You might not be riding through snow and ice, but winter is a time to take stock of your bicycle’s condition for future tours. On this episode of the pod, winter touring bike maintenance, including care after icy rides and some tips on keeping your drivetrain clean and happy during the harshest season!
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Winter touring bike maintenance
- Keep it clean – wipe down after rides especially in salt-treated areas. Clean your parts periodically when there’s a warm spot or a reprieve in the conditions.
- Do a full inspection of wearables (LBS may be a help here) – chain, cassette, brake pads. Replace as needed.
- Lube up – lubricate liberally during the cold season, but as always wipe down. Dry lubes might be a better choice this time of year, but you need to lube it more.
- If you don’t have fenders, consider getting them for winter. Be mindful of the clearance if you bike in snow a lot, as the snow/ice/slush can build up in between the fender and tire.
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