Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tips From The Mechanic - Now is the Time of Year to Make Sure Your Bike is Ready for Winter

Now is the Time of Year to Make Sure Your Bike is Ready for Winter
  1. Inspect your tires for wear and cracking.  After a long summer of exposure to the elements tires can crack and dry out so make sure your safe and replace cracking tires.
  2. Check your chain. If you don't have a chain checking device we will check if for FREE. A worn chain can cause damage to the drive-train and cost hundreds to replace parts.  The standard way to measure chain wear is with a ruler or steel tape measure. This can be done without removing the chain from the bicycle. The normal technique is to measure a one-foot length, placing an inch mark of the ruler at the side of one link pin, then looking at the corresponding link pin 12 complete links away. On a new, unworn chain, this link pin will also line up exactly with an inch mark. With a worn chain, the link pin will be past the inch mark. source
  3. Clean your bike. The best way is with soapy water and low pressure hose paying attention not to spray directly into bearing. Dry the bike completely and lube your pivot points and your chain. If you do not ride in the winter and will be parking the bike for an extended time use a heavy duty lube on the chain to protect it from storage. If you hang your bike by the wheels make sure you rotate them every month and put a little air in the tires to protect the rim from damage. If you park the bike outside cover it with a good water shedding cover and to protect from ambient moisture using an old terry cloth towel will help to keep the frame dryer when place over the seat and top tube. Its also a good idea if your bike is steel, to remove the seat post and spray the inside of the frame with a conditioner similar to Pam cooking spray not a lot just a touch them lube the seat post with a poly lube and replace it in to the bike. There you go you have done a home version of winterizing your bike. If you don't have time to do it or you want a complete winterizing of the bike including cables frame and all bearings you can always bring it to us and we will do for you. plus if you bring in the attached coupon you can get it done for only $50.00 (regularly $75.00)

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