Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Cleaning.

Hello friends and family.  I have given you all a much needed break from my ramblings, but it is time for me to post up to the keyboard, and once again produce some fertile thoughts.  Spring is officially here and it is defiantly time for a little spring cleaning.  With Curt Gowdy State Park's lower trail system dry and free of cumbersome snow, WEWANNARIDE. 
And not like this.

But before we hit the trails we have to make sure our gear is ready to roll.  One of the first things I do is check all of my supplies.  In the early season I usually carry a Camelback, not specifically for the water, but for the gear.  In my bag, I like to carry a few warm clothing options....this season is tricky and getting caught out in the cold isn't fun.  Gloves and hat are a given, but I like to throw in a wind vest or jacket. One tool I throw in, and the main reason for the bag, is a shock pump.  After being away from the bike for a while I might want to make some adjustments to my bike, and having the proper air makes for a better ride.  I also put in a few snacks of course, but don't forget your multitool, a pump or CO2 system, and a tube. 

Also, before heading up to the mountains, you should probably air up the tires and lube the chain.  In fact, if you didn't do any maintenance between seasons, you might want to consider a tune up.  If you rider regularly we recommend a tune-up once a year.  It is also a good idea to get your suspension serviced about every two years, or at the first sign of a problem.  I would define a problem as, your shock feels odd, or there is liquid or "muddy" grime around your seals. 
In the photo above, it is obvious that there is a problem due to the sever leakage and abundance of grime.  But in the photo to the left, the problem is less obvious.
To inspect the situation, you can clean your shock using an old toothbrush.  Brush the dirt gently away from the black seals using a rag to clean off the stantions. Gentle is the key word here, we are cleaning to prevent scratches and damage, not to create them.  If, on future rides, the grime keeps coming back there is a problem that will require service by a professional.  As always, you can come into the Pedal House for a free consultation. 

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