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7 Steps to Tune Up Your Bike for Spring

Basic Bicycle Maintenance and Safety Checks


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  • Good advice except for the 'let your bike fall'. If I had let my bike fall, even 4 or 5 inches, I would be mortified.
    I check my tyres regularly, it takes moments. I do get both my bikes professionally serviced annually, it's about forty quid each and worth every penny. Chains get replaced every 1000-1500 miles (my roadie gets 2 new ones a year)
    You have given excellent advice there to keep people riding on their bikes.

    I might add the tip of changing the tyres for puncture resistant ones. Nothing worse than trying to fix a puncture, or change an innertube in the pouring rain with your fingers going numb. Keeping tyres at the right pressure saves no end of hassle.
  • Used to enjoy riding, but my balance is not good anymore. My doctor has told me not to do anything that might cause me to fall. I'm on blood thinners. Since the last couple of times I was on a bike, I fell, I'm not riding any more.
  • Great article. I'm planning to purchase a bike this spring so these tips will help keep it in good riding order.
  • When I lose more weight I'm going to get a bike so my son and I can go bike riding.. He will love that
  • My hubby always does mine but great article!
  • My bike is ready to go, now all I need is for the township to clean the 6 inches of sand off our road so that it's safe to ride! No wonder people think I live on a dirt road when winter is over - they put down a LOT of sand and ours is always the last road cleaned in the spring. :-(
  • This makes me want to ride a bike but I don't have one and have no place to ride one.
  • This was excellent--thank you!
  • JEDEN6
    I love riding my bike every day to work. I think it is definitely worth it to get the exercise, and I always feel relaxed after I get to work. It also helps me because I am trying to lose weight. I appreciate you posting these tips on how to inspect a bike.
    Jayden Eden |
  • Pretty good article. I know the only time I was ever lucky with truing a wheel was when I was volunteering at Red Cross and I had to true a wheelchair wheel as we didn't have any spares as I recall and I could spare the time. You have to watch for both wobble and run out as they both affect each other. As I recall it was tricky and time consuming.
  • Good article, but when I was reading it I started to smile these steps could be used for us. We have been cooped up in the house all winter and now we need to get all the kinks out so we can enjoy our time outside. Getting new walking shoes, stretching before we walk or run, start slow and build up your stamina I could keep going. It gave me something to think about how should I maintain myself to keep going all summer. Happy biking or walking.
    A very informative and helpful article. Thanks.
  • I can't wait to get on my bike and ride!
  • My preferred method of tuning up my bike is dropping it at the shop. My roadside toolkit is a cell phone and a credit card. God love those that can do it themselves.
  • Decent basic article for those new to biking, though it does have you running to the shop a little too often, IMHO. Glad to see cleaning high on the list, too...after a winter of riding, grime and salt (if you live in a salting state) really build up, and do a number on your powdercoat!

    I would add that making sure you have a well-stocked roadside toolkit is also KEY to maintenance. Carrying a small set of road tools (hex keys, tire levers, screwdriver, chaintool, patch kit, pump, etc.) allows you to skip long walks back home and make many repairs while riding. Most LBSs will sell an all-in-one tool that covers most of the basics aside from the patch kit and pump--great investment.

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