PREPARE YOUR BIKE BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF BAD WEATHER
To keep pedaling while preserving the condition of your bike, make the bike for bad weather!
Before the bad weather, revise your bike
Pedaling in inclement weather is never very pleasant. If you also need to repair a part that has dropped you, your bicycle output can quickly turn short.
To overcome these inconveniences, a review of your bike is required. Here are some points to check:
As essential components of your safety, the brakes must be revised in priority. Be careful; the verification process will depend on the device installed on your bike.
The brake pads
In a brake system with skids, the gum quickly wears out under the action of moisture. Make sure your skates are not too worn! To help you, a wear indicator tells you whether or not it is time to change the brake pads.
For more info, you can also follow this tutorial.
In the case of a disc brake and brake system, clean all brake components and degrease them if necessary.
If the pads or discs are worn or damaged, do not hesitate to replace them.
Attention: the braking devices do not appreciate the lubricants! If accidentally, they come in contact with lubricant, do not wait and blank discs and pads or rims and skids immediately.
To clean a dirty or lubricated brake disc, disassemble it, wipe it with a cloth, and apply a product such as acetone or alcohol to be burned.
As for the platelets, they are likely to be irretrievably damaged if they are lubricated. You can try soaking them immediately in acetone. Let the product act, before drying and rubbing with emery cloth.
However, the wisest is still to replace your bike pads.
- The Tyres
Observe the general condition of your tires. They must not be cracked or cracked.
The pressure must also be checked and corrected if necessary before each exit. This precaution is not unique to an exit in the rain.
Before exposing your bike to winter conditions, replace your cables and ducts to maintain proper functioning throughout the winter.
Our advice: do this twice a year, coupled with regular maintenance: the first time in the spring and the second in the fall. You will always have a functional and secure equipment.
Check for wear on your chain, trays, and sprockets. Replace these if necessary.
To check the chain wear, you have two solutions:
- The manual method
Place the chain on the large tray and pull one of the links on the side of the plate. If you see practically the entire tooth of the board, you must replace it.
- With a ” chain checker ” tool
Place the tool on the upper part of the chain and handle it until the two small points sink into your chain. You then get the percentage of wear of the chain. If the latter is close to 100%, then it is time to replace your string.
Hard points or chain jumps
If your chain has hard points or starts to drop, it is probably time to replace it.
When changing the chain, it is necessary to also replace the cassette or at least the most worn sprockets. If you do not, your new chain may jump over the used gears, and you will not be able to practice.
Our advice: in the cold season, you can use an old set of trays whose dentition is not worn and dedicate it to your winter practice. This avoids exposing your best equipment to severe weather conditions, but also to salt, which is particularly corrosive. A trick is known to road racers.
Some tips to prepare your bike for bad weather
To protect yourself from splashing water or mud, equip your bike with fenders.
Choose the right mudguard for your practice and make sure it fits well on your bike.
Stay alerted: with severe weather conditions, your frame or wheels may contain water. Normally, small holes are present in the rims and under the frame to allow the evacuation of this water. However, in mountain biking, practice in muddy conditions can sometimes block the evictions and prevent the water inside your frame and your wheels.
In addition to penalizing you by weighing your bike, this stagnant water can also damage your equipment.
To solve this problem, first, clean your bike and the in particular holes designed to release the water. If it is insufficient, you must dismantle the wheels, remove the tires and inner tubes.
As for the frame, remove the seat post and push the water through the hole left free. If this is not sufficient, you must disassemble the bottom bracket.
Note: Do not hesitate to repeat this operation after each rainy day or as soon as you notice that water is accumulating in your equipment.
You have in your hand tracks to prepare your bike for the arrival of the cold and the rain. In your turn to pamper your mount to cross the winter serenely: share with us your tricks to protect your bike!