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How To: ABC Quick Check

Today we are sharing a basic bike check you can do yourself before your rides. Doing this quick scan will help you spot potential problems before you are out on the road. Do it as often as you feel necessary. If you ride once in a while, it may be good to check each time. If you ride every day, you can probably get away with once a week. 


A is for Air

First things first, make sure you have enough air in your tires. The correct pressure should be listed on the side of your tire. Aside from the tire pressure level, it’s also a good idea to visually check your tires for damage or wear, and replace them if necessary. 

This may seem like an obvious one, but you would be surprised how many times I’ve been out on my bike and realized too late that my tire pressure was pretty low. While it didn’t cause me to get a flat, it did slow me down! 

B is for Brakes

Check the condition of your brake pads. If there is less than 1/4″ of pad left, its probably time to get them replaced. Want to try replacing them yourself? Check out this great article and tutorial from Park Tool

Pads look good? Great. Now check to make sure they don’t rub against the tire. If there is rubbing, you might need to make some adjustments to your brake cable. 

Next, check to see if you can fit your thumb between the handlebar and your brake lever when the brakes are squeezed all the way. 

C is for Cranks and Chain

Test your cranks to be sure they aren’t loose by pulling them away from the bike. If they are loose, tighten the bolt. Check to see that your chain is free of rust and gunk. Wipe it down or try this chain cleaning set.

Quick is for Quick Release

If your bike has quick-release wheels, make sure you check to see if your quick releases are all closed. They should point to the back of the bike to ensure they don’t get caught on anything.

Check is for Check it Over!

You are just about ready to go. At this stage, I would make sure I have what I need for my ride, including water, my fix a flat kit, extra tube, etc. Take your bike for a quick spin to check everything over, and you are ready to ride! 

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