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Flat tires are a thing of the past. Compact air pumps and patch kits are just the tools you need to keep cycling. MOREMORE

Cleansing Bike Equipment

Don’t let moisture or air ruin your bike! EMS bike equipment supplies special formulas to lubricate, cleanse and polish your bicycle and keep it functional and stunning. MOREMORE

Bike Equipment & Tools

Use the right tool for the right job. EMS’ selection of bike equipment includes precision tools and hardware so making emergency repairs to your bicycle is no sweat. BACKBACK

 
 

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


BLACKBURN Airtower 1 Bicycle Pump, Green - Eastern Mountain Sports
BLACKBURN Airtower 1 Bicycle Pump, Green
PRICE: $29.99
CONTINENTAL Ultra Sport Road Bike Tire, 700 x 23c - Eastern Mountain Sports
CONTINENTAL Ultra Sport Road Bike Tire, 700 x 23c
PRICE: $24.95
TOPEAK Road Morph G Bike Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK Road Morph G Bike Pump
PRICE: $44.95
TOPEAK Alien II Multitool - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK Alien II Multitool
PRICE: $44.95
PARK TOOL MTB-7 Rescue Tool 21 - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL MTB-7 Rescue Tool 21
PRICE: $20.00
INNOVATIONS Ultraflate CO2 Tire Inflator - Eastern Mountain Sports
INNOVATIONS Ultraflate CO2 Tire Inflator
PRICE: $19.99
Q-TUBES Road Tube 700 x 23-25, Presta - Eastern Mountain Sports
Q-TUBES Road Tube 700 x 23-25, Presta
PRICE: $6.00
BLACKBURN Airtower 1 Bicycle Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
BLACKBURN Airtower 1 Bicycle Pump
PRICE: $29.99
BLACKBURN AirStik AnyValve Bicycle Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
BLACKBURN AirStik AnyValve Bicycle Pump
PRICE: $24.99
PARK TOOL SR-1 Sprocket Remover and Chain Whip - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL SR-1 Sprocket Remover and Chain Whip
PRICE: $24.39
PARK TOOL Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, 3rd Edition - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair, 3rd Edition
PRICE: $22.49
PARK TOOL BCB-4 Bike Cleaning Brushes, Set of 4 - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL BCB-4 Bike Cleaning Brushes, Set of 4
PRICE: $20.00
PARK TOOL GP-2 Super Patch Kit, Glueless - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL GP-2 Super Patch Kit, Glueless
PRICE: $3.79
Q-TUBES Road Tube 700 x 35-43, Schrader - Eastern Mountain Sports
Q-TUBES Road Tube 700 x 35-43, Schrader
PRICE: $6.00
Q-TUBES Presta Road Tube, 700c x 35-43 mm - Eastern Mountain Sports
Q-TUBES Presta Road Tube, 700c x 35-43 mm
PRICE: $6.00
Q-TUBES PV Road Tube 700 x 18 to 23 - Eastern Mountain Sports
Q-TUBES PV Road Tube 700 x 18 to 23
PRICE: $6.00
PARK TOOL AWS-10 Folding Hex Set - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL AWS-10 Folding Hex Set
PRICE: $8.49
PARK TOOL TL-4 Tire Levers, Set of 2 - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL TL-4 Tire Levers, Set of 2
PRICE: $3.69
FINISH LINE Grunge Brush - Eastern Mountain Sports
FINISH LINE Grunge Brush
PRICE: $12.99
TOPEAK Mini 6 Bike Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK Mini 6 Bike Tool
PRICE: $12.95
PARK TOOL Home Mechanic Pedal Wrench - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL Home Mechanic Pedal Wrench
PRICE: $12.49
Q-TUBES PV Mountain Tube 26 x 1.9 to 2.125 - Eastern Mountain Sports
Q-TUBES PV Mountain Tube 26 x 1.9 to 2.125
PRICE: $6.00
PARK TOOL GSC-1 Gear Cleaning Brush - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL GSC-1 Gear Cleaning Brush
PRICE: $5.49
PARK TOOL FR-1 Freewheel Remover, Shimano - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL FR-1 Freewheel Remover, Shimano
PRICE: $7.50
PARK TOOL PPL-1 Poly Lube 1000 - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL PPL-1 Poly Lube 1000
PRICE: $6.00
PARK TOOL TB-2 Emergency Tire Boot - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL TB-2 Emergency Tire Boot
PRICE: $5.00
CONTINENTAL Grand Prix 4000s Road Bike Tire,  700 x 25c - Eastern Mountain Sports
CONTINENTAL Grand Prix 4000s Road Bike Tire, 700 x 25c
PRICE: $74.95
CONTINENTAL X-King Mountain Bike Tire, 29 x 2.2 in. - Eastern Mountain Sports
CONTINENTAL X-King Mountain Bike Tire, 29 x 2.2 in.
PRICE: $49.95
TOPEAK RaceRocket MT Bike Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK RaceRocket MT Bike Pump
PRICE: $44.95
CONTINENTAL Grand Prix Road Bike Tire, 700 x 23c - Eastern Mountain Sports
CONTINENTAL Grand Prix Road Bike Tire, 700 x 23c
PRICE: $39.95
TOPEAK Mini 20 Pro Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK Mini 20 Pro Tool
PRICE: $39.95
PARK TOOL CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL CN-10 Cable and Housing Cutter
PRICE: $37.99
PARK TOOL CT-3 Chain Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL CT-3 Chain Tool
PRICE: $34.95
BLACKBURN Toolmanator 12 Multitool - Eastern Mountain Sports
BLACKBURN Toolmanator 12 Multitool
PRICE: $29.99
CONTINENTAL Mountain King Mountain Bike Tire, 26 x 2.2 in. - Eastern Mountain Sports
CONTINENTAL Mountain King Mountain Bike Tire, 26 x 2.2 in.
PRICE: $29.95
TOPEAK Micro Rocket AL Bike Pump - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK Micro Rocket AL Bike Pump
PRICE: $27.95
TOPEAK Hummer Bike Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
TOPEAK Hummer Bike Tool
PRICE: $27.95
CRANK BROTHERS Multi 17 Bike Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
CRANK BROTHERS Multi 17 Bike Tool
PRICE: $27.00
PARK TOOL IB-3 I-Beam Mini Tool with Chain Tool - Eastern Mountain Sports
PARK TOOL IB-3 I-Beam Mini Tool with Chain Tool
PRICE: $25.99
MICHELIN Country Rock 26 x 1.75 Bike Tire - Eastern Mountain Sports
MICHELIN Country Rock 26 x 1.75 Bike Tire
PRICE: $24.99

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