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Freshen Up For Spring!
March 19, 2018, 12:00 am

Spring is almost here! After a beautiful, sunny and relatively warm weekend in Traverse City, it's so great to see folks getting outside. But don't forget, your bike might need a little bit of love before you put in a big ride!

Bikes are meant to be ridden. Of course, our frigid climate can make that a bit tough from December through April, but on days when the sun is out and the roads or trails are clear, it's a tremendous feeling to get out of doors! But especially after sitting for such a long time, it's a great idea to run through a few quick things on your bike to make sure you're good to go. If you're hoping to get a ride or two in before your spring tune-up, here's what you need to check. 

First, make sure your tires are pumped up. It may seem obvious, but you wouldn't believe just how many casual riders forget to make sure their tires are properly inflated. Sitting for months at a time will cause them to lose air, and that's especially the case for bikes that experience very cold conditions in the garage. Pump 'em up, and make sure you inspect the tire for any cracks, tears, or bare spots. Cracked or dry tires are more likely to puncture, even if they're still holding air just fine. 

If you have tubeless tires set-up on your road or mountain bike, try shaking the tire and listening for the sound fo sealant slopping around inside. If you don't hear it, you're going to need to add more to ensure there is enough to fill any holes. Dried out sealant coats the tire, but it needs to be fluid to rush to the site of a puncture and help to full it. Make sure you know if you have Stan's or Orange Seal; these two popular sealants both work great, but they don't play well together. Whatever you've got, stick with it until you can complete wipe down and clean out your tire and rim. 

Second, give those brakes a firm squeeze. Moisture in the cables can cause the brakes to seize, making it hard or even impossible to stop. The same goes for your shift cables; if you see any rust around your brake of shift levers, or where the cable is exposed outside of the housing, it may be time to replace those cables to ensure smooth and safe function. Also, make sure you inspect the brake pad to make sure it contacts the rim squarely without coming too close to the rubber of the tire. It's also a good idea to inspect the brake pad for any debris, which could damage your wheel's braking surface. 

Finally, make sure everything is tightened to spec. Most bolts on the frame, components, and wheels with have some note on how many newton meters that bold should be set to. Grab a torque wrench, or use your multi-tool to carefully check that every bolt is tightened. Disc brake calipers and stem bolts often get overlooked, to at least put an allen key to them to make sure there isn't any play. And whether you have quick release or thru axles, give those wheels some love, too. Your axles don't need to be so tight that you can barely get them open, but they should be firmly closed to avoid any trouble. 

When in doubt, bring your bike by for a spring tune-up and we'll make sure it's ready for the new season! Let's hope the great spring weather isn't too far off this very nice teaser. 

 

The Yates Brothers' Big Weekend
March 12, 2018, 12:00 am

It was a case of double vision in Europe this weekend, with Michelton-SCOTT's Yates brothers both taking wins. 

Fresh Rubber, Spring Edition
March 6, 2018, 10:43 am

The snow might be back, but spring isn’t so far off. We’re getting ready for some big miles on the road before the end of the month, and we’ve picked a few sets of tires to freshen up your ride and get your ready to roll into April.

Building Up A Dream: Niner SIR9
February 26, 2018, 6:17 am

This is the perfect time of year to build, and build something incredible. With the temperatures still frigid and the trails a curious mix of mud, ice, and snow, the best riding is still a few weeks away. In the meantime, we took a beat to dream big on a dream build.

Surviving Shoulder Season: Wet, Cold, Riding In Northern Michigan
February 19, 2018, 12:00 am

The snow is gone, the trails are a mess, but you still want to ride. We take a look at how to make the most of your 'shoulder season' riding, and still enjoy it. 

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