Bike Check 1, 2.

 

 

Before Every Ride:

Take a few minutes to check your rig out in the driveway or at the Trailhead to insure you have a great ride. This way you can detect problems before you get away from it all.

Check tire air pressure– Literally squeeze the tire with your hand and/or confirm with a gauge.

Check brakes and cables– Do they actually stop the bike? Do they rub the rotor or rim? Are the cables and housing frayed or damaged. Does the bike shift into all the gears?

Are things tight? -(so i don’t get hurt or have a bad time) Be sure wheels are tight, grab seat post and rear tire and check for rear-end/hub play and do the same with the stem and front wheel. Grab the crank arms one at a time and push/pull in and away from the chain to detect play or looseness.

Confirm suspension SAG- sit on the bike with all lockout and compression switches fully open and use the factory o-rings or a small looseish zip-tie and make sure your in the ball park-25ish% (half of half)- We love Helping you with this!!!

After Every Ride:

Take a few minuets before you hang it up for the night to check a few things out. This is the best to find problems and get them taken care of before the next ride. Need a hand? give us a call 906-225-1577 or stop by 1100 N. 3rd in Marquette

Lube the Chain? Once a week or every 200 miles at least. This way your bike is stored lubed and ready to go! Its really easy to not lube your chain enough but If your wiping off the excess lube its difficult to over lube.

Check brakes and cables- Do they actually stop the bike? Do they rub the rotor or rim? Are the cables and housing frayed or damaged. Does the bike shift into all the gears?Inspect wheels and tires, Spin wheels are the wheels and tires straight? it there glass, gravel shards, and cuts on tread and sidewall of my tires? Do the brakes rub?

Are things tight? -(so i don’t get hurt or have a bad time) Be sure wheels are tight, grab seat post and rear tire and check for rear-end/hub play and do the same with the stem and front wheel. Grab the crank arms one at a time and push/pull in and away from the chain to detect play or looseness.

Clean the bike and its mechanical parts as necessary and wipe the fork and rear shock stanchions off

Once a Month:

Completely clean the bike, Including the drivetrain if necessary. Mild soap or simple green and water. Water it sweet as long as we keep it where it belongs-Line pressure is plenty, are bearings may be sealed but not against hurricane forces. no pressure-washers please. also be mindful were not spraying or wiping anything weird on our brake rotors.

Inspect chain and freewheel. Measure the chain for wear (stop in well help you out), check for tight links and replace the chain if necessary.

Check brakes and cables- Do they actually stop the bike? Check the brake pads, replace if needed. Do they rub the rotor or rim? Are the cables and housing frayed or damaged. Does the bike shift into all the gears?Inspect wheels and tires, Spin wheels are the wheels and tires straight? it there glass, gravel shards, and cuts on tread and sidewall of my tires? Do the brakes rub?

Inspect and check for looseness in the:

  • Stem binder bolt
  • Suspension hardware and Pivots
  • Handlebar binder bolt
  • Seatpost binder bolt (or quick release)
  • Seat fixing bolt
  • Crank bolts
  • Chainring bolts
  • Derailleur mounting bolts
  • Bottle cage bolts
  • Rack mounting bolts
  • Brake and derailleur cable anchors
  • Brake and shifter lever mounting bolts
  • Brake mounting bolts

Every Three Months:

Inspect frame and fork for paint scratches, gouges, cracks or bulges that may indicate frame or part damage; pay particular attention to all frame joints.

Visually inspect for bent components: seat rails, seat post, stem, handlebars, chainrings, crankarms, brake calipers and brake levers.

Every Six Months/Half Season:

Our “TuneUp +” Perhaps

Completely clean the bike, including the drive train

Inspect and readjust bearings in headset, hubs, pedals and bottom bracket (if possible; some sealed cartridge bearings cannot be adjusted, only replaced).

True wheels and confirm spoke tension

Fork: consider a lowers drop. it refreshes your forks bath oil and maintains that smooth small bump sensitivity!

Replace if needed: brake pads, cables, housings, tires, any and all worn drive train parts.

Annually:

Our “Full Tune”  Perhaps

If you ride a lot, in the rain or wet/dirty conditions you should overhaul your bicycles more often.

Disassemble and overhaul; replace all bearings (if possible); and remove and if necessary replace all brake and shift cables.

Completely clean the bike, including the drive train

Inspect and readjust headset, hubs, pedals and bottom bracket (if possible; some sealed cartridge bearings cannot be adjusted, only replaced).

True wheels and confirm spoke tension

Replace if needed: brake pads, cables, housings, tires, any and all worn drive train parts.

Suspension Service. Manufacturers are nearly in agreement that a season of riding is 100 hours/

Fork Overhaul-Fresh fork oil and dust wipers. Full clean and inspection of internals.

Rear Shock Air Sleeve Maintenance- Fresh oil and seals. Full clean and inspection of internals.