Extra protection: Bike Armor’s frame stickers are designed to be placed on your frame
in places where cable rub may occur. These little stickers not only protect your ride,
they also give it a little more personality.
WET WINTER MUD
Wet weather can wreak havoc on your
bike if it’s not properly cared for. You
never want to ride a bike hard and put it
away wet. Trust us, your bike has a way of
repaying the favor. It will squeak, mis-shift
and pout the entire next ride. Treat your
bike well and it will reward you. We love
riding in wet winter conditions, but after
every ride, we always make sure to properly clean our bike and lube the chain. This
will prevent any build-up of rust and prolong the life of your expensive drivetrain.
Pay close attention to suspension com-
ponents and the dropper post. Mud and
dirt can cause a build-up of grit that can
scratch stanchions and cause the seals to
leak oil. If you’re riding in mud frequently,
we would suggest using a fender to
minimize exposure from mud being tossed
around and also to wipe the seals clean
No matter how clean you keep your
bike after you ride in wet weather, you will
soon discover that water and metal don’t
mix. Apply grease to your bike often to
keep everything moving smooth. If you’re
mechanically inclined, remove the bolts in
your linkage to apply grease. Next, grease
your headset, pedals and bottom bracket.
If you have a threaded bottom bracket,
you can go ahead and remove it to reapply
grease. Nothing beats the feeling of riding
a freshly lubricated bike.
DRY SUMMER HEAT
Surprisingly, dry and dusty trails can
cause just as much damage to your bike as
wet, muddy trails. The reason is because
the fine particles of dirt can find their way
into every crack and crevice of your bike.
The same attention to your suspension
seals and dropper post are necessary to
keep your bike happy. Wipe off any excess
dust from moving parts and keep your
chain clean and lubed using a dry-weather
chain lube, such as Clean Ride from White
Lightning. Ideally, every mountain biker
should have two lubricants—one for the
winter and one for the summer—however,
some all-weather lubes may work just fine
for your local trails.
Summer heat may also cause riders to
sweat more, which can drip onto your bike
and cause corrosion. We’ve actually seen
rusted stem bolts rust from excessively
sweaty riders. Take care of your bike by
washing it lightly after every ride, then
apply a small amount of lube to keep all
your components moving freely.
Some of the best mountain bike trails in
the world are covered with roots and rocks,
which help make the trail more interesting
and fun, but have heavy consequences
when your bike hits the dirt. Crashing on
these types of trails is likely to cause the
most damage to your bike. Bent crank
hangers are probably the number-one
problem, as it doesn’t take much to knock
them out of whack, causing your shifting
to go haywire. Riders who frequent rocky
trails should always carry a spare hangar.
Downtube protection is another important thing to have when riding trails with
smaller rocks that can be flung into the air
by your front tire. A good blow from a rock
to your downtube is likely to leave a large
scratch or possibly crack your frame.
Purchase grips that have sturdy end
caps, as these rougher trails eat up the
corners of your grips. This will also help
protect your handlebars from directly
striking a rock or root.
Brake levers tend to see a lot of damage
on rough trails, too, when a bike hits the
ground. To avoid this, we often run the
clamp’s bolts to our levers a little loose so
they will move instead of snap or break.
Bike parks are notorious for wearing out
bikes fast. Just take a look at the demo
fleet at any bike park and you’ll see what
we’re talking about. If you’re a rider who
likes to head to the bike park, then there
are a few maintenance tips you need to
Getting rowdy: Mountain bikes are
designed to handle the most treacherous terrain, but every bike has its
limits. Lucky for you, if you’re a rider
who likes to ride the gnarliest trails
possible, there are a few precautions
you can take to help keep your bike
running smoother longer.