Bike Maintenance after the Winter Months

If you have been grinding out the winter miles, your bike will certainly be in need of some attention. If you have been riding a designated winter bike make sure, before you consign it to the shed, that you have given it a complete clean and service. Some time spent now, or some work given to your local bike shop, will save you frustration in the autumn.

If you will be riding the same bike through the summer, take advantage of a recovery week to give it an overhaul. Pay particular attention to tyres, brakes and the drivetrain. Check that the seat-post hasn't seized, there is no water inside the frame and replace any rusted bolts. Even with regular diligent cleaning, salted winter roads can really take their toll so don't be surprised if you have to part with some money. If you have got some early season races or events, you may want to take off your mudguards but, if not, we advise keeping them on through the spring showers season.

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