Getting your bike race-ready: A guide from Endurotyres
The 2022 season is in full swing, and you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some kind of moto or MTB event happening most weekends across the country for the next few months.
With this in mind, we thought we would share our top tips for getting your bike (pedal power, petrol or electric) race ready!
Ditch the dirt…
It may be called a dirtbike, but you only want the dirt to stick around whilst you’re racing – once off that track try and keep your bike as close to pristine as possible. There are a few reasons for this:
- Avoiding rust – wet mud left on a bike can lead to rust both internally and externally.
- Dirt building in the engine – clogging up your engine or any other internal part of your bike is just going to wreak havoc with the filters and eventually, parts will start breaking. By simply cleaning after every ride, you’ll avoid any unwanted dirt from clogging up.
- Protecting your paintwork – you’ve probably spent thousands on your bike, so why damage the paintwork by not taking care of it? Especially if you’re riding on a hot day!
Products we’d recommend:
- Muc Off Cleaner
- Muc Off Protector
- Silicone Shine
- Lube (Wet & Dry)
Test out the tyres…
You should have some indication from the previous ride if your tyres have much more life in them, but if you’re unsure if they can hack it for one more ride… here are some things to look out for:
- Cracks in the sidewall
- Punctures – if you’re still running traditional inner tubes in your tyres then you will want to check for punctures, we’d recommend getting yourself kitted out with Michelin Bib Mousse for both front and rear to save yourself a lot of pain!
- Damage to the tread pattern, missing knobs and balding
- Wear and tear beyond repair
- Tyres hardened by the sun – some damage isn’t as easy to notice and remember that if you leave your tyres out in the sun they will harden and affect the performance drastically.
Hopefully, you’ve not left this till the last minute if you do need new tyres, but if you have, just remember that we offer next day delivery as standard on all products purchased Monday – Friday before 1pm.
Depending on the tyres you are using and how often you ride will also help you determine when they need to be replaced. For example, the Michelin Enduro Xtrem is likely only going to last you one race, whereas something like the Anakee Wild tyres will get you much further.
Your tyres are the only part that will touch the ground whilst you’re riding – so make sure they are top of your list when getting race ready!
Check out your wheels
Damage to your rims and spokes will completely alter the performance of your ride, or in extreme cases make your bike unrideable. Keep an eye out for:
- Buckled rims
If you notice any of these issues, head to your local dealer and pick up some new wheels.
Have your brakes burnt out?
There are a few areas to focus on when checking your brakes:
- Brake pads – these will naturally wear with age but should wear evenly so keep an eye on that. Brake pads are super cheap and relatively easy to replace so just have this check on your radar before your next race.
- Brake discs – these should just be monitored for wear, tear and damage but shouldn’t need replacing too often.
- Fluid levels – if you are replacing the brake fluid in your bike, make sure you’re choosing the right stuff – this should be written in your manual or a quick Google should give you the right answer!
How are your oils and fluids looking?
There’s a lot that goes into ensuring your bike can run smoothly… and having the right oils and fluids is a big component in this. You’ve got to consider:
- Brake fluids (as mentioned above)
- Coolant – check this isn’t too low.
- The petrol you put into your bike – if you’ve had a bit of a break from your bike and just starting up again, you need to drain the gas that’s been left in your bike, it can go bad after time!
Speak to Endurotyres for all your tyre needs…
Hopefully, this article has refreshed your memory a bit about what you need to do to your bike to get it race-ready, but don’t forget it’s not just about your bike, you need the right mindset too. You’ve got this!
If you are looking for a bit more advice on anything moto or MTB, speak to our team who are all riders themselves.
There’s also plenty of information on our website if you visit the product pages… just a few of our bestsellers include:
- Michelin Enduro Medium
- Michelin Bib Mousse
- Rabaconda Tyre Changer
- Michelin Wild Enduro (MTB)