Sanders: Bike love
Mountain Biking With Keith
I know you are just waiting for the trails to open up. Spring is slowly coming but just a bit slower than we would like.
Now is a great time to get your bike tuned up for beginning of the riding season. Often we put the bike away and forget the little things that need to be done. Then we hop on for that early season ride only to be reminded that your bike needs a bit of love.
We have several shops locally that can get your bike the love and attention it needs. Each spring I go through my bike to be sure that there are not any issues when the trails open. Spending a bit of time and a little money on your bike will give you a greater overall experience and your parts will last longer with proper care.
As much as your bike needs some love don’t forget about all of those non-bike but essential riding accessories. Honestly when was the last time you washed your helmet? Just toss it in the sink with a bit of soap and get it looking new. Yes all of that dirty water is your sweat. Have you looked at your shoes? Check the cleats and bolts. Do the cleats need replaced? Are the bolts tight? Don’t forget the buckles. They are screwed on and can come off. Look closely at the sole of the shoe for any signs of separation. Often you can fix this with some epoxy. While you are at it, is the same water bottle from last October sitting in the bottle cage? Did you forget to clean out your hydration pack? How do those shorts fit? Are they mysteriously smaller due to winter’s firm grip on your mid section?
For the kids
After you looked over all of your stuff don’t forget to check the kids gear as well. Yes we all own lots of nearly new kids gear as it seems like kids wear it a few times and then it is too small. Or the ability to only find one shoe seems to be a skill set that is more contagious than you realize. You don’t want the first outing for the family or kids to be one of disappointment.
Now that you’ve looked things over, drop your bike at a shop and get it tuned up. Replace what you need to or simply treat yourself to a few things you’ve been wanting for a while, after all you deserve it. Next do your best spring dance to help melt this snow so we can ride!!!!
Enjoy your rides! Life’s too short not to have fun!
Looking for more information or want to get involved as a mountain biker? Like Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) on Facebook. GMBA is your local mountain bike group. Check out Mountainbikecapitalusa.com. Great site by the Winter Park Chamber!
Keith Sanders is the President of the Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, 3x US National Mountain Bike Champion and owner of Beavers Sports Shop. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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