The Bike and Brunch Newsletter
Lube it. Adjust it. Ride it.
For those of use who have kept the bike in the closet all
winter, we need to start looking at our bikes to get them
ready for spring riding. Whether you haven't ridden all
winter, or you continued through all the cold and rain we
had this winter, if you haven't taken your bike in for a
checkup in a few seasons, now is a great time to bring it
in to your local bike store and have a professional look
at it. In most cases, you will only have to leave your
bike for a few days. If you wait until the weather really
warms up, you may have to leave your bike for more than a
week. Some stores even require a reservation. Here's the
B&B 3-Step Program to begin riding this year.
1. Check your tires for inflation and wear. The tires
probably have gone flat during the winter, and you may
not have realized how worn your tires are (tires are not
guaranteed for life).
2. Check the chain and transmission. Three months of
storage has probably dried your chain. Lube it. A dry
chain can make you work too hard (extra work does not
equal fun). And if you didn't clean your chain at the end
of last season, do that before you lube it.
3. Check your brakes. The brakes wore down during last
season more than your realized, and the materials in your
brakes may have hardened. So, replace your brake shoes as
necessary, and adjust them so they'll work and you can
depend on them.