5 BIKE MAINTENANCE TIPS BEFORE TOUR RACE

2018-10-04

Race day is fast approaching. Make sure your Kona experience is the best it can be by making these small yet important verifications on your bike. 

1. TIRES

Inspect your tires thoroughly for wear and tear. Check for gashes. Small ones can be repaired with glue (Krazy Glue type) but, in doubt, put on new tires. If you are going to race an event like Kona, you do not want to start the bike split with worn out tires.

Tires

2. CHAIN

Clean and properly lubricate your chain. It will ensure more effective shifting and overall better drivetrain performance. 

 Chain

3. BRAKES

Always make sure your brakes function properly before a race. Inspect your brake pads. If they look worn out, change them. Select the proper compound according to the wheels you will use for the race (carbon or alloy).

Brakes

4. BATTERY LEVEL

If your bike is equipped with an electronic drivetrain (Di2, EPS or eTap), make sure to verify the charge level of your battery or batteries (eTap). Recharge if necessary. Since you have travelled with your bike, you should also verify that all connections are properly secured. If you hear a click when you connect the cables, all is good.

5. CLEAN BIKE

Now that all things mechanical have been checked, it is time to clean your bike before race day! 

Remember: A cleaner bike is a faster bike!

Clean Bike

It took you months, years of preparation to get where you are now. Just make sure that your bike is up to the task and enjoy the ride!

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