Quick Guide To Better Bike Performance

A bike is only as good as the mechanic who keeps it running. By spending a little extra time looking over your machine, you will not only prolong its life but also be much safer when riding. Nothing stinks more than crashing due to a mechanical issue that could have been spotted prior to hitting the trails. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide for preventive bike maintenance and we point out the easy things to remedy before they become ride-stopping problems. Follow along as we show you the ins and outs of looking over your bike for worn-out parts, such as cables, chains, suspension components and more. Once you’ve done your preride inspection, you can confidently enjoy riding the trails on your safer, better-performing ride.

Check your chain. A chain is what drives your bike forward, and without it, you’d just be spinning your gears. It’s important to take care of your chain and replace it as needed. Not only will this prolong the life of your drivetrain, it will also increase your bike’s performance. Here are two ways you can check to see if it’s time to say goodbye to that old chain.

The preferred method: The best way to check your chain for wear is to use a chain checker tool. These tools come in many different shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose of telling whether or not your chain has stretched. Start by purchasing a chain checker or head down to your local shop to borrow one. Place the tool on your chain using the small hooks that fit inside the links. If the tool says your chain is stretched, then it’s time to replace it immediately.

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