05 Jan 5 Mistakes of MTB Bike Set Up
In 2018 I’m gonna try that mountain biking stuff!
You’ve been good and now Father Christmas has provided you with a shiny new mountain bike! Your friends and family have helped you get the helmet, gloves, riding kit and everything else you think a mountain biker needs.
And now the pea gravel trails are calling!
Wait just a minute….sit back in your chair and read this.. Avoid these errors below and your bike will thank you in the long run!
- Over tightening components
Bikes have changed since the first 2 wheels that you previously owned. This can mean components and their torque values (how hard to tighten them) may have changed. An example is brake levers. These levers should be tightened just enough to stop them from moving when you use them but loose enough to move when you crash (yes…it’s gonna happen!)
- Money Money Money!
It is entirely up to you on how you spend your hard earned cash! But for us that are watching our budgets, sometimes we need to stretch that dollar further.
For instance, carbon bars are fancy but may not greatly enhance your first mtb adventure. However, directing that money towards a great set of tyres that will handle the infamous pea gravel of western Australia, your knees and elbows will thank you!
- Tools, spares…anyone?
These are the ‘just in case’ items….these can make or break your ride if you are in the middle of an epic adventure and happen to get a flat tyre.
Basics like a tube, tyre levers, multi tool and pump are NOT optional extras to every ride. The list of items will grow the further you venture in the great outdoors!
- Under pressure!
You don’t want to go mountain biking on the same tyre pressure as what you ride on the cycle path with your road bike. The bike will be slip sliding along the trail and you really don’t want that.
The general rule of thumb for tyre pressure is to start at 30psi and either go up or down from there. Ideally you want the lowest pressure possible, to provide the best grip and riding comfort, whilst not being so low, that you risk getting a flat tyre. This can take a bit of trial and error but it’s well worth the effort.
- Noisy brakes
Do not spray any cleaner or lubricants near or around your brakes! Getting even a small amount on your disc brakes will lower their performance….A LOT!
When cleaning your disc rotors choose a dedicated brake cleaner.
Enjoy the adventure!