What are some of your learning resolutions for 2018? Looking for a better, more efficient, and accurate way to maintain your ride? I believe there is always room for improvement. This goes without saying but, everyone should know how to fix a flat tire and carry the necessary parts to do so. We have a FREE Fix-A-Flat class every 3rd Friday of the month at 6:00pm. Please take advantage of this!
Many people I talk to want to learn more about suspension. How to best maintain it and set it up correctly. Some simple things you can do to best maintain your fork or shock is to keep it clean. After a ride wipe the component off with a clean rag. An old cotton t-shirt works great! I like to use use isopropyl alcohol as a cleaning solvent when doing so. Here is a great link to what FOX and Rock Shox recommend for service intervals.
Rock Shox: https://sram-cdn-pull-zone-gsdesign.netdna-ssl.com/cdn/farfuture/yAx0kSlyUugovoDtl17X-Hf1mczwWOVal599FZA_qoE/mtime:1490130617/sites/default/files/techdocs/sc2_service_interval_counter_mat_v10.pdf
The next is wheel maintenance. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say, “I would love to learn how to true my own wheels." This is something that takes practice. When learning how to do so, I recommend using a used bad wheel. Something you can mess up with and not worry about. Just ask us for a junk wheel when you pick up a spoke wrench and truing stand. The Park Tool Big Blue Book of Bicycle Repair is a resource that can get you through most repairs on a bike.
Barrel adjusters. These are wonderful little things to have when you’re in the middle of nowhere and need to fine tune a cable adjustment. I always leave enough adjustment on these for the rider to use when out for a ride. To make it simple they work like this. Looking at the barrel adjuster as the housing enters it. Turning it counterclockwise will tighten the cable. Adjust as needed for shift and brake function needs.
Happy riding in 2018 everyone!