Top 5 ways to make your old bike feel new.
Nothing beats new bike day, but doing some spring cleaning on your bike can get it feeling as good as new. Here's Summit Mechanic, Jon Collet's top 5 tips to keep your bike running smooth.
1. NEW CABLES AND HOUSING
After a season's worth of dirt and grit getting in your cables and housing, your shifting is going to be slower and less accurate than it should be. Replacing your old cables and housing with new ones is a cheap way to get that shifting crisp and quiet.
2. NEW CHAIN
Chains wear out. When a chain wears out, it will start to round off the teeth on your cassette and chainring causing costly repairs. Avoid all the problems by swapping out your old chain for a new one. BONUS TIP: Buy a decent lube that fits the conditions you ride in and be sure to use it.
3. SUSPENSION SERVICE
Nothing makes an old fork and shock feel better than fresh seals and wipers. Old, dirty seals create more friction and can potentially damage your suspension. Prevent expensive repairs by changing your seals and wipers at the manufacturer suggested intervals.
4. NEW TIRES AND A TUBELESS TOP OFF.
Old tires are never fun. Trust us, they lead to disaster. Swap out your old rubber for some new grippy tires and you'll immediately feel the difference. While you're at it, topping off your tubeless sealant will prevent flats and leaks. If you haven't gone tubeless already, get with it. It's 2018 after all.
5. NEW BRAKE PADS AND FRESH BRAKE FLUID
Unless you subscribe to the "safety third" mantra, brakes are arguably on of the more important components on the bike. New pads will restore power to those stoppers and stop the dreaded squeal. Fresh brake fluid will keep your levers feeling strong and consistent.