Before Your Next Bike Ride
Have you checked your bike since your last ride? When is the last time you had it in the shop? Regular bicycle maintenance can prevent complications on the road or trail. Here is the “ABC Quick Check,” which you should do every time before you ride.
Step-by-step Guide: How to do an ABC Quick Check
A is for AirFirst, press into your tires to see if they’re low on air. Pump the tires up to the maximum PSI, which can be found along the side of the tire. Also, check for damage to the tire sidewalls and/or tread. Look to see that there are no cuts or signs of dry rot.
B is for BrakesCheck your brake pads to makes sure they’re not worn out. Spin your wheels to make sure your brakes are not rubbing. Then, squeeze the brake lever to make sure the wheel stops easily. Tip: When braking, if your brake levers come close to or touch the handlebar they need to be adjusted.
C is for ChainThe chain should be clean and lubricated. Rotate the pedals while shifting gears to make sure the chain moves well. If not, it may be time for a tune up.
Quick is for Quick Release
After the ABC’s, check that your quick release is closed tightly. Quick release brakes should be in the closed position. Also, make sure your seat clamps are closed as well. Check that your seat is at the correct height.
One last thing
Check is for a quick ride. Don’t forget to give your bike one final check by riding around the block, shifting gears, and checking your brakes. If you feel your bike is unsafe to ride, visit the professional mechanics at your local bike shop. Remember these tips, and feel free to share them with a friend! Click here to check out more videos.
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