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3 Tips for Spring Bike Cleaning

Bears are not bikes.

So unlike coming out of hibernation, your bike is going to need some TLC before it turns into a beast once again. Here is a list of 3 simple checks to spring maintenance that are going to need to be made before you want to ride like there is no tomorrow. Some bikes are lemons but no one wants a ticking time bomb!

1.  Tires – The tire that just made it through the last ride you had isn’t going to cut the mustard anymore. But good thing you are the rider that makes sure they have some good rubber to keep them glued to the road.

Check your air pressure. If you aren’t sure what that is check on the side of the tire for PSI. Often times people think they have a flat when it really just has been a while since they put air in the tires.

 

2.  Brakes – Only your grips should be squishy. If you squeeze the brake levers and they come close to touching the bars then its time to tighten things up. Depending on the brakes you have you would follow the cable till it meets with the actual brakes. Find the bolt that is holding the cable in place. Loosen it and given the cable a good tug and then clamp it down again. Look it up on youtube if this doesn’t make sense. Also make sure that the brake pads are in their proper place.

 

3.  Chain - Rust is a color of hair , not bikes. If your chain has some rust on it, take some steel wool and give a go through. Then a rag for the dirt and follow that up with a topping of lube.

How to change bar tape

 

There are a couple of tricks when it come to changing bar tape. How much to bar tape overlaps as you wrap it is crucial. Too much and there won’t be enough when you get to the end and too little and the tape will separate when it gets warm. The amount of bar tape that you leave at the end of the bar is important so that you have enough to hold the bar plug in. Don’t forget your electric tape when changing bar tape so that you have something to anchor the shifter cables before you wrap the bars and also to anchor the end of the bar tape closest to the stem. Lastly you will need some scissors in order to cut the the end so that the bar tape runs parallel with the stem.