Before you begin, take your bike out for a test spin. Keeping your safety in mind, try to push the bike to its limits. Pedal hard at first, then ride the brakes slowly before screeching to a halt. What feels off to you? What sounds are you hearing? This is a great place to start when figuring out which new parts can best improve your bike’s overall performance.
Which road bike parts are the most important to replace?
- Brakes—Over time, brakes can become sticky, worn, ineffective and dangerous. After taking your bike for a vigorous test ride, you’ll be able to identify whether or not your brakes are up to par. In any case, be sure to visibly check how much of your brake pad is left, removing any protective casing if necessary for a better view.
- Tires—Like many bicycle parts, the life span of your tires correlates more with the mileage you put on your bike than with the age of the bike itself. Generally speaking, rear tires should maintain integrity until about 3,000 miles whereas front tires should last a bit longer, up to 4,000 miles or so, due to weight distribution. When you buy new tires, take a picture of the thread. This will give you something to compare them to as they wear. When you begin to lose sight of the grooves within the thread, be prepared to change the tire soon.
- Chain—One way to check if it’s time to replace your chain is to pull out a ruler. Place the end of the ruler at one rivet and line up 23 rivets along the ruler. The 23rd rivet should line up with the 12-inch mark on the ruler. If it extends more than 1/16-inch past the 12-inch mark then the chain is stretched and needs to be replaced.
- Chainrings—Speaking of the chain, you should ensure that yours is sitting on proper chainrings. This is an easy tell because as the cog teeth wear down on a chainring, the chain will be noticeably offset and not sit quite right.
- Cables—Any cable on your bike that's frayed, stretched or loose needs to be replaced. Periodically lubricate the cables and check all cables for damage and wear. Replace any stretched or frayed cables before you run into bigger problems.
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