How to Get Your Bike Back on the Road After Winter
Winter is naturally not the best time for extensive cycling.
Most of us in fact stack our bikes safely in our garage or home, waiting for spring and summer to be able to get back on the road again.
Now, with the first signs of spring showing, you may want to start getting back on the bike. Here are some things you should do before your very first spring ride.
1. Clean out your bike
The first thing you do should be cleaning the entire bike. Regardless of how you have kept it, it will be covered with dust, spiderwebs and dirt.
Brush off any dried mud, wipe the frame with a damp cloth, wipe out wheels, spokes and brake pads. Also, clean out handlebars and saddle.
You can also use some lubricates to polish out the frame.
2. Check tyres and wheels
Next, check tyres for any cracks and damage to the rubber that might have occurred during winter. Depending on the amount of damage, you might also want to invest in new tyres before you hit the road.
Check the air pressure as well. It is quite normal for tires to lose pressure during prolonged storage. Pump them up if needed and check again some time later to see if they don’t lose the air. If so, it might be a sign that you may have a puncture.
Spin the wheels to feel if they are running properly and do not wobble as they rotate. Also, check if all spokes are intact and in place.
3. Make sure that brakes are working
Naturally you want to feel safe on the road. Brakes are one of the things that can save you in difficult situations so test them out to see if they work properly. Also check brake pads for wear and tear as well as cracks. Replace if necessary.
4. Inspect the saddle
Inspect the saddle for any cracks or other damage. Also, check if the bolts that hold the saddle are in place and tight.
5. Clean and lubricate the chain
Use the wet lube to lubricate the chain and ensure that it will work properly during your ride.
6. Test drive
Lastly, take your bike for a very short test drive to see if everything else works as it should. Don’t go anywhere far, this is not your ride yet, rather a live test of how the bike performs after being put away for winter.
What do you do to dust off that bike and get it ready to ride again? Let us know in the comments.