Now that the days are getting warmer, and the mountains are opening, it is the ideal time to give your bike a tune-up for the summer season.
Considering there are several components in a bike, the maintenance process can seem daunting. But getting your bike ready in the spring can be made easier with a maintenance system in place. Regular and timely bike servicing is necessary to ensure a comfortable and safe riding experience.
In this post, we’re sharing expert tips to get your Downhill bike ready for the season.
Start with a Clean
Even if you kept your bike under a tarp in the garage, it has likely accumulated a lot of dust and grime over the winter months. Spring is the perfect time to give your bike a deep clean.
You don’t necessarily need to buy some expensive bike-washing liquid. A solution of warm water and detergent is good enough to effectively clean it. Use a sponge to thoroughly clean every part of the bike. When you’re done, use a clean cloth to wipe it dry.
Next, apply a degreaser to remove any residual grime.
If you haven’t taken your bike out for a ride in months, then the tires may have deflated. Check the pressure and use a pump to re-inflate them if required. Apart from air pressure, you should also check the treads. Because of worn-out treads, the tires lose grip on the road and also become susceptible to punctures.
Check the Chain
After you’ve cleaned your bike, it is necessary to lubricate certain parts such as the chain. This should be done after you have wiped it with a degreaser. However, if you failed to properly clean the chain before storing the bike, then it may have corroded over the winter. In this case, you may need to replace it.
Test The Brakes
Testing the brakes is crucial to ensure you safety. You hardly want to hit A-Line with weak or failing brakes. The three components you need to pay attention to are brake calipers, rotors, and pads. Calipers should be adjusted if your bike is making a scraping noise. Next, if the rotors are jiggling, you should fix them with a realignment tool. Lastly, replace worn-out brake pads.
Thoroughly examine gear and brake cables. Because of the change in weather or excessive wear, cables can stretch, fray, or deteriorate over time. If that’s the case, you should immediately replace worn-out cables. Moreover, if you are having trouble braking or shifting through gears, the cables should be replaced.
Your bike’s suspension plays an important role in helping you control the bike, especially on rough terrains. If there is any clonking or sticking in the suspension, consult an expert for necessary repairs.
Look at Nuts & Bolts
There are a number of tiny nuts and bolts holding your bike together. It may seem cumbersome, but take some time to make sure all the nuts and bolts are in place. If any nut is loose or missing, you should fix it with a suitable wrench.
Go Over Your Gear
Apart from your bike, your gear and accessories are also important for biking safely and comfortably. And of course, make sure your Camelback has all the necessary tools for basic repairs such as fixing a flat tire.
While some maintenance tasks are easy to do on your own, for others you might need a professional’s assistance. In addition to a safe(r) riding experience, essential maintenance also prolongs your bike’s life. So instead of skipping required adjustments, give your bike the TLC it deserves.