With spring well on its way, cyclists across the country will be visiting their local bicycle repair shops to get their bikes in shape for the riding season. Why not bring yours to Alamo Bike Shop here in San Antonio soon? We’ll be happy to give it a complete inspection and tune-up.
Before you come in, though, here’s a series of six quick tests you can use to find out about any potential problems before they become serious.
- Pick your bike up about 4-5 inches above the ground, and then let it drop straight down on its wheels. Listen for any rattles, creaks, popping noises, etc.; these could be signs of loose or damaged parts.
- Engage the brakes and let them go. They should snap back into place immediately. If they don’t, be sure to get them checked out before your next ride.
- Give the tires a close look-see. Check for any tears, rips, or cuts. Make sure they’re inflated to the recommended pressure and stay that way.
- Spin the wheels. You should notice no wobbling, squeaking, or contact with the brake pads.
- Check the wheel’s quick release levers (they allow the wheels to be removed without using tools). Make sure the levers are tight and functioning properly.
- Check the headset. This is the tube that connects the frame and the front wheel forks. Over time it can come loose. Check for this by applying the front brakes while gently tilting the bike, so that the rear wheel raises up and goes back down to the ground. If you hear any clicking, you may have headset problems.
Be sure to mention any problems you notice to the experts on our team here at Alamo Bike Shop. Whether you live in the San Antonio area or will be visiting us in the future, drop by and see us! We offer a full range of services for your cycling needs: rentals, secondhand bikes, tours of downtown, and repairs.