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    DEJA VU Covalent Jello's Avatar
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    Bike and I coming out of biking hibernation, how to prepare bike?

    My bike's been sitting around for a while since I had surgery and I'm ready to use it now but I was wondering if there's anything I should consider before using it [hard]. I wouldn't want to scrape some lubricated suspension part or something, as unlikely as it may be, especially if I'm taking it out in really cold temperatures.

    People have hopped on it in the last 3 months here and there for a 30 second driveway ride but it's just been sitting indoors around 60F for a while. Overall, I really haven't even used it much in 10 months or so, all together probably 2 hours of riding maybe?

    I was thinking maybe turn the bike upside down a few times to get the shocks lubricated inside or something, but there's not much else you an do aside from a tuneup, right? It's relatively new, only used it for a season but it's a couple years old, so I don't really want to go disassembling it unless I really really have to...

    Thanks & Happy New Year
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    Starting with the obvious.... check the tires, they're probably low on air since the bike's been sitting so long. Check the quick release levers in case one of the interim users fiddled with it to remove a wheel or something.

    other than that, lube up the chain and take it out for a test ride to check shifting, brakes, and shocks. If the bike hasn't been abused by others during your down time, it's probably in pretty good shape. I keep a bike with family in another state and it sits for months between uses, usually I only need to inflate the tires and lube the chain.

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    oil chain and give a quick once over on the shifting. air tires. wipe the dust off the fork/shock. hold bike upside down for 10 secs to get the bath oil from the fork to coat the seals. some forks are grease lube so no need to tip it upside down.

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    ^^ I have a bike with oil/air front shocks and was wondering if I should store it upside down so the seals won't dry out?

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    doesnt really matter. just tip the bike and let the oil flow to the bushings/seals before you ride.

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    Thanks guys. I'll put on the studded tires and start it up

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