How to put your bike in order in 5 steps
Before riding your mount, it is important to check if everything is still working. Some tips for inspecting your bicycle.
1- We put pressure
During winter storage, the air chambers, even if they are airtight, tend to deflate. By riding with an improperly inflated tire, you put more effort into moving forward and, above all, you become more vulnerable to punctures. We add air, therefore, but no question of going blindly! The recommended pressure in PSI (pound per square inch) is indicated on the sidewall of the tire. This can be achieved with precision using a pump fitted with a pressure gauge. We take this opportunity to take a look at the condition of the tires. If the rubber is cracked, it has lost its elasticity. In short, the tire will need to be replaced.
2- We pamper the chain
Next step: checking the transmission system, starting with the chain. If it is impregnated with dirt, we use a degreaser to clean the mesh with a toothbrush or a tool specially designed for this purpose. Dish soap can give a good result, but a degreaser developed for this purpose will further unclog.
We then tackle the very important lubrication to be carried out when the chain has completely dried. If you see traces of rust on the surface, you shouldn't worry about it. It doesn't bother you at all. Apply a drop of lubricant through 5 to 10 links of the chain by actuating the crankset, then remove the excess with a cloth. Be careful not to put too much.
3- We maximize its visibility
To prevent accidents, we make sure that we are visible to other road users. Those who have read the Highway Safety Code - an exciting bedside reading - know that every bicycle must necessarily have six reflectors: a white at the front and a red at the rear, at least one visibility accessory (reflector or reflective strip) on the front wheel and the rear wheel, as well as a yellow or white reflector on each pedal (or the cyclist must wear reflective strips on each ankle). And it is also important for us to wear reflective vests with reflective tapes when cycling outside at night.
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At nightfall, the Highway Safety Code requires the use of a white headlight at the front and a red at the back, which may or may not is flashing. Violators face fines of $ 80 to $ 100.
4- We reduce transmission to silence
The transmission of a bicycle should not make noise. If it creaks, it is a sign that there is a problem. You can then make small adjustments using a screwdriver. How to do it? On the derailleur, two screws are tightened or loosened, sliding this part to the left or the right. We align the derailleur as well. But if our bike screams at the slightest turn, it is best to go to the nearest workshop.
5- We maintain the braking system
Being able to brake safely and efficiently is essential. Make sure the brake pads are in good condition - these are the parts that come into contact with the wheel rims when braking. These skates have grooves. If they have almost disappeared, it's time to change them.
We then check if the pads are properly aligned. They must close on the center of the rim and not on the tire, without constantly rubbing on the rim. In the case of disc brakes, such as high-end mounts, we examine the condition of the pads, which can be damaged during transport or storage. They must be perfectly straight. Otherwise, a visit to the workshop is required.
When applying the brakes, the wheels should lock firmly. It is the job of the cables, but these often get out of tune over time. No need for a degree in engineering to solve the problem: just adjust the tension with the adjustment barrels on the lever. No tools required, these parts can be manipulated with your fingers. At the same time, we see that the brake lever does not pinch your fingers when it is fully actuated. If that happens, it means that the brake is too soft.