It’s springtime, although it might not quite look like it yet. This strange mixture of rain, snow, and salt can take a toll on your bike. Here are a few tips for care and maintenance.
Keep it clean! After riding through the elements, clear all debris off your cycle– the sooner, the better. It will help prevent rust and ware. A bucket of soapy water and a sponge will do just fine.
Keep all moving elements lubed. This is important. Don’t be cheap with this step. In the long run, lube will cost less than having to replace expensive bike parts. Be mindful not to over-lube. Keep track of the areas you’ve already tended to so you don’t do it twice.
When roads are wet, let a bit of air out of your tires. Lower tire pressure increases contact area between the street and your bike. This will give you a bit more grip on slick roads.
Mudguards are a great purchase this time of year. Not only does it keep the rider clean, it prevents too much gunk from getting on other parts of your bike. It will also mean less clean up time for you after a muddy ride.
Regularly maintain your cycle. Harsh weather conditions lead to expedited disrepair of your bike. Keep an eye on brake pads, gear and brake cables, and bolt tightness.
Store your bicycle inside as often as you can. If you know it will be outside for an extended period. Be even more careful with the upkeep.
Carhartt Women’s Chore Coat is perfect for bike maintenance. The durable fabric, endless pockets, and adjustable cuffs are one your side when you have a dirty job in front of you. If you want to learn more about bike care check out what Tori Bortman, owner of Gracie’s Wrench in Portland, has to say.
Karen Gage and Kelli Kavanaugh started Wheelhouse on Detroit’s historic river walk in 2008. Their goal was to reintroduce the charm and expediency of bike rentals in the area. With different tours around the city and neighborhoods, you get the chance to see some great parts of Detroit and exercise a bit. The women really care about their customers. They’ll even custom create a bike tour to fit your tastes. If you want to get in a good work out or just a leisurely ride that’s more about sight-seeing, Karen and Kelli have you covered. The next time you’re in Motor City, you have to check this place out. Karen and Kelli are lively, competent, and want to help you experience the beautiful side of Detroit.
check out what the women are wearing: Women’s Norfolk Henley, Women’s Stockbridge Sweatshirt, & Women’s Rockford Insulated Windbreaker / Longsleeve Signature T-Shirt, Women’s Annapolis Long-Sleeve Shirt, & Women’s Southold Jacket
You gotta love the go-get-em mentality of Tori Bortman, owner of Gracie’s Wrench in Portland. For those of you who don’t know, Portland is the city of bicycles. From bike paths to bike racks, that city is good to go for enthusiastic cyclists. As a messenger, Tori discovered how important it is to know the ins and outs of your bike. So she taught herself. Now, out of a love for bicycles and sharing knowledge with others, she teaches classes on bike mechanics mechanics. That’s the ultimate DIY right there, if you ask me.
shop Tori’s look here: Dover hooded track jacket, Clarkson cami, straight fit jean, Carhartt hat, tool belt, and Rockford windbreaker
Meet Keri, teacher by day and bike enthusiast by night. Keri has always loved biking and the idea of commuting. She bikes everywhere she goes. The idea hit her that she could really live off of her bike and tour. Keri has plans this summer for a trip around Lake Michigan and Colorado. Eventually she wants to tour around Europe. First, Keri wants to get some solid bike mechanic knowledge under her belt before she sets off on these adventures, so she’s been taking a bike class at Heritage General Store in Chicago with Arlan Derussy. Heritage is a beautiful customized bike shop and cafe, all-in-one. Hand-crafted bicycles and a warm cup of coffee in your belly. Who could ask for more?