A biking adventure is supposed to be a thrilling experience full of beautiful sights, fresh air and memorable times. For many riders, however, their quest for adventure is abruptly cut off when their bikes develop malfunctions. You may be an ordinary adventurer far from a pro rider, but this is no excuse to neglect your bike before you’re set for a long distance riding escapade.
So, to help set you up for an unforgettable riding experience, here are 5 steps to help you prep your fat bicycle before you go for your adventure.
- Check The Condition Of The Wheels
Part of checking the wheels involves spinning the wheels and carefully checking to see if they are rubbing on the brake pads, if the wheel is grinding against the frame or fork or if the wheel is wobbly. If you find any faults, make sure to fix them immediately instead of dismissing it as a minor issue. Make sure the Quick Release Tire System is tightly fastened. You do not want your tire flying off in the opposite direction right in the middle of your ride at full speed. Listen for any unusual sounds that you hear as your wheel turns. The presence of grinding noises means that the hubs need to be adjusted.
- Examine The Tires
Fat bicycles tend to have larger sized tires than the ones found in most bikes.By examining the tires, you ascertain that the tires are firm and that they have enough air pressure. When you suspect that the tire needs more pressure, ensure you are within the acceptable ranges as indicated on the side of the tire. Additionally, check to see if there are any cuts or nicks either on the sidewall or the tread on both tires. If you notice the tires are quite worn out, instead of getting them repaired, it is better to go ahead and get new ones.
- Test The Performance Of The Brakes
Use significant force to first spin the wheel. Thereafter, engage the front breaks and then later engage the rear brakes. To be sure that the brakes are working fine, ensure that you can see the brakes engaging on the rim before the brake lever touches the handlebar. Test to see if the grip is strong enough to suddenly stop the bike in case of an emergency. Remember to look at the brake pads and check if they are in the right condition. If they are worn out, replace them with new ones.
- Oil The Chain
There’s a ton of lube brands you can use to oil your fat bike’s chain. However, you should note that not all lubes are designed equal. If you are wondering which type of lube to choose, always go for one with a light consistency. You correctly apply lube by applying a small amount onto the chain while simultaneously pedaling backward. Apply lubricant on the inner side of the chain. This way, it will easily spread to the rest of the chain.
- Check The Gears
Check to see how smoothly the gears shift. If the chain doesn’t dislodge from the rings when performing the front or rear derailleur shifts then your shifters are working properly. If you notice an issue or an unusual noise when shifting, you should immediately get a professional bike mechanic to fix it.
Even with proper and regular maintenance, it is crucial that you take your fat bicycles through a thorough check-up as described in the five steps above. This way, you’ll be able to focus more on your riding experience from start to finish without any hitches.