How To | March 18, 2016
The weather is warming up, which signals a perfect time to get your bikes and motorcycles out of storage and ready for the spring and summer riding season. If you properly prepared your bicycle for storage in the fall, then you shouldn’t have any problems with setting out on the road relatively quickly and easily.
When removing a bicycle from storage and preparing it for the open road, it is vital to conduct a good bike tune-up and inspection. If the bike is in need of repairs get them taken care of before riding. By following these tips, you will be on the road enjoying the great weather and exercise before you know it.
Bicycle Cleaning: Start off with a spring bike cleaning to make the bike look great for your first ride. Clean the frame of the bike with warm soapy water and use a soft-bristled brush to clean the pedals. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth.
Inspect the Tires: Inspect the tires and rims for damage and repair. Replace the tires if necessary. Also, at this time, make sure the wheels spin smoothly and are not catching on anything.
Inflate the Tires: Look at the tires for wear and tear, fraying, cracks, holes and bald patches. Replace the tires if you see any noticeable damage. Once visual inspections are completed, check the air in the tires. Use a pump and tire gauge to inflate to the recommended tire pressure (the number next to the PSI on the side of the tire).
Test the Brakes: Inspect the brake system and brake pads. Make sure that the brakes will allow you to slow down, be in control and be safe. The brake pads should hit the wheel rim at the same time to allow for easy braking.
Check the power train: The power train includes pedals, gears and the chain. Repair and replace any worn gears and parts. Chains wear out and should be replaced every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. Add lubricant to the chain for easier movement and gear shifting. Test the gears to make sure that they shift easily. If they are not shifting, then take your bike to a repair shop for replacement. Inspect the cables for breaks. Replace cables that are cracked or damaged. These are important connectors to the brake system. So, replacing them is important for safety sake.
At the end of the biking season, consider following similar steps to prepare your bicycle for storage either at your home or in a self-storage unit. Then, getting it ready for the first ride of the season should be a breeze! ezStorage offers the best household storage solutions for furniture, linens, clothing, kitchen items and bicycles for the entire family. Stop in to any of our 45 self-storage locations in the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas to see how our storage professionals can help you with any storage need.