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Want to Get Out and Ride? Here’s How to Prep Your Bicycle

WRITTEN BY JASON SUMNER

MARCH 24, 2020

The daylight hours are growing longer, and the weather is thankfully turning warmer—signaling to cyclists and other recreational riders that it’s time to dust off their bike and pull it out of storage. Or, maybe you’re thinking about using your bike to get around or add some outdoor exercise to your daily routine during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Yes, it’s okay to ride outside as long as you avoid groups and practice safe social distancing. We have a full explainer on how to ride safely right now.)

Before you start pedaling away in earnest, though, it’s a good idea to give your bike a tip-to-tail once over.

How to clean your bike in 7 simple steps

So, while it’s tempting to just pop it in the shed until next time, a few minutes spent at regular intervals will improve your riding experience no end. 

Regardless of what shape your bars are or how many suspension parts your bike has, any build-up of dirt will wear through moving parts if left to do so. As important as it is to clean your bike after a filthy wet ride, it remains key after dry, dusty ones too. 

Here’s how to clean your bike in seven simple steps.

WRITTEN BY BIKE RADAR

APRIL 9, 2020