ABC Quick Check
A is for air. Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire. Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper pressure. Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace if damaged.
B is for Brakes. Inspect pads for wear; replace if there is less than an inch of pad left. Check pad adjustment; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes. Check brake level travel; there should be at least one inch between bar and lever when applied.
C is for cranks, chain & cassette. Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only, nothing else. Check your chain for wear; 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8 inches. If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or at least an adjustment.
“Quick” is for quick releases. Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90 degrees. Your hub quick release should point back to ensure that nothing catches on it. Inspect brake quick releases to ensure that they have been re-engaged.
“Check” is for check-over. Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly. Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them. Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride.
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