The recent posting by Jeff Barber on the Specialized Roval wheel lawsuit and current postings in another forum on bits of tire sidewall missing after a hard ride got my attention.
I perform 80-90% of the maintenance on my road/gravel/MT bikes so they get a thorough pre-season “once-over” and tune-up but, after that, I confess my bike inspections are laughable (usually just a 10-second pre-ride exam – if I remember).
How often do you all inspect your bikes? How thorough are you (tires, frame, brakes, rims)?
This sounds like a great question for the defense lawyers to ask the customer in the Specialized case. 🙂
My pre-ride check usually consists of squeezing the tires to make sure they aren’t too soft. I do a thorough check of everything else whenever I clean my bike, but that’s probably only every couples months.
Same, same. I usually check tire pressure and maybe give the front shock a couple bounces to see if it feels soft. Other than that it is a quick glance. Like Jeff said I probably look a little closer when I have it on the stand cleaning it. Usually I don’t spend the time looking or worrying until I hear something or performance goes down. In the winter I take the bikes in for a good service where they go over the whole bike at the LBS. I am getting more knowledgeable when it comes to bike maintenance. After breaking a couple of spokes that is the something I would probably like to get in the habit of checking every couple of weeks. Checking for loose spokes. I have had the lower bracket get loose on me a couple of times too. Probably need to be more familiar aware with that too.
Pre-ride, I check the tire pressure, test the brakes and shifting, do a couple bunny hops to check out the suspension and then I’m off. I don’t do much of a post-ride check unless I noticed something off or wrong during the ride.
Tire pressure is a given. I also check wheel thru axles and brakes at a minimum. If you are still using quick release skewers instead of thru axles, it’s even more important to check. Also hydraulic brake pressure, especially if removing a wheel in transit to the trail or have been off the bike for a while. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I check these two after some very scary close calls. You do NOT want a wheel coming off or heading into a decent with no brakes.
I check wheel spin, rims and tire pressure before or after each ride. I also check brakes and suspension about every third ride. Each year I tear my bikes down, inspect, replace, grease and re-assemble.
Before getting on the bike, I almost always check my tire pressure. Then I’ll check my brakes and my dropper as well as seeing how the suspension “feels” in the parking lot right before I hit the trail. Once a week I usually I run through my gears to check my shifting as well as the trueness of my wheels when I clean my drivetrain.
I usually only check tire pressure and shock pressure during the weekday rides. But on weekends, I go over all the bolts with a torque wrench that could cause me serious damage if they are loose (stem, handlebar, brake caliper, axle). Once in a while, I also check hanger and dereailleur bolt torque. I also check for loose spokes, and lube the chain. Then I’m good for that week.