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Bring Your Bike Out of Hibernation: Spring Bike Tune-Up Tips

Dusty, rusty, mushy—after a long winter of standing, hanging, or lying in the same place, chances are pretty good that your beloved bike will be at least one, if not all, of these things. While you’re more than ready to take that first ride of the season, your bike is going to need a few minutes of care first. Here are the components that Eastern Mountain Sports bike techs recommend you inspect before you mount up.

Tires

If there were leaves on the trees the last time you rode, your tires are almost certain to be underinflated. Confirm our suspicions with a pressure gauge, and then inflate to the specifications on your tire's sidewall. Check the sidewalls for dryness, cracking, or abrasions. If you own a mountain bike, check the tire tread for adequate depth. If you own a road bike, check the tire tread and inspect for cracking. Cracks in a road bike's tread attract shards of glass from broken bottles like magnets, and that can lead to a puncture.

Wheels

Make sure each wheel is true by lifting up your bike and slowly spinning the wheel. Look for wobbling, and listen for brake pad rubbing. Check the bearings in the hub by slowly rotating the front wheel. A true wheel will come to rest with the heaviest point at the bottom. The rear wheel of your bike should rotate back against the free-hub ratchet with no side play. Be sure to check each wheel for rim damage.

Chain

Inspect for excessive dirt, rust, kinking, and too much/too little tension. Depending on what you find, you'll need to either perform a simple cleaning and lube or remove the chain entirely so you can immerse it in solvent. Did you experience any performance issues like chain-suck last season? If so, your chain has stretched and may need to be replaced along with a couple of rings and the cassette.

Derailleur

Check the throw to determine if the limit screws need adjustment, and make sure that there's free cable movement in the housings. Inspect the housing for cracking or kinks, and make sure that the shifters are working freely and that the derailleur hanger is in alignment.

Brakes

Inspect the pads, and make sure there's an adequate amount of rubber. Mount your bike and test the performance of your brakes. If they're not responsive, adjust the tension of the brake cable. Check the torque on the fixing bolts, and lube the pivots where needed. Adjust the disc pads, or replace and bleed the brakes if necessary. Check the brake lever action and replace any frayed cables or kinked housing.

Frame

Remove both wheels. Then clean the frame and inspect for chipped paint, cracked welds, and excessive corrosion.

When in Doubt, Take Your Bike to a Pro
Remember, cycling is dangerous. There are a lot of variables you have no control over( traffic, weather, trail/road conditions) the only thing you CAN control is the condition of your equipment. There are 30 full-service Eastern Mountain Sports bike shops in 11 states ready to help you with all your bike maintenance and repair needs. Keep your bike rolling right, and enjoy all the miles and hours of cycling you can handle this year. Ride on!

For more information watch this video of the EMS Bike Shop


THULE Bike Stacker - Eastern Mountain Sports
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TOPEAK Mini 20 Pro Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
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CYCLEOPS Trainer Tire - Eastern Mountain Sports
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BLACKBURN Airtower 1 Bicycle Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
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TOPEAK Mini 9 Pro Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
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FINISH LINE Grunge Brush - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL CW-7P Crank Puller Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter - Eastern Mountain Sports
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BLACKBURN Toolmanator 12 Multitool - Eastern Mountain Sports
BLACKBURN Toolmanator 12 Multitool
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TOPEAK Micro Rocket AL Bike Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL CCW-5 Crank Bolt Wrench - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL GP-2 Super Patch Kit, Glueless - Eastern Mountain Sports
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TRI FLOW Superior Lubricant, 2 fl. oz. - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL HCW-16 Chain Whip and Pedal Wrench - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL Half-Pint Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
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WD-40 BIKE Dry Lube - Eastern Mountain Sports
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Q-TUBES Road Tube 700 x 23-25, Presta - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL DCW-4 Double-Ended Cone Wrench (13, 15) - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PACELINE PRODUCTS Chamois Butt'r, 8 oz. - Eastern Mountain Sports
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Q-TUBES Road Tube 700 x 35-43, Schrader - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL AWS-10 Folding Hex Set - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL GSC-1 Gear Cleaning Brush - Eastern Mountain Sports
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PARK TOOL HR-8 Hex Wrench, 8 mm - Eastern Mountain Sports
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SPORTRACK SR0012 Adjustable Bike Stand - Eastern Mountain Sports
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CONTINENTAL X-King Mountain Bike Tire, 29 x 2.2 in. - Eastern Mountain Sports
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TOPEAK Road Morph G Bike Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
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CONTINENTAL Grand Prix Road Bike Tire, 700 x 23c - Eastern Mountain Sports
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CRANK BROTHERS Multi 17 Bike Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
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BLACKBURN AirStik AnyValve Bicycle Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
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MICHELIN Country Rock 26 x 1.75 Bike Tire - Eastern Mountain Sports
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CONTINENTAL Ultra Sport Road Bike Tire, 700 x 23c - Eastern Mountain Sports
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MICHELIN Dynamic Sport 700 x 25C Bike Tire - Eastern Mountain Sports
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