Keep the mountain in “mountain bike”
Plan to wash your bike several times per season, but not
every time you ride. When you come back from a wet, muddy
ride, there’s no shame in breaking out the hose, a soft brush
and some liquid dish soap to bring the bike back to life.
However, if you wash the bike after every ride, you’re washing
grease away from moving parts and shortening the life of the
bike. Let your mountain bike enjoy the elements.
The most-used tool in the box
The torque wrench, or “dork wrench,” as it’s called by many
home mechanics, was once a tool only for the elite mechanic.
Now, though, with ultra-light components becoming the norm, it’s
an invaluable tool that will save money and frustration. Most home
mechanics are shocked when first using a torque wrench by how
little force is needed to safely secure hardware, such as stem face
plates where too much torque will instantly destroy the component.
Everyone’s pre-ride checklist
• Run through the gears and adjust as
• Check tire pressure, either with just a
quick squeeze or preferably with a gauge
• Quickly inspect suspension and wheel
bearings by wiggling the front and rear
wheels to feel for play
• Check your spares kit to ensure you
have a fresh tube, CO2 cartridges or mini
pump, and other consumables.