Tips to check your bike before going to a BiciTravesia (Bike Tour)
Our two-wheeled friend is an excellent companion, but for it to provide everything we need, we have to take care of it and keep it in good condition. Some carry out frequent maintenances in mechanic workshops with specialists, however, it is very important to learn how to carry out previous checkups, something that will help save money and keep the bike in good condition.
Bicycle mechanics experts have developed an "M Method", which helps us review what's relevant. This method consists of drawing an M, linking the components to be checked on the bicycle, without leaving any behind. We start with the rear wheel, checking the tire pressure, if necessary we pump more air.
Then we continue on with the brakes, to check if the braking is correct, we lift the rear part of the bicycle and we roll the tire; If we got disc brakes, let's check that they are not generating contact with the pads. If they are made of rubber, it is necessary to check that are not rubbing on the tires and that they are braking on the rim. In addition, it is important to identify that the tire is centered, not tilting to the sides.
We continue up to the saddle, here it is important to check that the seatpost is fully stable, holding the seat and shake it up and down and from side to side applying some force, if the seat moves, it is important to tighten the clamps until the movement disappears.
Now we go down to the pedals, the cranks and the chainrings area, holding the pedals so that they spin on their axis, you can also move them from the inside out. Subsequently, we grab the cranks and spin the chainrings in the opposite direction to the hands of the clock, if any noise is generated, it is important to carry out maintenance on the chain or adjust the gear derailleur.
Then again, the line of the M goes up to the handlebar, there we will move it strongly, from one side to another, checking that it is well adjusted. We the hold brake lever to ensure that it is not necessary to tighten them thoroughly, if so, you will have to adjust or change some parts.
Next, you should lift a little the front part of the bicycle and release it to recognize noises from the impact, if so, it is advisable to take it to the mechanic workshop to check the suspension, or the axis of the steer.
Finally, we go down to the front wheel, with this we complete our M. Here, just like we did with the rear wheel, we checked tire pressure and braking. Thus, we will have performed a quick and complete checkup of the bike.
Remember to carry out this inspection before going to a BiciTravesía (Bike Tour), hence you will avoid inconveniences and save money.