Photo by Steve Henke
We wish it were simple as hopping on your bike on the first warm day of spring—and it is, almost. There are just a few steps between you and a safe ride.
- Add air. Duh. Tires can lose a couple pounds of pressure everyday so inflate yours to the pressure recommended on the sidewall. Also check them for wear, slits, or dry rot cracks.
- Test your brakes. Lift the bike and spin the wheels one at a time checking for unwanted wheel wobbles or rubbing while applying/releasing the brakes.
- Check the quick release. Make sure the lever that connects the center of the hub) the center of the wheel) to the fork/frame is centered and secure. drop it Seriously. Dropping your bike from a couple inches up will let you hear any unusual rattles.
- Grease it. Grab an all-purpose cleaner, a rag, and a toothbrush and give your bike a once-over. It’ll make it look shiny and prolong the life of the components. When you’re done, use a bike lubricant (we like Finish Line Dry) on the chain, derailleurs, cranks and pedals.