By: Daniel Benner, Team Lead of WinSport’s Rental Shop and certified bike technician.
After riding all summer, it’s now the time of the year to get our last few rides in for the season. Whether you’re hitting the streets or trails, there are some quick and easy checks you can perform right at home to help make your last rides safe and maintenance-free.
1. Check tire pressure
Correct tire pressure is essential to a smooth, safe ride and will prevent damage to the rims.
2. Lube chain
Since the chain is a moving mechanical part, it’s important to keep it well lubricated to increase its lifespan. Simply apply the lube recommended by your bike’s manufacturer and apply it to the chain while rotating your pedals backwards. Next, wipe off any excess lubricant which will prevent dust and debris build-up.
3. Observe brakes
If there is squeaking or other unusual noises, bring the bike into our tech shop for servicing. The noise could be a result of contaminated brake pads. Keep in mind that when you bring the bike out of winter storage next year, the noise could be a result of dust collection.
4. Check suspension
If the suspension isn’t functioning properly, bring it to our shop and our technicians can refill the shock absorbers with air. Pay special attention to the suspension when you bring it out of winter storage next year as air can slowly release from your bike’s suspension when it has been sitting for several months.
5. Check tire alignment
It’s always a good idea to make sure your wheels are properly aligned and secured tightly to the forks, especially if you’ve taken the tires off for travel or if you’ve stored it over your summer vacation. Once you’ve made your checks, make sure the wheels spin freely.
Bike tunes should take place every 200-300 bike riding hours.
Whether you’re riding hard or leisurely, bikes will need lubrication reapplied and adjustments to both gear and brake tension. Performing this type of service will prevent breakdowns, extend the overall life of the parts and make your ride safer.
Daniel Benner and his team of certified technicians are located at the WinSport Tech Shop in the Frank King Day Lodge. Services include complete bike tune-ups including an inspection and tune of the frame and forks, wheels, brakes, drive train, lube and cleaning. Our technicians can also perform specific repairs to hubs, headsets and perform bottom bracket repacks, wheel truing and brake bleeding.