7 Tips to be ready to hit the trails this spring
Spring is in the air, which means mountain biking season is right around the corner, if not already here. If like yourself, your equipment has been doing a lot of lounging this winter, we need to make sure that everything is in tip-top shape before hitting the trails for the first time, so we start the season off on the right pedal.
We want to start with giving everything that you use and take with you on a ride on a thorough check - excluding the bike here (see next point).
Ensure your spare riding supplies are still good (i.e. check that the spare tube in your pack is still functional by blowing it up) and your pack is well stocked.
Get rid of the expired snacks and hydration mixes and replace them with new ones.
Inspect all of your armour, shoes, clothing, etc., for any sign of wear that might prevent them from being effective at their job.
Inspect your helmet. Give it a thorough look and feel for any cracks, dents, scratches or damage. Helmets have a shelf life, so don’t forget to check the expiry on them.
We need to have ultimate trust in our bike to do its job properly while riding. After sitting all winter, be sure to set some time aside to give it a thorough inspection on the following (but not limited to this list):
Tires - fix any flats, replenish tubeless sealant
Chain - check chain wear, clean and lube if necessary
Brakes & brake pads - make sure that brakes are working correctly and check that they are not worn out, replace if necessary
Reset your suspension - set the air pressure and rebound based on your current weight with ALL of your riding gear on
Grease and bolt check: give any pivots and bolts some fresh grease and torquing as needed
Shifting - make sure all of your gears and shifting is functioning properly