Sunday, April 27, 2008

Very Sunny Sunday

There are still a few hours left in the day, so I COULD go for a ride, still, but let us face it, this weekend is another total warshout, bike-wise, and any other-wise, really, except I DID finish Mountains Beyond Mountain, and am labouring through The Best American Short Stories Of 1987.

You can find this information elsewhere, but it has occurred to me that SOME of you don't have an elsewhere! So read this!

ABC Quick Check

  1. A is for air
    • Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire
    • Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure
    • Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged
  2. B is for brakes
    • Inspect pads for wear; replace is there is less than ¼" of pad left
    • Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes
    • Check brake level travel; at least 1" between bar and lever when applied
  3. C is for cranks, chain and cassette
    • Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else
    • Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches
    • If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment
  4. Quick is for quick releases
    • Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°
    • Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it
    • Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged
  5. Check is for check it over
    • Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly
    • Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
    • Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride


My personal list :
  • Verify that helmet is on head.
  • Put on gloves, before you lose them.
  • Check that you not in the 52/11 combo. , especially after earling the chain.
  • Give the brakes a good squeeze, to see if the cable breaks or comes loose.
  • Squeeze the tires a bit, to make sure they aren't COMPLETELY flat.
  • Secure you shoe laces, so they don't hit on the cranks and make that darn click!

2 comments:

SiouxGeonz said...

Check straps and zippers. Don't want things danglin' into the spokes or fallin' out onto the road!

The Squeaky Cyclist said...

Oh, yeah, and make sure you switched the pump from the other bike!

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