It's important to get into the habit of preparing your bike for every ride. This way there is less chance of something going wrong.
Before I head out for every ride I make sure to do my ABCs and Qs.
A = Air
B = Brakes
C = Chain
Qs = Quick Releases
AIR - You should have around 90 to 100psi in your road bike tires. This is very different than mountain bikes. If you want to know for sure, check the sidewall of your tire and it will tell you the ranges. It is beneficial to have a floor pump at home as you need to put air in your tires before every single ride. It is amazing how quickly they lose air and the last thing you want is a pinched flat because you didn’t have enough air in your tires. No fun!
BRAKES – you want to make sure that your brakes are not touching or rubbing on your rims. We go over how to adjust these in my Bike Maintenance Clinic. Having a brake rubbing creates more work and energy for you to pedal and we don’t want that.
CHAIN – you should be cleaning and lubing your chain with oil after every 2nd or 3rd ride. A clean chain will sound and run so much nicer. Again less work and energy for you.
QUICK RELEASES – these are the tabs that flip up so you can take your front and rear wheels off. You want to make sure those are firmly secure. A quick release is very serious as your wheel could essentially come off.
All of these are super important to implement in your riding routine. A lot of times we are transporting our bikes in our cars or on bike racks. Things happen and next thing you know your brakes are rubbing and your quick release is flipped up.
You can check it all out in my video below too.
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