With spring in full swing and summer on the horizon, it’s time to get those bikes out of the garage or self storage and hit the trails. Living in and around Woodbridge, Virginia gives you so many places to experience a wonderful bike ride. Whether it’s the BWI Trail or the Grist Mill Trail at Patapsco Valley State Park, there is plenty of room to explore. But before you get on the seat and pedal your way to freedom, you should get your bike in top condition to handle the many miles ahead.
Tips for Preparing Your Bicycle for Riding
Clean your bike from top to bottom. Wipe down the dust that has collected during the winter months, and wash your bike with soap and water to get it looking its best for outdoor adventures. Check for any cracks or dents in the frame, and have them inspected at a professional bike shop if the damage looks serious.
Check the wheels and the tires. Look for dents or problems with the wheels, making sure to check for cracks or cuts. The wheels should also look straight and never bent. In addition, the wheels should spin smoothly, and you should inflate the tires before heading out.
Inspect the brakes. Worn brakes will cause disaster down the road. Replace old brake pads, and make sure to remove any debris that is stuck between the brakes and the wheels.
Tighten the nuts and bolts. Give your bike a once-over, making sure to tighten every nut and bolt for maximum security. If anything feels loose or rattles when you ride, it could cause problems as the miles add up.
Test the seat and pedals. The pedals should spin freely, and the seat should stay firmly in place. If the seat wiggles, tighten it with the appropriate tool. You should also keep small bike tools in a pouch as you ride in case something breaks down on the trail.
Self Storage Services Wishes You Fun on the Trails
Don’t let the spring and summer pass you by without first hitting the trails. Once you get your bike out of storage, it only takes a few maintenance checks to make it ready for the ride. When it’s time to put your bike up for the winter, our storage facilities will keep it clean, protected and ready to go the next time around.