Spring Bike Check

9 April 2019 - News

BIKE CHECK IN 7 EASY STEPS

Your bike is exposed to so many elements throughout the year, so it's important to give it a regular health check. We would recommend your bike has a service at least once a year. On top of this, here are a few tips to check your bike is in safe working order. Just a few minutes of TLC can harness ample peace of mind that your bike is still safe and efficient. 

 

KEEPING IT HASSLE FREE & FUN!

Our Product & Quality Control Coordinator,Jack,explains the
'M check'
 is a simple way to MOT your bike. Asa qualified mechanic, with a Velotech Gold Certificate and over 6 years o
experience we'd say you are in trusted hands!

Here are Jacks' top tips for a quick and easy bike safetycheck.

 

 

1. CLEAN

Using mild soap and warm water, remove any dirt and corrosive road salt. This essential step brightens your bikes appearance and lengthens it's overall life by removing debris that can eat away at the frame and components.  Use a gentle hose to rinse.

 

2. HUBS

Check the hub is in good condition by rocking the wheel side to side. Look out for play or sideways movement. Make sure the wheels are fastened securely into the dropouts.

 

 

3. WHEELS & TYRES
Give both tyres a thorough inspection to make sure there are no cracks and nothing is stuck into the rubber. Inflate the tyres to the appropriate pressure depending on use. Lift the bike and give the wheel a gentle spin, 

 

4. CRANKS & PEDALS

Spin the cranks as if backpedalling, the movement should be smooth and free running. Holding the pedal push the crank in towards the bike and pull back out, there should be no rocking.

 

5. CHAIN

Ensure the chain is clean and well-oiled. It is best to use a light lubricant little and often (thick lubricants can hold debris and turn into a grinding paste). Rotating the chain backwards apply the lubricant directly onto the chain for several rotations. Remove excess lubricant by holding a cloth whilst continuing to rotate. Take care not to drip lubricant on wheels or brakes. Excessive dirt build up on the cogs can also be wiped off.

 

6. HEADSET

Turn the handle bar left and right to make sure it moves freely and smoothly (remember our smaller wheeled bikes have a safety stop). With the front wheel on the ground and the front brake pulled, gently rock the bike forwards and backwards. There should be no unusual movement or 'knocking'

 

 

7. BRAKES
Inspect the brake pads for wear, as per wear line indicator. Also check wheel rim for excessive wear, using the rim wear line indicator. Pull both brake levers and check brake pad alignment, the brake pad should engage on the rim flat and evenly. The brake should 'bite' within 50% of the levers movement. 

If anything is out of normal parameters, please contact your local Frog stockist.



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