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READY TO ROLL? Use our check­list be­fore your first bike ride of the sea­son.

1. Check that the wheels are se­cure and the tires are in­flated above the rec­om­mended min­i­mum air pres­sure (it should be in­di­cated on the side­wall of the tire).

2. Pull the brake levers, one at a time, to ensure that they’re grab­bing the wheel prop­erly.

3. If your bike has sus­pen­sion or hy­draulic disc brakes, check for oil that’s pool­ing or leak­ing.

4. Clean your chain with a dry rag and ap­ply chain lube (choose one that matches the con­di­tions you ride in) evenly across the chain, wip­ing away the ex­cess.

5. Visit a bike clinic once a year. MEC of­fers free in­spec­tions, where a bike pro iden­ti­fies any tune-ups that could im­prove your ride, as well as any larger re­pairs that may be needed to ensure your safety. Thanks to our ex­pert source, Lind­say Geisel, mas­ter me­chanic at MEC Cal­gary

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