How to get your bike ready for summer: interview with Pete, service manager at Cycle Technique!

How to get your bike ready for summer: interview with Pete, service manager at Cycle Technique!

- Clean your bike with a product specially designed for this purpose. It is important to remove salt and dirt from the streets, especially if you have been riding during winter; we want to avoid corrosion

- Adjust the seat of your bike. It is important that the seal rod moves so that it can be properly adjusted.

- Check the tire pressure. You must make sure that they are not dry or cracked, as this could cause punctures. An indicator on the edge of the tire (specific to each tire) gives the ideal pressure.  Some people prefer to drive with softer tires, others with firmer ones

- Check your chain to make sure that the links are not rigid.  If you have ridden during the winter or your chain is rusty, the links may not move freely, so you will need to take your bike to an specialist

- Check your brakes to make sure they are not worn (an indicator warns when the brakes are worn). You must also make sure that the cables do not stick. If there is corrosion in the cables, the brake does not easily return to the neutral state. It is important that the brake is activated and deactivated freely

- Check your speed cables to make sure they are not damaged or bent

- Adjust your derailleurs; you must be able to switch from one gear to another easily

- Check your wheels. They must be straight and rotate freely. The braking surface of the wheels must not be worn

- Apply lubricant to your chain and make sure it is a lubricant specially designed for bicycles

- If you have a seat to carry a child, make sure it is securely fastened

- Check your helmet and other accessories to make sure they are still in good condition. The helmet should not be cracked or too old (helmets have a limited life span). Make sure your first aid kit is complete!