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Pre-Ride Checklist

Posted by Andy Svendsen on

Once you’ve got a bike, all that’s left to do is ride! To ensure that your ride is successful, Framed has created a short pre-ride checklist for you to run through before your first, and every ride.

Safety/Comfort

  1. Helmet - Find a helmet that is snug, but comfortable and well ventilated.
  2. Eye protection - Rogue branches and debris
  3. Knee Pads - Protect from stray branches and rough features by investing in a good thin pad for your knees.
  4. No Cotton -  Cotton will absorb any moisture from you, and trap it near your skin. For efficient venting wear polyester.
  5. Gloves - Dampen vibrations, and reduce fatigue as well as improve comfort.

Accessories and Tools

  1. Multitool- A multitool is one of the most important items to have in your pack at all times. From on the go brake alignment to quick on trail seat adjustments, a multi tool could mean the difference between walking back a few miles or being able to ride it out.
  2. Extra tube- Flats happen. Whether you run into a feature and pinch flat, or hit a nail, we’ve all been there. Prepare for the worst by having an extra tube with, especially on longer rides.
  3. Tire Lever- Removing a tire can be difficult, so having a tire lever in your pack comes in handy in those situations your tube does fail.
  4. Pump/Co2 cartridge- Needed to inflate new tubes once swapped.
  5. Hydration Pack/ Water bottle- On longer rides the hydration pack reigns supreme, providing more water, and some room for snacks.

Before you ride

  1. Check tire pressure- Checking tire pressure and adjusting to your ideal inflation level before you ride can help you prevent flats on a insufficiently inflated tire.
  2. Tighten Bar/Stem/Levers/Seatpost- Check and make sure that none of your components have loosened up since your last ride. If you get into a situation where your handlebars or levers move, you may end up in a dangerous situation.
  3. Check shifting- Make sure that your shifting is in order before you head out to the trail to ensure you have the appropriate gearing you need, and to prevent more issues in the future.
  4. Check brakes- This may be the most important. Make sure that your brakes are going to slow you down when you need them to. Better to find out about a brake issue off of the bike, rather than when you need them to do their job.
  5. Tighten down all accessories/bags- If you ride with any accessories attached, make sure that everything is tight so you don’t lose any essentials when you get out on the trail.
  6. Secure Pedals- Make sure your pedals are fully installed to prevent stripping cranks, or bending a pedal.

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