Ride Day is almost here! Although mechanics from Belmont Wheelworks will be on site at Ride HQ to help you with any last minute adjustments, it’s time to think about getting your bike tuned up and ready for your Ride.
Before you hit the road on September 23, follow these 3 simple steps to get your bike ready:
1. Pump It Up
To fend off flats and ensure a smooth ride, make sure your tires have enough air. The manufacturer’s recommended psi (pounds per square inch) range for your tires can be found on the wall of the tire. While you’re there, inspect your tires for splits, cracks or uneven wear. A damaged tire can burst and cause you to lose control of your bike. When in doubt, replace the tire.
2. Brake it Down
Properly functioning brakes are essential for a safe ride. Start by inspecting your brake pads, the rectangular rubber pieces that rub against the metal tire rims. Just like car brakes, these wear down over time. If you notice excessive wear, have your brake pads replaced. Next, squeeze the brake lever on your handlebars while watching the brake pads. The pads should hit the rims at the same time. If they don’t, you can adjust your brakes with the brake arm tension screw, located on one of the brake arms near the tire. If you notice too much slack in the cable when pulling your brakes, roll out the barrel adjuster at the end of the lever (where the cable enters the housing) and add tension to the brake cable.
3. Make it Shine
You know how important it is to clean your chain, but what about the rest of your bike? Extend the life of all components by cleaning them thoroughly. All you need is the cleaner of your choice, a rag and an old toothbrush. Don’t forget to remove your seat from the seat post and clean that too! When you’re done, add a small amount of bicycle grease before re-attaching the seat to help prevent rust.
That’s it! 3 steps on you’re on your way to a safe Ride for Kids. We’ll see you at the start line!