If you’re like many people, your bicycle has been carefully stored away during the winter months. Spring cycling is just around the corner, which means that now is the time to begin preparing your bike for riding. Here are 8 steps for a spring bicycle tune up that will ensure yours is in top condition.
Step 1: Begin by turning your bicycle upside down and removing the wheels. Place it on a bike prop or lay flat on the ground to prevent it from falling over and becoming damaged.
Step 2: Wash your bike thoroughly using a garden hose and solution of mild dish soap and water. Be sure to get underneath your bike’s hubs, especially if you regularly bike on muddy surfaces. Put the tires back on and gently bounce your bike up and down to remove excess water, then hand dry with a soft towel.
Step 3: Clean dirt and grime from your bike’s chain and drive train by spraying them with a degreaser and then brushing lightly with a toothbrush. Wipe clean with a lint-free towel and allow to dry thoroughly before adding lubricant.
Step 4: Lubricate your chain by adding a few drops of oil and then working it back and forth to evenly distribute it. Dab away any excess with a dry cloth.
Step 5: Inspect your brakes for signs of wear and replace your pads if needed. If your pads aren’t worn but make a grinding noise, sand them lightly with fine sandpaper instead.
Step 6: Squeeze the brake cable to check for play in the line, and then adjust as needed.
Step 7: Check the condition of your tires and inner tubes. Use a tire gauge to check your tire pressure and adjust as needed.
Step 8: Inspect your bike for signs of a serious problem such as misaligned wheels or clicking gears. If any of these problems are noticed, take your bicycle to a shop for professional repairs.
These eight steps will get your bike in top condition so you are ready to enjoy warmer weather. Good nutrition and exercise go hand in hand, which is why you should contact us for information on supplements to complement your healthy lifestyle.