9 things to check before your next event
We spend a lot of time and money training for events and races, the last thing we want is our gear to let us down on the day.
Take the time to check over you bike and ensure it is running in its best condition so you can rely on it come race day.
Below are 9 key things we think you should check before your race. This should be quick and easy to do yourself and if you need any help just get in touch!
- Tyres – Avoid that dreaded flatty by ensuring your tyre is properly inflated and look closely for any worn areas or glass. Also some tyre changing practice never hurts!
- Quick release levers – sounds basic, but we often take our wheels off the bike for different reasons, so make sure these are tightened up and secure.
- Brakes – whether you are racing a tri or road race, you don’t want to find out in the middle of a hill or bunch your brakes aren’t working! Take a look at your front and rear brake pads to check these are evenly touching your wheel.
- Chain – The lifetime of your chain is varied depending on how you ride, what conditions you ride in and how you care for it. You can check for chain wear yourself and there are some good tutorials online. Your chain should be clean and well greased.
- Gears – Check your chain is running smoothly through the gears and there isn’t any slipping, rough shifting or funny noises!
- Helmet – Your helmet needs to fit properly to ensure it can work so try it on and adjust if you need. Also take a look that there aren’t any cracks or damage.
- Tools – In the event of a puncture, make sure you have everything you need with to change it. Essentials include a tube, tyre leavers, a CO2 canister and nozzle or a pump. A multi tool, phone and some cash can also be very handy.
- If your bike is new or you are borrowing it – a bike fit is important. Comfort is key so make sure the seat and ergonomics of the bike fit you well to avoid any pain or injury.
- Most importantly, test the bike out and don’t leave it till the night before your event! Take it out for a short ride and if anything feels out of the ordinary and you can’t fix it yourself, don’t risk it, come and see us.
This video is also a great guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v4yIWSY7g0