Get all set for the cycling season

As the cycling season approaches, it is time to bring your bike back onto the road. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or just starting out, ensuring your bike is in top condition is crucial for making the most of your rides. Here is a checklist to help you prepare. The checklist consists of:

  • Clean your bike
  • Check your tires
  • Inspect your brakes
  • Check the chain and drivetrain
  • Lubricate moving parts
  • Get a bike fit with APIIR

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Clean Your Bike

A clean bike isn't just about looks; it's about efficiency. Dirt in your chain can slow you down. Begin with a wet sponge and soap to thoroughly clean your bike. Use a soft brush for stubborn dirt on rims, tires, and the bike frame's underside. For hard-to-reach areas, a small brush can be very effective. After letting the soap sit, rinse off the dirt with warm water and a soft brush.


Check Your Tires

Damaged or worn tires not only reduce your safety but also increase the risk of punctures and can lead to less grip on the road. Look for cuts, wear, and cracks in the rubber. If you notice significant damage, consider getting new tires. Also, check the tire pressure and ensure it matches the recommended pressure. Regularly checking this throughout the season maximizes tire life and performance. This is also a good time to inspect the condition of your spare tube.


Inspect Your Brakes

Good brakes are essential, especially at high speeds. First, ensure your brake pads are not overly worn; replace them if necessary. For rim brakes, ensure they are correctly adjusted and make proper contact with the braking surface. Before going on a long ride, test your brakes in a safe environment to ensure they function correctly. For those with hydraulic brakes, a firm feeling when applying pressure is crucial. A spongy feel may indicate air in the brake line, requiring bleeding.


Check the Chain and Drivetrain

The chain and drivetrain are critical to your bike's performance. Check for wear and clean the chain before applying new lubricant. Inspect gears to ensure shifts are smooth and accurate.


Lubricate Moving Parts

Bicycles require specific lubricants tailored to different parts, and selecting the right type is crucial. Bearings, such as those in bottom bracket, need a thick bearing grease, distinct from the lighter lubricants used for chains. Ensuring you apply the appropriate lubricant to each component is key. Lube will assure that your bike parts are smooth-running, and your bike will feel a lot better. 

Get a Bike Fit with APIIR

Ensure your seat is at the correct height and that you can comfortably reach the handlebars. This might be difficult to judge by eye and is as important as any other item on this checklist. A bike fit is an iterative process, and APIIR can help you with concrete adjustments and recommendations you should make to your bike.


A bike fit can help with multiple issues on the bike, but these three stand out to most of our users:

  • Performance Boost:
    A bike fit may enhance  your cycling by improving speed and pedaling efficiency. 

  • Injury Prevention:
    An optimal riding position can prevent common cycling discomforts such as knee pain, back issues, and numbness, ensuring a pain-free experience.

  • Increased Comfort:
    Comfort is crucial for enjoyable cycling. A bike fit customizes your bike to your body, ensuring a smooth ride and reducing the risk of discomfort and injury. 


Ready to hit the road?

As the cycling season rolls in, preparing your bike is the first step towards a smooth, enjoyable ride. From cleaning your bike to checking tires, brakes, and drivetrain, each action you take contributes to both your performance and safety. Lubricating moving parts correctly extends the life of your bike and enhances your riding experience. Don't forget the importance of a proper bike fit with APIIR; it's not just about comfort but also about boosting performance, preventing injuries, and ensuring you get the most joy out of every pedal stroke. Remember, a well-prepared bike is the foundation of a great cycling season. So, gear up, perform these checks and adjustments, and you're ready to hit the road with confidence and style.

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