Biking Tune Up Tips
by Ed Parks
It’s spring in Chicago! This means its winter four days of the week instead of seven and it may still be light outside when you get home from work. It also means that you might be looking to come out of hibernation and sneak out for a bike ride on one of those amazing spring days when it hits 60 degrees but feels like 80 (for those of you that have been layering up and riding through winter, we tip our hats to you because that exemplifies will-power). Since most of you will be dusting off a bike that has been sitting for a few months, or possibly longer, we thought it would be best to give you a few tips before you go off for your first ride of the year.
- 1. Clean your bike: If it has been sitting throughout winter it’s important to get the dust and residue off that may have been left over from your last ride. Soap and water will do just fine. Make sure your chain and derailleur are clean and lubricated. You can pick up chain lube from your local bike shop and reapply as needed throughout the summer.
- 2. Make sure everything works: Make sure you check that your brakes and shifters are still operating properly. Check your tire pressure and ensure there are not any holes in your tires.
- 3. Tune up: If you do not want to spend the time cleaning your bike or do not trust your maintenance skills, many local bike shops offer tune ups for a nominal fee.
- 4. Bike fitting: Depending on your skill level or what you would like to achieve in the next season, you may want to get a bike fitting in order to make your bike more comfortable.
- 5. Be prepared: Make sure you are prepared for the distance that you are riding. At minimum, you should carry a spare tube, tire levers, CO2 cartridges and a bike oriented multi-tool in case something does go wrong.
Have fun. Dont forget your helmet. Enjoy your bike ride!
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