24 Jan 2020

YOU HAVE BEEN TRAINING FOR THE RIDE, BUT WHAT ABOUT YOUR BIKE? CAN IT KEEP UP WITH YOU?

Not sure? Then you should give your bike a thorough tune-up or get your friendly bike shop to help you. If your bike is as well prepared as you are, there will be less likelihood of mechanical problems occurring, so you can relax and enjoy the ride. 

Here is a list of items that you need to check on your bike:

Bearings
❑ Wheel bearings, front and rear
❑ Headset
❑ Bottom bracket
❑ Pedals

Drive Train
❑ Chain – has it stretched – i.e. worn beyond its limit?
❑ Chain rings
❑ Cogs
❑ If any one of the drive train components is suspect, the other components need to be carefully assessed also. Worn drive train components can lead to poor gear shifting or the chain slipping
❑ Cranks and chain ring bolts should be tight

Gears
❑ Derailleur’s
❑ Cables – replace any frayed cables, or any cracked or broken cable outers
❑ Shifters – grip shift style (twist) shifters need to be cleaned and lubricated

Brakes
❑ Pads – properly aligned and not too worn (disc brake pads wear too)
❑ Pads (rim type or disc) not dragging
❑ Cables – replace any frayed cables, or any cracked or broken cable outers
❑ Hydraulic discs – should not be spongy

Wheels
❑ Check for buckles, large or small
❑ Buckled wheels will also affect braking performance
❑ Check for broken or loose spokes

Suspension
❑ Performing correctly, without leaks, rattles, or backwards and forwards play

Accessories
❑ Racks, lights, drink bottle cages, etc should be tight, not broken, and with all the correct fittings

Spares and tools that you must bring with you include:
❑ Spare tubes of the correct size for your wheels and tyres
❑ Patch kit and tyre levers
❑ Basic tools (Phillips head and flat-head screwdrivers, Allen keys or spanners) or a multi-tool

Talk to your bike shop about the need to take any special tools specific to your bike.

Bicycle mechanics will be at all refreshment stations. Fees may apply for parts and service.

IT'S IMPORTANT THAT ALL PARTICIPANTS ARE FAMILIAR WITH ROAD RULES FOR ALL CYCLISTS.

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