Bike Maintenance: Getting the 10-Speed Up to Speed
Paul Revere took his famous ride in 1775. You know, “One if by land; two if by sea.” These days, warmer weather and longer days have kids and grown-ups ready to ride, too. That often means bicycling. After a long winter, your 10-speed needs a little TLC before hitting those highways and byways.
First, inspect and tighten everything on your bike, including seats, pedals and handlebars. Then, lubricate all moving parts, like gears, brakes and the chain. Then, clean and recheck everything — including frame, spokes and pressure in the tires.
Finally, wear a good bike helmet for safety. Check for proper fit — it shouldn’t move more than a half inch in any direction. Side straps should fit just below the ears, with the buckle directly under your chin. Check your helmet for cracks, dents or any other signs of damage. If all systems are go, take off on your well-loved bike! It’s spring, after all.