwards. Continue to spin the pedals until you have removed all of the built up dirt and grime.
- Allow 15-20 minutes for the degreasing agent to evaporate and fully dry.
- Apply bicycle chain specific lubricant, in a similar fashion to the degreaser. Be sure to wipe off any excess with a clean disposable cloth.
Having smooth, functional brakes is one of the most important things to check on your bike and is essential for a safe SPRING CYCLE. However, adjusting brakes can be difficult so please, if in doubt, ask one of our recommended bike shops.
- Check front and rear brake pads for wear. Most pads will have a ‘wearline’ that indicates remaining pad life.
- Make sure that the wheel is fully seated in the fork and frame so there is even space between each pad and the wheel.
- Make sure that the brake cable is the correct length so that the lever does not come back too close to the handlebar.
Once your chain is clean, check to see if your gears run smoothly. Without a bike stand this is most easily checked by riding slowly on flat ground.
- Shift through the gears, 1 at a time, while pedalling slowly and consistently.
- Check that there is nothing interrupting the cable. A kink, or broken strand or even dirt.
- STEERING, HANDLEBARS and STEM
Proper adjustment of the front end of your bicycle will ensure a safe SPRING CYCLE and will help increase your control whilst enjoying your ride.
- Check that the front wheel is in alignment with the handlebars and stem.
- Ensure that all of the bolts on the stem and handlebar are evenly tightened.
- Hold the front brake and slowly rock the bike backwards and forwards.
There should be no movement in between any parts in the front end of the bike.