10 Steps to Get Your Bike Ready For Spring
Spring is here, the weather is warming up and the trails are drying out. Is your bike ready for another season of riding?
Here are 10 steps to get your bike ready for spring riding.
1) Wash Your Bike
Thoroughly rinse, wash, and dry your bike using low pressure water and a mild degreaser or dish soap. Pay special attention to cleaning your chain, chainrings and cassette. Use a chain/cassette brush or regular toothbrush to shine up those gears. Keeping your drivetrain clean and lubricated can greatly extend the life of your parts.
2) Inspect Cables and Housing
Inspect all cables and housing. This includes brake cables or hydraulic brake lines, shifter cables, and housing. Inspect for any fraying, splitting, or leaks. If any damage is visible on the cables, housing, or hoses you will want to replace them immediately.
3) Check the Chain and Gears
Inspect chain for any rust or missing chain links. Check gears for any missing or broken teeth. If any teeth are missing or the chain shows excessive wear it is a good idea to replace these parts. Make sure you replace your chain when it is needed. Use a Park Tool Chain Checker or use a ruler to check if your chain is worn. 12 links on a new chain should measure exactly 12 inches. If your chain measures more than 12 and 1/16 inches then it is time to replace your chain.
4) Keep Those Tires in Good Shape
Inspect both tires for wear or other damage such as embedded objects such as glass, thorns, etc. If you have a tubeless setup, now is a good time to clean out and replace the sealant.
5) Hubs and Headset
Inspect wheels for any lateral play. A loose hub which can result in damages to your hub or wheel. If either hub feels loose, you will want to get it serviced. Also, Inspect headset for proper tightness. An improperly adjusted headset can damage the headset itself or even your frame.
6) Tighten Crank and Frame Bolts
Check the tightness of cranks and all other nuts and bolts. (If you own a full suspension mountain bike be sure to inspect the test bolts are tight on all rear suspension linkage parts).
7) Make it Shift Like New
Check that your bicycle is properly shifting through all gears. If you need assistance with adjusting your derailleurs we recommend checking out the videos in our support section.
8) Be Sure It Will Stop!
Inspect your brakes to ensure that they have plenty of pad available.
9) Choose Your Lube
Lube your chain. Use a dry lube for dry weather or a wet lube if you are riding in rainy or muddy conditions. Apply lube liberally, allowing it to soak into every link. If using a dry lube, let the chain dry for at least 5 hours before riding. If using a wet lube, wipe excess lube off with a towel.
10) Inflate Tires
Check your tire pressure and inflate to the proper pressure for your weight. You will want to inflate your tires before every ride.
You are all set! It is time to ride. Go enjoy that spring weather!