As we transition from the wintry, wet days into the spring season optimal for long rides, it is time to make sure your bicycle is in good shape. Study your bike and see if it is in good condition and ready to ride. If you have been putting off that tune up or trying to stretch that worn tire just a few more miles, now is a good time to get these maintenance items done. How many miles are on those tires? When was the last time you had your shifting cables changed, or checked your chain for stretch? Are your brake pads worn down? Have you cleaned off the grit on your bike acquired while riding on wet roads?
Most rides will not stop while you fix a flat, nor is the ride leader expected to change your tire for you! Many of our organized rides are in more remote areas where a mechanical issue may be much more problematic, so be prepared and get your bike in top shape!