Two of the most important steps in racing for me are first, being physically ready and second, making sure my bike is in working order and has had all necessary tune-ups and maintenance done before the race. There’s nothing worse than stressing about bike repairs right before lining up at the gate. Not to mention worrying about it while racing.
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Preparing a Bike for Race Day
- Change oil and fluids (coolant, brake fluid)
- Clean air filter- air filter cleaning kit
- Check tire pressure- tire pressure gauge
- Fuel in tank – bring extra for race
- Check chain
- Lube chain
- Check spark plug
- Check spokes- spoke wrench set
- Tighten levers and controls
- Check cables for condition and proper operation
- Inspect axle nuts and suspension components
- Search for any loose engine mounts or components
- Check brakes front and rear
- Proper race numbers and color combinations (if racing desert)
- After the Race
- Check for any broken or loose components and take note for the next prep day
- Wash the bike
- Grab your trophy and something to eat!
Essential Maintenance- Watch Video
Next to physical health, preparing your bike is probably one of the most important steps to take. Trusting your bike while racing will help you feel confident in your equipment and hopefully result in a WIN! A prepped and maintained bike is also much safer to ride. Let me know your tips and tricks. I can always use some advice and experiences from others.
Good luck on your next race! If you see me around or in the pits, please stop me and say hi!