If it’s been a while since you last took your bike out for a spin – or even if it was just this morning – here is a handful of vital / Handy checks that we recommend prior to every ride.

Brake Inspection:

Give the levers a squeeze – if the brake doesn’t feel firm or if the lever pulls in further than usual, your brakes will require some attention before you ride.   

Chain Lubrication:  

Lube your chain! If your chain is looking and feeling dry, squeaking or has slight surface corrosion give it some love and apply some chain lube. 

A drop or 2 on each links is enough. Spin the cranks a few revolutions, and give the chain a wipe with a rag or paper towel to remove the excess.  

Note: Fresh chain lube is best applied to a clean chain. There are different chain lubes available for different conditions but also synthetic and mineral oils, which assist in reducing drivetrain drag and friction. 

Tyre Pressures 

Check your tyre pressure. It’s normal for bicycle tyres to lose a little pressure over time, particularly if the bike isn’t used daily.  

Under inflated tyre will create excess drag causing wear, but also increases the risk of punctures and sustaining rim damage.  

Typically, your tyre side wall will indicate the recommended tyre pressure, A good quality track pump with a pressure gauge will help ensure that you get the right tyre pressure. 

Tool Kit:  

Double-check your emergency repair kit, it’s all too easy to put the bike away and forget about the parts and tools you may have just used. Before you head out again, be sure that you still have the right tools and spares to fix a flat tyre, tighten a slipping seat post clamp, or repair a broken chain. 

Battery Check: 

Whether you're a brand-new E-bike owner or a veteran, proper battery care is essential for maximum performance. Keeping your battery charged, stored in a cool, dry place, and topped up with a regular check-up will give it the longest life possible and allow you to get the most out of your electric bike. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your battery. 

  • Do not leave your battery on charge consecutively, only until it has fully charged. 
  • Always remove the battery prior to cleaning your bike.  
  • Make sure it is secure into the bike before starting your ride.