Spring Tune Up Tips

Riding in the winter may be a fantastic excuse to curl up on the couch with a bag of chips and watch television.

However, before venturing out onto snowy trails, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in good working order by inspecting for wear and tear.This may require getting up from your cozy seat.

Preventing bad weather from spoiling your journey begins with a thorough inspection of any loose or damaged components such as chains, brakes, tires, and so on.

It is crucial to replace all of these items as needed because they will progressively become worn down over time following use.

Replacement cables should not be overlooked when replacing brake pads, as they also contribute to the smoother performance of braking systems when they are replaced.

If you can repair your old or worn-out chains before they become too stretched, you’ll be able to avoid the need for costly replacement components.

Before you can start riding your bike, it is critical to ensure that every bearing surface in the frame travels smoothly and without difficulty. This involves inspecting the bottom bracket, hubs, and headset for any signs of play or wobbling that might create an issue when cycling.

First and foremost, grab on tightly with both hands while one hand hangs onto each crank arm (don’t worry about whether there is a pedal attached).

Now jiggle the pedals back and forth to see if anything feels loose or clicks at all. If anything does, it has to be fixed before even starting to pedal. If you notice any play or binding in the hubs of your bicycle, it may be time to make some modifications to inspect the headset on a bicycle and see if there is any free play.

Begin by reinstalling the wheels that have been previously adjusted and adjusting them again. Spin each axle of the hub several times with your fingers to ensure tight but still allow movement around their axis.

If they are tight but still allow movement around their axis, everything should be in working order.
Now, grasp the front brake and bring it back to the starting position. As you do this, rock the handlebars towards your body in a rocking manner.

When you press them to one side or the other, there should be no play; if there is, they need to be adjusted or completely replaced.

Check your cables for rust and the housing to make sure that it isn’t kinked or cracked! If you come across any, make sure to replace them as quickly as possible.

You want to ensure that your shifting and braking systems are in good working order, so check these components before they cause an accident.

Check your brake pads regularly to ensure that they are not too worn. It should be replaced if there are any ridges or indentations visible on it.

You’ll know that they’re entirely gone if you notice that there is no longer any friction between the brake pad and the rotor when braking.

Following the completion of the tune-ups, it’s time to get out and enjoy the scenery.┬áThat leaves you with nothing but enjoyment on your mountain bike, which is in better condition than ever.