Thursday, April 16, 2009

Summer Weekend

It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend in LA, so get yourself outside! Here are a few tips if your bike has been collecting dust in the garage all winter (not like we have much of a winter in LA).

  • Check your tires - Bicycle tires and tubes are vulnerable to sudden failure if the rubber get brittle. If you bike has been left near a heater or exposed to direct sunlight you may find that the rubber is cracked and brittle. If so, it is time to go to the bike shop and pick up some new tires. A tire with old rubber can bust at any time, and this is usually not something you can fix at the side of the road.
  • Lube it - Treat your bike to some protection from the elements. Lube the chain and also drop some on brake pivot points (keep it off the brake pads!), derailleurs, and anything else that moves on the bike. The lubricant adds a layer of protection that extends the life of your components. Don't add too much, though, as the lubricant will attract dirt and grime.
  • Tighten it - Check and tighten the critical bolts on your bike. At the very minimum check the front and rear quick releases, handlebar clamp, stem, front and rear brake attachment points, and seatpost clamp.
Don't forget the helmet and sunscreen!