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How to prepare your bike for summer

How to prepare your bike for summer

There are those who say that bicycles are for summer. The truth is that for many people the summer era is the pretext to resume cycling after months of hibernation. Stable time, sun, longer days ... and heat. Not only have you to attend to your hydration, sun protection, glasses or equipment. Your bicycle must also be ready to support the designs of this time of year. She also suffers with high temperatures, dust, broken terrain (if you make MTB) or sun's rays. To begin with, moving parts need frequent lubrication. Much more than at other times of the year, if you want to guarantee correct operation. Other components such as covers, wheels or brakes also change their behavior with heat. That is why it will not be a checking or preventive maintenance; so that they work perfectly or, simply, to prevent them from spoiling.
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We explain what parts review and other practical tricks to have your bike prepared in the summer.

Wash and grease the bicycle

It sounds obvious, but when was the last time you thorough conscientious your bicycle? If you have had a lot of time stopped, A deep washing. It should be a priority. [IRP posts = "2776" name = "tips to correctly wash your bicycle"] Use a quality bicycle cleaner and decent brushes, so you can reach all its elements. Make your bike shine again. Not only will you look proudly, but it will be easier to detect wear problems, making everyday maintenance. Table, wheels, tires, transmission, etc., should get rid of the dust or moisture of the garage to go out to the road or the mountain. Check if there are visible signs of oxidation. The chain and brake cables are usually especially prone; If these are oxidized, they should replace them without hesitation. Once your bike is cleaned, all its parts grease correctly. Especially the following transmission components:

Chain

Winter destroys old chains and chains destroy transmissions. The chain is one of the elements that suffer the most and wear out with high temperatures or dust. We recommend cleaning it with degreaser and lubricating it after each output. For the summer It is better to use a wax lubricant before one of oil for its best behavior in dry conditions. The wax forms a protective film on the surface of the chain that repels dust. In addition, it penetrates more thoroughly into the links. [IRP posts = "5635" name = "wax or oil to grease the bike chain, what is better?"] Use a chain wear tool to see if it's time to change it. Replacing cheap chains can be more effective than wearing a expensive chain. This helps minimize transmission wear and to which components such as cassette last longer.

Change

Clean and degreased well the roldanas of the leg of the rear diverter, since they are moving parts that tend to accumulate a lot of dirt, fat remains, etc. You can also throw a couple of lubricant drops (better in oil) on the diversion spring to give it greater protection, avoid friction, etc. Repeat the same operation in the moving parts of the front diversor.

Pedalier

Check that when pedaling no noises, squeaks or creaks are heard, since it is possible that pedalier bearings and bearings are not greased. This is something that can accelerate or break its wear. You must remove the connecting rods, extract them next to the axis, clean them and re -lubricate with assembly fat. It is a somewhat more complex operation than the previous ones, so we recommend that you make it a mechanic. Cleaning and greased does not usually exceed 30 euros and you will result in a silent and precise transmission.

Pedals

Another source of noise, crunch, unwanted frictions and wear takes place on the pedals. It greases the thread of both the pedal itself and the rod with mounting fat to eliminate noise. Once installed, squeeze them slightly, since the total tightening will be given by the pedaling itself. Finally, throw some small drops of lubricant on the pedal docks if they are automatic to guarantee an anchor of the fast and firm shoes.

Check the state of the roofs and wheel pressure

Depending on whether we make road or Mountain Bike, we are going to roll by asphalt and dry and dusty roads, so it must be verified that the covers are in good condition and wheel inflation pressure Be adequate for this land. [IRP posts = "4232" name = "How to know the correct pressure to which to swell the wheels of my bicycle"] What pressure is there for dry conditions? It is a time to shoot with high pressures, especially on the road since the state of the land is better and there is no risk of finding wet areas in decreases, mud, dirt, etc. In mountain cycling you will have to play more with the pressure. The firm of some paths can be very dry and loose due to the action of high temperatures and grip can compromise, especially in curves. Reducing approximately 0.2 bars with respect to the usual pressure can compensate for this loss of adhesion, especially if you carry dry or semi -smooth tires with little taco.

If you use tubess wheels, renew the liquid

If you have had the bike parked during the winter and a good part of the spring and your covers are tubelled TUBELESS LIQUID, because surely it has dried for not moving inside the wheel. [IRP Posts = "4169" Name = "How to change the tubeless fluid"] In addition, once you have changed it, it will be convenient to make a new replacement in the middle of summer or a month to resume your exits. The anti -inhazos fluid tends to dry faster than in winter due to the action of high temperatures.

Check the brakes (especially if they are disc)

Mechanic measuring brake record thickness In summer, brakes tend to overheat and, therefore, lose efficacy. That overheating also accelerates wear. Before starting the summer, it is convenient to verify that both shoes - if you use tire brakes - and brake pads and pills are in good condition and have the ideal braking surface. Remember that the pill must be at least 1 mm thick on its braking track. Otherwise you will have to replace it. The fluid of the disc brakes also loses properties with heat. So you have not done a brake purged, the beginning of summer is an ideal time for it. The circuit will have new liquid, with all its intact properties, guaranteeing the best braking and possible touch. [IRP posts = "5970" name = "How often you should make a review of your bike brakes"]

Dress the summer bike: handlebar tape and carriers

You can take advantage of the fact that you are going to do a general review of the bicycle to install new accessories that will make you the summer routes more bearable. One of those practical and economic solutions is to change the road bike handlebar tape for one that confers more grip and is breathable. That will prevent sweat from losing adhesion in the handlebar and increase the risk of falling, especially in mountain ports. The most recommended for this are gel or silicone, with small holes on the tape. Brands like Jagwire either Foreword They have this type of tapes in their catalog. You can also add an extra portabidon to your bicycle if you have anchor for it. Having two portabidones at this time of the year is very practical, since it will allow you to carry an extra fluid reserve. Or have a water drum and another of isotonic, which is very good to obtain extra energy and Avoid dehydration. [IRP posts = "4320" name = "tips to hydrate correctly when you go by bicycle"]

Add some lights

Finally, summer is also time to go out by bike late, even at night. Many cyclists take advantage of the respite that takes the night in terms of temperatures to train and to program fun and adrenaline outings by the mountain, in the case of the Bikers. If you are theirs, you must get a front and a back light. In addition to your safety, you must turn on both lights to meet the Traffic regulations. The current circulation code prohibits the circulation of bicycles without lights at night, either one of them or both, under a fine of 200 euros. [IRP posts = "5167" name = "mandatory traffic standards for cyclists (and the most common fines)"] In the market there are bicycle headlights of all types and light intensity. Even many include integrated battery within it to avoid adding an extra weight in the frame. The lighthouse must look at the handlebar and have white light. As for the rear, it must always be red, fixed or intermittent and settled under the armchair or the shell. The rear light is very important to be seen by other road vehicles.
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