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We’re finally rolling towards Spring, with brighter evenings by the day and warmer weather on the horizon. This time of year is a buzz with cycle enthusiasts and cycling newbies alike raring to get pedalling.
Why is bike maintenance important
A well maintained bike is a happy bike. Whether you’ve continued riding throughout winter, or you’re taking your bicycle out for it’s first ride in several months then it’s important to ensure it’s ready for the new season ahead of us.
Starting the year with a clean bike will not only make your bike look better, but will ensure everything performs well together. A soapy rag and a soft brush should be enough to remove any dirt and grime from months gone by. Not only will you feel even more motivated to get out on your bike but you’ll be able to spot any potential rust spots, and even oil up your chain whilst you’re there.
If your bike has been sitting around for a while the tyres may have lost some of their pressure, inflate until hard to touch or check the recommended pressure on the side of the tire. If you notice any signs of wear and tear such as cracking, worn tread or damaged spokes then it’s time to replace them.
Don’t overlook regularly checking your brakes and gears, these are essential parts for your bike safety. If in doubt contact our workshop for bike servicing, not only can our trained technicians take a look over your bike, from basic maintenance and serving, to upgrades and custom builds our team will be able to help.
Spring weather is notoriously changeable, so don’t get caught out. Wearing multiple thin layers will ensure you’re prepared for all eventualities. Layers can be discarded or added depending on the weather. Whilst a rain jacket is a must have for any springtime rides, you just never know when the heavens might open, potentially leaving you soaked to core.
If you’re new to cycling, don’t forget the importance of a helmet. Whether you’re popping down the road, or spending several hours mountain biking at the weekend they are essential for all riders. Helmets are undeniable lifesavers in the event of a crash or accident so make sure you’re prepared.
Join a club
Whilst clubs may not be operating as they once would we hope to see the return of group cycling once restrictions are lifted. Find your local club here, or why not try and get your friends or colleagues involved and create your very own club – it’s a great way to socialize whilst keeping fit. You can find your local club here. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder
Like everything in life, it can be a good idea to set some goals to keep motivated. Perhaps you’re looking to shed some pounds you’ve gained over winter, or just keen to get healthy. Whatever the motivation, goals will help. Apps like Strava makes tracking easy, plus if you share your ride with your friends it can get quite competitive.
It might be upgrade time, whether you’re currently riding a bike you inherited 5 years ago, or need to swap from mountain bike to road bike we’re here to help. We cater for all types and ages of rider, feel free to discuss with us exactly what type of riding you’d like to do and we’ll be able to suggest a bike that will suit your requirements.
Our professional team of cycle enthusiasts are ready to help you choose the right bike for you.