Week Twelve: Bike Repairs

July 20, 2017 10:46 PM

At any moment, a bike could break on the trail, so it helps to be prepared.

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"It's good to carry a small pump with you, a tire lever, and a spare tube, so that you can be able to change that flat while you're on the trail," Josh Laumann, a Ski Hut bike mechanic, said.  "It will save you from a long walk."  

If it's your chain, stop right away.

"If you've noticed your chain fell off, don't try and keep pedaling, because then it can get stuck in the cranks or something like that, but if you just stop on the side of the trail, you can usually get that back on real quick," Laumann said. 

It's also important to be careful when shifting.  

"If you're putting your bike under a lot of load, like you're pedaling really hard, you should avoid shifting during that time, because that can be really hard on your chain," Laumann said. 

Ski Hut said to take it in when necessary. 

"Once a year, once every other year, if you're not riding quite as much and obviously if it starts making noise or anything like that it's time to bring it in," Laumann said. 

The more you take care of your bike, the longer it will last. 


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