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Keeping Your Bike Ready to Ride

Updated: May 16, 2019 10:37 PM

The grass is greening up, the birds are chirping, and some trails are ready to ride. When it is time for you to hit the trails, don't get left behind. It's time to dust off the bikes and get them maintained and ready for the season.

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"I recommend somebody bringing in their bike at least at the beginning of the season, or at the end of the last season to get some basic maintenance done," Carson Spohn told WDIO News. Spohn has been working at Ski Hut as a service technician for the past twelve years.

Spohn says modern day bikes require much more maintenance than you might think. "It's kind of becoming standard maintenance with these more modern style mountain bikes. They never used to be like that back in the day," he said. "But these newer bikes, they require a lot more maintenance."

A standard tune-up includes inspecting and maintaining many moving parts of your bicycle such as cables, brake pads, the chain, and the suspension. Spohn says these parts should be maintained on a regular basis.

How often that regular maintenance occurs depends on several factors. "A lot of it is how many hours you are putting on the bike, where you are riding it, and how well you are maintaining it."

He also says there are things you can do at home to keep your bike running smoothly on the trails, and preventing it from sitting in the shop. But if you are going to wash you bike at home, there are a few things you need to be careful about.

"Keeping the bike generally clean, avoiding high pressure water," Spohn said. "A high pressure hose or a pressure washer can actually push water into places it shouldn't be, and it can push grease out."

Spohn also says not be be alarmed if your bike is squeaking after it is been perfectly cleaned and maintained. "Brakes will squeak from time to time you know," He said. "Barometric pressure, humidity, those small things can actually have an impact on the noise of your brakes so yeah, they are pretty finicky sometimes."

So what is the key to having your bike ready to hit the trails for a smooth ride once the weather conditions allow?

"Get them in here before you have a big problem," Spohn said. "Take care of the problem while it is smaller."

Join WDIO News at Ten every Thursday to get the latest tips and tricks you need to enjoy the trails in the Duluth area as well as updated trail conditions.

Copyright 2019 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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