Back to school is the perfect time to do a bike check!We want to keep you and your bike safe before you venture out on a ride. We can’t say that if you skip checking your bike before a ride a terrible disaster will happen. However, we definitely recommend taking a moment to do a once over of the following items: Brakes, Lights, Quick-Release Levers, Helmet, Tire Pressure and Chain.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that brake failure is no joke. Hydraulic brakes could get air bubbles into the tubing, making the levers accidentally too loose and non-functional. The air bubbles usually get into the tubing when you store the bike upside down, so try to avoid flipping the bike even during maintenance and transport.
Thank goodness we no longer need to buy batteries to keep our lights up and running. Now we can just plug in the USB cable and let it charge. Never forget to do this as riding without proper lighting increases the likelihood for serious accidents.
The great thing about a quick release is how easy they are to open, which makes assembling your bike a walk in the park. While a loose lever on a seat post won’t ruin your ride, loose wheels might send you into the emergency room. Give these a quick check before you head out on your ride, especially when you take your wheel off to transport it in the car.
Seems obvious, right? Always wear your helmet. In an instance where you have crashed or if you are borrowing a helmet be sure to inspect your helmet for cracks in the shell. Once damaged, your helmet will not be able to resist another impact reliably.
When your tires are not inflated properly, especially if they are deflated they become more susceptible to puncture. Over-inflated tires tend to slip on the wet. So avoid both issues by properly pumping them up to the level shown on the tire sides.
Depending on mileage as well as riding style your chain needs to be changed regularly. A chain can break for many reasons, but the most common reason is not usually age or neglect, but rather by improper shifting during a forceful pedaling.
It’s Time For a Road Trip
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Trunk Mount Bike Racks
Trunk mount racks come in a variety of sizes and styles to fit most cars and sport utility vehicles. Many trunk mount bike racks include a 'set and forget' feature, allowing you to dial in your bike rack fit once and easily add or remove the rack before and after your cycling adventures.