How to Tune-Up Your Bicycle For Safe Riding[shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”15888464″]
Bicycling is the second most popular outdoor activity in the U.S.Just like how spring cleaning is good for your home, a quick spring tune-up is good for your bicycle. It’s important to check your bicycle before you begin riding to stay safe this season. The sooner you tune-up your bicycle, the better.
Here’s what you need to check before going out on your first bicycle ride:
Check your tires.
Bicycle tires tend to deflate if they’ve been in storage all winter. Pump your tires and check for leaks once they’re full of air. If your tire goes flat within a day, you’ll need to patch it or replace the tube.
Check your brakes.
Press against the pad with your thumbnail. If you can leave a mark, the brake pad is in good shape. Brake pads, like tires, can become hardened and less functional after years of use. You can lightly sand hardened brake pads with sandpaper. If the pad is dried out, cracked, or worn down so it doesn’t properly grip the rim anymore, you’ll need to replace the brake pads.
Check your cables.
When you press on the brakes, do the pads firmly grip the rim and do the brakes immediately snap back when you let go? If it seems difficult to engage or disengage the brakes, your cables could be rusty from riding through the rain and snow. Apply some lubricating bike oil to the cables to get them moving freely again, or replace them.
Check your wheels.
When you check your front and back brake pads, make sure each wheel can spin freely between them with an equal amount of distance on both sides. If one side of the wheel seems closer to the pad, or if it wobbles up and down or back and forth as it spins, you might have a truing problem. Truing is the process of straightening a bike wheel by adjusting the tension of the spokes. If the tension of just one of the spokes is off, the well won’t spin straight or freely. Truing is a delicate process that requires experience and patience to get the tension just right.
Check your chain and shifters.
When you shift gears up and down, the chain should fall smoothly into place without “searching” or rattling around to find the next gear. If this occurs, you may need to tighten your shifter cables or lubricate the chain.
Check your joints and bearings.
A loose bolt in the wrong place can be just as dangerous as malfunctioning brakes. Check your front and rear wheel hubs. Make sure the handlebars are screwed on tightly to the frame and your pedals are turning smoothly.
Bicycling is one of the most environmentally friendly modes of transportation available.Traffic congestion wastes nearly 3 billion gallons of gas per year in the U.S. For every one mile pedaled rather than driven, about 1 pound of CO2 is saved. Not only is bicycling good for the environment, it’s also good for your health. Just three hours of biking per week reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent!
Schwag services all brands, models, and styles of bicycles, from old to new.They also offer custom-built bicycles to your specifications, including fat bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, triathlon bikes & commuters. Their mechanics are fully-trained and experienced with the capability to professionally diagnose and repair your bicycle with efficient and knowledgeable service. Make sure to use the coupon below to get a tune-up for only $39.95!
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