The best defense against loose components is a routine inspection before every ride. This will help you catch potential problems before they develop into safety hazards. Most pre-ride inspection adjustments can be made with a simple bike multitool. The necessary tools for this are already provided with the bike.
- Having properly inflated tires help prevent flats. Check the sidewall of your tire for the recommended tire pressure. While you’re checking the air, take the opportunity to ensure your quick-release levers and thru-axles (if you have them) are properly tightened as well. Then, before you ride, make sure you have your patch kit and pump with you.
- Squeeze your front and rear brake levers to make sure that the brakes engage properly and smoothly.
- Look at your chain and all the gears. Keeping your chain lubricated and everything clean will ensure your bike shifts easier and the drivetrain (made up of the front chainrings, rear cassette, rear derailleur, and chain) last longer. For chain cleaning, we do recommend you to buy one of these chain cleaners.