What to check on your bike before the Tour de Brisbane

Tyres: Inspect for any cuts or sections that are worn down from excessive braking. If you notice any damage, you should replace your tyres prior to the Tour de Brisbane. You don’t want to have your day ruined by an avoidable flat.

A very worn out tyre! If yours look like this, replace them before the Tour De Brisbane

Wheels: Spin your wheels and check for any buckles. You will notice these if your rim wobbles towards one side of your frame. Its especially important to get these straightened prior to the Tour de Brisbane if you are using Rim Brakes. A buckle in the wheel will can mean that your braking will be uneven, and sometimes cause your wheel to skid. As well as this if you snap a spoke, you may not be able to finish the event.

This is a bike mechanic truing a wheel. If you notice any wobble in your wheel when you spin it, you should take your bike in to your local bike shop and have the wheels trued.

Brakes: Check your brake pads and make sure that you are not close to the wear limit. If they are too worn, replace them. Also ensure that you are using the correct brake pads for the wheels you are using (IE Carbon Pads for Carbon Wheels)

On the left we have brand new brake pads and on the right, some worn out brake pads.

Gears: Make sure that your drivetrain is shifting properly. Check your rear hanger alignment, and make sure that it is straight, and you do not tun the risk of throwing your derailleur into the spokes when shifting into the lower gears.

The derailleur on the left is bent inwards. If yours looks bent, you should take your bike to your LBS and have them check your bikes hanger alignment.

Nuts and bolts: Ensure all nuts and bolts are torqued to the correct setting. This is especially important if you have travelled to the race and had to dismantle your bike.

Havea bike store check the torque on all the nuts and bolts on your bike before the TDB. This is especially important if you have travelled to Brisbane for the event.

Cleats: Make sure that your cleats are not too worn. Try to do this a few weeks before the event, so that if you have to change them you allow yourself some time to make sure that they are positioned correctly.

Check your cleats, and make sure that they don’t look like the ones in the photo above! If they do, have them replaced.

If any of these notes don’t make sense, take your bike to your nearest bike shop and they will be able to help you.