7 steps you must not forget when preparing your bike for spring - by a mechanic

Mechanic to pros and amateurs alike, Glen Whittington shares his tips for the successful de-hibernation of your bike

Cyclist sprints in summer kit
(Image credit: Future)

Spring is here - the blossom is on the trees, the birds are singing and across the country people are bringing their summer bikes out of hibernation. I know, because, as a mechanic, I’m now anticipating the annual servicing wave that follows the early season sunshine, whereby bikes that have been stowed away find themselves back on the road (or trails), and sometimes - unfortunately - malfunctioning very soon after. 

The change in the seasons is a perfect impetus to dedicating a little time to preparing your bike for the months to come, this will not only ensure you get the best from your machine, but it should also save on potentially expensive repairs at a later date. 

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Glen Whittington

Glen’s an ex-racer who still finds time to ride bikes for SDWRacing. He started racing in 1998, initially specialising in XCO and Solo 24-Hour Mountain Bike. He became a mechanic in 2002, working in shops and also for professional race teams. During this time he spent more time racing cyclocross and road, and then also time trials. In 2013 he built his first bespoke frame and then spent several years at Roberts learning the art. Since then he’s designed, tested and now sells frames/bikes to the public as part of his ÆIGHT brand.