Bike Repair & Maintenance
rIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY AND KNOW HOW TO USE THE FOLLOWING:
Bike in working order
Water (at least 1 water bottle)
Food (energy bars and gels are lightweight)
Tube (correct size and valve for your bike)
Mini pump or C02
Chain quick link (correct size for your bike)
Closed toe shoes
Optional but recommended
Rear derailleur hanger
Here is some of our favorite bike repair info that applies to what we do on the team. We'll keep adding new stuff as we come across it. If you have some favorites, let one of the coaches know and we'll take a look.
Washing your bike
It's important to clean and lube your bike often to keep it in top working condition. It doesn't take long and is well worth the effort so your bike works well and lasts longer.
Clean & Lube your Chain
This is one of the easiest and most frequent maintenance tasks you should be doing to your bike. For our riding conditions, choose a good quality dry lubricant from the bike shop. You should be cleaning and lubing your chain once a week during the season.
If your gears aren't shifting smoothly or skipping around, you'll need to make some adjustments. This is usually a quick fix by adjusting your barrel adjuster. This is a great video that explains how your shifting works and how to adjust it properly.
Proper SEat Height
Getting your seat height set just right is important. It helps with pedaling efficiency and reduces the chances of injury to knees, legs, and hips from over or under extending. This video shows a quick and easy way to get your seat height dialed.
Installing a Tube
Whether your bike has inner tubes or you have a tubeless setup, if you get a flat out on the trail you need to know how to install a new tube. This is the most common repair we have at practices. The better you learn this the quicker you'll be back riding.
Using a CO2 Inflator
A CO2 cartridge is a lot smaller and lighter to carry than a hand pump, and quicker to. But if you don't know how to use it you'll be stuck with a flat tire and an empty CO2 cartridge. Take the time to read the instructions that came with your inflator.
If your bike has front suspension or front and rear suspension, setting it up properly for your weight makes a huge difference on how your bike handles. Not all bikes have air suspension though, but if yours does, follow the steps in this video to get it set up right.
Replacing Disc Brake Pads
Often overlooked, it's very important your disc brakes are working well. Pads should be replaced if they are worn out or contaminated. It's a pretty simple repair and very important for your riding safety.