I am a newbie bike rider. What are some maintenance tips and what do I need for my first long ride?

Ask the Bike Expert’s Answer

Preventative maintenance

  • Clean your bike often and keep it inside.
  • Rain, moisture and dirt will cause your parts rust and wear quicker.
  • Only use bike chain oil for your bike. WD-40 is not a good substitute.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated. This will help the longevity of your tires and give you a better ride.

Things to bring when you ride

  • Lots of water!
  • Multi tool kit with chain breaker
  • A pump or CO2
  • patch kit or tube
  • Cell phone
  • Gel packs, snacks of some kind
  • Of course a helmet, but that goes without saying.
  • Some cash, credit card, & your ID

Have Fun!