Check your tyre pressures

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Check your tyre pressures

Post by al » Mon Mar 28, 2016 7:14 am

When returning your bike onto the road after a winter hibernation remember to check your tyre pressures!

This is something that should be done regularly as part of your routine maintenance but often gets overlooked (including my me).

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Re: Check your tyre pressures

Post by Dave » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:30 am

I fine idea :2up

And while you are down looking at your tyre pressure, have a look at your brakes.

If it needs new pads, have a look at the any retainer clips, as often they need replaced as well.
Make sure any new pads are inserted the correct way, and greased on the correct side.

If the bike has not been used for a while, work the brakes (when the wheel is still attached), if needed and with an appropriate tool/spreader farce the pad/piston open (slowly and carefully), then work the brake lever again.
Best do this one side at a time so you don’t push too much brake fluid into the
Have a look at the “floating” side, does it float, do the pins/pads need to be freed up ?

If in doubt or you are not sure…get help.

Best not faf with the brakes if you are not sure, or don’t have all the parts required (says the man that a few years ago took the read pads out of my KTM, only to have the retaining clips disintegrate in my fingers, luckily I had another bike to use while the new clips were in the post)

And another thing…brake cleaner comes out of the can at a good pace, there are lots of nooks for the cleaner and newly picked up bits sh1te to get blown back in your face, best to wear safety glasses or goggles when squirting brake cleaner.

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Re: Check your tyre pressures

Post by RK6 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:37 pm

I checked mine earlier this week - both tyres were low on air.

I won't tell you how low though.... :oops

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Re: Check your tyre pressures

Post by al » Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:19 pm

RK6 wrote:I checked mine earlier this week - both tyres were low on air.

I won't tell you how low though.... :oops
My front was 1.1 bar but should have been 2.2 bar :eek

No wonder it felt a bit strange.

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