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Early Season Bike Maintenance

Alex Rawal

It is that time of year again. We are packing our skis, snowboards and winter gear away and dusting off our mountain, road and gravel bikes. Flowers are blooming and the snow is melting. Trails might still be a little muddy, but now is the perfect time to go through some basics to make sure your bike is in proper working order. Even if you have been able to ride throughout the winter, now is a good time to do some annual maintenance and give your bike some love. Here some some key points to inspect, clean and maintain to ensure you have fun this season.

 

Drivetrain and shifting

  • First check that your drivetrain is clean and free of dirt and grime, inspect detailers, cassettes, cranks, etc.
  • Check your chain! It is often overlooked, but your chain will stretch over time. This will not only cause some issues shifting, but will also wear down your cassettes and chain rings over time.
  • For cable shifters, adjust shifter tension as needed

Brakes

  • Inspect brake pads and replace if worn past indicators
  • For disc brakes make sure your rotors are in good working order, no bends, clean and secure

Tires

  • Inspect for clear problems like cuts, thorns, cracks and so on
  • Look for more long-term wear and tear such as flat spots, worn knobs on mtb tread, etc…
  • Replace if necessary

Frame and such

  • Check that all nuts and bolts are properly tightened, we recommend using a torque wrench and tightening everything to manufacturer spec. If you over-tighten a bolt on carbon it will risk cracking…
  • Inspect for cracks, dents, bends and such on your frame. No one wants to go out on a broken bike…

Suspension

  • Inspect your seals for leaks!
  • Ensure your rebound is full and smooth without dramatic kicks
  • Ensure your rear suspension is mounted securely
  • Check your pressure! Calibrate incase you added a few winter lbs… πŸ˜‰

This list is not a complete guide for all bikes, but just an initial check list to inspect your bike before you hit the trail or road for the first time this season. We always recommend getting your bike tuned and repaired by a professional. You can always use our Beeline network to find a shop near you!

 

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