Spring is HERE!! We love this article/video from Skratch Labs and House of Spin that bring you 10 bike maintenance ‘must do’s’! Whether you’ve been slaving away on the trainer all winter, or you’re pulling that bike out of the shed for the first time, these tips and tricks will get you back out there in no time.
1. Degrease your drivetrain.
Start by degreasing your drivetrain. There are many commercial products available. Pro tip: cut an old water bottle in half to hold degreaser and keep it in the bottle cage for easy access. Use a small brush to apply to all sides of the chain, chainrings, cassette and derailleurs. Rinse off degreaser.
Products used: Morgan Blue (degreaser solution), Shimano (crankset, cassette and derailleurs), Zipp (wheels), KMC (chain), Feedback Sports (Sprint work stand), Elite Cycling (bottle cages), Ritte Cycles (bike frameset)
2. Wash your frame & wheels.
Wash your frame and wheels. Put together a cleaning kit of a bucket, soap, and brushes. Nylon brushes work fine, but horsehair versions prevent grease and dirt from accumulating on the brush. Pro tip: use a nylon chainguide so you can wash the frame and wheels separately.
Products used: Morgan Blue (chain keeper), Park Tools (brush), Tampico (brushes), Ritte Cycles (bike frameset), Elite Cycling (bottle cages), Victory Circle Graphic (top tube sticker)
3. Inspect the frame for damage.
Inspect the frame for any cracks, dents or damage that may have occurred last season and gone unnoticed over the winter. Be sure to check often overlooked areas like underneath the downtube, bottom bracket and seatstays. Check cable rub at the headtube, and apply frame protector stickers as necessary.
Products used: Wheels Manufacturing (bottom bracket), Ritte Cycles (bike frameset), Elite Cycling (bottle cages)
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