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How to Tune Up Your Bike for Spring

Posted on: March 15, 2019 | Spaces Toronto October 21, 2019

Spring is here! Finally, the weather is shifting, the trees are starting to regain their leaves, and flowers are blooming! In such a walkable city with vast public transportation, owning a car truly is optional. With so many bike trails winding through Toronto, using a bike to get around can truly be an easier option! But, in order to ensure your bike functions properly all year long, it is important to properly prepare it for the spring and summer. Learn the best tips for preparing your bike for the warmer seasons here!

6 Bicycle Tune Up Tips After Winter Storage

  1. Clean your bike: Similar to a car, keeping your bike clean truly extends the lifetime of the bike. When cleaning the bike, use a towel, tooth brush and soft cleaner to clean the frame, chain, pedals, brakes and seat. After cleaning the rest of the bike, remove the seat post and clean it. Once clean, add some grease to the seat post and put it back into place.
  2. Inspect your bike’s brake system: First, inspect the brake pads. Over time, the brake pads can get worn down and no longer work. If your brake pads are showing sign of wear and tear, replace them. After inspecting the brake pads, squeeze the brake lever and watch for when the brake pads hit. If both brake pads do not hit at the same time, adjust the brake arm tension screw.
  3. Check your wheels: A damaged rim on your bike can lead to a very wobbly ride. Clean your bike’s wheels with some rubbing alcohol and a cloth. If your wheel rim is dented or severely damaged, replace it. Be cautious adjusting your rim yourself. If you have any questions about the process, have an expert at a bike repair shop adjust it for you.
  4. Inspect your tires: Give your tires a thorough inspection. When inspecting your tires, look for any splits, tears or cracks along the sides of the tires. Additionally, check your bike tires for excessive wear. If the tires look to worn down, replace them.
  5. Check cables for wear: Depending on how often you use your bike, it is important to replace the cables every 2 to 5 years. New cables will help you to ride and brake much easier and smoother. Replacing cables can be tough, so it is important to have a bike expert do this step.
  6. Lubricate the chains: Lastly, it is important to lubricate the chains and drivetrain of the bike. This will not only keep the bike functioning properly, it will also help to prevent dust and dirt from building up on the bike.

Store Your Bike with Spaces Self Storage

Looking for storage when your bike is not in use? Spaces Self Storage has a storage facility in downtown Toronto on Eastern Avenue! Whether you’re looking for storage all throughout the year, or just in the winter, we’ve got you covered! Our storage facilities offer many different sizes of storage units, including the 5×10, 10×10 and 10×15 storage units. Reserve a storage unit with Spaces Self Storage today!

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