ABC Quick Check for your bike

ABC QUICK CHECK

A is for air

Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire
Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure
Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged

B is for brakes

Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than 3mm of pad left
Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes
Check brake lever travel; at least 2cm between bar and lever when applied

C is for cranks, chain and cassette

Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else
Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 30.8 cm
If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment

Quick is for quick releases

Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°
Your front hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it whilst your rear should point forwards .
Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged

Check is for check it over

Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly
Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride

A well maintained bike is much more enjoyable to cycle and more importantly is much safer too .

Happy cycling .

Barry

www.thecyclingblog.com

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