Yes, I know that, if you’re mas macho or live in California, you’ve been riding outside through the winter, leaving us wimps on the trainers indoors. Even with the mild winter, I rarely ventured outside, so I’m excited to head outdoors again.
Spring time is when I take inventory and decide what I needed to do to get ready. One thing for sure – after a winter’s worth of riding on the trainer with one set of tires, I’ll need to find some new ones. Most people will use a cheap tire for indoor riding, but with 2000+ miles on this pair, I planned on replacing them anyway, so I left them on.
Other ways to get ready for Spring riding:
- Clean your bike – getting rid of all the dust and grime will protect the parts and make them work correctly and be less likely to fail.
- Loosen, remove, then replace seats and seat posts, so they don’t freeze into the one position.
- Using a torque wrench (you really should own one), tighten all fittings to recommended tightness – don’t overtighten (this is where the torque wrench comes in), which can lead to cracking or failure.
- Take some time to look over the spokes and spin the wheel to check for trueness.
- Really check out your tires – this is literally where the rubber meets the road. Spending some money on new tires is cheap insurance. Good tires will make cycling more enjoyable and safer to boot. Before riding, inflate them to the correct PSI.
- No benefit to having great tires if you can’t stop – before heading out, check the brake pads for alignment and wear. Replace if you have any concerns.
- Find a race that’s 2-3 months away that will give you motivation to ride.
- Find a training plan that fits your goals and the amount of time you have to train.
- Make this the year you find a coach!
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