Like most Australians, the winter took its toll and left you with little or no inspiration to go bike riding in the cold. If you’re just taking your bike out of storage now, you may have to follow these tips first before you go on your return ride.
These are the five essential things you must check on your bike before you ride:
Air pressure will more than likely have deflated somewhat during the winter months. You will probably have to inflate them to a satisfactory pressure in order to ensure safe, comfortable riding.
If the chain is mangled or off its rotary, you will have to reset it. This could be a messy ordeal. The chain may need bike chain oil, especially if the bike has been sitting in the garage for these past few months. Apply some oil for lubrication.
- Brake levers & pads
Brake pads must press tightly and firmly against the tyre rim when the lever is pushed. If it is loose, it needs to be replaced immediately. Both levers should engage when pressed. If they don’t, it could mean a problematic cable.
If you lift your bike off the ground and spin each wheel you will see if it’s straight or not; if the wheel wobbles a bit, it means there is a problem with your spokes. Use a spoke wrench to tighten the spoke at the base.
- Safety equipment
Check to see if the batteries of your bike’s lights and reflectors are still in working order. If you do not have rear reflectors, it may be a good and safe idea to purchase some immediately. Also, is your helmet in good order? Does it still fit you properly?
Once you have performed all the necessary safety checks, and you are happy with your bike, then by all means, go out and take it for a test ride. If it doesn’t ride as well as you remember, perhaps there’s something wrong with it that you cannot diagnose yourself. Or perhaps it’s merely just too old for the road, needs to be packed away and replaced with a newer model. Whatever the case is, contact one of Melbourne’s expert bike suppliers on (03) 9529 3752.
Riding a Focus Atlas gravel bike is an exciting and enjoyable experience. The Atlas is a versatile and capable bike that is designed to handle a wide variety of terrain, from smooth gravel roads to rough and technical singletrack. The Atlas features a stable and responsive geometry that provides excellent handling and control on gravel roads and trails.
Fox Helmets are a great choice for mountain bikers because they offer a combination of safety, ventilation, fit and comfort, durability, style and technology. They are designed to provide excellent protection for the rider's head and brain in the event of a crash and also keep the rider cool and comfortable during long rides. With a wide range of styles and designs, Fox Helmets appeal to a variety of riders, making them a top choice among mountain bikers.
Riding an electric bike, or e-bike, is a unique and enjoyable experience that offers many benefits over traditional bicycles. Whether you're commuting to work, running errands, or exploring the great outdoors, an e-bike can make your ride more efficient, comfortable, and fun. Here are some reasons why riding an electric bike is such a great experience.