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Attack the Singletrack!, Issue #003 -- Spring is Here! Is your Mountain Bike Ready for the Trail?
March 17, 2010
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Attack the Singletrack! Issue #003 -- Spring is Here! Is your Mountain Bike Ready for the Trail?
Attack the Singletrack brings you mountain bike tips to help you become a better rider and enjoy mountain biking more.
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In this Issue...
1) Tip of the Month -- Click here or scroll down for a tip on how to know if your bike chain needs to be replaced without having to buy a special tool...
2) Spring is Here! Is your Mountain Bike Ready for the Trail? -- Get your bike out of winter storage and dust off the cobwebs. After sitting in storage all winter, are you wondering what needs to be done to get your bike ready for the trail?
Click here or scroll down to learn tips on how to do a preride inpection and maintenance to make sure your bike is functioning properly and ready for riding.
3) What's New on Mountain Bike Buzz -- Click on the links below to learn about new information that has been recently added to the site...
Tip of the Month:
Checking Wear on your Bike Chain -- Replacing your bicycle chain when needed is very important because if it wears past a certain point, it will cause wear in your chain rings and cassette, which can become costly.
In order to measure your bicycle chain wear, all you need is a ruler or tape measure. Measure 12 inches from the center of one of the left pins on a chain link. The left pin center of the 12th chain link from that spot should be right at the 12 inch mark. If the center of the pin is more than 1/16" past the mark, the chain needs to be replaced. If it is more than 1/8" past the mark you may also need to replace the chain rings and/or cassette.
Is your Mountain Bike ready for the Trail?
Now that spring is here, you are probably ready to hit the trail, but is your bike ready? Spring is a great time to do a preride inspection before each ride to prevent injuries or bike malfunctions, but preride inspections should really be done on a regular basis.
The following are some quick tips to make sure your mountain bike is ready for the trail.
If you have V-brakes, make sure the pads go flat against the rims. If you have disk brakes, listen for squealing when the brake lever is squeezed. If they make a lot of noise, the rotors may need to be cleaned with a soft rag and rubbing alcohol.
Clean and Lubricate:
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