Life would be great if we didn’t need maintenance. If we could just jump on our bikes after their long winter hiatus without a hitch, we’d all have one less thing to think about. But the truth is, to make your bike work at peak condition with a smaller chance of breaking down, there are a few steps you need to take to get your bike ready for spring rides.
Your Basic ABCs
Any time you want to get out on your bike, you need to make sure it’s safe to do so. It starts with your ABCs – Air, Brakes, Chains. Do you have enough air in your tires? Probably not, if your bike has been sitting on a cold, hard surface for a good amount of time. A road bike should be pumped up to about 100 PSI but check the manufacturer’s recommendations. Brake levers should be in working order to engage the brakes, and brake pads need to be sufficient to stop your bike. And your chains (as well as your cogs and crankset) need to be lubed so they are working order. You don’t want them to seize up during a ride!
Shaking off the Dust
A few more tweaks will make your ride more comfortable. Tighten and adjust your seat – it could have moved out of place while it was not being used. Also, it’s important to make sure you have effective safety gear. Lights that worked last year could have burned out; reflectors could be covered with dust or dirt.
Of course, you aren’t ready to ride until you look the part. Maybe it’s time for a new spring riding jersey? Don’t forget a new helmet to go with it. The padding in certain helmets breaks down after 3-5 years, so it isn’t a bad idea to replace your helmet anyway, for safety’s sake. And finally, a snazzy bell or horn will tell the world you’re coming.
Your bike will thank you for taking care of it. But if you don’t have the time (or interest) in maintenance, you can rest assured that Vacation Comfy Rentals has a bike ready for spring rides for your whole family. So now, even if you have been on a long winter hiatus, you can still jump on a bike without a hitch.