A nice little article from Bartlesville Live reminding us the ABC+ of bicycle equipment checks . . .
A is for air
- Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire.
- Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure.
- Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged.
B is for brakes
- Inspect pads for wear; replace if there is less than 1/4th of pad left.
- Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes.
- Check brake level travel; at least 1” between bar and lever when applied.
C is for cranks, chain and cassette
- Make sure that crank bolts are tight; lube the treads only, nothing else.
- Check the chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches.
- If the chain skips on the cassette, it may need an adjustment or a new one.
Quick is for quick releases
- Hubs need to be tight in the frame; the quick release should engage at 90 degrees.
- The hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it.
- Inspect brake quick releases to make sure they reengage.
Check is for check it over
- Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly.
- Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them.
- Pay extra attention to the bike to keep it in good working condition.